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#PrideEveryDay Day 15: Trans Flag

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Today on the Pride Month Calendar we’re learning about the third of four flags. Here’s some questions to help you (and a handy website).

  • Who designed the flag?
  • When was it first used?
  • What do the stripes represent?

In the last few years there has been a lot of discussion in the press and social media, presenting trans rights as a debate.

Trans rights are trans rights. They are not a debate. Someone’s identity is not a debate.

The intensity of attacks in the media is similar to the attacks on gay and bi men in the 1980s during the AIDS epidemic.

Attacks are never just limited to the media. Two in five trans people in Britain (41 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months (Stonewall, 2018).

Everyone can be a trans ally. Here’s 100 ways to do that.

#PrideEveryDay Day 14: BAME/PoC Role Models

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Your sexual orientation and your gender identity is only one part of who you are. It’s a hugely important part to many people, and it relates to different parts of your identity such as race, faith or belief, age and gender.

You might hear discussions on this called intersectionality, identity politics or multiple identities. It’s about how we’re never one tick box identity, but recognising in real life those different parts of who we are inter-play to form our identity.

This means your identity, and how society views it, creates a unique experience. BAME/PoC LGBTQ people have a different experience from white LGBTQ people.

(BAME means Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity. It’s a demographic term in the UK used in censuses and reporting data. PoC means People of Colour.)

Half of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people (51 per cent) have experienced discrimination or poor treatment from others in their local LGBT community because of their ethnicity (Stonewall, 2018).

My BAME/PoC role models include articulate trans model and activist Munroe Bergdorf, alongside my friends Josh and Adam.

Here’s three resources to help you learn about BAME LGBTQ experiences and role models:

#PrideEveryDay Day 13: Venues

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In normal times, a perfect day for me in London would be:

I’m fortunate I’ve got a local friendly LGBTQ venue I can walk to (and walk in to – accessibility in many venues is nonexistent).

Even while venues are physically closed, I can visit them online and on the outside.

This week, I’m running 10k everyday to raise money for Southend Pride. Whilst the venues are physically shut, I’m still running past them to stop for selfies and appreciate what they provide to our community.

Lots of venues and performers are hosting livestreams. Follow your favourite venues and acts on social media to find out what’s happening.

There’s also new online events like Queer House Party on Fridays and Eurovision Again on Saturdays bringing LGBTQ people together.

If you can, support crowdfunding campaigns for independent venues like the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Clapham Grand and tip performers.

#PrideEveryDay Day 11: Music

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Remember 20gayteen (instead of 2018)? LGBTQ films and queer pop music came to the forefront.

Young LGBTQ artists like MNEK released albums unapologetic in their music and promotion about their queer identity. His music brings us back to a point I hope you’re learning this month: seeing someone like you on TV or on the radio isn’t just life-affirming, it’s life-saving.  

It’s important artists break through the music industry’s narrow definitions of marketable and successful. On the Homo Sapiens podcast, Australian pop start Troye Sivan wondered if he’d have more mainstream success if he wasn’t gay.

I think the question should be, would Troye be more successful if society wasn’t heteronormative at the exclusion of LGBTQ people?  

Here’s my top five for Pride 2020 by LGBTQ artists. What’s yours? I’d love to know your music recommendations!

  • Ben Platt – Rain
  • Sam Smith and Demi Lovato – I’m Ready
  • Saara Alto – Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
  • Bright Light Bright Light ft. Jake Shears – Sensation
  • MNEK ft Hailee Steinfield – Colour

Spotify has great playlists covering Pride classics as well as showcasing LGBTQ artists, writers and composers. Just click on Pride on the browse tab. And check out Huff Post’s #MyPrideAnthems series.

Remember to support LGBTQ artists how you can right now who are unable to perform in live venues. You could buy music and merchandise or tip them on PayPal.

#PrideEveryDay Day 10: Bi Role Models

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Visible bi role models matter because bi people face double discrimination of homophobia and biphobia.

This include snarky jokes or remarks such as bi people ‘being greedy’. This is not a joke. It is biphobic bullying.

Bi people also experience bi erasure, such as gay people asking why ‘straight couples’ are in the ‘gay bar’ (This also erases trans people).

More than one in four bi women (27 per cent) and almost one in five bi men (18 per cent) have experienced discrimination or poor treatment from others in their local LGBT community because of their sexual orientation, compared to nine per cent of lesbians and four per cent of gay men. (Quoted from Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain report, 2018).

I’ve learnt about being bi, biphobia and bi erasure from the amazing bi friends, flatmates and colleagues I have.

Bi identities remain overlooked and attacked. Find out and learn about a bi role model today.

You could start with Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, now available as a Barbie doll or the Faces of Bisexuality project on bi.org.

And check out Bi Pride UK’s Bi-Fi Festival online next Saturday, 20th June.

#PrideEveryDay Day 9: Designers and artists

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I think Keith Haring’s unmistakable style must have been the first queer art I appreciated through his segments on Sesame Street.

Seeing the comprehensive exhibition at Tate Liverpool last year allowed me to appreciate the full size, breadth and context of his work.

While museums and galleries remain closed, you can still tour through exhibitions and collections at home.

BBC Four’s tour of the Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern is on iPlayer as part of their Museums in Quarantine series.

There’s also a virtual LGBTQ of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum with its dedicated volunteer tour guides as part of the incredible #MuseumFromHome series on Twitter.

June’s sex and sexuality issue of Attitude magazine celebrated Tom of Finland’s centenary as well as interviews with contemporary erotic arts and artists, which is worth reading and finding new artists to follow on Instagram. You can find more new contemporary LGBTQ artists in this Them article.

(Top tip: check you’re a member of your local library, and if you can access digital services to read magazines and newspapers for free).

Who’s your favourite LGBTQ visual artists and designers? Tweet using #PrideEveryDay.

#PrideEveryDay Day 8: The Bi Flag

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The bi flag was designed in 1998. Today you could find out:

  • Who designed the bi flag?
  • What inspired it?
  • What do the colours mean?

Bi people face more discrimination that gay and lesbian people. They are far less likely to be out about their sexual orientation.

LGBT Foundation have seen a staggering 450% increase in calls about biphobia to their helpline since UK lockdown started in March.

Bi Visibility Day takes place every year on 21st September. George’s blog post on the Stonewall website explains why it’s important.

#PrideEveryDay Day 7: Role Models

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It’s the end of week one on the Pride Month calendar. We’ve already started learning about history and enjoying arts and culture. Today we’ll start discovering LGBTQ role models.

Role models are important to help you be you. I came out as a gay Christian at uni after I’d met other young gay Christians for the first time.

They aren’t all famous or perfect. No one is perfect (maybe with the exception of Lorraine Kelly). A few years ago someone emailed to thank me for being a Christian role model.

It was very sweet to read as I sat in my cold box room in East London. I wasn’t sat on a pedestal or accepting an award.

Individual stories are also useful to learn about different identities and issues. That’s why there’s actions in the calendar to find and learn about role models whose identity includes being lesbian, gay, bi, trans and/or queer (and more).

This month, I hope you’ll learn about role models who you’ve never heard of before and who inspire you.

Today’s action is to learn about a lesbian role model. It could be thinking about a lesbian friend, colleague or family member you know and what you admire about them. Or it could be a more widely known public figure.

I’m going to find out more about a novelist my colleague keeps talking about, Sarah Schulman. Who will you learn about?

Follow Luke and Sean on Twitter who are both sharing their ilustrations of LGBTQ role models throughout Pride Month

#PrideEveryDay Day 6: Important Laws

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2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

It was the first UK law to decriminalise men having sex with men. It applied in England and Wales. It had a different age of consent than for men who have sex with women. And there was other restrictions around where it could happen.

The partial decriminalisation only applying to two home nations is an example of how legal progress for LGBTQ people in the UK has often been in steps not sweeping changes, in part due to our political structure across four nations.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales, and then Scotland in 2014. It was finally legalised in Northern Ireland in January this year, the last place in the British Isles to do so. Although many places of worship and religious denominations do conduct same-sex weddings, they are the exception rather than the norm.

Even with same-sex marriage legal across Britain, more than a third of LGBT people don’t feel comfortable holding their partner’s hand in public. Changing laws alone doesn’t bring societal equality.

In 2018 the government opened a consultation to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004, which affects England and Wales. A similar consultation took place in Scotland. However there’s been delays to publishing the consultation.

This law needs updating to make it easier for trans people to have their identity legally recognised. Non-binary trans identities currently have no legal recognition in the UK.

Trans people have been especially attacked in the media and public life in the last few years. Two in five trans people (41 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months.