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Rainbow Laces - A Campaign Every Football Fan Can Get Behind

Tim Farron | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Players are lacing up their boots with rainbow-coloured laces as part of an anti-homophobia in football campaign. Will this end the homophobia that sports men and women face overnight? No, I doubt that. But is it an important symbol? Yes I think it is.

Dispelling the Dark Clouds of Section 28: Flying Into Blue Skies Through the Leadership of New Teachers

Claire Stoneman | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Stoneman

I write this in the last week of the six week summer holiday, teetering on the brink of a brand new school year brimming with all its hope and possibility. 2014-2015 academic year, for my school - Dame Elizabeth Cadbury in Bournville, Birmingham - is a very exciting one.

'We Should Teach Young Children To Celebrate Being Gay'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK

Children under the age of five should be taught to celebrate being gay to combat homophobia, the gay rights group Stonewall has said. Stonewall's n...

We Need Pride

Eve Hartley | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Hartley

I'm tired of students and young people as a collective being constantly ignored or patronised by the state... people forget that if you constantly damage the spirit of a generation and illegitimatise our opinions, it will demolish the hope and drive of those who not only have the potential to make huge positive impact in the UK, but worldwide.

Call Me Kuchu: Being Gay in Uganda Means Death by Stoning

Carina Maggar | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Carina Maggar

Every day in Uganda gay people are subjected to all kinds of physical violence; burning and stoning are common acts of discrimination. They believe that homosexuality belongs in the same category as pedophilia, rape, murder and terrorism. In fact, Al-Qaeda is mentioned several times in the film.

Teachers and Parents: It's Time To Teach About Same Sex Weddings!

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Shaun Dellenty

So in the end, common sense, lots of hard work from lots of people and the freedom to love and be loved prevailed. I can now legally wed the man I love, should I choose to. Blimey, I feel like my experience of reality just changed massively.

What Is a Modern Family?

Dr Michael Petry | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Dr Michael Petry

I recently attended a lunch where a former couple (of two men) introduced their third partner (also a man) as part of their 'thrupple'. It was not a term I had heard before but an arrangement that I certainly had. Someone suggested it was strange - a pejorative word - and I corrected them saying that it was unusual in this day but was not odd or strange.

Up Against the Stonewall on Equal Marriage

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Former Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill has made astonishing allegations against the Liberal Democrats, claiming they never sincerely supported same-sex marriage. He suggested they acted with "cynical and opportunistic" motives. This is outrageous. I don't support the Lib Dems, but they backed equal marriage at a time when Summerskill and the gay lobby group, Stonewall, refused to do so. The Lib Dems deserve credit for their early embrace of marriage for all. Ben's petty, sectarian smears are unbecoming - and unjustified.

Lucy Sherriff

How Britain's Universities Want You To Think There's No Homophobia On Campus

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Some of Britain's top universities have been accused of failing LGBT students by claiming they do not face any abuse or discrimination on campus, desp...

The Word Gay

Patrick Cash | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK
Patrick Cash

In the last months of 2013 there were a few choice op-eds and journalistic pieces that displayed a worrying ignorance of thought on social matters...

Contrary to What a Student Debate on Linguistics Might Tell You, Misusing the Word 'Gay' Is Harmful and Regressive

Conor Penn | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

Stonewall is investing time, energy and money into normalising homosexuality amongst young people, particularly in schools. One of the key tenets of their initiative is to 'set the meaning straight' with regards to the word 'gay.' We can debate the evolution of language over a pint at the union to our heart's content...

'Gay Cure' Conference To Be Held In London

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK

A conference advocating gay-to-straight conversion therapy is due to be held in London next month. Two controversial Christian groups which support...

LISTEN: London Lecturer Compares Gay Teachers To The KKK

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A senior lecturer at a London college has been suspended after he was secretly recorded comparing gay teachers to the Ku Klux Klan in a horrific homop...

The Week That Was: Teenage Kicks

Carla Buzasi | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Carla Buzasi

The Millennials don't have it easy. Generation Y were brought up to believe they could have it all, and yet find their employment prospects gloomy, the housing ladder out of reach, and ahead of them an aging population they will be required to pay for in years to come.That, of course, is all before they have to worry about their love lives. As well-meaning columnists wring their hands in angst at the sexting and snap-chatting, teenagers in the UK will be counting themselves lucky this autumn that public displays of affection are their absolute right, even if their parents don't necessarily approve.

The Use of 'Gay' as a Derogatory Term Should Not Be Tolerated in Our Schools

Andrew Doyle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Doyle

The truth is that we all tacitly accept limitations on certain forms of verbal expression for the sake of social cohesion, and to pretend otherwise is disingenuous. Most of us, for instance, are happy to modify our language in the workplace, or when out in public, because we understand that there are broadly accepted standards for polite discourse that differ from private conversation. Why should a school be any different?

Gay Insults Are So Gay

Jack Rattenbury | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Rattenbury

Have you ever heard someone describe someones t-shirt as 'really gay' or someones new hair cut as 'so gay?' I have and I'm absolutely sick of it. They are not gay, they are things. A t-shirt doesn't have the ability to love, let alone love another t-shirt.

Stench of Thatcher's Section 28 Lingers On

James Wharton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
James Wharton

Section 28 was a piece of legislation that essentially gave bullies and tormentors the green light to pursue homophobic action against other people- especially on the school playground, and the effect of this was day after day of suffering for thousands of young boys and girls, often leading to tragic conclusions.

Gay: Let's Get The Meaning Straight #GetOverIt

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK

Homophobic language in Britain’s schools is being tackled head-on by a leading gay rights charity. Stonewall’s campaign comes in response to r...

University Agreed To Host Anti-Gay Islamic Preacher

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A leading university agreed to provide a platform for an openly homophobic Islamic preacher, despite YouTube videos showing the cleric denouncing gay ...

Jessica Elgot

Stonewall 'Some People Are Gay' Posters To Be Challenged By Gay Cure Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

A gay cure group is to pursue Transport for London for allowing Stonewall to display its “Some people are gay. Get over it!” campaign on London bu...

Football Clubs Aren't Doing Enough to Combat Homophobia

Planet Ivy | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Sport
Planet Ivy

After talking to clubs you cannot help but feel that they are dragging their heels on the issue by claiming a need for more time or consultation. For clubs such as Man United, the distinct lack of leadership on this issue is worrying. Laces aside, their ability to reach a potential audience of millions could be pivotal, yet they have no dedicated campaign that deals solely with homophobia.

Clubs Urged To Show They Are 'Right Behind Gay Footballers'

Alice Harvey | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Sport

Stonewall are urging footballers to wear rainbow laces in a campaign they hope will change attitudes towards homosexuality in football. It comes a...

Premier League Clubs Refuse To Wear Rainbow Laces

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Sport

Several Premier League clubs will not wear rainbow laces in support of the charity Stonewall, amid concerns a betting firm is capitalising on the issu...

British Public Happy With A Gay King, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics

An overwhelming majority of British subjects would not have a problem if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's newly born son turned out to be gay. A...

Nadine Dorries Accused Of Comparing Gay Marriage To Incest

Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics

Nadine Dorries has been accused of comparing same-sex marriage to incest and criticised by a gay rights charity after tweeting "if the gay marriage bi...