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LGBT History Month – Vicky Beeching

Victoria Louise "Vicky" Beeching (born 17 July 1979) is an English musician and religious commentator. She is best known for her work in the American contemporary worship music genre, and has been described as "arguably the most influential Christian of her generation" due to of her Twitter following and appearances on BBC's Thought for the Day. Vicky Beeching is an avid blogger, writing on many difficult Christian issues such as

2019-02-22T15:00:49+00:0022nd February 2019|Blog, Case Study, Diversity, Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

LGBT History Month – Alan Turing

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Touchstone is profiling a different LGBT celebrity each week in the month of February. This week, we have chosen the scientist Alan Turing, recently voted the most “iconic” global figure of the 20th century in a BBC 2 viewers’ poll. Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist.

2019-02-22T09:00:48+00:0022nd February 2019|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

LGBT History Month Bi Role Models

Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an actress, producer, writer, and director. As a child actress, she became well-known for her performance in E.T.. Since then she starred in many films and, along with Nancy Juvonen, has started her own production company, Flower Films. In 2003 in and interview with Contact Music she acknowledged that she is and always has been bi.   Debra Kolodny Debra Kolodny

2019-02-05T17:01:51+00:005th February 2019|Blog, Equality and Diversity, Leadership, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

Touchstone in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers for 2019

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision. Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of

2019-01-21T13:20:03+00:0021st January 2019|Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, News|

Guest blog: 'More importantly we were smiling’: how volunteering at my local community business supported me as a trans-woman

Across the month of July, UK wide Pride events are taking place in support of the LGBT+ community. Victoria Townsend from Leeds shares her journey as a trans-woman, and the ongoing support and opportunities New Wortley Community Centre gave her during a critical time of her life. My Name is Victoria Townsend and it is coming up to my 29th birthday. I currently live in Leeds and work at New Wortley Community Centre.

2020-04-17T10:58:36+01:001st July 2018|Blog, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, Volunteering|

Seeking refuge from an oppressive anti-gay regime

Touchstone staff and volunteers recently had the opportunity to hear the story of a gay asylum seeker from Uganda. To protect her identity, we have not included her name or photograph here. At the time that she was growing up in Uganda, people simply did not talk about being gay, because it could cost your life. She did at a young age confide in one of her family members, but

2018-05-19T08:00:39+01:0019th May 2018|Blog, LGBT*|

May 17th – International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17th and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. Commemorations have taken place in over 120 countries, in all world regions. Despite some legal and social advances in the past two decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) people continue to

2018-05-17T09:00:37+01:0017th May 2018|Blog, LGBT*|

Trans Day of Visibility 2018

International Trans Day of Visibility falls on 31st March every year. The aim is to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe and to counter prejudice by spreading knowledge of the trans community. This year’s theme is “surviving, thriving” (#TransThriving). Below, Touchstone volunteer Rachel talks about her experience and work. Originally from York, I relocated to Leeds in 2011 after being diagnosed as Transgender. Due to mental health

2020-04-17T10:55:19+01:0026th March 2018|Blog, Community, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, Trans Day of Visibility|

LGBT History Month – Vicky Beeching

    Victoria Louise "Vicky" Beeching (born 17 July 1979) is an English musician and religious commentator. She is best known for her work in the American contemporary worship music genre, and has been described as "arguably the most influential Christian of her generation" due to of her Twitter following and appearances on BBC's Thought for the Day. Vicky Beeching is an avid blogger, writing on many difficult Christian issues

2020-04-17T10:54:54+01:0026th February 2018|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

LGBT History Month profile – Lewis Hancox

To mark LGBT History Month 2018, Touchstone is profiling different LGBT role models during the month of February.  This week we are proud to tell you about a fantastic film maker and comedian - Lewis Hancox who has featured in Stonewall’s Come Out For Trans Equality campaign. Here are Lewis’s own words, reproduced from Stonewall’s campaign website http://www.stonewall.org.uk/people/lewis-hancox “I'm Lewis and I identify as male. I’m a filmmaker and a comedian

2020-04-17T10:54:34+01:0019th February 2018|Blog, Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|