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Time to End the Gay Bans in Northern Ireland

(15) Comments | Posted 27 June 2015 | (01:00)

Saturday's Pride London parade will be led by flag-bearers highlighting the freedom struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people worldwide - including in the nearly 80 countries that still criminalise same-sex relations.

Close behind them will be the Peter Tatchell Foundation contingent, which...

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European Court Rules Equal Love Case Inadmissible

(5) Comments | Posted 16 March 2015 | (00:00)

The Equal Love campaign has formally ceased its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which sought to secure equality in UK civil marriage and civil partnership law.

This follows the decision of the European Court that the application is "inadmissible" and subsequent fruitless...

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Sharia Law Versus Secular Democracy

(82) Comments | Posted 11 February 2015 | (00:00)

The rise of Islamist fundamentalism in Britain and worldwide, and attempts to impose elements of Sharia law in the UK and many other nations, has reinvigorated support for secularism - the separation of the State and religion.

This was the focus of last Saturday's conference in London...

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Holocaust Memorial Day: The Nazi Bid to Exterminate Gay People

(26) Comments | Posted 27 January 2015 | (00:00)

"We must exterminate these people (homosexuals) root and branch... We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated."

With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan...

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Pre-Charge Police Bail: An Assault on Liberty

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (08:34)

Pre-charge bail was introduced 30 years ago, in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. It allows the police to place restrictions on arrested suspects while officers conduct further investigations to determine whether a person should be charged with an offence - or not. There is no limit on the...

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World AIDS Day: Cut Gay Blood Ban to Three Months

(19) Comments | Posted 1 December 2014 | (08:54)

The current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood within 12 months of them last having sex is medically unjustified discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is premised on a generalisation about men who have sex with men. The government should cut the basic exclusion period to three months,...

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ISIS Must Be Stopped But Not By the West - Arm the Kurds

(81) Comments | Posted 26 September 2014 | (01:00)

The British and US governments seem determined to repeat the mistakes of the past, with plans for Iraq war number three. The first was in 1991, the second in 2003 and now the third in 2014. It's only air strikes - for now - they pledge. And only in Iraq,...

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Scotland Launches Equality Blitz to Coincide With the Commonwealth Games

(3) Comments | Posted 30 July 2014 | (17:19)

Slap-bang in the middle of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Scottish government has launched an astonishing blizzard of equality initiatives. Mere coincidence? Or is it an attempt to send an equal rights message to Games visitors and to the 80% of Commonwealth countries where discrimination is rife?

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David Cameron Insists That Straight Civil Partnerships Remain Banned

(29) Comments | Posted 28 June 2014 | (01:00)

When David Cameron backed the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013, he said it was a simple matter of equality. Quite right too. But now, a year later, he has rejected the principle of equality by refusing to allow opposite-sex couples to have a civil partnership.

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The Greens - Not Ukip - Are the Real Alternative to the Political Establishment

(62) Comments | Posted 21 May 2014 | (01:00)

Each of the three establishment parties has succeeded in alienating its core vote. Labour over Iraq and the casino banking culture that flourished during its tenure in office, the Tories over Europe and equal marriage, and the Lib Dems over tuition fees and propping up of one of the most...

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David Cameron Is Wrong on Britain and Christianity

(8) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (01:00)

David Cameron is mistaken when he says "Britain is a Christian country" and that we should be "evangelical" about Christianity.

That's why I joined over 50 prominent writers, scientists and academics to sign a critical letter to the Prime Minister.

The letter...

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Valery Gergiev Faces the Music Over Support for Russian Invasion of Ukraine

(7) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (09:09)

Russian conductor Valery Gergiev was the focus of a noisy protest last night at the Barbican concert hall in London. Ukrainian campaigners and allies accused the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) of "supporting President Putin's tyranny, the invasion of Ukraine and the persecution of gay Russians."

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David Cameron Must Deliver Promised Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses

(9) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (01:00)

Today I'm delivering a letter to David Cameron.

Together with over 70 politicians and celebrities, I am urging him to ban wild animals in circuses. Eddie Izzard, Julian Clary, Moby, Michaela Strachan and Brian Blessed are among the signatories. So, too, are famous alumni of David Cameron's old...

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Gay Marriage Ban Imposed Only in 1971 - Now It's History!

(19) Comments | Posted 28 March 2014 | (00:00)

Rejoice! The ban on same-sex marriage in England and Wales is being finally lifted after a campaign for its repeal that lasted 43 years. The ban was imposed for the first time in 1971. Previously, there was no legal prohibition on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) couples getting married....

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Up Against the Stonewall on Equal Marriage

(15) Comments | Posted 18 March 2014 | (00:00)

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...

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Derek Jarman 20 Years On: Artist and Activist, Pioneer and Rebel

(5) Comments | Posted 19 February 2014 | (08:51)

On this day, 20 years ago, the film-maker, painter, sculptor, gardener, author and queer rights activist Derek Jarman died of HIV. One of Britain's leading post-1945 avant garde artists, he is best remembered for his dazzling array of ground-breaking films:
Sebastiane (1976), Jubilee (1977), Caravaggio (1986), The Last of...

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If Homophobia Was a Winter Olympic Sport, Russia Would Be a Gold Medal Contender

(34) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (08:05)

This Friday, the Winter Olympics open in the Russian resort of Sochi amid great controversy over the Putin regime's homophobic policies, which clearly violate the anti-discrimination Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter.

For me, queer freedom knows no borders. Over the last decade or so, amazing positive gains have...

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The New Nigerian Anti-Gay Law Is One of the World's Harshest

(1) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (14:15)

It has just emerged that last week, in a secret decision made without any public announcement, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria signed into law one of the world's most draconian anti-gay statutes.

It seems he did not want foreign aid donors and investors - or...

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New Asbo-style Bill Menaces Free Expression

(13) Comments | Posted 8 January 2014 | (08:30)

Last year, the government was outvoted in parliament. Against minister's wishes, MPs repealed the section of the Public Order Act 1986 that outlawed "insults"; deeming it to be too sweeping and a threat to freedom of expression.

This year, in apparent revenge, the government has, in effect,...

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Alan Turing: Was He Murdered By the Security Services?

(17) Comments | Posted 25 December 2013 | (00:00)

I have this week written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, urging a new inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan Turing, who has been finally granted a royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for homosexual relations.

Turing is generally believed to have been committed suicide...

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