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At Space Youth Project, we strongly support National Hate Crime Awareness Week and their campaign to make our country a #SafePlaceForALL.

This year they are focusing on providing support to the victims of transphobic hate crimes, which have unfortunately risen in number over the past couple of years.

#WeStandTogether with Dorset Police and Prejudice Free Dorset to prove that our local area is #NoPlaceForHate

So what is a Hate Crime?

Prejudice Free Dorset defines a Hate Crime as “a crime which is targeted at a person because of prejudice towards their race, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.”

This is sometimes a physical assault, such as hitting or kicking someone, but also includes verbal attacks & harassment, domestic abuse, or damage to property (e.g. vandalism)

Why is it important to report Hate Crimes?

Hate Crimes are massively under-reported because people are afraid of the consequences if their attacker finds out, or because they think their experience wasn’t “serious enough”

Victims of Hate Crimes are more likely to suffer repeated abuse from the same person or group and suffer long-term emotional effects.

Reporting a Hate Crime prevents it from happening to anyone else, improves the accuracy of local Hate Crime statistics (which helps the local authority to accurately provide funding for prevention) and helps you to get the support you need. Did you know that Space Youth Project is a Hate Crime Reporting Centre?

A Hate Crime Reporting Centre is somewhere you can go if you think you have been the victim of a Hate Crime. The staff there will be trained to help you process your thoughts and feelings about what happened and to help you pass information on to the relevant authorities.

At Space Youth Project, we work alongside Prejudice Free Dorset to help tackle hate crimes across the county.

How do I report a Hate Crime?

If you think you have witnessed or been the victim of a Hate Crime, there are multiple ways you can report your experience.

The team at Space Youth Project are more than happy to help you decide which route is best for you and support you throughout the reporting process.

Hello everyone, I hope you're ready for your weekly News Roundup! Here’s what’s been happening this week…

Tavistock & Bell - High Court decision overturned!

EU Clashes with Poland and Hungary over LGBT+ Rights

Pride March in Ukraine Scotland is the first country to add LGBT+ education into their national curriculum.

Tavistock v Bell - High Court decision overturned! The Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court’s decision from December 2020 which stated that trans people aged under 16 would have to go before a judge in order to access puberty blockers.

Tavistock v Bell - A summary

Tavistock v Bell is a High Court case between the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust and Kiera Bell, who was bringing her case forward on behalf of Sue Evans, a former nurse at the Leeds GIDS, and “Mrs A”, the parent of a 15 year old on the GIDS waiting list.

The case began in October 2019 and brought forward the subject of whether puberty blockers could be prescribed to under-18s with gender dysphoria. This relates to the concept of ‘Gillick competence’ - a term used by medical professionals to describe whether a person under 16 is mature enough to fully understand and consent to treatment by themselves.

Mrs A and Sue Evans suggested that advice around hormone therapy is “potentially misleading” and an under 16 year old could not give “true informed consent”. Kiera Bell joined their case as she was prescribed puberty blockers at 16 and had her top-surgery at age 20 but later regretted her transition. Despite the fact that puberty blockers are considered safe, reversible and the best-practice for young trans people, in December 2020 the High Court ruled that it was unlikely that a person under the age of 16 could be Gillick competent to consent to this type of treatment. This meant that the NHS had to immediately pause GIDs referrals for puberty blockers.

Starting in January 2021, the NHS appealed to have this decision overturned.

In March 2021, the Family Division of the High Court changed the ruling so that under-16s were able to access puberty blockers if they had parental consent. Although this was better than nothing, it still left the most vulnerable young trans people without options.

The Court of Appeal

Last Friday, the Court of Appeal overturned these decisions!

The Court of Appeal stated that the High Court “was not in a position to generalise about the capability of persons of different ages to understand what is necessary for them to be competent to consent to the administration of puberty blockers.”

The judges pointed out that there is very little difference between under 16s consenting to taking contraceptives and under 16s consenting to puberty blocking treatment. In summary of the decision, a Tavistock spokesperson said ““It affirms that it is for doctors, not judges, to decide on the capacity of under-16s to consent to medical treatment.”

In their statement, Mermaids, the UK’s biggest charity for young trans people, called for the NHS to “ensure access to healthcare is reinstated” as soon as possible but overall deemed the decision “wonderful news” and “a victory for common sense and young people’s bodily autonomy”.

EU Clashes with Poland and Hungary over LGBT+ Rights

Meanwhile, in Europe, Poland and Hungary have both been called out by the European Commission (the bit of the EU which enforces laws).

The European Commission announced in July that it was taking action against Poland and Hungary for “violations of fundamental rights of LGBTIQ people.” This came after Hungary passed a law which bans the “promotion” of the LGBT+ community to minors in media, advertising and education and several Polish regions & cities declared themselves “free from LGBT+ ideology”.

The “LGBT+ free zones” in Poland began to appear in 2019, officials believed that the violated the EU’s law surrounding non-discrimination due to sexual orientation. In March 2021 the EU declared itself an “LGBT+ freedom zone” in a direct response these regions in Poland. In July the European Commission said Poland will face legal action after it “failed to [...] respond to its inquiry regarding the nature and impact of the so-called LGBT ideology free zones”

The sanctions seem to be having some effect, as in April the small community of Kraśnik in eastern Poland became the first town to withdraw its ‘LGBT-free’ status.

On Wednesday 22nd September, another region followed suit as the rural community of Swietokrzyskie in southern Poland also voted to abolish these anti-LGBT+ resolutions. Their new statement guarantees parents the right to raise their children consistent with their beliefs and views but says that the constitution ensures “equality and fair treatment for all”. Many more regions and cities are expected to make similar moves in the next few months.

Pride March in Ukraine

On Sunday 19th September between seven and eight thousand people attended the Kyiv Equality March to bravely stand up against opposition from religious and political groups and march peacefully for LGBT+ rights in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.

Several hundred anti-LGBT protesters gathered nearby in a park but their numbers were small compared to the LGBT+ community and their allies. Ukraine currently does not permit same-sex marriage or adoption and LGBT+ people are not protected from workplace discrimination.

Fortunately no violence broke out and the Pride celebrate-ers continued peacefully through the city

Scotland is the first country to add LGBT+ education into their national curriculum.

Starting in 2021, all public schools will have LGBT+ inclusivity and history added to their curriculum.

All school staff will be given basic training in LGBT+ inclusive education and a number of LGBT+ education resources. A dedicated website will also be launched with resources to help support LGBT+ students and young people. The resources were developed by parents, teachers, young people and LGBT+ organisations.

Subjects covered across all age groups will include:

  • LGBT+ Identities

  • Same Sex Marriage

  • Same Sex Parenting

  • Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

  • LGBT+ History including the AIDs Epidemic

You know what time it is, another Friday, another weekly LGBT+ News Roundup! This week’s headlines are:

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie! released on Amazon Prime

New species of fly named after Drag Race’s Ru Paul

Australian Music Awards remove gendered categories

Protests in Madrid over anti-LGBT+ hate crimes

Pop n Olly Book!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie! released on Amazon Prime

The movie version of the West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is released on Amazon Prime today!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a coming-of-age musical which was inspired by a real life teenager from Durham in Northern England called Jamie. The story follows 16 year old Jamie as we learn about his dreams of becoming a drag queen, watch him perform in his first drag show and cheer on his triumphant arrival at his prom in a gorgeous dress.

The movie premier for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie took place earlier this week as UK drag royalty, including Lawrence Chaney and Ellie Diamond from Drag Race UK, walked the pink carpet. Bimini Bom Boulash took over the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie instagram account along with Max Harwood, who plays the title character in the movie, and the real-life Jamie who inspired it all.

Watch the trailer here:

New species of fly named after Drag Race’s Ru Paul

A new species of fly found in Australia has been named ‘Opaluma rupaul’ in honour of the Drag Race host.

The fly is as shimmering and colourful as the drag queen herself and Bryan Lessard, an entomologist (bug biologist!) for Australia’s Scientific Research Organisation, said naming the new fly was an “obvious decision”.

And this isn’t the first time that Bryan Lessard has named an insect after his diva icons. Almost 10 years ago, he named the Scaptia beyonceae fly after the queen of the Beyhive herself, Beyonce Knowles.

Bryan described the as having a “costume of shiny metallic rainbow colours” and “legs for days” and added that he hoped Ru would be flattered by the comparison.

Australian Music Awards remove gendered categories

Australian music awards the ARIAs has ditched gendered categories in order to be inclusive to non-binary performers.

The awards announced that, starting this year, they will be combining ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Best Female Artist’ into one award, simply called ‘Best Artist’. Instead of the 5 nominees which were chosen for each award in previous years, the Best Artist award will have 10 nominees.

This is a striking comparison to the BRIT awards, who planned to scrap gendered categories in 2019 but have yet to follow through on this and therefore excluded Sam Smith this year as they did not identify with the binary awards categories.

The ARIAs announced the change on Twitter and said that the change “reflects our commitment to embrace equality and the true diversity of the music industry in 2021” and their CEO Annabelle Herd said in an interview that “The time for separating artists based on gendered categories that exclude non-binary artists altogether has passed,”

Protests in Madrid over anti-LGBT+ hate crimes

Hundreds of people have once again gathered in Madrid to protest the rise in hate-crimes.

In a 2020 report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 41% of LGBT+ Spanish citizens said they have experienced harassment in the last 12 months. Members of the Spanish LGBT+ community have also seen a staggering increase in anti-LGBT+ hate crimes in the past year including Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, who was beaten to death for being gay on July 3rd 2021, and whose death sparked a wave of protests across Spain.