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Transgender Scrabble champ took her own life to escape abuse, inquest hears
23.04.2015
Transgender Scrabble champ took her own life to escape abuse, inquest hears
An inquest into the death of a transgender Scrabble champion has heard that she received regular abuse on the streets of Carlisle. 36-year-old Mikki Nicholson, who made headlines in 2010 when she was crowned UK Scrabble Champion – died on November 7 last year, when she stepped in front of a train. Ms Nicholson, who was female but never gained legal gender recognition, sp ... READ MORE
New National LGBT Police group a step closer
20.03.2015
New National LGBT Police group a step closer
Representatives from police forces and crime agencies up and down the UK attended a national meeting today hosted by The Network at West Midlands Police Tally Ho confefence centre. The meeting was to agree on a name, logo and constitution for the formation of a new national LGBT police group.  The GPA (Gay Police Association) ceased to exist 2 years ago when funding was pulled and the group took ... READ MORE
Network is largest police group in Britain
17.03.2015
Network is largest police group in Britain
The force's LGBT Network has been heralded as the most successful in the country. The group – which provides advice and support to force’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) officers and staff – was recognised at a national conference in Norfolk. The group’s chairman, PC Gary Stack (pictured), was asked to share with police officers gathered from across the UK th ... READ MORE
West Midlands Police named among UK's top employers
15.03.2015
West Midlands Police named among UK's top employers
West Midlands Police has been recognised as one of the top employers in the country. The coveted accolade was bestowed on the force by gay rights group Stonewall in their 2015 Workplace Equality Index. Commenting on the achievement, Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: “We’ve come a long way as an organisation in a relatively short period of time in terms of equalities. “Being ... READ MORE
Older LGBT people forced back in to the closet
10.03.2015
Older LGBT people forced back in to the closet
The government’s Dementia Strategy for England must include a “specific reference to LGBT issues”, the National Care Forum has warned. Writing in The Guardian, Des Kelly, executive director of the forum, said LGBT people with dementia risk being failed by the care system and forced back into the closet. Estimates from the Equality and Human Rights Commission suggest th ... READ MORE
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