A number of leading trans organisations have called on all UK political parties to include two specific policies promoting trans equality in their General Election manifestos.
Trans peoples’ rights have increased in profile since 2010, with the Equality Act, Government’s Transgender Action Plan, media representation of trans people and the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act all causing debate.
Paul Roberts, LGBT Consortium Chief Executive, says, “now is the time to raise trans rights as a crossparty political issue which needs government support. LGBT Consortium has been really pleased to be able to facilitate this unprecedented step.”
Kernow Positive Support (KPS) is a registered charity, which aims to support people living with HIV and AIDS.
KPS is arranging free HIV Awareness Training funded by the BIG Lottery Fund. There are a number of dates available and the training goes on from 10.00am – 3.00pm.
The programme includes:
- What is HIV?
- Infection & Prevention
- HIV Treatment
- The History of HIV
- Living with HIV
- Stigma and Discrimination
It may seem a long way off, but it's surprising how quick these things come around, plus it gives you more time to work on a costume!
The date for Cornwall Pride 2014 has been set and the date for your diary is Saturday 23rd August 2014. It's a bank holiday so if you are travelling to join in the celebrations why not make a weekend of it?
The theme for 2104 is Love and Marriage, a celebration of the huge steps made in equal marriage for all.
The day will include a Parade, Picnic in the Park (Victoria Gardens) and a Pride Party.
The Cornwall Film Festival will be screening 2 LGBT films on 8 and 10 Nov at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Fri 8 Nov | 20:00 | Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay
Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche | France 2013 | 18 | 179min | In French with Eng subtitles
Winner of one of the most prestigious film prizes in the world, the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Blue is the Warmest Colour is a passionate love story between 2 girls with incredible performances from the 2 leads, Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle) and Léa Seydoux (Emma).
“From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic in every sense of the term.” – ***** Guy Lodge, TIME OUT
Multi award-winning pianist Belinda O’Hooley, formerly of Rachel Unthank & The Winterset and now part of the Nic Jones Trio, is also a regular accompanist to Jackie Oates. Her duo with singer Heidi Tidow is one of the most acclaimed and unique acts on the contemporary folk scene.
See them at Calstock Arts on Saturday 5 October 2013.
The duo were hailed as the best act of the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 by The Guardian, as well as being finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.
Championed by folk icon Nic Jones and BBC6 Music’s Cerys Matthews, expect an irresistible blend of thought-provoking songs, intricate harmonies and striking piano-led arrangements, prior to an eagerly anticipated third album due for release in Spring 2014.
£11 in advance, £12 on the door. Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm
Tickets available via www.calstockarts.org or on 01726 879500
The Intercom Trust has launched The Big South West Community Survey of lesbian gay bisexual and trans people in the South West.
They have invited the widest possible range of LGB and Trans people to give their thoughts about the world we live in nowadays, including health services, community safety, social care, and much much more. The survey is community-run, and completely confidential.
The survey results will tell us:
• What are LGBT people’s experiences of their local services?
• Are prejudice and exclusion things of the past?
And these survey results will make a difference. Where change turns out to be needed, Intercom will work with the communities to make change happen.
Peter Tatchell will be the guest of honour at the first ever Totnes Pride event, which will bring south Devon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community (LGBT) together with their friends and families for a full day and night of celebration in the town.
Devon-based LGBT organisation Proud2Be is laying on a whole host of events in the town on Saturday 14 September in what will be the UK’s largest rural Pride event. The day kicks off at 11.30am at Totnes Civic Hall, where visitors can take part in a panel debate, workshops and talks from some leading LGBT figures from across the country, including Mr Tatchell and Elly Barnes, who topped the Independent newspaper’s Pink List, the rundown of the 250 most influential people in the LGBT community.
Then the fun really kicks off at the spectacular Totnes Pride After Party from 8pm at the South Devon Arts Centre. A huge night of entertainment, dance and music features the UK’s top Burlesque group Kinky & Quirky, live music from Sound of the Sirens and Rebecca Maze, and top DJs.
Entry to the daytime events at Totnes Civic Hall is just £1 for adults, 50p for 11-18 year olds, and is free to those under 11s. Tickets to the Totnes Pride After Party are £12.50 and available from the South Devon Arts Box Office on 0844 888 0435 or online at www.southdevonarts.co.uk
The hugely successful TV show 'Come Dine With Me' takes place over four days with four strangers, from all walks of life, taking turns to host the perfect dinner party for each other as you may know. At the end of the week the most impressive host wins a £1,000 cash prize.
The production company are visiting Cornwall and looking for people in TRURO, FALMOUTH & THE SURROUNDING AREAS to take part in the show and have contacted Gay Cornwall to see if anyone from the LGBT community is interested in taking part!
SHOOT DATES ARE: 1st –5th July 2013
Proud2Be Project is set to launch it's first rural pride event in Totnes, Devon for all local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their friends, family members and supporters.
The event will be held at The Civic Hall in Totnes on Saturday 14th September 2013 at 12.00pm and will include a live panel debate, live music, food and drinks, workshops & stalls for local community organisations and the Devon & Cornwall Police.
Sgt. Ryan Doyle from the Devon Diverse Communities Team said, "Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to support Totnes Pride as part of our commitment to the LGB&T communities in the area. We would also like to congratulate Mat and Jon Price and the Totnes Pride team for organising the day and hope that this can be established as a successful annual event"
Founded and directed by identical twin brothers Mat and Jon Price, Proud2Be has already been put forward for a Princes Trust award and a National Diversity award.
Exeter Pride is one of the earliest UK pride events in the year, so you get your diary out now - the all important date is Saturday 23rd March 2013.
Why not start your Exeter Pride off with a Pow!
The Women on Wednesdays (Wow) Pre Pride Bop is back on Friday 22nd March at City Gate Hotel from 8pm, an all women's event. It's £5 on the door. Warm yourself up for Exeter Pride with some pre pride fun! See www.wowexeter.org for more details.
Exeter Pride's website is here: www.exeterpride.co.uk
World AIDS Day is an international event to remember those who have died of AIDS and celebrate the lives of those with HIV today. It has been running every December since 1988. This year World AIDS Day takes place on Saturday 1st December.
Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, has a number of activities planned around this year’s event. The charity is also able to support journalists covering HIV stories for World AIDS Day, either by supplying key facts and statistics, lining up expert spokespeople or putting them in touch with case studies who are living with the condition. Key dates include:
• Terrence Higgins Trust’s 30th Anniversary (26th November)
On 26th November 1982, London magazine Capital Gay ran a front-page article under the headline ‘US Disease Hits London’. It announced that four men, one of them Terry Higgins, had died of a mysterious new illness, which we now know as AIDS. Terrence Higgins Trust’s 30th anniversary campaign ‘Thanks Terry’ marks three decades of the charity’s work preventing the spread of HIV, and supporting those already living with the virus.
To learn more about services and support on offer at Terrence Higgins Trust’s Taunton Centre, please call: 01823 327 076.
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