Miller to Consider Straight Civil partnerships

Civil partnerships could be expanded to included heterosexual couples under government plans revealed last night, after culture secretary Maria Miller conceded a “review” into the future of the unions. However some MPs fear the amendment tabled at the last minute to the same sex marriage bill is actually designed to kick the issue into the long grass. […]

UK Still Best Place in Europe to Be LGBT

The ILGA European LGBT Equality map for 2013 has just been released and the UK is still the best place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, scoring a whopping 77% on the scale in terms of human rights and equality. Taking account of equalities legislation, familial rights, hate crime legislation, legal gender recognition, freedom of […]

Havana Dances against Homophobia

More than 300 people paraded in a conga line in central Havana Saturday to the beat of drums and trumpets in a government-sponsored protest against homophobia. “We must change consciousness,” said Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro, who convened the parade as the head of a national center for sex education. Participants danced […]

Aswat Launches Love for All Initiative

An online magazine is calling on readers in Arab countries to photograph themselves bearing messages against homophobia and the silence of media about queer issues.  Aswat magazine’s “Love for All” intiative was launched on Facebook to dovetail with International Day Against Homophobia on May 17. Among the messages that have been posted was this one […]

Scotland Holds Second TUC LGBT Conference

Trade union members from across Scotland are gathering in Glasgow this weekend to debate issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace. The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is holding an LGBT workers’ conference for a second year. Homophobia in the workplace is still a significant problem and many employees are […]

Bisi Alimi: Black LGBT People Go back a Long Way

Nigerian LGBT rights activist Bisi Alimi has launched an attack on journalists and commentators who work on the assumption “that being black equates to a limited understanding of human sexuality” Following Jason Collins’ coming out, Bisi claims, many have reported the event as some kind of milestone on the road to LGBT equality for the […]

National Lottery Funds Homophobic Groups

LGBT rights campaigners have criticised the awarding of national lottery grants to British faith groups with links to anti-gay literature online. Grants have regularly been handed to a range of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other religious groups since lottery funding began almost 20 years ago, mainly to finance community projects working with young or vulnerable people. Research […]

Andy Bell Promotes Sex and Relationships Education

Britain should make sex education compulsory for all school children as LGBT kids are often missing crucial information at present, says singer Andy Bell. He is supporting the work of the UK’s HIV campaign organization, National AIDS Trust, for whom he will perform a charity gig in London on 30 May. Bell writes: ‘I remember […]

Stonewall Housing Survey on Domestic Abuse

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT*) people experience domestic abuse from partners, ex-partners, intimate contacts or extended family members.  In light of the Equality Act, public services have a duty to help meet the needs of all survivors of domestic abuse including LGBT* people. We want to find out if the law has been […]