Older & Out celebrates LGBT History Month
As part of this Year’s 2014 ‘LGBT History Month Celebrations, ‘Older & Out’- the Age Concern Central Lancashire older LGBT peoples support project – has teamed up with Lancashire’s ‘Snapshot Museum’ to create a brand new film ‘short’ entitled, ‘The Love that Dare Not Speak its Name’.
The film focuses on the lives of Keith and Roy, an older Gay couple who have been together since they first met as art students 53 years ago and who against all odds managed to stay together when so much was against them.
The couple discuss the difficulties in coming out to each other whilst in college, the lifelong issues in sharing their ‘secret’ with other members of their family and friends, their ‘double lives’ and how a serious homophobic attack changed the course of their lives forever.
“One of the things we always try to do within our ‘Older & Out’ project is to be creative with our promotion and publicity”, said project coordinator Drew. “Flyers, posters and advertising are great ways of bringing attention to the project but we have found that films documenting ‘real life’ situations and stories about the people who access our service really reach out to viewers and serve as useful tools in educating people about and bringing attention to the plight faced by many older LGBT people.”
“With Keith and Roy, we really wanted to show the public how ‘love’ can prevail against all odds especially during the 1950’s the era in which the Boys first met and a time when their love for each other could quite easily have landed them in prison, had them subjected to barbaric mental health treatments or – as in the case of Keith and Roy – become the victims of a homophobic attack just because they were in love”.
Drew continues, “However, we also wanted to people to hear the Boys shared love of music so the film is sound tracked with songs created by legendary ‘Divas’ such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, and especially ‘Sarah Vaughan’ who is Keith’s particular favourite.
The film has been shown at a very special event held in Preston, Lancashire on February 1st as part of Lancashire’s ‘2014 LGBT History celebrations.
Tom Daley in Caribbean Cup Challenge
Tom Daley sharpens his competitive edge in his latest high adrenaline conquest, The Caribbean Cup Challenge. Pitting his skills against other renowned World Champions, fans of Tom get to see him like never before in an online trailer for The Caribbean Cup Challenge which premieres online this week. A survey…
The Caribbean Cup Challenge puts three world champions through their paces and comprises ten challenges, each demanding a different skill from the gold medal winners. From kayaking to sushi making, water polo and rockclimbing, the Caribbean Cup Challenge is set against the stunning backdrop of the Caribbean seas and islands.
Tom Daley’s participation in the Caribbean Cup Challenge coincides with Brits nominating Tom as one of the top three men they would most like to be stranded with on a Caribbean island.
The Caribbean also emerged as a popular dream destination choice for weather weary Brits, beating many other sunny destinations, including Mexico and India. The scenery, climate and food all contribute to the Caribbean’s popularity according to research released by Royal Caribbean International. The survey also reveals 1 in seven Brits are planning to holiday in the Caribbean in 2014. The top three items women would take to their dream destination was revealed to be a camera, bikini and mascara whilst men declare the radio a must have item. 61% of woman aged 35-60 said the climate is the most appealing about the Caribbean, whilst 57% of men aged 35-60 said it is the scenery, Tom not included!
Practical LGBT Cyberbullying Advice
Stonewall has launched new guidance in partnership with O2 to help gay young people stay safe online. Staying Safe Online is launching to coincide with Safer Internet Day (11 February) and will be distributed to secondary schools across Britain. The guide provides practical advice for teachers and parents to help…
The guidance comes in response to statistics showing that almost a quarter of gay young people experience cyberbullying. This abuse has a devastating impact on a young person’s self-esteem and in the worst cases can impact on mental health and well-being, leading to self-harm and suicide.
The publication also seeks to tackle deeply worrying levels of ‘sexting’ among gay young people. New research published today by Stonewall, in association with ChildLine, reveals the shocking extent to which gay young people share sexually explicit images of themselves.
The research shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual teenagers are significantly more likely to send and receive sexually explicit material than young people in general. ‘Sexting’ is classified as the sharing of self-generated sexually explicit images or videos by mobile phone or online.
Shockingly, 59 per cent of all gay young people who participated in the survey had created a sexual photo or video of themselves. This compares to 40 per cent of straight young people who responded. Of the gay young people who created these images, 47 per cent sent it to someone they knew online but had never met in real life.
Stonewall’s Acting Chief Executive Ruth Hunt said: ‘It’s disturbing but unsurprising to see these deeply worrying statistics. The internet can be a real lifeline for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people who feel isolated and alone. However, sadly, it also leaves them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. We’re delighted to work with O2 to publish Staying Safe Online which will help teachers and parents provide practical ways to keep gay young people safe online and help them find vital age-appropriate information.’
Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer at Telefónica O2 said: ‘As a leading communications company in a digital world, we think businesses need to do more to support young people. This means not only helping them make the most of their digital skills, but helping them to be safe online.
As a Director at O2 and Board Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion I believe we have a responsibility to help all young people stay safe online and we are proud to be working with Stonewall towards that goal.’
For further information visit: www.stonewall.org.uk/safeonline
Jabs for the Boys
HPV affects both men and women. HPV is sexually transmitted and can lead to a range of cancers, including anal cancer. Girls are vaccinated. Boys are not. In the face of this rapidly growing health threat, it’s time that changed.
This is why GMFA and HPV Action is calling for the Government to extend HPV vaccination to the 367,000 currently unprotected 12-year-old boys in the UK, which will majorly reduce the risk of developing HPV-related cancers.
HPV Action, a coalition of 25 patient and professional organisations, says, “The Government should act immediately to end the serious future health risks facing boys from some of the UK’s fastest growing cancers.” HPV is commonly known to be the primary cause of cervical cancer in women, but it is also a real and rapidly growing health threat to UK men and especially to gay men.
Matthew Hodson, Chief Executive of GMFA, adds: “GMFA supports HPV Action's call for HPV vaccination to be universal. The vaccine is most effective when it is given to pre-adolescents, before the age when most young gay men feel able to be open about their sexuality, even if they have accepted it. The current policy of providing the vaccination to young girls but not to young boys may help prevent heterosexual men from getting HPV sexually but provides no protection for gay men and only limited protection for bisexual men. Gay men are more likely to acquire sexually transmitted infections, including HPV, and so the current policy amplifies existing health inequalities and contributes to the high prevalence of cancers within the gay population.”
Tristan Almada, who co-founded The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation after losing his mother to HPV-related anal cancer in 2010, said: “I want to prevent the horror my family went through from ever happening to anyone else again. We have that opportunity today via universal HPV vaccination. The UK should be a leader, not a laggard, to the rest of the world.”
What you need to know:
· HPV infection in men is associated with up to 90% of anal cancers, 60% of penile cancers, and 75% of tonsillar and base-of-tongue cancers.
· HPV accounted for 40,392 new cases of genital warts found in men in 2012 -a 15% increase since 2003.
· A massive 64% of parents surveyed in a YouGov poll agreed that boys should be offered the HPV vaccine.
· For more information on STIs, visit: http://www.gmfa.org.uk/stis
Getting Ready for Phuket Pride 2014
8 days of FUN and Celebration for the Biggest Pride Festival in Asia as Phuket Pride launches for 2014. With events being run all over Phuket which are open to anyone, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Straight or Undecided. Phuket Loves You Club would like to invite everyone to come together and…
The final details for all the week’s events has not yet been published but will include:
- Official Pride week launch party – Pool Party at CC Hideaway Dance to great DJ’s and swim, enjoy a lovely buffet plus see a stunning Cabaret show. Plus the Launch of DAW (Donate And Win) 2014 and crazy fun Bingo.
- Beach Volleyball tournament a competition for teams of 6 people, with all teams playing each other on a point’s basis, leading to a final knockout for the final. There are bar and food facilities available on the beach and the beach chairs will be arranged around the Volleyball court for easy viewing.
- Gay Day out Island trip to Raya Island A special for Phuket Pride week this Gay day cruise to Raya Island promises to be a day to remember.
- Sunset beach party at Iguana Beach Swim, dance, eat and party on a private beach and enjoy the beautiful Phuket sunset.
- Gala Dinner Evening A fantastic evening is planned for this Gala Dinner evening at a large hotel in Phuket (venue to be announced soon). The evening will include a luxury buffet dinner, shows and a Grand Charity Auction plus lots lots more.
- Grand Parade through the streets of Patong This parade will have many floats and street entertainment from gay and gay friendly venues and organisations from all over Phuket, with fantastic costumes and music.
- ‘Party in the Park’ at Loma Park on the beach The Stage itself will have entertainment from Live local bands, International Dj’s, shows and guest appearances from local performers. All around the park there will be booths and stalls offering food, drinks, Fun Games and sexual health information.
- Pride closing Tea Dance party in Soi Paradise Music from Kiss Bar, dancing and partying in the street in the daytime warmth and sunshine and a BBQ from Bistro Restaurant. Donate And Win Grand Draw will be held during the afternoon
The PHU will be announcing more events soon please keep visiting their web site: www.phuket-pride.org for up-to-date information and details and on their hugely popular face book site: Prideinphuket.
Many of the gay bars and venues will also be holding events during Pride week, many of which will be raising money for Charities, the details of these will also be shown on the web site.
Ian Philips the Chairman said “This only our 3rd year of organising Phuket Pride week and under the theme of this year’s Pride week ‘Celebrating who we are’ we hope that we will attract even more people than we did last year to not only have a fun week of celebrations but also help us to raise money for our charities. Over the past two years we raised over 500,000 Baht for Phuket LGBT & HIV charities and hope that this year with so many events and continued support from many of last year’s sponsors and some very exciting new ones we will achieve our target of raising 1million Baht”
For more information or to get involved in Phuket Pride week or become a much valued Sponsor or volunteer please email: email@example.com