Peter Tatchell is to receive an honorary doctorate from Sussex University in recognition of 43 years of campaigning for human rights. Best known for his campaigns for gay rights and for his attempted arrest of Robert Mugabe, he said he was initially hesitant about the honour but has chosen to accept.
As the old joke goes, the way to confuse Daily Mail readers is to tell them that asylum-seekers are the natural enemies of homosexuals. This wouldn't have worked last week, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of two gay asylum-seekers, giving the right-wing media the opportunity to go into full scaremongering mode, firing off prejudiced comments about two groups handily combined into one.
Yesterday's Pride festival in London was one of the deepest spiritual experiences I've had for some time. Prayer, protest, witness and celebration are often at their most meaningful in unfamiliar contexts.
Listening to certain Christians, you would think that opposition to homosexuality is one of the most basic principles of the Christian faith. But this year, as a small group of Christians turn up to protest against the Pride festival in central London, they will be easily outnumbered by the Christians who are participating in Pride, celebrating diverse sexuality as a gift from God.