Time to talk about disestablishment?

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This week, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, suggested that there needed to be a balance between catering for the LGBT community in England and ensuring that the church does not alienate followers in other parts of the world such as Africa. The gist of his argument was that, if the … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day from your trans son

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It is Mothering Sunday in the UK this weekend so I want to take the opportunity to say how grateful I am that I still have a relationship with my mother. Many trans* people are not so fortunate to transition and to keep their family relationships intact. The fear of … Continue reading

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“Sex” discrimination and trans* toilet issues, again

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This week, the government of the tiny island that I call home launched their consultation into the second phase of the roll-out of discrimination legislation. I, of course, took a look at it. Broadly, the proposals are the same as those enshrined within the UK’s Equality Act 2010 so I … Continue reading

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Tony Benn, PC: human rights champion

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Tony Benn, the Labour politician, rebel, diarist, speaker and campaigner died this week. Not being a Labour supporter, I didn’t have the same problem with Tony Benn’s politics as some within his party had and I didn’t agree with everything he said. However, I admire any politician who works for … Continue reading

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www.happy25thbirthday.net

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It is the world wide web’s 25th birthday today and I, for one, am pleased to celebrate this milestone. I am so grateful to Sir Tim Berners-Lee for inventing the idea of the web in 1989 and then generously giving his research project to the world, for free, in 1993. … Continue reading

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Britain’s responsibility to LGBT Africans

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How much is Britain to blame for the treatment of LGBT people by African countries that used to be part of the British Empire, and should Britain try to use its historic links to press for change? Looking at a map of Africa in 1930, one is struck by how … Continue reading

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Oh, Canada!

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As Wikipedia says, ‘Most Canadians believe [their] country to be a strong proponent and positive model of human rights for the rest of the world. For example, in 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act.’ … Continue reading

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Gayest games ever?

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You thought the Sydney games were gay? The #Sochi games have got to be way gayer. Two weeks of the biggest and best publicity ever for #LGBT rights. From the hosts’ choice of rainbow coloured outfits for their volunteers: To the weird inclusion of faux-lesbian duo t.A.T.u. in the opening … Continue reading

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The law that makes no sense

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On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics, I feel like taking a step back from the controversy over Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law to question what exactly the Russian government thinks its new law achieves – apart from giving its police force and far-right thugs free-rein to … Continue reading

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Out and about the LGBT web

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Saeed Jones wrote a great article on Buzzfeed this week about the responsibility that the media has to report stories about transgender individuals with some respect for their subject. It’s worth a read and because I couldn’t have put it better myself I’m not going to paraphrase it here. Having … Continue reading

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