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November 20, 2013

The New South Wales State Government has announced it will restrict the ability of schools and disability services owned by religious groups to discriminate against LGBTI people

Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich has received assurances from the New South Wales (NSW) Government that it will ensure that LGBTIs will not be discriminated against by religious groups in the provision of services when it comes to disability care and education.

November 12, 2013

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has today put forward an amendment to ensure religious disability care providers cannot legally discriminate against LGBTI people as clients or employees in the state of New South Wales (NSW)

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is hoping to close a legal loophole that could potentially let disability care providers who are owned by religious groups legally discriminate against LGBTI people in the provision of services and employment.

Greenwich today moved an amendment to the NSW Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Enabling Bill to protect LGBTI people from discrimination with a disability and disability workers who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

December 20, 2012

Gays and people with disabilities are being forced into marriage in Scotland, according to new figures

Gay people and people with disabilities in Scotland are being ever more being forced into marriage, according to new figures.

A Scottish helpline has received 75 calls since new laws on forced marriage were introduced in Scotland in November last year.

Over five percent of calls to the Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage line concerned people being pressured into marriage because of their sexuality or they have a physical or learning disability.

August 27, 2012

Only two athletes out of 4,200, a shocking 0.5%, have come out as gay

When you are a gay Paralympian, you have to triumph over more than adversity.

Not only do you have to overcome myths about gay people in sport, but your disability as well.

Out of 4,200 athletes competing in 503 medal events, only two so far have been open about their sexuality.

This means only 0.05% of athletes will be openly gay at the Paralympic Games.

Both British-born athletes, Lee Pearson and Claire Harvey are flying the flag for Team LGBT in the Paralympic Games.

August 12, 2012

At least one state chapter of the Boy Scouts of America is not prepared to toe the line with the organization’s national ban on LGBTs joining the scouts

The Vermont Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America has reaffirmed its non-discriminatory stance allowing LGBTs to be scouts and scout masters in the face of the national organization’s continued refusal to allow LGBTs into the organization.

The Vermont chapter’s Green Mountain Council established its own non-discriminatory policy in 2001 after the Boy Scouts of America won a Supreme Court case affirming their right to exclude LGBTs the year before.

July 18, 2012

'This breaks my heart,' says Eric Jones, the 19-year-old Eagle Scout kicked out this week

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Tuesday (17 July) that it has no plans to lift its ban on gay members after two years of consideration by an 11-person committee.

The announcement comes on the heels of the widely-publicized case of Kansas City-area Eagle Scout Eric Jones, 19, who was immediately fired from his job as a counselor at a scout camp after coming out to the camp director on Sunday (15 July).

July 18, 2012

Jennifer Tyrrell: 'This movement doesn’t stop because 11 anonymous men behind closed doors made a decision to keep discrimination in place'

Ousted lesbian den leader Jennifer Tyrrell showed up as Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday (18 July) to deliver more than 300,000 petition signatures calling for an end to the organization's anti-gay policy.

Her delivery comes a day after the BSA announced that after two years  of consideration by an 11-person committee, the Scouts will continue to ban gay members.

July 17, 2012

A 19 year old Eagle Scout in Kearney, Missouri, has been kicked out of the Boy Scouts and sacked from his summer camp job after he came out as gay despite ten years of service to the organization

Ten years with America’s scouting movement came to an abrupt end for a 19 year old Missourian on Sunday when he was stripped of his rank of Eagle Scout and fired from his summer camp job.

Eric Jones of Kearney, Missouri, told the director of Camp Geiger that he is gay on Sunday – something which is in contravention of the organization’s membership rules for both scouts and scout leaders.

Jones had joined the Boy Scouts in second grade and had taken a decade to rise to the rank of Eagle Scout and earn a job at the Scout’s Camp Geiger.

April 30, 2012

David J. Sims says removal of lesbian den mother Jennifer Tyrrell 'is wholly discriminatory'

A member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio River Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as resigned from the board because of its decision to kick den leader Jennifer Tyrrell out of the organization because she is a lesbian.

David J. Sims said he has a long history of support for BSA but feels the anti-gay  policy is not something he can condone.

April 27, 2012

Star Trek icon and former scout says anti-gay policy casts 'a long and ugly shadow across the organization'

As a kid, Star Trek icon George Takei was a Boy Scout, a member of Troop 379.

But the openly gay star is speaking out against his former organization which this week, reiterated its stance against allowing gays and lesbians to participate. The group has been under fire for dismissing Ohio den mom Jennifer Tyrrell as leader of her son’s troop because she is a lesbian.

April 23, 2012

Jennifer Tyrrell takes on Boys Scouts of America for its anti-gay policies

Jennifer Tyrrell had never before been on an airplane.

But she flew from Bridgeport, Ohio, to Los Angeles on Friday to appear at the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday (21 April) where she nearly stole the show from the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Betty White and Cher with her heartfelt speech about being ousted as a den mother by the Boy Scouts of America because she is a lesbian.

April 18, 2012

The creators of Sesso, Amore & Disabilità are trying to raise funds to compete to national festivals

A documentary about the sexual life of disabled Italians, including lesbians and gays, is going to be released in Bologna and will compete in national film festivals.

Named Sesso, Amore & Disabilità (Sex, Love and Disability) it is one of the first Italian documentaries about disabled people’s sexual behaviour.