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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BBC

January 29, 2020

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

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...

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The Christian Mail

January 29, 2020

Evangelist Franklin Graham Hits Back at Hate Claims After UK Venue Cancels Tour Date

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...

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The JJ Report

January 28, 2020

Evangelical Christian preacher responds to UK tour date cancellation

  • 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...

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WhatsNew2Day

January 28, 2020

Christian Evangelical Preacher Franklin Graham Responds To Canceled UK Tour Event

  • 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...

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Sky-News

January 27, 2020

Evangelist Franklin Graham Banned from Liverpool Venue for Preaching Hate

​Christian evangelist and hate-preacher Franklin Graham was scheduled to speak in Liverpool this summer as part of a longer UK tour, but that stop won’t be happening anymore. The venue where he was speaking, ACC Liverpool, announced that he would no longer be welcome. They cited Graham’s history of statements which are “incompatible with our values.”

The Graham Tour UK event which was originally planned to take place at ACC Liverpool in June 2020 will no longer be going ahead...

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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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The Herald

January 29, 2020

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

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...

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Daily Mail

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...

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Newsfeeds

January 28, 2020

Evangelical Christian preacher Franklin Graham responds to UK tour event cancelled

  • 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. 

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News Archyves UK

January 28, 2020

Evangelical Christian preacher Franklin Graham responds to the canceled UK tour event

An American evangelical preacher reacted after a UK tour venue decided to cancel his show following 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 ACC Liverpool conference center decided to cancel the 67-year-old’s show after calling his views “incompatible” with their values.

Graham, who is a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, previously described gay marriage...

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Friendly Atheist

January 27, 2020

Evangelist Franklin Graham Banned from Liverpool Venue for Preaching Hate

Christian evangelist and hate-preacher Franklin Graham was scheduled to speak in Liverpool this summer as part of a longer UK tour, but that stop won’t be happening anymore. The venue where he was speaking, ACC Liverpool, announced that he would no longer be welcome. They cited Graham’s history of statements which are “incompatible with our values.”

The Graham Tour UK event which was originally planned to take place at ACC Liverpool in June 2020 will no longer be going ahead.

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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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The Charlotte Observer

January 29, 2020

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

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...

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Church Leaders

January 28, 2020

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

  • 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...

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Black Christian News Network One

January 28, 2020

Evangelist Franklin Graham Hits Back at Hate Claims After UK Venue Cancels Tour Date Over ‘Incompatible Views’ Regarding Gay Marriage

  • 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...

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Political Flare

January 27, 2020

Evangelist Franklin Graham Slammed Out of Liverpool Venue for Hate-Preach

​ENTERTAINMENT Evangelist Franklin Graham Slammed Out of Liverpool Venue for Hate-Preach Let's hope this is just the start of a movement rejecting this entire movement. BY JASON MICIAK JANUARY 27, 2020 Share Tweet Share Flip It Print ADVERTISEMENT Franklin Graham, the “Christian” evangelist, has scheduled a  summer tour through Europe appearing at various large arenas, kind of like the Foo Fighters. But, unlike the Foo Fighters, Franklin Graham has been banned from the Liverpool venue for spreading hate-preach, while the Foo Fighters can appear anywhere...

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Sheffield Live: Ponds Forge protest against ‘hate’ preacher visit

January 25, 2020

Around a hundred people from LGBTQ+ communities and allies joined a protest outside Ponds Forge International Sports Centre against a planned visit, to be hosted by Sheffield International Venues, of US preacher Franklin Graham. Graham has been accused of promoting homophobic and Islamaphobic views which protesters say constitute hate speech and represent a risk to social cohesion. They are calling for his planned visit to Sheffield in June be cancelled. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sky-News: Sheffield Arena urged to cancel event by ‘homophobic’ Trump ally | UK news

January 17, 2020

LGBTQ+ leaders in Sheffield have called for the cancellation of an upcoming UK tour by Donald Trump’s most prominent evangelical ally, claiming he promotes homophobic views.

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

Graham is currently on a tour of Florida – which has attracted protests from thousands of other Christians – and is to tour eight UK cities later this year. He is due to visit Sheffield Arena in June as part of his tour, which is not open to the public.

Sheffield City Trust, which runs the venue, has said it does not endorse Graham’s views but supports the right to free speech.

Guardian: Sheffield Arena urged to cancel event by 'homophobic' Trump ally

January 17, 2020

LGBTQ+ leaders in Sheffield have called for the cancellation of an upcoming UK tour by Donald Trump’s most prominent evangelical ally, claiming he promotes homophobic views.

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

Graham is currently on a tour of Florida – which has attracted protests from thousands of other Christians – and is to tour eight UK cities later this year. He is due to visit Sheffield Arena in June as part of his tour, which is not open to the public.

Sheffield City Trust, which runs the venue, has said it does not endorse Graham’s views but supports the right to free speech.

BBC: LGBT+ group wants Franklin Graham's Sheffield visit cancelled

January 16, 2020

LGBT+ leaders have called for a visit to Sheffield by an American evangelist to be cancelled claiming he promotes homophobic views.

Franklin Graham is due to appear at Sheffield Arena in June as part of an eight-city tour of the UK, which is not open to the public.

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

Sheffield City Trust, which runs the venue, does "not endorse the views".

Mr Graham said: "I'm not coming to Sheffield to preach against anyone, I'm coming to tell everyone about a God who loves them.

"The Gospel's life-saving truth and power applies to everyone in this great city."

The protest letter said: "Franklin Graham has repeatedly publicly promoted his homophobic beliefs."

Sent to the Sheffield City Trust, it was signed by 22 representatives of the city's LGBT+ community.

The Sheffield Tab: LGBT+ groups demand homophobic hate preacher is banned from Sheffield

January 16, 2020

LGBT+ groups have demanded that a controversial Christian preacher who has called the LGBT+ community a "moral 9/11" be banned from speaking in Sheffield.

Franklin Graham is set to speak in June at the city's FlyDSA Arena, home to Sheffield varsity ice hockey, as part of his many ‘’Christian revival tours’’, sparking uproar among campaigners.

The American pastor, son of the late preacher Billy Graham, has branded gay marriage a "sin" and is known for his shameless homophobia.

 

But 22 LGBT+ campaigners in Sheffield moved to stop the speech from going ahead today, penning an open letter to Sheffield City Trust claiming that his views "far exceed freedom of speech".

They accuse him of "hate speech and incitement to violence against LGBT+ communities and individuals which should not be welcomed in our city, or anywhere else".

Sheffield Short Film Festival: Heather Paterson – 2020 Jury

December 19, 2019

Sheffield Short Film Festival is proud to introduce the very first judge for our inaugural 2020 festival.

Heather Paterson will judge the Best Queer Short award.

One of the original co-founders of Pride Sheffield, Heather is currently chair of the LGBT+ hub of Sheffield’s Equality Hub network and has worked with LGBT+, women’s and equality groups for 20 years. Her passion, commitment and energy devoted to championing diversity is an inspiration.

Currently she brings people in the region together through her work with the Equality Hub Network. She also uses her regular column in Exposed Magazine and sizeable online following to champion and promote the work of groups and campaigns across the region.

Sheffield Shorts is proud to have Heather on our jury panel.

SAYiT: Heather Paterson at the European Diversity Awards

November 22, 2019

SAYiT team member Heather Paterson was nominated for Campaigner of the Year at the 2019 European Diversity Awards and attended the ceremony on Thursday 14th November. ”Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual European Diversity Awards as a shortlisted nominee in the Kantar Campaigner of the Year Category. It’s been a pleasure to work with LGBT+ communities in Sheffield and South Yorkshire over the past 20 years and currently on the Call It Out Project as part of the team at SAYiT, and in what are often increasingly challenging times it’s great to be able to come together and see examples of much of the great work being done to promote equality, diversity and inclusion across Europe. Huge congratulations to all of the nominees and the well-deserved Campaigner of the Year Winner, Siena Castellon, the youngest nominee at 17 years old and founder of Neurodiversity Celebration Week.”

Exposed Magazine: LGBTQ+ Sheffield: Happy Fall To All

September 26, 2019

October is here, bringing the dark nights and a chill in the air, but it’s not all doom and gloom as we have an abundance of queer happenings to get stuck into.

As new and returning students flock back to the Steel City, we have Sheffield University’s LGBT+ committee welcome week with the return of the Tuesday social [Tue 1 Oct], coffee social [Fri 4 Oct] and the launch of their new brunch club [Sat 5 Oct]. Combining intrepid journalism with personal experience, Amelia Abraham discusses her book, Queer Intentions [Sat 12 Oct] exploring the joys and pains of being LGBTQ+ at a time when queer culture has seemingly never been so mainstream at Off the Shelf. Matthew Todd talks about his book Pride [Wed 9 Oct] marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots when police raided a New York gay bar – a key moment in the beginning of the fight for LGBTQ rights.

Exposed Magazine: A welcome to friends, new and old!

September 12, 2019

It’s September already, which means that the city is getting busy as students both old and new head back to the Steel City for the new academic year.

If you’ve been away over the summer and think you’ve missed festival season, then fear not – Diversity Fest returns (Sun 29 Sep) for their fifth year at Hagglers Corner; an event where all communities, genders, sexualities, ages and abilities come together to celebrate diversity through music, dance, spoken word, film and art. Tune in to the Diversity Fest radio show every Thursday on Sheffield Live to hear from some of the groups and acts involved, or head to their final planning meeting at Hagglers Corner (Sun 22 Sep) to get involved and help out on the day.

For more community vibes check out Foodhall’s Community Carnival (Sat 14/Sun 15 Sep) for a weekend of FUNdraising for local LGBT+ youth charity SAYiT. Expect live music, local vendors, local beverages, vegetarian/vegan food, pottery workshops and DJ sets in the evening.

inews: Government’s anti-knife chicken boxes criticised for being a ‘crude, offensive and harmful gimmick’

August 14, 2019

The Home Office has been accused of pedalling racial stereotypes in a “crude” and “offensive” plan to cover fried chicken packaging with anti-knife crime slogans. 

Young people will be warned of the dangers of carrying a knife on specially branded chicken shop boxes as part of the Government’s #knifefree campaign.

Following backlash over the campaign, the Government said it was an evidence-based project and Home Secretary Priti Patel said she would “not apologise” for “communicating tragic consequences of carrying a knife”.

But her opposition counterpart Diane Abbott and fellow Labour MP David Lammy dismissed the strategy as a harmful gimmick and called on the Government to properly invest in communities to tackle violent crime.

Campaigners and members of the public also reacted with anger to the scheme, posting online that it was an example of “institutional racism”.

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