UK promises to prosecute online hate crimes vigorously

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LONDON (AP) – British authorities are promising to prosecute hate crimes committed online as vigorously as those that take place face-to-face, recognizing the growth of hate speech on social media and the potential for such crimes to affect large numbers of people.

New guidelines issued Aug. 21 outline a tough stance on cyber hate attacks on the basis of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity. In addition, the guidance for the first time recognizes hate crimes against bisexuals as distinct from homophobic or transphobic attacks.

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Britain plans to cut red tape for transgender people

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LONDON (AP) – The British government plans to make it easier for people to change gender by removing a requirement for a medical diagnosis.

Equalities Minister Justine Greening says people seeking to legally change gender will have to prove they have been in transition for at least two years. But they will not need a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, a requirement seen as intrusive by many trans people.

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Watch: police officer’s girlfriend proposes at London Pride Parade

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One police officer got a heartwarming surprise while working the 45th annual London Pride parade.

The British Transport Police (BTP) posted a short video of one of their officers getting engaged to her girlfriend. In the video, the officer approaches her girlfriend, who then drops to one knee and pulls out a ring.

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Britain approves funding for HIV-prevention drug

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London (AP) – Britain’s state-funded health service is responsible for paying for an HIV-prevention drug that has been called a “game changer” in the fight against AIDS, a court ruled August 2.

The health service said it would appeal, which means the drug – which advocates say can prevent infection in people at high risk of contracting HIV- is still some way from becoming widely available in Britain.

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Ally Agenda: Orlando Forever

By : Jamie Hyman
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Jamie Hyman

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I moved to Orlando reluctantly.

We were living in Ft. Lauderdale. My career was going nowhere, the economy was terrible, and my fiancé (now husband) Matt landed his dream job making video games at Electronic Arts. Like many other outsiders, I thought Orlando was solely made up of theme parks and that we’d have to live on International Drive. But without a compelling reason not to go, I packed up our things, grumbling the entire time about how my willingness to live next door to that crooked Ripley’s building was a testament to my love for Matt, and boy, would he owe me.

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Prince Harry continues Diana’s fight against AIDS

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London (AP) – Prince Harry is set to follow his mother’s example and use part of his time in the fight against AIDS.

Harry plans to speak at an international AIDS conference in South Africa next month and to meet with doctors and nurses who are caring for HIV-positive patients in London.

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Andrew Garfield hits the London stage for Angels in America

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andrew garfieldThe Tony Kushner play Angels in America is set to hit the London stage in May 2017, and ex-Spider-Man himself Andrew Garfield will be joining the cast. The play, which won multiple awards including several Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, examines the AIDS epidemic and what it was to be a gay man in the 1980s.

Garfield will play Prior Walter, a gay man diagnosed with AIDS who believes he is a prophet. He joins Looking’s Russell Tovey and Robin Hood’s Denise Gough in the London production.

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British couple loses case fighting for civil union

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London (AP) – A British couple who wanted their relationship recognized as a civil union instead of a marriage lost their case at the High Court.

Rebecca Steinfeld, 34, and Charles Keidan, 39, said they objected to the history and institution of marriage and argued that they and others faced discrimination because the law says only same-sex couples are eligible for civil partnerships.

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IOC lifts restrictions on transgender athletes

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London (AP) – Transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in the Olympics and other international events without undergoing sex reassignment surgery, according to new guidelines adopted by the IOC.

International Olympic Committee medical officials told The Associated Press they changed the policy to adapt to current scientific, social and legal attitudes on transgender issues.

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Report: UK needs to step it up on transgender policies

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London (AP) – A group of lawmakers say British authorities are failing transgender people, who suffer routine discrimination and are disproportionately likely to attempt suicide.

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee says health-care workers, police, prison staff and teachers all need training on transgender issues.

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A year later, Leelah Alcorn’s message still resonates

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Cincinnati (AP) – The message of a transgender teenager who urged people to “fix society” before she stepped in front of a tractor-trailer in southwest Ohio still draws attention – one year later.

Leelah Alcorn, 17, of a northeastern Cincinnati suburb, walked onto Interstate 71 in the early morning hours of Dec. 28. Her death was deemed a suicide. A note on her Tumblr blog pleaded for her death “to mean something.”

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Screened Out – Legend

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Taron Egerton

There’s about an hour and forty minutes of good stuff here. Unfortunately, this biopic is nearly two hours and fifteen minutes long. It also focuses on the boring parts. Legend doesn’t completely claim what’s shocking about its real-life story.

The flick does offer the gimmick of Tom Hardy playing twins. Set in 1960s London and concerning two very fascinating gangster personalities, it should have had so much more. It should’ve explored Ronnie Kray’s violent sexuality and his and his brother’s dangerous commitment to each other, even as their relationship promised ruin.

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