The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has been drawing attention to gender-based violence and discrimination for many years. The Assembly is now working on a report titled “The fight for a level playing field – ending discrimination against women in the world of sport”, which will result in a resolution to be adopted by the Assembly in 2021.
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A while ago, I wrote about driving on the roads and how both cyclists and motorists seem to be disregarding the ‘Highway Code’ the aim of The Highway Code is to make the roads safer for everyone because the roads are danerous. It gives guidance as to how you are to use the road in conjunction with fellow users (whether they be motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, or even riders of horses).
For motorists, they are cocooned in a metal box of some type which seems to make them think they are invincible, for the other users (who should be thinking of visibility) most seem to think that wearing dark clothes night and day is perfectly acceptable – of course, everyone will see them!
Get Up To Speed – The Roads Are Dangerous
So why am I writing again about the dismal use of the Highway Code on our roads; well Belfast Live decided to also run an article on the use of our roads.
‘Belfast the most dangerous city for cyclists in the UK, new research suggests’
The statistics they gathered are staggering:
⦁ 71% of those who took part in the survey had been involved in some kind of accident while on their bike
⦁ At least 51% cannot correctly identity Highway Code rules related to cycling and that four out of ten cyclists (38%) quizzed don’t agree that cycle helmets should be compulsory on UK roads (sic doesn’t this remind you about the argument about seatbelts?)
With lockdown, the usage of bikes has gone up, but it would the majority of cyclists are not aware of many of the current rules put in place for their own protection! For example, over two-thirds of those surveyed (69%) wrong believe cyclists are able to ride more than two abreast on the road…59% of those surveyed did not think they were required to obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
However, the problem is not all one-sided. Motorists are equally as blind to the Highway Code, but they are more likely to get stopped and advised by the police, whilst the police do not have cyclists high enough on their radar.
It is a matter for all of us; in today’s society where we are handling a pandemic of global concern, and where our NHS is under so much pressure, surely we can all take a little bit more care, dress appropriately and act safely to ensure we don’t become the next statistic in the hospital waiting list.
- Safety First – Wear Something bright At Night
- Belfast the most dangerous city for cyclists in the UK, new research suggests
UNDP, together with OHCHR, are developing a Global LGBTI Inclusion Index that will show how well governments are delivering on the new Sustainable Development Goals to LGBTI populations. So, we need civil society voices to help guide how LGBTI inclusion will be measured when it comes to international development.
A Survey and full explanatory Context Note are supplied in six UN languages on the ILGA website: http://ilga.org/
The Survey is produced by UNDP/OHCHR and the Context Note is from ILGA and OutRight jointly. It takes around 15 minutes to fill (although there is space for considered comments).
Please note that the Survey will close on 23 November 2015. Also, here is some suggested text that you might like to use for social media posts:
This is the time to shape a Global LGBTI Inclusion Index! Follow the link below to read a context note and take this UNDP/OHCHR survey before Nov 23rd. Be counted!
هذا هو الوقت الأمثل لصياغة مؤشر عالمي لإندماج المثليين والمثليات و مزدوجي الميل الجنسي و مغايري الهوية الجنسية و ثنائيي الجنس!
قم بالضغط على الرابط الموجود بالأسفل ثم قم بقراءة المقدمة التعريفية حول المشروع ثم قم بإجراء الإستبيان الخاص ببرنامج الأمم المتحدة الإنمائي/ ومكتب المفوضيّة السامية للأمم المتحدة لحقوق الإنسان قبل 23 نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني. يتبع!
C’est le moment de façonner un Indice Global d’Inclusion des LGBTI! Suivez le lien ci-dessous pour lire une notesur son contexte et prendre part à ce sondage du PNUD / HCDH avant le 23 novembre. Soyez compté! http://ilga.org/
¡Es el momento de formar un Índice Global de Inclusion LGBTI! Haga clic en el enlace abajo para leer una nota de contexto y acceder la encuesta de PNUD/OACDR antes del 23 de noviembre. ¡Sea contado! http://ilga.org/
Настало время сформировать Глобальный Индекс Инклюзии ЛГБТИ! Перейдите по ссылке внизу, чтобы прочитать пояснительное письмо и принять участие в опросе ПРООН/УВКПЧ до 23 ноября. Участвуйте!http://ilga.org/measuring-
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New figures released today have shown that 1.6% of the UK population consider themselves gay, lesbian or bisexual.
The Office for National Statistics has said that an average of 1.1% of the population said they were gay or lesbian, while 0.5% described themselves as bisexual. 0.3% classified themselves as ‘other’ while 3.9% didn’t know or refused to answer.
London had the highest figure, where 2.6% of respondents said they were lesbian, gay or bisexual.
The findings are taken from a household survey conducted last year, which also shows that 2.1% of professionals – such as lawyers or doctors – are gay, lesbian or bisexual, in comparison to 1.4% among manual workers.
You can see the full findings here.
And here are some graphs… We love a graph.
Davey Wavey and Riyadh ask three straight guys a string of ridiculous questions in a bid to show how stupid they are in real life.
Questions like “What man hurt you that made you decide to be the way you are?”, “What is the PC term for people like you?” and even “When did you first decide to be straight?” are put to the slightly confused guys by the deadpan pair, and the results are brilliant.
When they ask what “coming out to your parents as straight” was like and one of their participants answers, “I didn’t tell them”, they fire back: “So you’re not out to them?… It’s like an unspoken truth?”
Davey Wavey has nearly 1 million susbcribers, while the three ‘subjects’ are also internet celebrities: Derek Deso, who has over a quarter of a million subscribers; Vine star Nick Pallauf, who has 754,000 followers; and LiL MoCo, who boasts almost 800,000 fans on YouTube.
Watch the video below:
Davey Wavey’s done a lot to bridge the gay/straight divide lately – he recently tested if straight guys could tell the difference between a kiss from a woman or a gay man (FOR SCIENCE).
Catholics have a more liberal attitude towards gay marriage than Protestants – but are more conservative when it comes to euthanasia and abortion, a survey suggests.
YouGov questioned 863 Catholics and 1,707 Protestants in Great Britain – who strongly agreed with the statement “my faith is important to me” – on the three issues.
The results show that both groups are less accepting on the issues than the public as a whole.
Both same-sex marriage and euthanasia have been widely discussed within sections of the two churches recently.
Pope Francis is widely perceived to be a liberal influence on the Catholic Church – in 2013, when asked if there was ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican, he replied: “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”
Last year meanwhile, the Church of England opposed legislation to legalise gay marriage in the UK.
More Catholics support gay marriage than Protestants
Source: YouGov Get the data
Same-sex marriage was made legal in the UK in March 2014, with the exception of Northern Ireland.
It remains illegal for the Church of England to carry out same-sex marriages.
Previous YouGov research found 38 per cent of the Church of England clergy said same-sex marriage was right while the majority, 51 per cent, said it was wrong.
Protestants are more likely than Catholics to support euthanasia
Source: YouGov Get the data
Both groups remain more conservative than the general population on voluntary euthanasia.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has previously said that it is a “profoundly Christian and moral thing” to allow people to “end their lives with dignity”.
An assisted dying bill is expected to be debated in Parliament on 11 September.
Former Crown Prosecution Service chief Sir Keir Starmer has said it is time for politicians to legalise assisted dying.
Catholics want more restrictions on abortion laws
Source: YouGov Get the data
Both Protestants and Catholics are more opposed to abortion than the general population.
While abortion is legal in Britain, it is illegal in Northern Ireland, where it remains a contentious issue.
Last month, a United Nations committee said Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were putting women’s lives at risk.
The report concluded by calling upon Northern Ireland’s authorities to amend the country’s laws on abortion “with a view to providing for additional exceptions to the legal ban on abortion, including in cases of rape, incest, and fata foetal abnormality”.
Full Story at Belfast Telegraph
A poll for radio station LBC has found that 71 percent of Londoners would be happy if the next Mayor of London was gay. The poll of 1100 adults found that most Londoners would be happy if the next Mayor of London was gay. Sixteen per cent said that they would be uncomfortable with a gay person taking the position.
Now I wonder what a poll of Belfast might say, bearing in mind that we have already had one gay mayor in Northern Ireland already – or were there more that I am unaware of.
Editorial: So LGBT young people in Scotland ‘feel unsafe’! I wonder if the same is true in Northern Ireland – only you the readers can tell us. What not leave us share stories in our comments box.
Many LGBT young people ‘feel unsafe’
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) young people still encounter harassment in public spaces, according to a Scottish charity.
LGBT Youth Scotland said its research suggested more needed to be done to ensure LGBT young people felt safe.
It urged those affected to understand their rights and report discrimination.
The charity said not every young person was aware of what constituted a criminal act under hate crime legislation .
In an online survey of LGBT people aged 13 to 25 conducted by the charity, 49% of the 273 respondents said they felt safe and supported by the legal system. The figure fell to 40% among those who identified as transgender.
Half of those surveyed said they were aware of their rights, while a similar proportion (53%) said they would feel confident in reporting a crime they experienced to the police.
Among transgender young people the figure dropped to 48%, while bisexual women were the least likely to feel confident reporting a hate crime at 46%.
Just over half (51%) of transgender young people said they felt safe using public transport.
While the charity has welcomed an increase in the reporting of hate crimes, YGBT Youth Scotland has recommended that campaigns, activities and lesson plans be developed for use in schools, with specific reference to hate crime.
Chief executive Fergus McMillan said: “In Scotland, we are fortunate to have strong hate crime legislation that is inclusive of transgender identities yet the safety report shows a gap in knowledge and confidence for transgender young people in particular.
“When young people know about their rights, and have confidence in the process, they are more likely to be willing to report.
“An increase in reported crimes since the introduction of the legislation is certainly positive, yet more must be done to ensure that LGBT young people feel safe in their communities, understand their rights and how to report discrimination and harassment, and have the confidence to report.”
The research, on behalf of the Bingham Cup (the world cup of gay rugby) and affiliated sports groups, was conducted by the global sports market research firm Repucom and overseen by a panel of seven academics from six universities, including Brunel University London.
Participants were from the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
The results show that despite the prevalence of homophobia, more young gay and lesbian athletes are coming ‘out of the closet’ than ever before.
Gay men in the UK under the age of 22 were nearly twice as likely to be out of the closet to their entire team (30 per cent) than in most other English speaking countries.
In the UK, spectator stands as well as reports of homophobic violence stood out as major areas of concern.
Retired Welsh rugby player, Gareth Thomas, who came out in 2009 said, “This study has cast a very bright and much needed light on the extent of homophobia in sport in the UK and around the world.”
Thomas, who wrote a ‘Foreword’ for “Out on the Fields” added “I’m very encouraged to see that more gays and lesbians are finding the courage to come out of the closet, certainly much younger than I did while playing sport.
“It’s even more impressive that they are choosing to be open about their sexuality despite the widespread homophobia that continues to be reported around sporting fields, especially among fans.”
Robbie Rogers, who came out when he left Leeds United, becoming the first openly gay male professional athlete to join any of the five major American sports leagues when he signed with the LA Galaxy soccer team, said, “It’s very disappointing to see that the overwhelming majority of people who took part in the study, including the many straight people, thought an openly gay, lesbian or bisexual person would not be very safe as a spectator.
“This is not acceptable. Everyone should be able to enjoy sports. It’s time that all sports enforce a zero tolerance of hateful language on and off the fields.
Rogers added that he strongly supported “immediate venue bans for anyone using homophobic, racist or any other form of discriminatory language.” He also said that players should receive penalties for using this language.
Review panel member Professor Ian Rivers from Brunel University London, said, “In the UK we have recently invested significant resources to address discrimination in sport but it’s very clear from this study that much more needs to be done, particularly around homophobia.
“This form of discrimination is not only affecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people but the study shows many straight men are also being targeted.
“I strongly hope that sport governing bodies, organisers of major sporting events, coaches, referees and even athletes take this report away and consider what we each can do to ensure lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel safe and welcome.”
Data were collected through an anonymous 10-15 minute online survey promoted through social and traditional media and by sporting organisations, professional athletes, corporations and government.
The survey, the largest of its kind, comprised nearly 9500 participants, including 1796 from the UK. About one-quarter of participants described themselves as heterosexual.
‘Out on the Field’ also found:
- More than half of gay men (60 per cent) and lesbians (54 per cent) and 24 per cent of heterosexual men said they have personally been targeted with homophobia.
- 30 per cent of UK gay youth and 27 per cent of lesbian youth said they were out of the closet to their entire team (under 22).
- 85 per cent of UK participants (including those describing themselves as heterosexual) believe an openly gay, lesbian or bisexual person would not be very safe as a spectator at a sporting event.
- Nearly half (48 per cent) of gay men who didn’t play team sports were discouraged by homophobic experiences in school PE class.
- Gay and lesbian youth in the UK are much more likely to report being personally targeted than previous generations.
- Of those who had personally experienced homophobia: 81 per cent of gay men and 80 per cent of lesbians have received verbal slurs such as “faggot” or “dyke.”
- Violence was also common with 21 per cent of gay men and 14 per cent of lesbians reporting physical assaults and 26 per cent of gay men and 18 per cent of lesbians reporting threats of harm.
GLAAD’s 2015 survey reports that only 17.5 percent of Hollywood studio films featured LGBT characters — and gives failing grades to Sony and Disney.
Republished from The Advocate: BY ADAM SANDEL APRIL 15 2015 11:40 AM ET
In its third annual survey of LGBT representation in Hollywood movies, GLAAD reports that only 17.5 percent of studio releases featured queer characters — and many of them appear only fleetingly.
No studio earned an “excellent” grade in GLAAD’s report. Warner Bros. was graded “good,” Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount and Universal were deemed “adequate,” while Sony and Disney “failed.”
Although fewer defamatory LGBT images appeared in Hollywood films than in years past, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Horrible Bosses 2, and the Will Ferrell comedy Get Hard featured damaging attitudes and stereotypes.
“More inclusive portrayals of LGBT characters are being seen on television and through streamed content than ever before,” says GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “But according to GLAAD’s third annual Studio Responsibility Index, released today, America’s major film studios lag far behind other media when it comes to nuanced portrayals of LGBT people.” Ellis also explores the findings of this year’s report in this Hollywood Reporter column.
Read the complete 2015 Studio Responsibility Index.
GLAAD monitored films such as The Interview with Eminem.