Equality Updates 1st February

#timetotalk1st February Time To Talk Day #timetotalk

February is LGBT History Month 
LGBT History Month Scotland What’s On  #LGBTHM18


LGBT Youth Scotland

Life In Scotland For LGBT Young People Report

Schools Resources For Lgbt History Month 2018


Schools Out

LGBT History Month 2018 is here!


Stonewall Scotland

Stonewall Scotland Bi Role Models Programme
Thursday, 15 March, 10am – 5pm. We are delighted to be running a Role Models programme specifically for bi people to explore what it means to be a visible bi role model in our workplaces and communities. This is a funded one day programme taking place in central Edinburgh.

Stonewall reveals Britain’s top trans-inclusive employers


Glasgow Association For Mental Health

Top Tips For Speaking To Your GP About Mental Health
GAMH Co-trainers, from diverse backgrounds including BME communities, worked with NHSGGC to produce top tips. Available in English, BSL, Urdu, French, Swahili, Arabic, Punjabi, Tamil, Farsi and Polish. Download, or watch our Top Tips Film made by our friends at MINDWAVES


Mental Health Foundation

42% of Scottish parents say their children increasingly anxious about world events


Birds Of Paradise Theatre Company

Creative Scotland cuts Birds of Paradise Theatre Company’s funding, in organisation’s 25th anniversary year


Lung Ha Theatre Company

Lung Ha’s Creative Scotland Statement
the decision by Creative Scotland to reject Lung Ha Theatre Company’s application for regular funding is clearly a disappointing one and a challenging blow for the company.


Holyrood Magazine

Creative Scotland to review options in the wake of outcry over funding decisions


Human Rights Commission Scotland

Scottish Government sets up new Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership
A new Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership has met for the first time. The group, chaired by Professor Alan Miller, has been established following a commitment in this year’s Programme for Government. It will operate independently from government, and develop recommendations on how Scotland can continue to promote and support human rights.



Frequently asked questions: Women’s equality and the Gender Recognition Act


International Day Of Zero Tolerance For FGM – 6th February

FGM Aware Newsletter January 2018: Events, News And Resources to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM
– Royal College of Midwives Conference 6th February, Edinburgh
– ‘Bleeding Blade’ Screening, 14th Feb, Edinburgh
– Raising awareness of FGM Monday 5th Feb Glasgow
Guidance, Resources and information on groups and projects.
See also: https://www.fgmaware.org/


Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees

Welcome for New Scots integration strategy


Equality Network

Respond to the consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act
Stand up for trans rights and speak out for trans equality in Scotland. The consultation is open until 5pm on Thursday 1st March 2018.


House of Commons: Scottish Affairs Committee

Scotland’s migration needs examined

Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland

SQA accredited course in Understanding HIV and AIDS
28th February, Glasgow


Glasgow Women’s Library

GWL Spring Programme 2018 Out Now!


Show Racism the Red Card

Tackling LGBT+ Bullying in partnership with Big Lottery Awards for All
Tackling LGBT+ Bullying Education Programme delivered to young people from Street League in North Ayrshire


LEAP Sports

Research In Further & Higher Education
We are interested in experiences in sport for LGBTI+ people within colleges and universities.  Please share your experiences with us

Data Collection seminar, Edinburgh 19th Feb:
A seminar for those in the sports sector who are responsible for data collection and monitoring and are looking for guidance in relation to the areas of sexual orientation, gender reassignment and gender identity. Data monitoring? Membership? Player / event registration

LGBT Prejudice in Football


Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

People First (Scotland) Easy Read Working Group


Outspoken Arts Scotland

LGBT History Month 2018 Events in Paisley
QUEER CHAMPIONS: portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer individuals in Scotland.
12 Feb – 2 March
AT A STRETCH A wordless visual theatre production for children and families by Jordan & Skinner, 17 Feb, 2pm
JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS: Follow the stories of Geoff, Danny, Viv, Joe and Luke who are playing in the Leith Gay and Lesbian five a side football. 28 Feb, 7.30pm
WICKED WOMEN: An evening of music & spoken word to mark International Women’s Day. Featuring Carol Laula & guests, Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins & Linzi Clark + more.  8th Mar, 7.30pm


Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector: Everyone’s Children

Citywide Forum – Transformational Change Programme Update
Update from meeting on 19th Jan: Everyone’s Children and the Citywide Forum met with key staff from Children and Young People’s Services at Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP)


Holyrood Magazine

Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill passed at Holyrood by 88 to 28

Concern over family members overseas is hampering refugees from settling in UK, finds study

Scottish Labour to investigate allegations of racism towards Anas Sarwar by councillor


Scottish Refugee Council

Stand as one with refugee families
Ask your MP to support the Refugee Families Bill at Westminster – every vote counts


Scottish Women’s Aid

Today (01/02/2018) MSPs in Holyrood will vote on Scotland’s Domestic Abuse Bill, a landmark piece of legislation.
Read our briefing and follow us on Facebook to find out more: @scotwomensaid


Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

Brexit concerns highlighted
ALLIANCE members have expressed fears that social care recruitment problems could be “exacerbated” after Brexit.


BBC News

Study into how language delays onset of dementia
Workshops offering older adults lessons in foreign languages to help delay the effects of dementia are being studied by researchers. Social enterprise Lingo Flamingo was set up in Govan in Glasgow in 2015.


Equality Network

It’s our 21st birthday!
February 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to the Equality Network Parliamentary Reception to help us celebrate our 21st birthday, and find out more about our current Equal Recognition campaign for trans equality.




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Disability Arts Online

Liz Carr – The Silent Witness Roars
– featuring Liz Carr centre stage and a storyline addressing disability issues, Mik Scarlett argues that we are about to witness a watershed in disability representation on Television.

Silent Witness: history in the making



House of Commons Home Affairs Committee

Committee take evidence on lessons from 2017 terror attacks



Fawcett Society

Fawcett Comments On BBC Review

Fawcett’s Open Letter To Tony Hall Over Unequal Pay And Decisions To Remove Some Women Broadcasters From Air


Operation Black Vote

Operation Black Vote begin search for UK’s future Black Prime Minister

Car insurance industry shaken by racism claims




[INFOGRAPHIC] The Trump Immigration Doctrine: Hostile. Racist. Divisive



House Of Commons Health Committee

Stop sharing confidential patient information for immigration enforcement purposes
The Chair of the Health Committee has written to Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital, requesting that NHS Digital immediately withdraws from a memorandum of understanding with the Home Office that allows for the sharing of patients’ addresses for immigration tracing purposes.



Department For Education

Survey: Changes to the teaching of Sex & Relationship Education and PSHE
Closes 12 Feb 2018



Action on Hearing Loss

Parts of the London Underground are “loud enough to damage people’s hearing” says Dr. Joe Sollini of UCL Ear Institute.
We’re so happy to have supported BBC London in making this investigation on the high levels of noise on the London Underground! Watch the full episode on BBC iPlayer:



Operation Black Vote

Race equality nightmare: Enoch Powell back in fashion




Stonewall reveals Britain’s top trans-inclusive employers



Institute of Race Relations

Eugenics, free speech, double standards
Discredited racial theories are discussed in secret academic forums, while Muslim and BAME students face extreme surveillance on campus. So why the double standard?



Oxford Human Rights Hub

Why Artificial Intelligence is Already a Human Rights Issue