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As part of an international day against homophobia police are urging anyone who has been a victim of homophobic hate-crime to come forward and report it. The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is a day that aims to raise awareness of the issues that the gay community often face and challenge homophobic attitudes. Superintendent Andy Williams said: “We know that homophobic hate-crime often goes unreported and we want to encourage anyone who has been a victim to come forward and report it to us.
Friday 17 May is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia and the University of the West of England is showing its collective and individual support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. You can visit the stall outside Core24 on the Frenchay Campus to pick up your rainbow ribbons, posters and stickers, make a badge, and find out about how to become a UWE LGBT ally or record a message of your support. Everyone is welcome.
Inside Housing magazine reports that two lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homelessness charities merged yesterday to offer accommodation across the north and London. The Albert Kennedy Trust and Outpost Housing say together they can ‘help meet rising demand and sustain vital services for young people’. Outpost will now be named AKT Outpost and will continue to operate in the north east for LGBT young people at risk of homelessness.
The debate around marriage equality has taken some twists and turns over the last week, as the focus of discussions switched to the House of Lords and anti-gay organisations struggled to frame their arguments in new ways. Lord Norman Fowler, a conservative peer and a respected member of the Thatcher cabinet in the 1980’s, said that he supported full equality and that it was not the job of Parliament to enshrine discrimination.