0 Have your say Scottish Secretary David Mundell has said that coming out as gay was “one of the most difficult things I’ve done”, ahead of an event marking LGBT History Month. Mr Mundell will host a reception in Edinburgh on Thursday to celebrate the work of LGBT campaigners and organisations supporting the community in Scotland.The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale said: “Coming out was one of the most difficult things I have done, but also one of the most important. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from friends, family and colleagues. Everyone should feel able to live their lives as they wish, in safety and confidence, without fear of judgment or discrimination. “We have come a huge way in better rights for our LGBT communities, and LGBT History Month is a valuable reminder of those hard-won achievements. But we still have more to do to build a wholly inclusive and accepting society.”He came out three … [Read more...] about David Mundell: Coming out was the hardest things I’ve done
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Politics | When Does Kicking Black People Off Juries Cross a Constitutional Line? Supported by Sidebar ByAdam Liptak Feb. 18, 2019 WASHINGTON — Doug Evans, a white state prosecutor in Mississippi, has worked hard to keep black people off the juries that have heard his case against Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times — yes, six times — for the 1996 murders of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Miss. Next month, the Supreme Court will consider whether Mr. Evans’s use of dozens of peremptory challenges — ones that do not require giving a reason — to exclude black prospective jurors violated the Constitution. Mr. Evans’s track record is extraordinary, and the court’s ruling may be narrow. But the justices could also use the case to put some teeth … [Read more...] about When Does Kicking Black People Off Juries Cross a Constitutional Line?
Hailey Jonoubeh breathed deeply and closed her eyes, clasping a deck of tarot cards in her hands. She shut out the light streaming through her downtown Denver apartment, the ambulance wails from the city streets below and her black cat Raja perched on the window sill. Jonoubeh exhaled, asking the cards the same question she does each morning: What do I need to know today? The three she plucked from the deck denoted a need to leave her comfort zone, to think before she speaks and to trust her intuition. Jonoubeh groaned, offering a resigned smile. They were the same cards she’d been drawing all month, she said. Jonoubeh is a witch — more specifically, a bruja, which means “witch” in Spanish. The 26-year-old is a member of a vibrant witchcraft community in Denver. Once unmentionable, witchcraft is now trendy, witches and academics who study the craft agree. It’s having a moment, not just in Denver, but in the broader culture — enchanting a new … [Read more...] about “Coming out of the broom closet:” Denver witches report a vibrant, growing community as witchcraft charms mainstream culture
TWENTY years ago campaigners established a day to break stereotypes by encouraging people to comeout. Here's what we know about the celebration and in which countries it is observed. When is National Coming Out Day 2018? National Coming Out Day (NCOD) takes place every year on October 11 and 12. The celebration was started in the US in 1988 by activists Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary, who wanted to find a positive way to respond to anti-LGBT action. They chose October 11, as it coincided with the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Eichberg is quoted saying: "Most people think they don't know anyone gay or lesbian, and in fact everybody does. "It is imperative that we come out and let people know who we are and disabuse them of their fears and stereotypes." Where is it celebrated and what events are on? The day still appears most prominent in the UK and US, though a growing number of other countries also participate including Germany, the … [Read more...] about When is National Coming Out Day 2018, where is it celebrated and what events are on?
BRITAIN is currently gripped by a heatwave and the weather is showing no signs of abating. Those of us who are looking forward to cooler times might wonder when the seasons officially change... Here's all you need to know... When does summer end and autumn start in 2018? There are two different dates that mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. These depend if you are referring to astronomical autumn or the meteorological autumn. For meteorologists, summer comes to an end on August 31 and autumn begins on September 1, running until Thursday, November 30. But astronomers say summer ends on September 22 in the northern hemisphere and autumn begins on Friday, September 23. How is the date for autumn 2018 decided? Both astronomers and meteorologists use different ways in deciding when the seasons change. For meteorologists, they use the Gregorian calendar to split the year into four equal periods to help them with weather forecasting. This means they define autumn as taking … [Read more...] about When does autumn start, what date does summer end and when is the 2018 autumnal equinox?