homophobia

  • 23 Apr 2010

    David Cameron claims that the apparently homophobic remarks of two of his front bench team do not represent the Conservative Party's real attitudes to same-sex relationships. But his comments about “families” in yesterday's Leaders' Debate illustrate an attitude to society that still upholds only one type of relationship as the ideal.

  • 23 Apr 2010

    The Conservative Party are struggling to fight off allegations of homophobia, after Julian Lewis became the second shadow minister in a month to make comments regarded as anti-gay.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    The British Humanist Association has responded to a statement made in the Court of Appeal by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey - saying it is offensive to Christians.

  • 18 Apr 2010

    The Labour Party has been criticised by equality campaigners after launching an LGBT Manifesto that fails to commit the party to legal equality for same-sex marriages.

  • 11 Apr 2010

    Equality campaigners say that they remain worried by the Conservative Party's ambiguous stance on gay rights, despite a meeting with the Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne.

  • 11 Apr 2010

    Coinciding with the demonstration outside Conservative HQ this afternoon, George Osborne has announced new plans to tackle homophobic bullying in faith schools.

    In summary they are:

    • Freeing heads to exclude homophobic bullies

    • Giving teachers the power to stop violent homophobic incidents (“Teachers are often unable to break up violent homophobic bullying because of the lack of clarity over use of force”)

    • New guidance on bullying aggravated by prejudice (“non-violent bullying aggravated by prejudice like homophobia should result in tougher punishments than other forms of persistently disruptive behaviour...we believe that all forms of violent bullying should continue to lead to some form of exclusion”)

    • Recording incidents of homophobic abuse

  • 10 Apr 2010

    The first week of the Conservative Party's election campaign has reminded me of the series of books entitled Where's Wally?, in which readers are challenged to search for a glimpse of an individual who has been made almost invisible. Since the Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, was recorded attacking the rights of same-sex couples, the Tories have kept him in the background, despite his senior position in their party.

  • 30 Mar 2010

    The conviction and £1,000 fine imposed on a homophobic Christian street preacher in Glasgow has been condemned by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, as "an attack on free speech and a heavy-handed, excessive response to homophobia."

  • 22 Mar 2010

    The verdict is expected today in the trial of a same-sex couple in Malawi arrested after holding an engagement ceremony. They each face up to 14 years in jail if convicted.

  • 19 Mar 2010

    Sixty-five British MPs have condemned the arrest and trial of a same-sex couple in Malawi. They have signed an Early Day Motion calling for their release.