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Uniformed police told they’re ‘not welcome’ at London Pride
London parade, organisers have said.The move comes after LGBTQ+ campaigners called for them to be barred due to Scotland Yard’s ‘homophobic’ handling of the investigation into the serial killer Stephen Port.Human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has said the investigation, which the independent police watchdog is investigating, showed ‘institutional homophobia is alive and kicking in the Metropolitan police’.Speaking to The Guardian, he said the case, as well as other recent revelations of homophobia, racism and misogyny within the force, meant Pride in London needed to take a stand on police officers’ participation in the event.‘While there are many good officers, and they are welcome to march in civilian clothes, Pride needs to challenge the police as an institution, otherwise they will never reform,’ Peter said.In a statement to the newspaper, Pride in London said: ‘We work hard to strike a balance between the very real and legitimate concerns from members of our community, and being as welcoming as we can.‘We agree that the police uniform undermines that balance, and as such we are aligned that it should not feature in our parade.’The move does not prevent individual officers from marching out of uniform.The Gay Liberation Front, which organised the first Pride march in 1972, has also signed an open letter calling for an end to not only police taking part in the parade but also patrolling the event.The letter, organised by Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants, states: ‘Due to our deep-rooted concerns with policing – and the history of Pride itself as resistance against police violence – it is time to end the practice of police participation in Pride each year.‘It is time to end the presence of police banners.‘The
Halifax tells customers to 'close their account' if they disagree with gender pronouns policy
Halifax has told customers they can ‘close their account’ if they disagree with its new policy on gender pronouns.The banking group shared a picture of a staff member’s name badge over social media which contained the pronouns “she/her/hers”.Bosses said that workers optionally include their pronouns in a bid to create a ‘safe and accepting environment’ for employees and customers.It has also described the move as being a “very simple solution to accidental misgendering”.READ MORE: Glasgow and Edinburgh Pride events see Scotland's biggest cities decked in colourREAD MORE: Headteacher who came out as gay met with 'eruption of applause' from pupilsNews of the policy came during the final week of Pride Month.However, some customers threatened to close their account over the policy.In a response to one angry customer, Halifax wrote: “We strive for inclusion, equality and quite simply, in doing what is right.“If you disagree with our values, you’re welcome to close your account.”The bank then shared details on how customers can submit forms to close down in their account in additional responses to account holders.Fellow bank HSBC tweeted in support of Halifax’s decision amid the backlash.The firm wrote: “We stand with and support any bank or organisation that joins us in taking this positive step forward for equality and inclusion.“It’s vital that everyone can be themselves in the workplace.”A number of LGBTQ+ charities have encouraged people to state their pronouns in email signatures and social media profiles to prevent misgendering.The Scottish Trans Alliance also suggests asking to people to add their pronouns next to their name when taking part in an online work meeting.They add: “If you accidentally use the wrong
Opening of UK’s first-ever LGBTQ+ museum is the ‘start of something beautiful’
London.The UK’s first Pride March, in 1972, took place just a few miles away between Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square.The march is depicted among the photographs within the Queer Britain museum, along with other key moments spanning the UK’s LGBTQ+ history.The museum’s contents are tightly interwoven with its staff.Front of House manager Stephanie Stevens initially joined Queer Britain as a volunteer, desperate to get ‘involved in any way’.She told ‘As a trans woman, queer identifying, this was so important to me, I wanted to get involved in any way.‘Having an entire space dedicated to LGBTQ+ history is just amazing.‘It’s so normal to have to be grateful to be in the background of some other space, hidden away in a back room.‘To have our own museum is long overdue, it’s something we’ve needed for a long time.‘We’re slap-bang in the middle of London, standing shoulder to shoulder with huge institutions.’The aptly named ‘Welcome to Queer Britain’ display is the inagural exhibition for the museum.Lasting until July and spread over several rooms, it features key images from throughout the history of UK’s battle for LGBTQ+ rights.Rickshaw rider charged £180 for three minutes - and now he's got a £1,000 fineWhat I Rent: Oriana, £2,000 a month for a one-bedroom flat in Canning Town, LondonChef sacked for not washing hands after being caught 'kissing and fondling' waiterSection 28, the law which prohibited the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ by councils, introduced by the Thatcher Government in 1988, is featured.However images of more joyful occasions, such as the legalisation of equal marriage in England, Wales and Scotland – and later Northern Ireland – are also depicted.The exhibit also features key figures such as