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  • 2nd September 2011

    Councils to be banned from asking residents if they are gay or transgender 67

    Councils will be barred from asking 'intrusive' questions

    4:36 PM — Local councils will be banned from routinely asking residents about their sexual orientation, transgender status, religion and race. Local government secretary Eric Pickles said that the surveys, typically sent out with responses to residents' queries about local services, were "unnecessary and "intrusive".

  • 1st September 2011

    Stonewall to lobby for gay rights abroad 53

    Chief executive Ben Summerskill said Stonewall would continue its UK work

    12:33 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced it will begin lobbying for gay equality abroad. The charity says that until now, it has been barred from commenting on the situation for lesbian, gay and bisexual people around the world because this would breach its charitable objectives as an organisation focused on Britain.

  • 22nd August 2011

    Anti-gay group may now intervene at ECHR as views sought on exemptions 86

    The ECHR will hear the appeals of four religious workers

    11:28 AM — In the latest turn at the European Court of Human Rights, the US' Alliance Defense Fund could intervene on behalf of religious workers who want to avoid serving gays while the European Commission opens its consultation.

  • 19th August 2011

    EHRC confirms backtrack on opt-outs for anti-gay workers 162

    Lillian Ladele, a registrar, said she could not conduct civil partnerships

    10:38 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it will not seek 'reasonable adjustments' to be made for religious workers who refuse to serve gay people, to the dismay of Christian rights groups.

  • 18th August 2011

    Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill nominated for charity award 42

    Ben Summerskill has been nominated for a charity award

    1:44 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall, Ben Summerskill, has been nominated as Britain’s ‘Most Admired Charity Chief Executive'. Mr Summerskill is one of six charity chief executives nominated for the Third Sector award.

  • 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.

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