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We have created this press room to show any coverage about Gay Surrey or projects the charity are supporting or creating. If you have any news you would like to be featured in this section please let us know. Gay Surrey are committed to supporting organisations in Surrey that helps support the gay community. Contact Us

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2009 News


Gay Surrey to launch school anti-bullying initiative
A charity which promotes gay issues in Surrey is to launch an initiative next month to help train teachers in ways to approach and tackle homophobic bullying.

Gino Meriano, who lives in Weybridge, said Gay Surrey had been working on a campaign called Educate Don't Segregate since last year and hoped Surrey schools would actively show their support.

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Surrey Healthy Schools Newsletter supports IDAHO
In the latest edition of the Surrey Healthy Schools Newsletter, they very kindly featured Gay Surrey's IDAHO event. Click here for page

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Surrey County Council Member Champion Allocation
Earlier this morning I received a letter notifying me that our charity Gay Surrey has received funding from Denise Saliagopoulos, the Member Champion for Youth at Surrey County Council who was passionate about helping the charity when it comes to young people

I would like to say a huge thank you to Denise for her very kind funding which will now allow the charity to launch two concepts we have been working on over the last couple of years

1. A new survey for young people and teachers

2. Create the toolkit for the “Educate done Segregate” campaign aimed at Schools surrounding hate crime and bullying – which will be launched at IDAHO

Gino Meriano, Chair of Gay Surrey comments “This is such amazing news and will now allow us, as a charity to move forward in creating new stats, start our project and highlight issues that affect young people in Surrey”.

Gay charity nights target hate crime in Weybridge
Gay charity nights will begin in Weybridge on April 8, with the aim of fighting hate crime in Surrey.

Gay Surrey is holding the monthly nights at Abaya in Weybridge, and a high percentage of money collected at the door will go towards the charity's Stop Hate Now campaign. read more


Gay rights campaigner in new appeal to Surrey schools
A gay rights campaigner has renewed his calls for Surrey's schools to include homophobic issues in their anti-bullying policies.

Gino Meriano, chairman of Gay Surrey, sent letters to every school in Surrey in 2007 asking them to consider making changes. None replied, he claimed.

The charity now plans to launch a new campaign. Read the full feature

Police and outreach workers team up at Rikers Café, Hogs Back
The team will be at Rikers Café on the Hogs Back layby (west bound on the A31) on Thursday 26 February between 9-12pm – look out for the gazebo and follow the smell of tea and coffee.

West Surrey Police's Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer (LAGLO) will be teaming up with the NHS gay outreach worker and his colleagues this week to publicise their work and highlight a new anonymous hate crime reporting facility on the Surrey Police website. Read more

Incident in Ockham
Police in Guildford are keen to highlight a recent incident in Ockham and are seeking to reassure Surrey's gay community that they take such incidents extremely seriously.
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Gino Meriano speaks to BBC Southern Counties Radio
An interview with BBC Southern Counties covered the latest stats from the recently published lifestyle survey. Read the survey

Praise for force over hate crime prosecutions
Gino Meriano, chairman of charity Gay Surrey, said the data collated in the report might mislead people to think homophobic crime does not happen in Surrey. Read the full story

Surrey Fire and Rescue joins Gay Surrey
With a dedicated page on Gay Surrey and sponsors of The International Day Against Homophobia, Surrey Fire and Rescue have kicked started their work for 2009 with Gay Surrey
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