50 Years of Decriminalisation

Hi, I realise it’s been a while since I last wrote a blog for you all to read, but I thought I would write a blog about marking the 50 years of homosexuality decriminalization within the UK. This is such an important milestone for every LGBT person living in Britain, because without this law being passed, then nothing else would have been possible for LGBT people to achieve.

For example before the law came into action LGBT people used to live in fear within the UK, they weren’t allowed to love the person that they wanted to love, this in itself was a crime towards LGBT people within Britain. For LGBT people living in Britain before this law was enacted means that they weren’t allowed to walk down the street hand in hand and, in some respects if someone was even suspected of being Gay then they were ‘outed’ in the local paper named as people who others should watch out for, because they might get hurt.

But look around and have a look how things have changed, there are now Pride festivals in most cities in the UK which are now used also as a political movement and to show young LGBT people that it is ok to be yourself and that people will accept you for who you are. However, this doesn’t mean that coming out is easy but there are many different websites that are now out there for young people to get help and tips for how to come out to your loved ones and the ones that you hold close to you.

This is why this year should be celebrated and marked in a way that can never be forgotten, because without LGBT people speaking out in the past, then LGBT people may not have been given the freedom that is loved by many LGBT people now that the different laws have changed.

Below comment on the different laws that have changed that have benefited you in some way, in order to try to start a discussion as this page should be almost like a community for many people to be able to chat to and get to know other people.

Alan Turing
Alan Turing who was prosecuted for gross indecency.

 

Jem

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Why Pride?

Hi People,

So this post is a lot different from one that I would normally do, and this is because it is a question that gets asked either a lot on social media or over YouTube whenever someone who is gay chooses to do a Q and A with their followers, so I thought that I should voice my own opinion on this matter.

This year Pride is more important than ever it has now been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK, therefore LGBT+ people can now be themselves and even get married within the UK. However 50 years ago things were very different, LGBT couples couldn’t walk down the streets hand in hand, nor could they even dream of getting married one day, this has now all changed but back then it was seen as a taboo and could get you arrested for public indecency, so LGBT people lived their lives as a lie so to speak because they couldn’t be true to who they were because of the laws.

The case of the way things were within the UK 50 years ago still exists today within some countries across the globe, people still get killed for being gay in some countries and in other countries it’s almost like a manhunt if you are even suspected of being gay they try to hunt you down.

This to me is why we still need Pride in this country, not just to support LGBT people in the UK but elsewhere in the world, where being LGBT is like living a prison sentence, because of how they are treated and how they are made to feel by their government. So Pride today exists still very much as a political event, but even more so as a celebration for how far our laws within the UK have changed towards LGBT people.

Please voice your opinions as well in the comments below, as I would love to hear what you also have to say on Pride.

That’s all for now

Happy Pride

Jem

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Drones- The Amazing Uses

Hi All,

As you all should know by now from reading the other posts on my blog, I am big into technology and the amazing uses it can have for everyday life, one of the big pieces of coming of age technology at the moment is the uses that drones can have to make life easier for either medical professionals, delivery services and even the different Police Services that we have here in the UK.

All of this information fascinates me because I just love working with technology and discovering new technology as and when it comes out for us to actually play with and have fun with it. Although many teenagers and young adults also have access to these drones, as they can be seen like a more expensive remote controlled helicopter or car, Blog Post 16.1however, they can be quite different to these and that largely depends on whether they have cameras on or not. For example, say a child or teenager has one of these drones and they decided to fly it within their garden and look over their neighbour’s fence, do you think that this would be appropriate, an invasion of privacy perhaps? But this can be seen differently if the child or teenager were to use the drone in an open space, like the local park or somewhere like that, then it would be totally different because it’s an open public space, not someone’s backyard that they would be looking into, which could be seen as someone’s private space.

Following on from this, although the drones may have their bad points and the previous point that I stated was a bad point against them, they do also serve a purpose, for example did you know that they could be used in order to be able to help a delivery service, medical practitioners and the Police Service. How? You may ask, well that is what I am about to explain below.

Use 1- Medical Practitioners

Drones have been used in the Medical Profession since the year 2012, because they found that although their battery only lasted for about an hour, they could travel up to 20 miles in that time and, that would normally beat the speed of the Emergency Services getting to people who are either seriously hurt or in cardiac arrest. But over the years, the speed and the battery life of these drones have got quicker and therefore they are able to travel for much longer distances, making sure that they get to where they have got to go. The use of cameras on these drones is also helpful, as the person on the other end of the phone can only give a rough guide as to where they are, so if this is the case, then the drone will still be able to spot them if they do only give a rough guide as to where the patient is located.

Use 2- Delivery Service

Currently over in America and some parts of the UK, Amazon are using drones in order to be able to deliver parcels to people quicker that using an ordinary carrier delivery service, because a carrier delivery would have to go through all of the different processes in order to check if the parcel was the correct parcel with the right address on to be able to be sent to the right person. However, if the drones are used then they can be sent straight from Amazon in order to make sure that the customers delivery gets there quicker and easier that using a Carrier delivery service. Then the cameras on the drones are used so that then the operator knows where the drone needs to leave the parcel on behalf of Amazon.

Use 3- Policing

This is currently something that is being tested in the area that I live in because although we don’t get a lot of crime in this area, the police are using the different drones, in order to do their on the beat walks. The cameras on the different drones locate someone doing something that they shouldn’t be and of course then the police operating the drone then sees the crime being committed and then they send a member of the Police force out to that particular area, so they can be used in order to make sure that there is still a police presence around when it’s needed in all areas.

So there you have it, a quick sum up of how drones can be useful and how they may not be as useful as some might think, please leave comments in the box below as I think that this is a really interesting topic.

Jem

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