International News Highlights — October 21, 2022

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The 2022 London Pride parade — Photo by James Manning / PA via AP
The 2022 London Pride parade — Photo by James Manning / PA via AP

Six figures awarded to Pride org in London
Also in the UK, LGBTQ representatives of London's City Hall have awarded Pride in London £625,000 (over $700,000) to fund the next five years of Pride celebrations in the capital. Community-led organizations applied for the grant in August.

Pride in London has plenty of experience running Pride, with over 150 of its volunteers participating each year. It has announced an anti-racism plan for future events, which will include the main Pride parade, fun in Trafalgar Square, and awards for community achievements.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said of the development, "London is a beacon of inclusiveness around the world, and that is in part due to the powerful impact that the Pride march of solidarity and celebration has had on our society over the last five decades."

Pride in London's executive director, Christopher Joell-Deshields, said, "Our dedicated team of volunteers look forward to engaging with LGBT+ communities to build better, ensuring that our platform amplifies national and global LGBT+ issues, celebrates our communities' successes and empowers LGBT+ individuals through our values of visibility, unity, and equality."

NHS draft calls for "safeguarding protocols" on Trans meds
With a copy in hand of new guidelines from the UK's National Health Service, Reuters reported on October 14 that the policies would alert local authorities when youth obtain puberty blockers or hormone therapies on the private market.

Current policies have been criticized by practitioners for pushing medication too quickly, and by families who claimed to suffer from a system overloaded by demand. After waiting years for gender-affirming care, some young people have sought medications through unregulated online pharmacies.

The NHS declined to comment on the guidelines' contents, although it said previously that it would soon share them with the public, and open them to feedback and revision.

NHS England medical director Dr. Stephen Powis did have this to say earlier in the week: "No one should be purchasing illegal, unknown, and potentially life-threatening drugs online."

Gendered Intelligence spokesperson Cleo Madeleine said that her charity, a Trans advocacy group, wouldn't comment on the draft's contents either. "It's crucial that the new services focus on... actually facilitating access to treatment and support rather than leaving young people and their families in limbo," she told Reuters.