Mervyn Kingston – August 17th, 1947 to August 2nd, 2013

Mervyn Kingston was a priest of the Church of Ireland who affirmed the Church as an integral part of the community life of South Armagh; and who affirmed the presence of gay Christians in the Church. Until ill-health forced his retirement in 2007, he was rector of Creggan, Ballymascanlon and Rathcor, parishes that cover much of north Louth and south Armagh. …

Gove Tells Stonewall He Wants to Make Schools Safe

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, is aware of homophobia and wants to do something about it, according to a response he gave at an education conference. He told the Stonewall Education Conference, which is held every year to support lesbians, gays and bisexuals in education, that: “It is outrageous and medieval to think that the use of the …

UK Still Best Place in Europe to Be LGBT

The ILGA European LGBT Equality map for 2013 has just been released and the UK is still the best place to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, scoring a whopping 77% on the scale in terms of human rights and equality. Taking account of equalities legislation, familial rights, hate crime legislation, legal gender recognition, freedom of assembly and the granting of …

Netherlands to Introduce Statutory Diversity Training

The Dutch government has prepared a scheme for compulsory education about LGB and transsexuality at each school; a victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Following a proposal by Van Bijsterveldt, Ministerof Education, Culture and Science (pictured) the Cabinet agreed to the attainment targets for primary and secondary schools to adjust in the field of sexuality and sexual …

I Support Equality, Says Jamaican PM

The newly elected Prime Minister of Jamaica has come out in favour of respecting the human rights of “gays”. Portia Simpson Miller spoke in a live TV debate and said that Jamaica should support equality for gay people. When pushed on the issue of whether she would have a gay in her cabinet she said the only criteria for a cabinet position were, ‘capacity’, …

Educate and celebrate – with Elly Barnes

There are still places available on Elly Barnes’ dynamic and resourceful ‘Educate and Celebrate’ one-day course for teachers. held at the ground-breaking Stoke Newington School’s Diversity and Training Centre, the course helps teachers to combat homophobia and transphobia while meeting the demands of the equality act public Sector Duty and OFSTED. Elly has eradicated homophobia in her school after celebrating LGBT History Month every February across …

Equality in Sport Newsletter

To read the latest Equality in Sport Newsletter, in which Lou Englefield celebrates Greater Manchester being the first County sports partnership to sign the Sports Equality Charter and we all celebrate John Amachi’s OBE, go here.