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Coventry and West Midlands

Gay West Midlands Councillor Bill Gavan awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours List

Catherine Muxworthy December 31, 2023

Councillor Bill Gavan, current Mayor of Sandwell, has been awarded an MBE for Political and Public Service, and for service to the LGBTQ+ community, in the New Year’s Honours List. Councillor Gavan was a founder chairman of Birmingham Pride, forming part of a small committee in 1996 which fundraised for the Birmingham Pride held in […]

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Coventry and West Midlands

Introducing Proud Baggies FC: a new LGBTQ+ football team in the West Midlands

Catherine Muxworthy December 5, 2023

A new competitive LGBTQ+ football team, Proud Baggies FC – “dedicated to promoting inclusivity and diversity within the sport” – has been announced in collaboration with West Bromwich Albion, Sandwell Council, and the Albion Foundation. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in fostering a welcoming platform for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to engage in competitive football […]

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Coventry and West Midlands

Walsall Pride to host Pride Picnic in the Park on Sunday, July 30

Catherine Muxworthy June 24, 2023

The picnic is completely free to attend, and guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink, as well as blankets and chairs to sit on. Some chairs will also be provided by Walsall Pride for those who don’t have their own, and guests are also welcome to make use of the steps in the area too.

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Coventry and West Midlands

Football fan banned from matches for three years after homophobic abuse

Catherine Muxworthy June 22, 2023

Liam Duce appeared at Dudley Magistrate Court on June 15 where he pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words and behaviour after he was arrested for homophobic abused at a Wolves vs Chelsea match back on April 8. The 24-year-old, of High Park Crescent, Sedgley, was given a three-year football banning order and fined £461.

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Birmingham

West Midlands Chief Constable confronted at Birmingham Pride over historic “LGBTQ+ witch-hunts”

Graham Robson May 29, 2023

West Midlands’ Chief Constable, Craig Guildford, was challenged at Birmingham Pride on Saturday, May 27 over his force’s refusal to apologise for its past “witch-hunting of the LGBTQ+ community”. 

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Coventry and West Midlands

West Midlands Police silent on apology for LGBTQ+ “witch-hunts”

Graham Robson May 17, 2023

West Midlands Police have declined to say whether they will apologise for what human rights organisation the Peter Tatchell Foundation calls their “past witch-hunting of the LGBTQ+ community”.

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