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Royal Mint releases rainbow-coloured coin to mark 50 years of Pride UK

The Royal Mint has revealed a new rainbow-coloured 50p coin to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Pride movement and said this will be the first time the LGBTQ+ community has been recognised on an official coin.
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Rylan Clark and Nick Grimshaw to help Channel 4 celebrate 50 years of UK Pride with TV specials and documentaries
Rylan Clark at the helm.The radio DJ and TV presenter will star in a Pride anniversary episode of Celebrity Gogglebox alongside other British LGBTQ+ personalities.Two documentaries commissioned to reflect on the last 50 years for the LGBTQ+ community will also air around the anniversary of the first UK Pride rally in London on July 1, 1972.One film, with the working title of 50 Years Of Pride, will explore the history of the movement in the UK through first-person testimonies and archive footage.Made in collaboration with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Stephen Daldry and playwright Joe Robertson, it will hear from those who faced hostility and discrimination in the early years of the movement.The documentary will also feature people from the younger generations who have always had Pride celebrations as part of their life and identity.Another programme, provisionally titled April Ashley, will focus on one of the UK’s most prominent transgender women.Ashley, who died last year at the age of 86, was a model and dancer who received an MBE for services to equality and was involved in the landmark divorce trial Corbett v Corbett.The film will ‘take the audience inside the intimate reality of the transgender experience’ and explore how Ashley ‘paved the way for future generations of transgender people’, Channel 4 said.Another two-part documentary scheduled for later in the year will explore how pop star George Michael risked his career by speaking openly about his sexuality after being outed as gay.The piece, with a working title of Outed: George Michael And The Fight For Freedom, will feature other public figures whose sexuality was revealed by the media.Nick and his niece Liv, Rylan and his mother Linda, and comedian Paul Sinha
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First openly trans MP accuses government of ‘breaking promise’ to LGBT people
ban on conversion therapy.Jamie Wallis, Conservative MP for Bridgend, came out in defence of trans rights this week, accusing Boris Johnson of ‘breaking his promise’ to LGBT+ people.The Welsh Backbencher was praised for his bravery last week after he revealed he is trans in a highly personal statement on Twitter. Following theTory U-turn on the conversion therapy ban, he said it is ‘wrong to exclude protections for a whole group of people’ from an ‘abhorrent’ practice.‘I hope the announcement that a separate piece of work will now be done on this issue will be done at speed,’ Mr Wallis added.‘If the CT (conversion therapy) ban passes through Parliament without any protections for the transgender community, it cannot be described as anything other than a broken promise.’His comments come as more than 100 charities, including Stonewall, plan to boycott the government’s first global LGBT+ conference over its stance on conversion therapy.It is now unclear if the ‘Safe To Be Me: Global Equality Conference’ in London will go ahead after the LGBT+ and HIV charities, along with major sponsors, pulled out just three months before the event.A government spokesperson said it was ‘disappointing’ to see partners quit the conference, which was set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first ever London Pride march.They added officials are still ‘considering how to proceed’.In a statement on Twitter yesterday, Stonewall said it will only participate if the prime minister reverts to his promise for a trans-inclusive ban on conversion therapy.‘This is a decision we take with a heavy heart,’ it said.
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