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First gay-friendly retirement home opens in Sweden

The first LGBT retirement home in Europe has opened in Stockholm.

See the full article on the BBC website

You can download a 4 page document about this by clicking here.

Item added 7/12/2013 - Document added 1/8/2014.

Item archived 25/10/2014

Three in four gay Brits still don’t report hate crime to police

One in six lesbian, gay or bisexual people experienced a hate crime or incident in last three years. A quarter feel they have to behave differently to avoid being a victim.

See the article on the GayStarNews website

See also Homophobic Hate Crime (The Stonewall Gay British crime survey 2013) on the Download page.

Item added 15/10/2013

Item archived 15/2/2014

Asylum seekers must 'prove' they are gay

Gay and lesbian people seeking asylum in the UK from persecution abroad are being ordered to "prove" their sexuality, MPs have said. In extreme cases claimants had handed over photographic and video evidence of "highly personal sexual activity" in an effort to persuade officials, the Home Affairs Committee found.

See the article on the BBC website.

Item added 11/10/2013

Item archived 15/2/2014

More men than women identify as gay

Twice as many UK men described themselves as gay compared with women in 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics.

A total of 1.5% of men said they were gay while 0.7% of women defined themselves as gay or lesbian.

See the full article on the BBC website

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Item archived 12/12/2013

Hate crime: 'Still a daily reality for people in Wales'

Four out of 10 hate crime victims in Wales know their abuser, while nearly a third think about moving house to escape the crime, says a new study. Research by Race Equality First and Cardiff University also shows one in five of those abused (18%) considers leaving the country.

See the full article on the BBC website

See also Homophobic Hate Crime (The Stonewall Gay British crime survey 2013) on the Download page.

Item added 23/9/2013

Item archived 12/12/2013

Public services and politicians have failed to tackle gay people’s fear of discrimination

New polling commissioned by Stonewall shows that lesbian, gay and bisexual people continue to expect to face discrimination in almost all walks of life says a new report "Gay in Britain".

Read the article and report on Stonewalls website, the report can also be accessed from the Downloads page.

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Item archived 12/12/2013

Police and the Crown Prosecution Service to tackle football homophobia

Football supporters are being warned that abuse of players or fellow fans on online social media is being targeted this season by police and prosecutors. New guidelines for tackling hooligans in England and Wales also address homophobic chanting for the first time.

See the full article on the BBC website

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Item archived 12/12/2013

Schools still using Section 28 language

Some schools are continuing to use the language of Section 28 - forbidding the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ - in their policies.

Stonewall was founded in response to this deeply damaging legislation and we remain all too mindful of the long shadow it cast over a generation of young people. That’s why we’re now working with over 10,000 schools – both primary and secondary – from right across the country to help them tackle homophobic bullying.

Read the full article on the Stonewall website.

Stonewall Cymru welcomes investigation by Welsh Government into Section 28 school concerns.

Read the full article on the PinkNews website.

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Archived 11/10/2013

Ban lifted for NHS staff with HIV

The government is to lift a ban that stops healthcare staff with HIV performing certain medical procedures. Healthcare staff in England, Wales and Scotland having HIV treatment will be able to take part in all tasks, including surgery and dentistry. England's chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said it was time to scrap "outdated rules".

See the full article on the BBC website.

Item added 16/8/2013

Archived 11/10/2013

Same Sex Marriage becomes law

The 'Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill' has received Royal Assent today Wednesday 17th July 2013.

Because of the 'speed' of UK bureaucracy it will be summer 2014 before we see the first same sex marriage.

See the full article on the BBC website.

Item added 17/7/2013

Archived 15/8/2013

Jillings report: 'Extensive' abuse at children's homes

A report written 17 years ago, has finally been published, identifying long-term "extensive" abuse at children's homes in North Wales during the 1970s through to the 1990s.

See the full article on the BBC website.

Item added 8/7/2013

Archived 15/8/2013

HIV rates reach an all time high

The number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK reached an "all-time high" in 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Overall 1 in 20 of gay and bi-sexual men are infected. Of those diagnosed in 2011, nearly two-thirds had not been to a sexual health clinic in the previous three years.

Read the full report on the BBC website.

Archived 15/8/2013

Gonorrhoea strains resistant to antibiotics

Gonorrhoea has developed resistance to most antibiotics, previously regarded as an easy to treat infection Gonorrhoea is set to become a very serious problem for those who do not practice safe sex. Gonorrhoea can be contracted by oral sex as well as anal or vaginal penetration. Always use a condom and have regular health checks.

Archived 15/8/2013

Men now able to erase historic convictions for consensual gay sex

Stonewall publishes guide to help men clear their names

Charity lobbied hard to secure specific protections for gay and bi men

From today (1st October 2012) men with historic convictions for consensual gay sex can apply to have them disregarded, as the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 comes into force. Stonewall lobbied hard to achieve cross-party support for amendments to Part 4 of the Act to increase the number of historic offences that can now be disregarded. Today the charity publishes a step-by-step guide to help prospective applicants exercise their new rights.

Under the new Act men who were convicted of gross indecency or consensual gay sex that is no longer illegal can apply to have their convictions disregarded. The Act also includes amendments, secured by Stonewall, which will enable gay and bisexual men maliciously convicted of ‘loitering with intent’ under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 to have those convictions removed from their criminal record too.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘From today thousands of men who’ve been burdened with homophobic convictions can clear their names, and Stonewall stands ready to help them. We never forget that the equality we enjoy today came too late for many. By correcting these historic injustices we can start to bring closure to a very sad period of this country’s history.’

Stonewall’s step-by-step guide to deleting historic convictions is available at www.stonewall.org.uk/oldconvictions or from Stonewall’s Information Service on 08000 50 20 20. Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill gave evidence to the Public Bill Committee considering the Protection of Freedoms Bill on 24 March 2011, and the charity lobbied the Home Secretary to increase the Act’s scope to repeal more historic offences.

My thanks to Jenny Porter of Stonewall for highlighting this important development.

Item added 1/10/2012

Archived 15/8/2013

Queen signs equal rights Charter

On Monday 11th March 2013 the Queen added her signature to the Charter of the Commonwealth. The document was adopted in December 2012 by all 54 Commonwealth Nations and has 16 points, the second of which (Human Rights) ends with the sentence "We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds." Many accept this as covering LGBT rights but unfortunately homosexuality is still illegal in more than 80% of Commonwealth countries and these countries will continue to deny equal rights to LGBT people even though those nations are signatories to the Charter.

For a copy of the Charter click here.

Archived 5/5/2013

This page was updated 21st January 2019