June 26th, 2012
“The festival celebrating LGBT pride in the Black, African, Asian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern communities returns to London for its seventh year.
UK Black Pride, the festival celebrating LGBT pride in Britain’s multicultural communities is back.
The party is set to take place on 18 August at Kennington Park in south London.
Tickets for the festival are now on sale from Ticket Line and for a limited time only, the website is offering four tickets for the price of three. Prices are at £10 plus £1 booking fee.
Black Pride will take to the London stage to celebrate the lives, experiences and achievements of LGBT people from all across the UK’s multicultural landscape. The festival will host many live music performances on its main stage plus several dance tents showcasing dance music.
Past performers at UK Black Pride include Jessie J, Ms Dynamite, Beverley Knight and Duane Lamont. All of whom have pledged their support for LGBT rights and diversity in the UK.
Alongside the music, the festival will be offering something for everyone with licensed bars serving sumptuous world food, several educational workshops, community stalls and a children’s play area.
Black Pride has been run on a voluntary basis by an award winning team from the Black and LGBT community since 2005. It is now Europe’s largest pride celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern people; attracting thousands of festival goers from around the world.
June 26th, 2012
“Police are investigating a Twitter user’s alleged racist abuse of England footballers Ashley Cole and Ashley Young after they missed penalty kicks at Euro 2012.
In a series of tweets, the user appeared to goad other users who criticised him. Later he wrote: “All I got to say is this was just a joke, you guys need to relax, police know i was kiddin around and they won’t bother me hopefully, cheers.”
Another tweet said: “The police won’t bother me mate i can assure you that.”
A Metropolitan police (MPS) spokesman said on Monday: “We are aware of alleged racist comments on Twitter following last night’s England game and have launched an investigation.
“The allegation was made to MPS on 25 June by a member of the public relating to comments on a Twitter account supposedly based in London.”
He said no arrests had been made.
The Football Association said in a statement: “We are concerned at the reports regarding allegations of abuse aimed at England players Ashley Cole and Ashley Young on Twitter.
“They have just given everything for the national team at Euro 2012 and it is appalling and unacceptable that messages of an abusive type are being posted. We support any police investigation in identifying who is behind this.”
Cole and Young have returned home with the rest of the England team after the 4-2 penalty shootout defeat in the quarter-final against Italy.
Liam Stacey, 21, from Pontypridd, South Wales, was jailed for 56 days in March after racially abusing two Twitter users and mocking the Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba when he collapsed and almost died during a match.
Stacey, a student in the final year of a three-year biology degree, was also banned from Swansea University for the rest of the year.” Souce: The Guardian, Tuesday 26 June, 2012.
June 19th, 2012
On Friday 18th May we held out first ever Dinner and Drum Night: an event where attendees enjoyed a night of delicious food, an exciting raffle, and professional African music from The Abatimbo Burundi Drummers.
Everyone had a fantastic time and we hope to repeat the event again at a later date.
If you would like to see the photos from the night then you can see them by clicking here. However, we would like to share just a few of them with you now:
June 19th, 2012
“As the Ukrainian parliament prepares to approve anti-gay censorship laws, former pro footballer Marcus Urban joins AllOut.org on Twitter to comment on the Ukraine v. England Euro2012 game at 7.30pm Tuesday 19 June.
Fans of football and human rights are invited to join in by promoting the action before the game and re-tweeting during the match. All Out tweets will carry the hashtag #Euro2012 “with our friend Marcus Urban”.
Legislation currently under consideration could make it illegal to say the word “gay” in public, say campaigners.
“The situation for lesbian and gay people here in Ukraine is urgent, and we need supporters like Marcus and All Out members all around the world to speak up with us”, said Zoryan Kis, executive director of Fulcrum, a Ukrainian LGBT organization.
Leaders from six European Union countries have already expressed their discomfort with Ukrainian censorship and human rights abuses by refusing to attend tournament games held in the East European country.
“Leaders are telling Ukraine that they can not reap the benefits of the European community while rejecting its commitment to human rights,” said Andre Banks, executive director of AllOut.org. “Euro 2012 has become the focal point for everyone from heads of state to pro-footballers ready to give Ukraine a red card for the country’s ever expanding pattern of human rights abuses.”
Marcus Urban came out while playing for East German second division team Rot-Weiß Erfurt in the 1990s.
He said: “I had to quit my career 20 years ago, because of the pressure to conform in professional football. Even now, just a few days ago, an Italian forward playing at Euro 2012 said that he hopes there are no gay players in his team. He is a typical example of how little football has advanced on this issue in the last two decades. As a matter of fact, there are no openly gay players at the Euro 2012 at all.”" Source: PinkPaper.com, Tuesday 19 June, 2012.
June 19th, 2012
“Name-calling is rife in many schools, but is often dismissed as simply “banter”, according to a new Ofsted report into bullying.
It found that pupils are using insults relating to sexuality, intelligence, race, appearance and family circumstances, with some saying it was acceptable if the words were being used between friends.
But while students admit to using language that they know is inappropriate, the report also raises concerns that some teachers were not aware how frequently it was being used.
The Ofsted report, based on visits to 56 schools and discussions with around 2,000 pupils and staff, looked at the best ways that schools can prevent and tackle bullying.
It said it was clear that pupils were using derogatory language outside of the classrooms, such as in the playground, although at times it spilled over into lessons.
Words such as “stupid”, “idiot”, “mong”, “spazzer” or “spaz” were used when pupils struggled with work or a sport, it said, while other youngsters told inspectors that terms like “gay”, “slag” or “slut” could be used against classmates.
The report warned that “gay” was often used as an insult, with one secondary school pupil saying it was used to mean “rubbish”.
School staff also said that the use of the word “gay” was a “common issue”.
“The disparaging language most commonly heard by pupils in both primary and secondary schools related to perceived ability or lack of ability – mainly the latter; race and, less commonly, religion; sexuality; appearance; family circumstances; and, in secondary schools, sexual behaviour,” the report said.
At the same time, some of the staff in 24 of the schools visited said that they never heard prejudiced language from pupils.
It adds that inspectors found that it was common in many of the schools for youngsters who are disabled or have special needs and those that are, or are believe to be homosexual to be called names.
While many pupils knew this was not acceptable, it was often seen as “banter”, the report says, and that staff were not aware of the extent of its use, or saw it as banter themselves.
The report adds that many of the pupils questioned knew that using derogatory language was wrong because it hurts people’s feelings, and can make them upset or angry.
But it adds that the views of other students was more worrying.
“In two of the primary schools and 11 of the secondary schools, although pupils knew that certain language was generally inappropriate, if the words were used between friends they were seen as ‘banter’ or ‘just joking’ or ‘messing about’, which pupils thought made their use acceptable.
“This generally did not extend to racism (which was almost universally seen as the worst insult and as unacceptable) but always included ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ and often included words related to disability and appearance. For a few pupils even racist terms were seen as acceptable ‘between friends’.”
Susan Gregory, Ofsted director of education and care, said: “Schools must develop a positive culture so all pupils learn in a happy and safe environment. Teachers should receive the right training and support so they have the skills and confidence to teach pupils about diversity and the effects of bullying.”
Brian Lightman, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said: “School leaders know that bullying can cause untold misery and wreck the lives of young people, and they are committed to tackling it in all forms. This is a helpful report and although many of the findings will not come as a surprise, it will allow schools to review what they do against the best practice it identifies.
“Schools tackle bullying through a culture of clear expectations, anti-bullying policies which are consistently implemented and understood by pupils and adults, explicit sanctions, frank discussion with pupils about the effects of their language and their actions, and an open climate in which young people who are bullied or witness bullying feel confident to come forward immediately.”
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), said: “The NUT believes respect should be accorded in our multicultural society, regardless of race, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Bullying ruins lives and must not go unchallenged.
“There needs to be the time devoted in the curriculum to preventing bullying through challenging negative attitudes. The lessons learnt make a significant difference to pupils’ attitudes, not only during their school career but throughout their adult life as well.”
Peter Liver, of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), said bullying was “still a big problem for children in the UK”.
The charity’s ChildLine advice and support service dealt with more than 32,000 contacts from children about bullying – some as young as seven, Mr Liver said.
“Over half the children who contacted ChildLine said the bullying happened at or on the way home from school. Though many schools now have anti-bullying policies, this report shows that these are only as good as the staff’s ability to carry them out.
“Unless teachers are given the skills and confidence to tackle bullying, for many children school will continue be a place to fear, not a place to learn,” he said.” Source: The Huffington Post, 19 June 2012.
June 7th, 2012
Scale 4 NJC points 18 – 21 (£17,161 – £19,126 pro rata)
18.5 hours per week worked on 3-5 days at the Head Office in Leeds
Fixed term for 6 months
To provide general administrative support including assisting with producing monitoring reports and maintaining financial systems. The post also involves providing support to users of 24-hour reporting systems (telephone and electronic).
Closing date is 12 noon on 22nd June 2012.
Interviews are to be held on 4 July 2012 in Leeds.
For an informal discussion about the post, please phone:
Andrew Bolland, New Business Manager on 0113 2935100.
For an application pack please telephone 0113 293 5100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop Hate UK is an Investors in People and Positive About Disabled People organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of race, gender, faith, disability, sexual orientation or age. All applicants should note that before appointment an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau application will be made.
May 24th, 2012
Stop Hate UK Press Release
Stop Hate UK is a national organisation working to provide support to victims of Hate Crime, across the strands of Disability, Gender Identity, Race, Religion and Sexual Orientation. We provide a 24 hour helpline in some areas of the UK for victims and witnesses to contact us to report Hate Crime and receive support. We welcome the introduction of the Tell MAMA project in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.
All forms of Hate Crime are underreported. People may be afraid of speaking out or don’t know that what has happened to them is a Hate Crime or how to report it. In particular, people who have experienced Islamophobia may be worried that organisations won’t understand their experiences, why they have been targeted or their religious beliefs and practices.
This is where organisations such as Stop Hate UK and Tell MAMA have a part to play. By providing our independent reporting services and working in partnership, we are able to give victims the choice about when they report, how they report and who they report to. We then give them the choice about what happens next with the information they give us, while at the same time helping to build up a picture of just how prevalent Islamophobia is in the UK.
Between April 2008 and June 2011, 3436 incidents were reported to Stop Hate UK’s Hate Crime reporting service. Of those incidents, 190 of the victims identified that they were Muslim. 107 perceived that the incident was motivated by their race, ethnicity or nationality, 8 identified that they were targeted because of their religion and 38 said that they perceived it was motivated by both. The other victims who identified themselves as Muslim reported other reasons for being victimised.
These statistics demonstrate that it is often not possible to tell whether Islamophobia is aimed at someone because of their religion, faith or belief or their race, ethnicity or nationality or both. However, whatever the statistics show, Islamophobia is unacceptable. The work that Stop Hate UK need to do, alongside organisations and projects such as Tell MAMA, is to continue to increase the confidence of victims in reporting these Islamophobic Hate Crimes and Incidents where they occur.
May 22nd, 2012
“One in five black students have been the victim of at least one racial hate incident during their current studies according to an NUS survey.
The findings come after Crown Prosecution Service figures in February showed an increase in hate crime and nearly half (48%) of Asian and Asian British students to the NUS survey reported fear about being subject to racial prejudice. 42% of reported incidents took place in and around educational institutions. More than half (54%) of the victims of race hate incidents surveyed had considered leaving their courses as a result.
No Place for Hate: race and ethnicity, is the fourth in a series of research reports funded by the Home Office which analyses responses from over 9000 students across further and higher education.
The report calls on universities and colleges to take an active role in making campuses safer for potential targets of hate crime.
NUS black students’ officer Kanja Sesay said: “Racially motivated hate crimes have not gone away and universities cannot afford to turn a blind eye any longer.
“There are already significant barriers to going to university for Black students and if universities refuse to acknowledge that these problems exist on their campuses then those barriers will grow.”” Source: Union News, Tuesday 22 May 2012.
May 22nd, 2012
This week (20-26th May, 2012) is Dementia Awareness Week. In support of this we would like to encourage you to read an article by Nicola Clark, published in The Guardian – Comment is Free today (Tuesday 22 May 2012) entitled ”If you know someone with Dementia, make time for them”. To read the piece please click on this link:
May 22nd, 2012
“GFEST – Gaywise FESTival is London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) cross – art festival for all. GFEST 2012 call for entries submission is announced in three categories: Films / Visual Arts / Performances.
Produced by arts charity Wise Thoughts, GFEST features the best of established alongside fresh or young artists and queer talent working across the arts. Events range from exhibitions, group and solo performances, film screenings, debates, creative workshops and parties. The arts and culture festival also helps profile human rights issues and makes a creative case for ‘Equality in all walks of life.’ GFEST takes place annually in November in various venues across London.
GFEST 2012 dates: 12 to 24 November 2012” Source: Gaywise FESTival.