The Exchange: Tuesday's Running Order


Tuesday's running order

What we talked about on Tuesday 24 March...



Law firm Clifford Chance has questioned why the government isn't already offering gender-neutral passports. In a report, they say the UK’s current policy is against human rights and equality legislation. It says Britain should follow Australia and New Zealand who already offer Gender X passports.

But is there a need to disclose our gender on passports?



The name conjures up images of row upon row of dusty leather-bound books in some darkened corner of a stately home. But these days, it seems, you’re just as likely to find a library in a three-bedroom suburban house. Estate agents even say owning a library is ‘aspirational’ and regarded as a ‘retro retreat’ from the rest of our increasingly hi-tech homes.



The Governmment has announced it will fund new projects to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. They'll give up to £2 million to “innovative” new projects run by charities and not-for-profit groups. Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said: “Teachers need specialist support and training to help them stamp out homophobic bullying, which is why we have funded these excellent projects which are designed to tackle this issue head on.”



A new app has been launched to stop you texting your ex on a drunken night out. Built by developers in the US, Drunk Mode lets you block certain contacts for a period of up to 12 hours while you’re out drinking and only unlocks the numbers if you can solve maths puzzles.



The granddaughter of Elizabeth Taylor has said she would be shocked at the levels of HIV in gay men today. Speaking to The Telegraph, she said: “If she were to hear that the highest rate of infection is still in young people aged between 24-35, and in particular amongst young gay men, she would be horrified."

So Why do gay and bi men still continue to contract HIV? 



Even though swimming is the most popular participation sport in England, with more than 2.6 million adults doing 30 minutes of swimming at least once a week, the report by  the Amateur Swimming Association shows that 20 per cent of men and 22 per cent of women aged over 14 in England cannot swim, with the highest number of non-swimmers being over 65. 



The world's first 'gay jumper' has made its debut at Toronto Fashion Week. Knitted from the donated hair of more than 100 LGBT people, it's hoped the item will stop people from using 'gay' as an offensive slur.



She was a mainstay of the Conquering Hero pub in south London – but now the ‘friendly’ pet micro pig, known as Frances Bacon, has been banned from the bar after she started head-butting customers and stealing their drinks!


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