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  • Justin Fashanu, the first openly gay football player in Britain
    Article: Oct 16, 2020
    By Lucy Tonge

    Content warning: Suicide.

    Justin Fashanu began his career as an apprentice with Norwich City, having impressed as part of their academy, and signed his first professional contract in December 1978 aged just 17. Fashanu became the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he made the move from Norwich City to Nottingham Forest in 1981.

    Fashanu became the first openly gay professional footballer when he made a public announcement in the Sun newspaper in October 1990. He stated that his fellow players generally accepted him well following his announcement, but he was nonetheless aware of malicious jokes made about his sexual orientation, and came to be a target of constant crowd abuse because of it. After moving to the US in 1998 he was questioned by police when a 17-year-old boy accused him of sexual assault. Fashanu fled to England where he tragically took his own life in May 1998. According to the note he left, he feared he would not get a fair trial because of his homosexuality.

    To this day, Justin Fashanu remains the only openly gay professional player in English football. His decision to come out publicly led him to be considered by many in the game as a pioneer and an inspiration beyond the world of football. Fashanu was listed at number 99 in The Pink Paper's Top 500 Gay Heroes and in March 2009, a football team named The Justin Fashanu All-Stars was named in his honour at an event run by the Justin Campaign, a campaign against homophobia in football which promoted the inclusion of openly gay players in the game.

    In 2019, The Justin Fashanu Foundation was founded in his memory by his niece Amal Fashanu, with the aim of confronting prejudice in football, with a special focus on the LGBT+ community. On the 19th February 2020, on what would have been his 59th birthday, Fashanu became the latest inductee to the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame.

  • Lady Phyll, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Black Pride (Photo of Lady Phyll by Kofi Paintsil)
    Article: Oct 10, 2020
    By Lucy Tonge

    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, also known as Lady Phyll, is the co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride, the first event of its kind in Europe which celebrates and campaigns for the rights of LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent. As well as her positions as a trustee of Stonewall, on the TUC race relations committee, and as the current executive director of LGBT+ organisation the Kaleidoscope Trust, Phyll is also a columnist and public speaker with a focus on intersectional matters of race, gender, sexual orientation and class, and a self-described "strong Ghanaian African woman".

  • Article: Sep 30, 2020

    On the last day of Liberal Democrat Conference, members resoundingly supported a motion to support trans and non binary people in the party.

    The motion (F32) was proposed and summated by LGBT+ LD Exec Members Fraser Graham and Charley Hasted. The motion noted with concern the recent hostility to the trans community in the media, and the disappointing shelving of GRA reform which we condemned earlier in September. The motion also acknowledged the total absence of openly trans or non-binary individuals elected to the House of Commons.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2020
    By The LGBT+LD Executive

    Grief and despair. That's what a great number of trans, non-binary and intersex individuals in the UK are feeling today. Despite 3 years of promises and consultations by successive Conservative governments, which created a storm of anti-trans hatred and disinformation from the media, the Government has scrapped its plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act. We, along with a majority of respondents to both Govenrment consultations, had welcomed proposals to introduce self-identification, remove the spousal veto and allow non-binary individuals to gain legal recognition. Sadly, these have all now been scrapped.

  • Article: Sep 2, 2020
    By Plus Lib Dems & Wera Hobhouse

    Two years ago the Government opened a consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) proposing amongst its measures that the requirement for a person to undergo an humiliating, unnecessarily pathologising, and arduous medicalised transition route before they could apply for the simple dignity of having their human rights recognised would be removed and replaced with a simple, non-medicalised system.

  • Article: Aug 12, 2020

    Following the elections in July we're pleased to announce that a new Executive has taken office. A big thank you to everybody who took part in these elections.

    We are pleased to announce that your new Exec is:

    • Chair: Gareth Lewis Shelton
    • Vice Chair: Stephen Lambert
    • Secretary: Andy Hinton
    • Treasurer: Vacant
    • Membership Secretary: Jasmine Jos√©phine Sakura-Rose
    • Ordinary Members:
      • Charley Hasted
      • Em Dean
      • Fraser Graham
      • George Rice
      • Jennie Rigg
      • Lucy Tonge
      • Natasha Chapman
  • Party President Sal Brinton speaking on the Trans and Intersex Health motion in Bournemouth, 2015
    Article: Jun 19, 2020

    LGBT+ Lib Dems have signed a joint statement with other political party's LGBT+ groups, over the recent announcements on trans rights. Our chair Dave Page said "It's good to see the LGBT+ groups in political parties working together on this important issue. We must now use our influence in our respective parties to deliver concrete action.

  • key_vote
    Article: Jun 10, 2020
    Our delayed Executive elections are kicking off on Monday 15th June. Members at this time will be able to stand and vote in the elections.
    Current members should have had an email confirming their membership - if you have any questions (and it isn't in your spam folder!) please contact us. Members of the Liberal Democrats can join us online before Monday to be involved.
  • Holly Cosmo wearing an Agender flag space T-shirt
    Article: May 19, 2020

    LGBT+ Lib Dems executive member Holly Cosmo answers common questions for Agender Pride Day.

    May 19th is commemorated as Agender Pride Day. I'm agender, and I'm used to that not being a terribly well-understood word, so today I'd like to answer some questions people might have for agender people.

    What does agender mean?

  • Article: May 17, 2020

    Our Honorary President Layla Moran talks about being LGBTQ+ during Coronavirus lockdown for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - the Global page (IDAHOBIT) 2020.


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