Scottish Government opens consultation on ending ‘conversion therapy’ practices
Launched on Tuesday (9 January) the consultation will run until midnight on Tuesday 2 April. ‘Conversion therapy’ is an outdated and debunked practice aimed at changing or suppressing someone’s sexuality or gender identity. Read more here.
France announces youngest-ever and first openly gay prime minister Gabriel Attal
President Macron said he hoped the young PM would revive the spirit he created in 2017 when he took to office. Read more here.
Maternity deaths at highest levels in 20 years, study finds
Women from black ethnic backgrounds are three times more likely to die compared to white women, and the death rate among those from Asian ethnic backgrounds is twice as high as that of white women. Read more here.
Christopher Kapessa: Drowned boy's family 'racially abused'
Family members of a teenage boy who drowned were beaten, urinated on and run over in the lead up to his death, an inquest has heard. Read more here.
Racism affected how we were treated over Horizon, says Post Office victims
In a developing story, Post Office workers of South Asian heritage have told the BBC they believe racism affected the way people were treated. Read more here.
Italian opposition demands investigation after hundreds give fascist salute
Italian state television said on Monday evening that authorities were investigating the mass salute at the demonstration. Watch here.
German anti-fascists aim to trademark Nazi slogans to ‘hit them where it hurts’
Meanwhile, an initiative in Germany is attempting to undermine a neo-Nazi business model based on disemvowelled words. Read more here.
Women’s Aid welcomes £2 million fund to help survivors of domestic abuse
From 31st January 2024, survivors of domestic abuse who do not have the financial means to leave their abusers will be able to apply for a one-off payment of up to £500 via one of over 470 support services, for essential items such as groceries, nappies or support with new accommodation to help them and their children flee to safety. Read more here.
The Graduate Student Rewriting Deaf and Disability Histories
When Kirstie Stage was diagnosed with hearing loss, she realised that the experiences of Deaf and disabled people were missing from the history books. Kirstie is determined to bring these narratives to the fore. Read more here.
‘He made the East End look glamorous’: Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi’s London
As one of Britain’s first black photographers, Ajetunmobi captured the glitz, diversity and camaraderie of long-established communities in his adopted home. Read more here.