SAYiT

September 22, 2020

SAYiT statement on Gender Recognition Act reform

Heather Paterson, SAYiT Chief Executive said: ‘It is exceptionally disappointing that in today’s government response to the Gender Recognition Act consultation, three years after announcing plans to improve legal recognition for trans people in England and Wales, and two years after the GRA consultation, there is an absence of any meaningful reform.”

“The 2018 GRA consultation showed that the public was overwhelmingly in favour of simplifying the process for trans people to gain legal recognition of their gender and today’s announcement completely disregards this.”

“While we welcome the small changes in digitising the application system and...

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Yorkshire Post

August 24, 2020

Hateful rhetoric leading to attacks on trans people says charity chief

Heather Paterson, CEO of Say It Sheffield, says the language seen used against trans people is similar to that seen in the 1980s against gay and lesbian people, and is culminating in physical attacks and abuse.

"In the past few years, there has been a lot of stirring up in the media about transgender and non-binary people (people who do not identify specifically as men or women)," Ms Paterson said.


"Trans people are often painted as being sexual predators and people you would not want to be in a changing room with. It is the exact same rhetoric that was used against gay people...

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The Voice

July 22, 2020

64,000 nominations and votes as National Diversity Awards announce 2020 shortlist

Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, awards will now take place in February 2020


A RECORD breaking 64,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.


Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on February 26 to witness the country’s 2020 winners being crowned the best of British diversity....

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SAYiT   

February 21, 2020

LGBT+ History Month: the Cooper Donuts Riot – 1959

​For LGBT+ History Month we asked the SAYiT Team to tell us about the people, events, and organisations in LGBT+ history that are important to them.

SAYiT LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Development Worker, Heather Paterson, has written this important piece on the Cooper Donuts riots that took place in 1959 (10 years before the Stonewall riots). The riot was the inspiration behind Heather’s tattoo and the reason she has 1959 tattooed on her arm – not the year she was born as a young person once asked!...

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Wales Online

January 31, 2020

ICC Wales cancels appearance of American preacher Franklin Graham who called homosexuality 'a sin'

Part Welsh-Government funded ICC Wales has come under fire over an event featuring a controversial US evangelist.

Franklin Graham, the eldest son of American preacher Billy Graham, has spoken widely of his view that homosexuality is a “sin” and was booked to speak at the International Convention Centre Wales, Newport, in June.

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Midlands Zone

August 25, 2020

Hateful rhetoric leading to attacks on trans people says charity chief

Transgender people are being attacked as a result of the hateful rhetoric directed towards them, says the chief executive of LGBT charity Say It Sheffield. 

 

Heather Paterson told the Yorkshire Post: "In the past few years, there has been a lot of stirring up in the media about transgender and non-binary people.

"Trans people are often painted as being sexual predators and people you would not want to be in a changing room with. It is the exact same rhetoric that was used against gay people back in the 1980s.”

 

She continued: "I have heard of lots of trans people being attacked... Many trans people...

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SAYiT

August 21, 2020

National Diversity Awards Shortlist


SAYiT and the Noah Lomax Fund, and Heather Paterson have been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards


SAYiT and the Noah Lomax Fund has been shortlisted for the Community Organisation – Age Category at the National Diversity Awards 2020.

SAYiT CEO Heather Paterson from SAYiT Sheffield has been shortlisted for the Positive Role Model – LGBT Category at the National Diversity Awards 2020.

A record breaking 64,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an...

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Psychreg

July 22, 2020

64,000 Nominations and Votes: The National Diversity Awards Announce 2020 Shortlist

A record-breaking 64,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 26th February to witness the countries 2020 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.

Among those being honoured are charities, campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.
Nielsen, Direct Line Group, and The Open...

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The Charlotte Observer 

February 05, 2020

Franklin Graham says summer UK tour will go on, despite most venues canceling visits

​North Carolina evangelist Franklin Graham said his summer tour of the United Kingdom will go on, even though almost all venues have canceled his scheduled appearances because of his anti-gay views.

Opposition in the cities came from “a small but vocal minority,” Graham said in a statement on the UK website of his Charlotte-based Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

He said he wasn’t surprised by the opposition. His father, the late Billy Graham, “experienced the very same hostility” before his 1954 London Crusade at various venues, he said, including Harringay Arena and Wembley Stadium.

“When my father first came to Harringay...

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Queerty

January 30, 2020

not welcome Franklin Graham writes open letter to LGBTQ people: ‘We’re all sinners’

​Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham’s upcoming tour of the United Kingdom faces being seriously derailed. So much so, Graham felt moved to write an open letter to LGBTQ people opposing his visit to assure them he’s not a hate preacher and claiming “My speech doesn’t hurt anybody.”

The 67-year-old, US-based pastor, son of the late Billy Graham, was due to appear at eight large towns and cities arenas around the UK later this year, kicking off in Glasgow on May, 30.

Related: Pray to keep Chick-fil-A anti-gay, says evangelist Franklin Graham

However, when news of his appearances...

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Yorkshire Evening Post

August 24, 2020

Hateful rhetoric against transgender people is culminating in physical attacks, Sheffield LGBT charity warns

Hateful rhetoric against transgender people has echoes of the homophobia seen forty years ago and is even resulting in people being attacked, an LGBT charity has said.
 

Heather Paterson, CEO of Say It Sheffield, says the language seen used against trans people is similar to that seen in the 1980s against gay and lesbian people, and is culminating in physical attacks and abuse.


"In the past few years, there has been a lot of stirring up in the media about transgender and non-binary people (people who do not identify specifically as men or women)," Ms...

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SAYiT

July 23, 2020

Hello from new CEO, Heather Paterson

​I am very honoured to have been appointed as CEO at SAYiT. I have worked with LGBT+ groups, campaigns and projects in Sheffield for the past two decades, and more broadly with youth, women’s, equality and social justice organisations. I have worked closely alongside SAYiT in these roles seeing the great work they have done and been pleased to see the charity grow from strength to strength in recent years. I joined SAYiT a little over a year ago, joining the Call It Out project working to improve access to mainstream services...

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SAYiT   

May 04, 2020

Joint Statement about LGBT+ Domestic Violence and Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic

​Call It Out is proud to be a signatory of this joint statement on the current needs of LGBT+ victim/survivors. The new resources created through this consortium will support domestic abuse professionals, as well as, families, friends, and community members who are witnessing abuse and want to help

Over the last month professionals and activists, agencies, policymakers, and government have faced an extraordinary set of circumstances in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including in relation to domestic violence and abuse.  While work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure the delivery of services, the public face of much of the response has focused on ... 

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The Christian Institute  

February 01, 2020

Gospel events hosted by Franklin Graham axed over biblical views on sexuality

​Major British conference venues have cancelled bookings for Franklin Graham’s gospel events because of opposition to his views on homosexuality, but he says he is coming with a message of love.

Glasgow, Sheffield and Liverpool have all dropped the preacher, with some LGBT groups claiming his mainstream Christian stance on issues like same-sex marriage will prompt violence against gay people.

In response, the son of the late Billy Graham said: “I’m not coming to the UK to speak against anybody, I’m coming to speak for everybody.”...

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WBTV

January 30, 2020

Franklin Graham banned by 2nd UK city over ‘repulsive’ LGBT+ views, official says

​CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Joe Marusak/The Charlotte Observer) - Evangelist Franklin Graham was banned Wednesday from coming to a second arena in England on his upcoming summer tour of the United Kingdom.

Julie Dore, the council leader in Sheffield, cited Graham’s “repulsive” and “discriminatory” views about the LGBT community for the June cancellation at Sheffield Arena, The Guardian newspaper reported.

In a Jan. 15 letter, members of Sheffield’s LGBT+ community urged the arena’s operator, Sheffield City Trust, to nix Graham’s June 6 appearance.

“Franklin Graham has repeatedly publicly...

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BBC: Franklin Graham's Sheffield visit axed after calls by LGBT+ groups

January 29, 2020

A forthcoming appearance by a US evangelist in Sheffield has been cancelled after calls by LGBT+ leaders said he promoted homophobic views.

Franklin Graham, the son of preacher Billy Graham, has said he believes gay marriage is a sin.

He was due to speak at Sheffield Arena on 6 June but the venue operator said it did "not endorse" his views.

Mr Graham denied he was preaching hatred or inciting violence and said: "My speech doesn't hurt anybody."

In a statement the authority said his visit had been cancelled after discussions with arena operators Sheffield City Trust.

The Herald: Franklin Graham banned by 2nd UK city over ‘repulsive’ LGBT+ views, official says

January 29, 2020

Evangelist Franklin Graham was banned Wednesday from coming to a second arena in England on his upcoming summer tour of the United Kingdom.

Julie Dore, the council leader in Sheffield, cited Graham’s “repulsive” and “discriminatory” views about the LGBT community for the June cancellation at Sheffield Arena, The Guardian newspaper reported.

In a Jan. 15 letter, members of Sheffield’s LGBT+ community urged the arena’s operator, Sheffield City Trust, to nix Graham’s June 6 appearance.

“Franklin Graham has repeatedly publicly promoted his homophobic beliefs,” according to a copy of the letter posted on Twitter. “...We strongly urge you to reconsider your decision to allow this event to go forward.”

The Charlotte Observer: Franklin Graham banned by 2nd UK city over ‘repulsive’ LGBT+ views, official says

January 29, 2020

Evangelist Franklin Graham was banned Wednesday from coming to a second arena in England on his upcoming summer tour of the United Kingdom.

Julie Dore, the council leader in Sheffield, cited Graham’s “repulsive” and “discriminatory” views about the LGBT community for the June cancellation at Sheffield Arena, The Guardian newspaper reported.

In a Jan. 15 letter, members of Sheffield’s LGBT+ community urged the arena’s operator, Sheffield City Trust, to nix Graham’s June 6 appearance.

“Franklin Graham has repeatedly publicly promoted his homophobic beliefs,” according to a copy of the letter posted on Twitter. “...We strongly urge you to reconsider your decision to allow this event to go forward.”

Daily Mail: US evangelical preacher Franklin Graham hits back with open letter after UK venue cancels one of his tour date over 'incompatible views' on gay marriage

January 28, 2020

  • Franklin Graham's UK tour later this year covers eight towns and cities 

  • But the ACC Liverpool conference centre in Liverpool has cancelled his show 

  • He hit back with open letter to the LGBTQ UK community saying we're all sinners'

  • Mr Graham, 67, previously condemned banning of 'gay conversion therapy' 

An American evangelical preacher has hit back after a venue on his UK tour decided to cancel his show following a string of complaints from the LGBT community. 

Franklin Graham was due to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London later this year.

But the ACC Liverpool conference centre has decided to cancel the 67-year-old's show after branding his views 'incompatible' with their values. 

Graham, who is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, has previously described gay marriage as a 'sin' and has advocated against bids to ban 'gay conversion therapy'. 

The Christian Mail: Evangelist Franklin Graham Hits Back at Hate Claims After UK Venue Cancels Tour Date

January 29, 2020

An American evangelical preacher has hit back after a venue on his UK tour decided to cancel his show following a string of complaints from the LGBT community.

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Franklin Graham was due to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London later this year.

But the ACC Liverpool conference centre has decided to cancel the 67-year-old’s show after branding his views ‘incompatible’ with their values.

Graham, who is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, has previously described gay marriage as a ‘sin’ and has advocated against bids to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’.

Members of the LGBT community in several of the cities he was due to visit petitioned venues and local political leaders to stop him from speaking.

But in an open letter to the ‘UK LGBTQ community’, Graham has said ‘we are all sinners’ and denied he was bringing hate speech to Britain.

He wrote on Facebook yesterday: ‘A letter to the LGBTQ community in the UK –

‘It is said by some that I coming to the UK to bring hateful speech to your community. This is just not true.

Church Leaders: LGBTQ Advocates: Franklin Graham Not Welcome in the U.K.

January 28, 2020

According to Newsweek, Graham was interested in speaking at a London venue called O2, although he never booked it. In the wake of a petition (which at least 8,500 signed) from the LGBTQ rights group, All Out, O2 has made it clear they will not be hosting Graham.

This is not the first time Franklin Graham has faced opposition from LGBTQ advocates in the U.K. In 2018, a transport company pulled advertisements for his crusade in Blackpool, and the group Blackpool Pride protested Graham’s appearance there. 

But despite the current opposition to the U.K. Franklin Graham tour, the BGEA says, “media reports aren’t dampening the enthusiasm of Jesus followers throughout the island nation in northwestern Europe.” Robert Chilvers, the BGEA’s director of training and church ministry in the U.K., said, “He’s coming with a message of hope that transforms lives when nothing else can. That needs to be heard, and that’s what will be the central message that we

The JJ Report: Evangelical Christian preacher responds to UK tour date cancellation

January 28, 2020

US evangelical preacher Franklin Graham hits back with open letter after UK venue cancels one of his tour date over ‘incompatible views’ on gay marriage

  • Franklin Graham’s UK tour later this year covers eight towns and cities 

  • But the ACC Liverpool conference centre in Liverpool has cancelled his show 

  • He hit back with open letter to the LGBTQ UK community saying we’re all sinners’

  • Mr Graham, 67, previously condemned banning of ‘gay conversion therapy’ 

An American evangelical preacher has hit back after a venue on his UK tour decided to cancel his show following a string of complaints from the LGBT community. 

Franklin Graham was due to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London later this year.

But the ACC Liverpool conference centre has decided to cancel the 67-year-old’s show after branding his views ‘incompatible’ with their values. 

Newsfeeds: Evangelical Christian preacher Franklin Graham responds to UK tour event cancelled

January 28, 2020

An American evangelical preacher has hit back after a venue on his UK tour decided to cancel his show following a string of complaints from the LGBT community. 

Franklin Graham was due to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London later this year.

But the ACC Liverpool conference centre has decided to cancel the 67-year-old’s show after branding his views ‘incompatible’ with their values. 

Black Christian News Network One: Evangelist Franklin Graham Hits Back at Hate Claims After UK Venue Cancels Tour Date Over ‘Incompatible Views’ Regarding Gay Marriage

January 28, 2020

An American evangelical preacher has hit back after a venue on his UK tour decided to cancel his show following a string of complaints from the LGBT community.

 

Franklin Graham was due to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London later this year.

But the ACC Liverpool conference centre has decided to cancel the 67-year-old’s show after branding his views ‘incompatible’ with their values.

Graham, who is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, has previously described gay marriage as a ‘sin’ and has advocated against bids to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’.

Members of the LGBT community in several of the cities he was due to visit petitioned venues and local political leaders to stop him from speaking.

But in an open letter to the ‘UK LGBTQ community’, Graham has said ‘we are all sinners’ and denied he was bringing hate speech to Britain.

WhatsNew2Day: Christian Evangelical Preacher Franklin Graham Responds To Canceled UK Tour Event

January 28, 2020

An American evangelical preacher has responded after a place on his UK tour decided to cancel his program after a series of complaints from the LGBT community.

Franklin Graham was due to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London later this year.

But the Liverpool ACC conference center has decided to cancel the 67-year show after qualifying its views as “incompatible” with its values.

Graham, who is a vocal advocate of Donald Trump and the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, previously described homosexual marriage as a “sin” and has argued against offers to ban “gay conversion therapy.”

Members of the LGBT community in several of the cities where you should visit requested places and local political leaders to prevent you from speaking.

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