Tue, 11 Jun 2019

US embassies defy Trump administration orders not to fly LGBT+ flags

US embassies defy Trump administration orders not to fly LGBT+ flags

Since the US State Department began rejecting all embassy requests to hoist rainbow flags outside the mission buildings during LGBT+ Pride Month this year, some diplomats have been finding ways to defy, or at least get around, the new policy.

The Independent

Bhutan decriminalises homosexuality

Bhutan decriminalises homosexuality

Bhutan's parliament parliament voted to repeal two laws which criminalised homosexual sex late on Friday.

Gay Star News

Mon, 10 Jun 2019

‘Teaching children about LGBT issues is not brainwashing – it equips them for life’

‘Teaching children about LGBT issues is not brainwashing – it equips them for life’

Russell Hobby says parents' rights do not trump all, and teachers need the support of the government on teaching about LGBT equality.

The Guardian

‘The DfE must provide clarity on LGBT+ inclusive teaching’

‘The DfE must provide clarity on LGBT+ inclusive teaching’

Paul Whiteman says the Department for Education needs to step up and make it clear to all that sex and relationships education will include LGBT+ content.

Tes

‘Families shouldn't be allowed to pick and choose what their children are taught at school’

‘Families shouldn't be allowed to pick and choose what their children are taught at school’

Kathie McInnes says events in Birmingham show that the government needs to be clearer in its guidance to schools.

Stoke-on-Trent Live

Labour MP to be 'reminded of responsibilities' for backing anti-LGBT protest

Labour MP to be 'reminded of responsibilities' for backing anti-LGBT protest

Labour's Roger Godsiff will be "reminded of his responsibilities as an MP" after telling campaigners protesting against LGBT-inclusive teaching at a primary school: "You're right".

Sky News

Labour MP demands crackdown on 'aggressive' school protesters angry at LGBT teaching

Labour MP demands crackdown on 'aggressive' school protesters angry at LGBT teaching

Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, has said parents and children should not be "forced to run the gauntlet against a barrage of homophobic barracking, placards or literature".

Politics Home

Interview with head of school affected by anti-LGBT protests

Interview with head of school affected by anti-LGBT protests

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson, head of Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham, speaks to Freddie Whittaker about her school's commitment to equality.

Schools Week

Ofsted head voices concern about gender segregation in faith schools

Ofsted head voices concern about gender segregation in faith schools

Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has said there are some faith schools, both "state and independent" of varying faiths, which segregate children "in a way which is setting girls up for a narrow and restricted adult life".

HuffPost

‘Islamophobia definition raises more questions than answers’ – NSS mentioned

‘Islamophobia definition raises more questions than answers’ – NSS mentioned

Amina Lone says Islamists should stop trying to return blasphemy culture to Britain.

The Times (£)

Iranian police close 547 restaurants for breaking 'Islamic principles’

Iranian police close 547 restaurants for breaking 'Islamic principles’

Iranian police have shut down 547 restaurants and cafes in Tehran for not observing "Islamic principles", the capital's police chief said on Saturday.

The Guardian

Tens of thousands march for gay rights in Warsaw

Tens of thousands march for gay rights in Warsaw

Tens of thousands of people marched through Warsaw with rainbow flags on Saturday, demanding equal rights for gays and lesbians amid government efforts to discredit the LGBT movement as a threat.

DW

‘The extreme fringe of the religious right is gaining political ground in the US’

‘The extreme fringe of the religious right is gaining political ground in the US’

John Gallagher says American advocates of religious liberty are not looking for opt outs from current laws — they're looking to take control.

LGBTQ Nation

US court upholds ruling against Christian florist who denied service to gay couple

US court upholds ruling against Christian florist who denied service to gay couple

The state of Washington's top court has ruled for a second time that a Christian florist discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to sell them flowers for their wedding.

Premier Christian Radio

Fri, 07 Jun 2019

LGBT-inclusive lessons: Protests on both sides of debate to take place despite court injunction

LGBT-inclusive lessons: Protests on both sides of debate to take place despite court injunction

Protests both in favour of and against LGBT+ inclusive lessons will take place just a week after Birmingham City Council won an injunction preventing demonstrations outside a primary school.

The Independent

Ofsted chief inspector says parents cannot “pick and choose” over LGBT-inclusive lessons

Ofsted chief inspector says parents cannot “pick and choose” over LGBT-inclusive lessons

The chief inspector of schools has warned parents cannot "pick and choose" whether their children go to lessons about LGBT relationships.

HuffPost

Muslim gangs ‘beat prisoners’ who will not convert to Islam

Muslim gangs ‘beat prisoners’ who will not convert to Islam

Muslim gang leaders are orchestrating violence in top-security jails, including administering beatings to force inmates to convert to Islam, a report has said.

The Times (£)

School in Berkshire cuts paid leave for religious holidays

School in Berkshire cuts paid leave for religious holidays

Teachers at a special needs school in the town of Slough have been told they are now allowed to take one day of paid leave for religious festivals per year, rather than three.

Slough & South Bucks Express

‘If schools don’t teach LGBT+ acceptance, who will?’

‘If schools don’t teach LGBT+ acceptance, who will?’

Bernard Trafford says schools must set a moral standard by embracing LGBT+ issues.

Tes

Sex education must not be steered by religion, says Irish health minister

Sex education must not be steered by religion, says Irish health minister

A senior government minister in Ireland has warned religious schools that their ethos should not be allowed to "trump" facts in sex education lessons.

The Times (£)

Estimated 115m men married as children, Unicef research finds

Estimated 115m men married as children, Unicef research finds

An estimated 115 million boys and men worldwide were married as children, Unicef research has found.

The Independent

Sierra Leone's first lady confronted over FGM comments

Sierra Leone's first lady confronted over FGM comments

The first lady of Sierra Leone, who caused a furore this year when she said she did not think female genital mutilation was harmful, has said she will meet campaigners after being ambushed while addressing a major women's rights conference.

Reuters

‘Why Israel will never be governed by Jewish religious law’

‘Why Israel will never be governed by Jewish religious law’

Tomer Persico says Israel's prime minister was right to say his country will not be governed by religious law.

Haaretz

Honduras stands by abortion ban

Honduras stands by abortion ban

The majority Catholic nation of Honduras has no intention of lifting its total ban on abortion though it may soften its stance on the morning-after pill, its government has said.

Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Thu, 06 Jun 2019

School governor brands LGBTQ-inclusive lessons as “child grooming” – NSS quoted

School governor brands LGBTQ-inclusive lessons as “child grooming” – NSS quoted

The governor of a Church of England school has branded LGBTQ-inclusive lessons as "child grooming" and they "open the door for sexual predators".

Attitude

‘It’s wrong to protest about the teaching of gay relationships’

‘It’s wrong to protest about the teaching of gay relationships’

Schools minister Nick Gibb says it is bizarre and horrific that we allow protesters outside primary schools to target those who teach what is legal and wholly appropriate.

The Times (£)

Angry protests prove LGBT-inclusive education must start at primary school, says teacher Andrew Moffat

Angry protests prove LGBT-inclusive education must start at primary school, says teacher Andrew Moffat

Anti-LGBT protests show that relationship education has "got to start" at primary school, the teacher at the centre of a fierce debate about equality in relationship education has said.

HuffPost

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Boy raped after being plied with booze at children’s home run by religious order

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Boy raped after being plied with booze at children’s home run by religious order

A teenage boy was given alcohol and raped at a children's home run by a religious order, the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has heard.

The Scottish Sun

Widely-shared story that Dutch teenager had been ‘legally euthanised’ was false

Widely-shared story that Dutch teenager had been ‘legally euthanised’ was false

A severely ill Dutch girl widely reported by international media as having been "legally euthanised" in a clinic in the Netherlands died at home, apparently after voluntarily refusing to eat or drink and with no evidence that her death was assisted.

The Guardian

Leaders of protests against LGBT classes in Birmingham criticised for welcoming Katie Hopkins

Leaders of protests against LGBT classes in Birmingham criticised for welcoming Katie Hopkins

The campaign against Birmingham schools teaching LGBT acceptance has been criticised after two leading figures joined forces with the activist Katie Hopkins.

Barfi Culture

Trump administration sharply curtails medical research using foetal tissue

Trump administration sharply curtails medical research using foetal tissue

The Trump administration has announced that the US government will sharply curtail federal spending on medical research that uses tissue from aborted foetuses.

The New York Times

Child sex abuse convictions against cardinal should stand, say prosecutors

Child sex abuse convictions against cardinal should stand, say prosecutors

Prosecutors in Australia have argued that child sex convictions against a Roman Catholic cardinal should not be overturned.

ITV News

Woman accuses top US Catholic cardinal of dismissing sex abuse case

Woman accuses top US Catholic cardinal of dismissing sex abuse case

The cardinal leading the US Catholic Church's response to the sex abuse crisis has been accused of mishandling a case alleging that his then-deputy manipulated a woman into a sexual relationship.

AP

Israel Folau launches legal action over rugby sacking

Israel Folau launches legal action over rugby sacking

Australian rugby international Israel Folau is seeking "substantial remedies" after being sacked for a social media post saying "hell awaits" gay people and others.

BBC

Art exhibit in Philadelphia stirs up debate over circumcising infants

Art exhibit in Philadelphia stirs up debate over circumcising infants

A new art exhibition in the US city of Philadelphia aims to raise awareness about infant circumcision.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘Is India becoming a “Hindu state”?’

‘Is India becoming a “Hindu state”?’

Research suggests most Hindus in India's Bihar state support the ideals of Indian secularism. But if the BJP continues to dominate Indian politics, the future of secularism could look bleak indeed.

The Washington Post

Wed, 05 Jun 2019

Cardinal George Pell begins appeal against child sex abuse convictions

Cardinal George Pell begins appeal against child sex abuse convictions

The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse has begun an appeal against his conviction.

ITV News

Child abuse survivor tells inquiry of beatings at home run by religious order

Child abuse survivor tells inquiry of beatings at home run by religious order

An abuse survivor has told how he was hit with a golf club and beaten with a leather belt while resident at a children's home run by a religious order.

Evening Express

Scottish child abuse inquiry to hear evidence from behind bars

Scottish child abuse inquiry to hear evidence from behind bars

Two men will give evidence from behind bars to an inquiry into abuse at a children's home run by a religious order.

Evening Telegraph

‘The recent IICSA report into child sexual abuse rings true’

‘The recent IICSA report into child sexual abuse rings true’

Yehudis Goldsobel says a report into victims' and survivors' experiences of sexual abuse carries valuable lessons for Jewish institutions.

Jewish News

US Catholic Church spent $10m on lobbyists in fight to stymie priest sex abuse suits

US Catholic Church spent $10m on lobbyists in fight to stymie priest sex abuse suits

The US Catholic Church spent $10.6m on lobbyists to prevent victims of clerical sex abuse from suing for damages.

NBC News

Kent councils praying at start of meetings is 'exclusionary' – NSS mentioned

Kent councils praying at start of meetings is 'exclusionary' – NSS mentioned

Nine of the 14 local authorities in Kent have lord mayors, who can appoint a church representative to host a prayer in council meetings and community events.

Kent Online

Plans for abortion clinic buffer zones across Scotland move forward

Plans for abortion clinic buffer zones across Scotland move forward

Plans to create "buffer zones" around abortion clinics across Scotland have moved forward after meetings with police and council representatives.

The Times (£)

Faith groups may be exempt from new burial regulations

Faith groups may be exempt from new burial regulations

New plans to regulate the pre-paid funeral sector and bring it under the remit of the Financial Conduct Authority may not affect religious burial societies.

Jewish News

Australia’s coalition to rule out conservative demands for 'religious freedom' law

Australia’s coalition to rule out conservative demands for 'religious freedom' law

The Australian government is set to disappoint backbench MPs who have called for a law to protect "religious freedom", with the attorney general confirming it will present a "basic" bill to prevent discrimination.

The Guardian

Maine lawmakers approve bill that allows assisted suicide

Maine lawmakers approve bill that allows assisted suicide

The legislature in the US state of Maine has voted to legalise assisted suicide, passing a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe terminally ill people a fatal dose of medication.

PBS News Hour

‘After equal marriage, LGBT+ Germans fight for the right to a family’

‘After equal marriage, LGBT+ Germans fight for the right to a family’

A bill expected to be presented to Germany's parliament later this year would allow married lesbian couples to be automatically recognised as co-parents.

Reuters

Tue, 04 Jun 2019

Trump invokes God during state banquet with the queen during UK visit

Trump invokes God during state banquet with the queen during UK visit

US president Donald Trump has said the UK and US are united by "reverence for the rights given to us by almighty God" during a speech on his state visit to the UK.

Sky News

Birmingham protest parents pledge to continue demonstrating

Birmingham protest parents pledge to continue demonstrating

A group of parents who are against lessons which acknowledge LGBT rights have said they "will not be silenced" despite an injunction banning them from protesting outside a school in Birmingham.

ITV

Esther McVey unfit to be an MP after LGBT comments, says Labour

Esther McVey unfit to be an MP after LGBT comments, says Labour

Labour has accused the Conservative leadership hopeful Esther McVey of being unfit to be an MP after she repeated her view that parents should be allowed to take primary-aged children out of lessons on same-sex relationships.

The Guardian

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