PTF Weekly: USA introduces Section 28, LGBT+ conversion therapy still legal …

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Peter Tatchell and Boy George at World Pride

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The aim of #PTFweekly is to bring you a flavour of the LGBT+ & human rights stories of the week as well as inform you of the work of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. We can’t guarantee the accuracy of external links.

  • Two decades after the abolition Section 28 in the UK, American legislators are introducing a similar law in Florida. The ‘don’t say gay’ law will block teachers from supporting LGBT+ pupils. Read more.
  • 1,540 days after the UK government promised to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy, it is still legal & ministers are still dithering. This fascinating read reminds us why we must abolish this unethical & harmful quack practice. Read more.
  • In 1973, Peter staged the first gay rights protest in a communist country. He was arrested & interrogated by the secret police, the Stasi, in East Berlin. It sparked heroic underground LGBT+ movements in communist countries. Read more.
  • Staff at UK equalities watchdog are quitting over transphobia. Morale is described as low, as bosses meet with anti-trans groups. The ECHR should support equality for all and not pander to prejudice. Read more.
  • Students had to promise to be ‘straight’ to enrol at school. The contract is now withdrawn but it gave teachers the power to expel gay students. This u-turn proves the power of protest! Read more.
  • Energy firms reap bonanza, as millions plunged into fuel poverty. £40bn profits for BP & Shell should result in windfall tax on energy companies. If France can cap energy price rises to 4%, why can’t the UK? Read more.
  • China cynically uses a Uyghur torchbearer to light Olympic flame. No one is fooled by this PR stunt. Everyone knows about China‘s persecution & genocide of the Uyghurs. Read more.

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