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BBC News presenter Jane Hill: Equality in the UK has moved forward but ‘there is still lots to fight for’

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  1. Colin Andrew 1966 29 Jun 2013, 4:21am

    If you dare to criticise Africa or Islam you usually get treated like a racist. A country gets suspended from the Commonwealth if it has a military coup but it can jail or execute its’ own citizens for being gay and nothing is said.

    1. Nope, as a human being I condemn the homophobia in Africa and Islam. I think If you base your opinion on rationality, evidence and perspective then you have a valid point, unfortunately some people criticise other cultures and ethnic groups based on their bigotry and pretend to be tolerant and open-minded, they use these as a facade.

      But that said its true that some people, even on this site are racist. They are a minority on here but the article last month on the EDL drinking in a London gay bar had certain commenters defending them, it’s all well and good to cry about being called a racist but you have to ask yourself if in fact you really are racist. Defending the actions of a far-right group would lead me to conclude that that person is definitely is.

      1. absolutely spot on

  2. Jock S. Trap 29 Jun 2013, 9:03am

    Very True Jane.

    It’s just a shame the BBC has itself chosen to take the religious side in the argument on Marriage Equality when it is Publically funded and is supposed to remain impartial.

    If it feels so strong as to take sides then Why so we have to pay for them?

    1. Peter & Michael 29 Jun 2013, 10:28am

      We agree with your comment, the BBC is biased toward the LGBT people, we were recently asked to a speak in a programme for BBC Radio Stoke, we refused, upon listening to the aired programme, most of the programme concentrated on comments of the religious right, without giving a chance for anyone to speak for SSM.

      1. I agree that the BBC is often very biased against SSM, notably the Today programme on Radio 4 which more than once has had sympathetic interviews with ant-SSM MPs but no opposing view at all. But I don’t understand your comments at all !

        “Biased TOWARD the LGBT people” ? ? ? That’ll be the day ! Surely you mean ‘against’?

        “… without giving a chance for anyone to speak for SSM.” But they asked YOU to speak, so why on earth didn’t you seize such a golden opportunity to speak for SSM ? ? ?

    2. Yes, some days BBC News seemed determined to give the homophobes a lot of one-sided publicity. Last Christmas was one particularly egregious example. Another was coverage of a few words made by Philip Hammond on BBC Question Time. The “news” was still being reported 24 hours later.

      I’d be most surprised if BBC News gives much time to report Pride in London today.

  3. Colin (London) 29 Jun 2013, 9:04am

    At the moment I feel very fortunate to be British and for what Britain stands for.

    I as a gay man have faced a few issues and have worked for SSM which is currently going through Parliament.

    I am grateful to all of those wonderful people who recognised that our rights, the rights of a minority group are equal to theirs. I am grateful to our politicians who came together to make SSM happen for us.

    Today I will be walking in the Parade with my 18 year old gay niece. It’s her first march and we will laugh and celebrate….Then i think of Russia.

    We still have much to do but today we will party and laugh and have fun. HAPPY WORLD PRIDE DAY everyone.

  4. I don’t know but it seems to be true: nobody seems to mind lesbians getting married. Not that they should.

    Why is that? Is it a gender thing?

    1. Probably because of Queen Victoria’s legacy: male homosexuality was made illegal, lesbianism wasn’t.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Jun 2013, 12:09pm

      No gay person can marry in the UK yet. CPs aren’t marriages under the current Matrimonial Causes Act of 1973, although some construe them as such but in reality, they aren’t, but congratulations to Jane Hill and her partner.

  5. Same-sex dancing couples on the BBC’s primetime popular Strictly Come Dancing show at some stage would be nice…Ironically other countries have included them in their copies of the Beeb’s flagship show, yet somewhat curiously Auntie Beeb has not!

    1. Problem is they would be the first to lose the public vote.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Jun 2013, 12:15pm

    Now that Maria Miller has announced there will be a consultation later this year regarding other issues confronting the LGBT community, one of them should be why the BBC, funded by the tax payers, including gay tax payers never provide balanced or positive programming when it comes to LGBT people and of late, the Equal Marriage debate. We should demand fair coverage, if not, then a review of the licence fees should be on the table for discussion and revocation if it persists in refusing to give us equal coverage and representation.

    Just because Jane Hill happens to be gay and works for the BBC doesn’t mean it’s not homophobic. There’s such a thing as ‘token’ gays to exonerate accusations of homophobia. It’s comparable to MPs in opposition saying they have gay friends so therefore can’t be homophobic.

  7. Congratulations to Jane and her partner Sara on naming the day.

    Like others here I have noticed a bias in reporting and an emphasis on religiousity and frankly bad journalism, in reporting same sex marriage, comparing it to France24 which is a breath of fresh air.
    Complaints just get blowed off, One quote from a recent reply states “Our editors are charged to ensure balance occurs over time in their given subject areas,and this is something kept closely in review by BBC management.” but that was one of my complaints (in addition to the specific report) totally unaddressed, They did concede that the quality of the reporting on this occasion was of concern, small steps.

    1. even aljazeera.com have more sympathetic coverage of gay issues then the bbc

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 29 Jun 2013, 2:47pm

        I agree and I find Al Jazeera’s reporting to be a lot better too.

  8. BBC local news report about Pride London 2013 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnhGDpGAELA

    ITV local news report about Pride London 2013 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrA0n9RDxnk

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