Saturday , 25 May 2019

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Northern Ireland MLAs vote for same-sex marriage – but motion vetoed by DUP

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Northern Ireland’s Stormont voted today for marriage equality but the move was blocked by The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). For the first time in five over the last three years the bill received a majority of MLAs vote: 53 voted for and 52 voted against marriage equality. However the motion was blocked because the DUP tabled a ‘petition of concern’ ...

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Congratulations! Scotland allows conversion of overseas same-sex civil partnerships into marriages

Rainbow lights on Edinburgh Castle

Same-sex civil partnerships from outside Scotland can now be converted into equal marriage, from this morning. Couples who have a civil partnership registered abroad or elsewhere in the UK can from today marry in Scotland, thanks to an extension to existing legislation. From Monday 2 November, civil partners registered outside Scotland will be able to change their relationship to a ...

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Trans woman prisoner Tara Hudson moved to female prison

Tara Hudson

A transgender woman who was sent to a men’s prison, where she suffered abuse, has been transferred to a female jail after a campaign to get her moved. Tara Hudson, 26, from Bath, was jailed for 12 weeks and placed at the all-male HMP Bristol after admitting assault. According to the BBC she is now being held in HM Prison ...

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Irish president signs marriage equality into law

Yes Ireland

Five months after the widely celebrated referendum, marriage equality has become a reality for same-sex couples in Ireland. The Presidential Commission, in place of President Michael D Higgins who currently visiting the US, signed the Marriage Act 2015 into law yesterday. Ireland became the first nation to introduce same-sex marriage by popular vote in May with the overwhelming Yes vote from ...

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Ministers questioned on trans and non-binary action

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    Government Ministers faced a number of questions this week during the final session of the transgender equality inquiry. Members of the women and equalities committee asked several ministers, including Nicky Morgan and Caroline Dinenage, about a number of transgender-related issues and the case of Tara Hudson. The ministers were also challenged on the UK government’s claim that non-binary ...

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UK government blocks pension to elderly trans woman as law sees her as male

Department for Work and Pensions

A 63-year-old transgender woman from Glasgow has been denied her pension because the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) views her as male. Retired soldier, Sandra MacDougall, begun receiving her pension last November, after passing the female pension age of 63.  The UK allows women to retire earlier than men. However, the Daily Record reported that MacDougall has now been ...

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Lib Dem leader urges change after trans woman sent to male prison

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  The Liberal Democrats’ leader has claimed that the Ministry of Justice should be “dragged kicking into the 21st century” after trans woman Tara Hudson was sentenced to serve 12 weeks in an all-male prison.   Tim Farron, who is the only political leader at Westminster to have commented publicly on the case, said that the current policy in England ...

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MP’s discuss case of transwoman placed in male prison

Tara Hudson

Tara Hudson (26) was jailed for 12 weeks after being convicted of assault. However she was incarcerated in all male HMP Bristol Prison. Hudson was sent to prison on Friday last week after pleading guilty, at Bath Magistrates’ Court, to an assault by beating on 26 December last year. Her plight was raised by her MP, Simon Howlett at the ...

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Scottish Greens pass cutting-edge LGBTI Policy

Scottish Greens

The annual conference of the Scottish Green Party (SGP) in the SECC, Glasgow, passed two major trailblazing policy motions on LGBTI+ rights and health. The convention passed the first policy unanimously and the second with an overwhelming majority. Written by Anna Crow, current co-convenor of the SGP’s LGBTI+ group, the Rainbow Greens, and by Dan Heap, one of the outgoing co-convenors, ...

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Scotland must end homophobia in schools say campaigners

TIE Campaign

Campaigners demand Holyrood take action to an end to school homophobia, bullying, sexism and bigotry which has become a “national disgrace.” The TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) campaign will ask the key Public Petitions Committee of Holyrood to ensure that Scotland’s schools foster a nurturing and inclusive environment which would eradicate hate and prejudice directed at LGBTI+ youth. The campaign ...

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