Category: SEXUAL ORIENTATION DIVERSITY

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JOHN AMAECHI RAGES AT LACK OF DIVERSITY IN SPORTS

Administrators are ‘anti-intellectual and emotionally illiterate’ Former NBA star delivered conference keynote address How do you get a roomful of mainly white, largely ageing, mostly male sports administrators to start shuffling nervously and looking at their shoes? Hire former basketball star John Amaechi to give the opening keynote address at their annual conference. The first openly gay NBA player, now a psychologist who runs the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester, issued a brilliantly crafted challenge to conventional wisdom that had one or two at the CCPR event spluttering into their coffee. “We are producing people in sport at the coaching...

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UNCERTAINTY ON TORIES ATTITUDE TO GAY RIGHTS

Tory leader appears less than confident when asked about attitude of Conservative MEPs and peers to homosexuality… David Cameron’s efforts to present the Conservatives as a modernised party suffered a blow when he stumbled in a recent interview over gay rights. The Tory leader has attempted to reach out to the gay community as part of his attempts to persuade voters that the Tory party has changed its views on equality issues. But he repeatedly faltered in a video interview with Gay Times magazine, at one point asking for the camera to be switched off while he gathered his thoughts....

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MALAWI’S ARREST OF GAY COUPLE OUTRAGES LONDON GROUP

The London-based human rights group OutRage! has urged Britain Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, to press the Malawi government to repeal the country’s anti-gay laws… OutRage! spokesman, David Allison, in a letter written to British Foreign Secretary appealed to Milliband to make representations to the President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika to release Steven Monjeza, 26 and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, who are being held on remand after the publicly cerebrated their same-sex engagement. The letter reads: “This letter is in support of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, citizens of Malawi, who are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison, Malawi, and...

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GARETH THOMAS: MY STORY

Gareth Thomas’ decision to talk publicly about his homosexuality made him the first openly gay professional rugby player. As the dust finally settled on the revelation that sent shockwaves through the sporting world, the former Wales captain told Delme Parfitt why he felt the time was now right to come out – and how those closest to him had reacted to the news GARETH THOMAS had the look of a man finally at peace with himself as he relaxed at his cottage in the Vale of Glamorgan village of St Brides Major yesterday. His Cardiff Blues side may have lost...

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THREE CHEERS FOR NEW EQUALITY BILL

Three cheers for a Bill of rights for the old, gay, disabled, female and taken-for-granted… We have seen times and the law change attitudes. The new Equality Bill is the next step Some people just don’t get it, do they? They fulminate against a new and elaborate government Bill, almost as a knee-jerk reaction. They rage against proposals that, in the calm light of day, taken one by one, they would endorse. They use short-sighted criticism as a means to offload all the bile swilling around the other issues of government – fiscal and monetary, business and investment. Yes, there...

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ORIENTATION IRRELEVANT IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

Court of Appeal Published January 5, 2009 English v Thomas Sanderson Ltd Before Lord Justice Laws, Lord Justice Sedley and Lord Justice Lawrence Collins Judgment December 19, 2008 Harassment at work on the ground of sexual orientation could occur irrespective of the victim’s actual sexual orientation or the tormentors’ perception of his orientation. The Court of Appeal so held in a reserved judgment (Lord Justice Laws dissenting) allowing an appeal by Stephen English from the dismissal by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (Judge Peter Clark, Mr H. Singh and Mr S. Yeboah) on February 20, 2008 ([2008] UK EAT 0556-07-2002) of...

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FA TO TACKLE HOMOPHOBIA IN FOOTBALL

A video showing football stars speaking out against homophobia will be released next year as part of an unprecedented drive by the sport’s governing bodies to tackle a sharp rise in abuse and discrimination. The video will be shown in cinemas, on TV and in stadiums in an attempt to rid terraces and pitches of homophobic chants and slurs, the Guardian can reveal. The Football Association (FA), the Professional Footballers’ Association, the players’ union, Kick It Out, the sport’s diversity and inclusion campaign, and Peter Tatchell, of gay rights group Outrage!, began work on plans for the video at the...

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GAY WOMEN FACE A DIFFERENT PREJUDICE TO GAY MEN AND ARE TRAILING 20 YEARS BEHIND

Johann Hari: How Navratilova leads the way for lesbians There’s something strangely soothing about this year’s I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here! If the credit crunch gets much worse we’ll all be living on kangaroo testicles with a side-dish of maggots, so it is pleasing to see Robert Kilroy-Silk go through it first, in a cage, on live television, with Timmy Mallet cackling in his face. But there’s something even richer and sweeter about this series: the Zen-like poise of Martina Navratilova as she wades through slime and Wags. The tennis genius has an inherent dignity that...