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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

(20) 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

(5) 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

(30) 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

(63) 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

(12) 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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The Current Age of Consent of 16 Doesn't Protect Young People, It Criminalises Them

(70) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (00:00)

Attempts by one of Britain's leading public health experts, Professor John Ashton, to generate a much need debate about lowering the age of consent have been roundly rebuffed. The government dismissed the idea out of hand, without any consideration or justification. Other ill-informed critics unfairly accused him of opening the...

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Commonwealth Colludes With Anti-Gay Persecution

(143) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (00:00)

Commonwealth leaders from around the world meet in Sri Lanka on Friday. Yet again they plan to ignore the criminalisation of lesbian and gay people in 80% of Commonwealth member states. They are refusing to even discuss the current homophobic persecution in Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria.

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G20 Global Speak Out: Love Russia, Hate Homophobia

(97) Comments | Posted 3 September 2013 | (01:00)

G20 world leaders are being pressured to raise violations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Russia when they meet in St Petersburg this Thursday. They are being targeted by a Global Speak Out two days beforehand, on Tuesday 3 September. It is being coordinated by the international...

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Manning v Seymour Hersh and Lt William Calley

(267) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (14:07)

NOTE: This article was written and scheduled before Manning announced that she was planning gender reassignment, wanted to live as a woman and be known as Chelsea

Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years jail for releasing to Wikileaks classified documents that exposed US war crimes, lies...

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