Xine Magazine

Check out Xine, a new quarterly magazine from Non-Binary Action. Non-Binary Action campaigns for the rights and respect of non-binary people and other marginalised groups. Xine is a quarterly publication from Non-Binary Action to share articles, interviews, reviews, poetry, art, stories and other work by non-binary people across the world.        

2019-08-29T15:53:27+01:0029th August 2019|Blog, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

LGBTQI+ Have Your Voice Heard Feedback

St Georges Centre Leeds, 22nd June 2018 We successfully held a consultation event where all local mental health services were asked to promote the event and bring along their service users. As well as having lived experience speakers we had a few professionals throughout the day letting us know the good things that are happening in the city. Flyers were also handed out for months leading up to the day

2019-07-19T16:47:26+01:0019th July 2019|Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, News|

LGBT History Month – Laverne Cox

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Touchstone is profiling a different LGBT celebrity each week in the month of February. The chosen celebrity this week is Laverne Cox: twin; actress, television producer and LGBT advocate. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Laverne was bullied constantly as a child and describes how she attempted suicide when, aged 11, she realised she was attracted to boys but knew this would be seen as sinful

2019-02-25T09:00:30+00:0025th February 2019|Blog, Diversity, Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*|

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*|