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20 October 2019 13:22

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Joe Lycett says LGBT+ community has ‘problem’ communicating online

Comedian Joe Lycett has said that the LGBT community has a "problem" with the way it communicates online. The TV presenter said he felt too many demands were placed on people to understand the different academic views on gender and sexuality. He said the LGBT community should try to help people who want to learn more about these issues. Lycett, who describes himself as pansexual, said: "I'm loathe to call it 'my community' but I suppose it is as I am a member of it, can sometimes be guilty of expecting everyone to have done all of the reading and research that members of it have. He said it's sometimes forgotten that people outside the LGBT community "need to have it explained to them in a way that's compassionate, and is understanding that there's quite a lot to take in".

Image caption Joe Lycett can currently be seen presenting The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC Two Lycett said he hoped people would treat others in the way they expected to be treated themselves. "I did a tweet about LGBTQ+ and someone was saying 'what's the + and what's the Q?' and some people would be like 'you should educate yourself it's disgusting, google it'. "If I asked the question, they would answer it to me, so just try and treat people in the way I expect to be treated myself. Equalities charity Stonewall agreed it was important to have conversations about sexual orientation and gender identity in a "respectful way to help increase understanding and acceptance for LGBT people in society". In a statement to the BBC, they said: "It's great that people want to better understand the right language to use when talking about LGBT people and their identities.

"Non-LGBT people who want to better support the community can start by learning about and listening to the experiences of LGBT people and the challenges we face." The group advised: "Getting to know more about LGBT people, our history and issues is an empowering step towards becoming an ally. Lycett, who is currently presenting The Great British Sewing Bee, was speaking ahead of the launch of his new Channel 4 show Joe Lycett's Got Your Back, where he helps shoppers who feel they've been ripped off. Signup to receive a daily roundup of the top LGBT+ news stories from around the world Pansexual comedian Joe Lycett has said that LGBT+ people have a "problem" with the way they talk to others online. He said that when it came to educating non-LGBT people, they often "need to have it explained to them in a way that's compassionate, and [with the] understanding that there's quite a lot to take in." Joe Lycett calls for kinder treatment of non-LGBT people online "Because lots of LGBTQ people are really smart, and there's so much really interesting reading that can be done, and so much academic writing that's been done about it, people can end up getting quite academic about it." He recalled a time when he posted about queer issues and watched as people condemned a user in his replies who had asked a question. "If I asked the question, they would answer it to me, so just try and treat people in the way I expect to be treated myself." — Joe Lycett "I did a tweet about LGBTQ+ and someone was saying 'what's the + and what's the Q?'" he said, "and some people would be like 'you should educate yourself it's disgusting, google it.' "If I asked the question, they would answer it to me, so just try and treat people in the way I expect to be treated myself.

"So I do think that's been a problem in our community," added Lycett, who is set to present new Channel 4 show Got Your Back. Stonewall responds by calling on LGBT+ people to help allies In a statement to the BBC, Stonewall said that Lycett was right to say it was helpful for queer people to talk to potential allies in a "respectful way to help increase understanding and acceptance for LGBT people in society." The LGBT+ charity added: "It's great that people want to better understand the right language to use when talking about LGBT people and their identities. "Non-LGBT people who want to better support the community can start by learning about and listening to the experiences of LGBT people and the challenges we face." The group continued: "Getting to know more about LGBT people, our history and issues is an empowering step towards becoming an ally. Get the biggest Daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Comedian Joe Lycett has mocked Leeds MP Andrea Jenkyns for using the wrong Brexit hashtag. Joe - who has appeared on TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 Out of 10 Cats - retweeted the photo, adding: "Hi. I notice you've used hashtag #MarchforLeave here but the slogan on your hat is March *To* Leave.

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Twitter user @smithatd jokingly replied with some shocked and angry emojis: "Is March leaving? Get the biggest Weekly Politics stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Birmingham comedian Joe Lycett has issued a passionate response after a Birmingham school insisted its 'No Outsiders' programme will return after Easter. The move from Parkfield Community School comes as angry parents delivered a protest petition. Lycett responded after the Saltley school confirmed to BirminghamLive that No Outsiders - a syllabus which promotes equality and supports LGBT - would return after Easter. It said RE lessons had temporarily replaced No Outsiders until after the Easter break (Monday, April 29) and, according to school leaders, this was already determined last summer. Last week it was reported that hundreds of parents had withdrawn their children from the Parkfield Road school in protest. Today, Lycett took to Twitter to have his say, with his message on the social media platform being retweeted 700 times and liked by 3,100. The comedian tweeted: "FYI: LGBTQ+ people are in your schools. "Well f*****g said Joe!" one fan replied. Protesting parents today delivered a 350-name petition against the No Outsiders programme to the school. There have been regular protests outside the school gates with another one scheduled for Thursday morning. Dad Abdul Ma, 46, previously said: "We bring our children here so they can later work as a solicitor or a teacher, not to be taught about being gay or a lesbian." She said: "Most of my constituents have been contacting me about the specifics of mandatory relationships education at primary school Addressing the ongoing controversy Liam Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill, previously said: "There has been a breakdown of trust between parents and teachers [at Parkfield] which is completely unacceptable.