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Stonewall

  • 15th August 2011

    Equality commission seeks views on gay vs religious rights cases 121

    The EHRC is holding a consultation

    4:25 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding a brief consultation on how it should advise in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights.

  • 12th August 2011

    Don’t call me a bigot, says MSP who believes gay relationships aren’t equal 87

    Mr Walker said he had received 'highly abusive' messages

    10:58 AM — An MSP who believes that gay relationships are not in "any way equal" to straight ones says he has been upset by messages calling him a bigot. Bill Walker, the MSP for Dunfermline said gay rights campaigners had "intimidated" him.

  • 7th August 2011

    Eggheads star CJ de Mooi banned from wearing ‘Some people are Gay. Get over it’ T-shirt to chess awards 179

    Eggheads star CJ de Mooi in the T-shirt he was banned from wearing (Photo via CJ de Mooi's Twitter account)

    11:59 AM — CJ de Mooi, star of BBC 2's Eggheads, has revealed that he was banned from presenting prizes to the winners of the British Chess Championship because he was wearing a Stonewall 'Some people are gay. Get over it' T-shirt.

  • 4th August 2011

    UK marriage equality consultation delayed 54

    The consultation has been moved to autumn

    12:19 PM — The British government says a consultation on the future of marriage equality and civil partnerships will be held this autumn. Earlier this year, equality minister Lynne Featherstone said the government would begin asking for views on the issue in the summer.

  • Another MP condemns religious rights motion 30

    Adrian Sanders said the motion had caused upset

    11:14 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion supporting proposals to give religious homophobes the right to 'reasonable accomodation' in the workplace. Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders said the motion had caused a "great deal of upset" and did not clearly state its intentions.

  • 26th July 2011

    Another MP withdraws from religious rights motion 66

    Another MP has withdrawn his name from the motion

    11:25 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion apparently calling for religious workers to be allowed to refuse to serve gay people. Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock, who recently accused the UK Border Agency of homophobia, said he signed the early day motion by accident.

  • 19th July 2011

    Stonewall names most gay-friendly universities 36

    The guide tells LGB students what support they can expect

    12:00 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has named the top universities for lesbian, gay and bisexual students. The online guide, Gay by Degree, tells potential students whether institutions offer services such as LGB student groups, compulsory staff training on LGB issues and careers advice aimed at LGB students.

  • 13th July 2011

    Equality commission defends ‘compromise’ plan for gay and religious rights clashes 284

    Counsellor Gary McFarlane refused to work with gay couples

    2:22 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the rights of gays and lesbians will not be diminished by an intervention into legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Instead, the body said that its heavily criticised plans would lead to "better respect for religious rights within the workplace ... without diminishing the rights of others".

  • 12th July 2011

    Stonewall ‘deeply disturbed’ at equality commission U-turn on religious rights 68

    The EHRC says 'compromises' should be found in cases where gay and religious rights clash

    1:50 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has condemned a move by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in two legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Chief executive Ben Summerskill said the body must state clearly that it does not agree that religious beliefs should allow people to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

  • 8th July 2011

    EastEnders’ Pat Butcher hangs up her earrings 17

    Pam St Clement is leaving EastEnders

    11:37 AM — EastEnders star Pam St Clement, who plays Pat Butcher, is to leave the programme. The 69-year-old actress, who has described herself as bisexual, made her debut in the soap in 1986.

  • 5th July 2011

    Father of suicide teenager addresses homophobic bullying conference 20

    Dominic Crouch jumped to his death last May

    5:20 PM — The father of a 15-year-old boy who killed himself after apparently suffering bullying has called on schools and the government to make a number of changes. Roger Crouch was speaking at the Stonewall Education for All conference on Friday and said that schools must treat rumours and teasing as bullying, rather than 'banter'.

  • 13th June 2011

    Stonewall chair and gay basketball star named in honours list 35

    John Amaechi was honoured for services to sport

    11:56 AM — The chair of Stonewall, David Isaac, and gay NBA star John Amaechi have been named in the Queen's birthday honours list.

  • 9th June 2011

    Father of ‘gay rumours’ suicide boy to speak at anti-bullying conference 48

    Dominic Crouch died last May

    11:03 AM — The father of a 15-year-old boy who jumped to his death is to speak at a conference on homophobic bullying. Roger Crouch, whose son Dominic died last May, will join television presenter Gok Wan in addressing the Stonewall Education Conference on July 1st.

  • 12th May 2011

    ‘Milk’ voted gay film of the decade 26

    Harvey Milk (right) was a gay campaigner

    4:52 PM — 'Milk', the story of gay rights hero Harvey Milk, has been voted the gay film of the decade. A Stonewall poll of 800 people put the biopic in the top spot. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Sean Penn, was commended for its realistic portrayal of gay people.

  • 3rd May 2011

    500 join Stonewall’s Equality Walk 7

    Stonewall's Equality Walk was held on Sunday

    5:44 PM — A record 504 people joined gay charity Stonewall's annual Equality Walk on Sunday. Walkers raised £50,000 for the charity's work and followed a route along the sea front and through Brighton's gay village.

  • 8th April 2011

    Newly-out gay MPs attend Stonewall Equality Dinner 166

    Tory MPs Crispin Blunt (left), Margot James and Nigel Evans at last night's event

    1:26 PM — Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans and Conservative MP Crispin Blunt were among the guests at last night's Stonewall Equality Dinner. They joined 600 guests at London's Dorchester Hotel to raise £340,000 for the charity's gay rights work.

  • 20th March 2011

    Speech: British Home secretary promises progress on full gay marriage equality 65

    Theresa May promised action on gay marriage

    2:53 PM — In her first major speech on LGBT rights, the home secretary and minister for equality, Theresa May, has promised action on full gay marriage equality. Mrs May was speaking at an event hosted by the gay lobby group Stonewall.

  • 17th March 2011

    Stonewall to launch ‘biggest ever gay men’s health survey’ 4

    The survey will ask about healthcare experiences

    3:56 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a survey into gay and bisexual men's health. The organisation says the study will be the largest of its kind in Britain and will cover mental health, diet, fitness, long-term health conditions and illnesses like heart disease and cancer.

  • 16th February 2011

    Government is ‘painfully slow’ on gay marriage says Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill 33

    Ben Summerskill last year said he wouldn't be "jumped into" supporting gay marriage

    11:58 PM — Responding to news that ministers will hold a consultation on giving gay couples the right to civil marriage, chief executive Ben Summerskill it would have to start now for changes to be implemented by in this parliament. Stonewall only added gay marriage to its campaigning objectives last October, eight months after the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg declared his support for a change in the law.

  • 19th November 2010

    Tory councillor suspended after being accused of homophobia 84

    Chris Windows has been suspended from the party

    12:43 PM — A Bristol Tory councillor who criticised gay actor Ian McKellen’s visits to schools has been suspended by his party. Chris Windows, who represents Henbury ward, has agreed to be "voluntarily suspended", the Conservative Party said.

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