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United Kingdom

Davy, Zowie (2009) United Kingdom. In: The Greenwood Encyclopedia of LGBT Issues Worldwide Volume 2. Greenwood Press, Santa Barbara, pp. 439-452. ISBN 0313342318

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Abstract

More than ever, LGBT people are prominent in the news and media; LGBT issues are debated in parliament, and LGBT concerns are the focus of many legal reforms. There have been great legal gains in recent times, such as the Gender Recognition Act of 2004 for transsexuals, civil partnerships for lesbian and gay men, the institution of a Single Equality Act which awards LGBT people greater legal protection at work and in public places, and the allowance of LGBT people in the armed services.

These gains have helped community organizations to refocus their efforts toward aspects that are still causes of concern. For example, transsexual organizations are highlighting the long waiting lists for sex reassignment surgery in the National Health Service (NHS). Gay and lesbian organizations are highlighting bullying in schools, drawing attention to homophobic violence and hate crimes that are not abating. In addition to these concerns, there is also an effort to produce positive representations in film, television, and the media.

Additional Information:More than ever, LGBT people are prominent in the news and media; LGBT issues are debated in parliament, and LGBT concerns are the focus of many legal reforms. There have been great legal gains in recent times, such as the Gender Recognition Act of 2004 for transsexuals, civil partnerships for lesbian and gay men, the institution of a Single Equality Act which awards LGBT people greater legal protection at work and in public places, and the allowance of LGBT people in the armed services. These gains have helped community organizations to refocus their efforts toward aspects that are still causes of concern. For example, transsexual organizations are highlighting the long waiting lists for sex reassignment surgery in the National Health Service (NHS). Gay and lesbian organizations are highlighting bullying in schools, drawing attention to homophobic violence and hate crimes that are not abating. In addition to these concerns, there is also an effort to produce positive representations in film, television, and the media.
Keywords:LGBT, Employment, social policy
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
M Law > M110 UK Legal Systems
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Sport and Exercise Science
ID Code:4300
Deposited On:23 Mar 2011 20:47

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