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Ben Summerskill

  • 9th November 2010

    Video: Politicians join Stonewall ‘It Gets Better Today’ campaign 14

    Steve Gilbert MP is among the politicians supporting the campaign

    12:19 PM — Politicians from all of the main parties have added their support to a Stonewall campaign to support gay teenagers. The campaign is inspired by the US YouTube campaign It Gets Better and encourages people to record short videos of support.

  • 5th November 2010

    Tory MP Chris Grayling named Stonewall ‘bigot of the year’ 36

    Chris Grayling was branded a 'bigot' at the award ceremony

    1:41 AM — Former shadow home secretary Chris Grayling was named 'Bigot of the Year' at Thursday night's Stonewall awards. Award winners included rugby player Gareth Thomas, The Times and actor John Partridge.

  • 29th October 2010

    Stonewall launches own message for gay teenagers 33

    Stonewall launched the It Gets Better Today campaign

    2:01 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched its own version of the US It Gets Better YouTube campaign for bullied gay teenagers. 'It Gets Better Today' tells young people that they do not have to wait for their lives to improve because the UK already has civil partnerships, out gay soldiers and parental rights for gay people.

  • 27th October 2010

    Stonewall says it will campaign for gay marriage 50

    Stonewall said it was "pleased" to be widening its campaign objectives

    3:10 PM — Gay lobbying charity Stonewall says it will campaign for lesbian and gay couples to have civil marriages in the UK. The charity has come under pressure in recent months from several of its co-founders and other gay campaigners to widen its remit on the issue.

  • 25th October 2010

    Guide to parenting for gay dads 4

    The guide tells gay would-be dads their options

    6:03 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has released a parenting guide for gay dads. The guide tells would-be fathers about their rights under the law and also gives information about adoption, surrogacy, sperm donation and co-parenting.

  • 20th October 2010

    Analysis: Stonewall’s apology for journalist of the year award 32

    Stonewall apologised for any offence caused

    5:03 PM — As the dust settles on the last week’s events, a key question is: has Stonewall, through the Bill Leckie affair, done itself irreparable damage? Or have valuable lessons been learnt, with outlook for the future rosier than before?

  • 18th February 2010

    Tatchell attacks PCC ruling on Jan Moir 39

    Peter Tatchell said the PCC should be disbanded

    6:36 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the Press Complaints Commission for rejecting complaints over Daily Mail writer Jan Moir. Mr Tatchell argued that the watchdog should be disbanded.

  • PCC rejects complaint over Jan Moir’s Stephen Gately article 47

    The PCC did not uphold the complaint

    11:23 AM — The Press Complaints Commission has rejected a complaint from Stephen Gately's civil partner over a Daily Mail article about his death.

  • 22nd January 2010

    BBC to address portrayal of gays and lesbians 28

    The BBC will ask audiences about LGB portrayal

    1:21 PM — The BBC announced today it was undertaking a new project to improve how gays, lesbians and bisexuals are portrayed on television, radio and online. The corporation was condemned last month for an online debate on whether gays in Uganda should be executed.

  • 13th January 2010

    IBM rated most gay-friendly employer for the second time 38

    Stonewall's annual Top 100 employers list came out today

    10:08 AM — IT company IBM has been rated the most gay-friendly company to work for by gay rights organisation Stonewall. The firm was rated best employer in the charity's annual Top 100 Employers List.

  • 11th January 2010

    Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68

    The amendment would allow churches to hold civil partnerships

    4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.

  • 5th January 2010

    Maggi Hambling and Phyllida Lloyd honoured 1

    Maggi Hambling will receive a CBE

    12:25 PM — Artist Maggi Hambling and theatre director Phyllida Lloyd, both of whom are lesbians, have been awarded CBEs in the New Year's Honours list.

  • 21st December 2009

    Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40

    Today is the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships

    10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.

  • 7th December 2009

    Gay Tory candidate selected to challenge Hazel Blears 229

    Matthew Sephton is the chair of LGBTory

    11:48 AM — A gay Conservative candidate has been selected to challenge Hazel Blears for her Manchester seat. Matthew Sephton is the chairman of the party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory.

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