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Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Rainbow Britain, Mermaids, Non-binaryphobia and more

Understand the LGBTQIA+ news this week: Rainbow Britain, Mermaids, Non-binaryphobia and more

Jamie Wareham
Jamie Wareham, QueerAF

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Every Saturday, QueerAF helps you understand the queer headlines and stay on top of the latest LGBTQIA+ content - all while we support queer creatives. It's written by me, Jamie Wareham, and a different queer creative each week.

πŸ’¬ This week:

  • In numbers. The β€˜gay agenda’ is winning - and that's good news for people who see their identities more fluidly, a look at how many queer folk there are in the UK.
  • Mermaids. Another tough week for the charity, including a revelation that one of its trustees had spoken at a conference that advocated for paedophiles.
  • Nonbinaryphobia. Is it time to call it out for what it is instead of wrapping it into transphobia? Jude Guatimicchi explores in the Queer Gaze.

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πŸ³οΈβ€βš§οΈ Queer UK in numbers - just how many of us are there?

TL;DR: More and more of us in the UK identify with the queerness and fluidity of our identities. Despite headlines that want us to think otherwise, it’s a reminder that short-term hate will fall flat in the long run, as more of us embrace our true selves.

A new report by the charity Stonewall has shown a clear trend. Generation by generation, more people in the UK feel safe and happy to identify with their LGBTQIA+ identity openly.

The Rainbow Britain report paints an optimistic picture of the state of queer UK - and is a reminder that despite bombardment in the press, future generations recognise the fluidity of sexuality, gender and romantic orientations. Here are some key takeaways: