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August 10, 2014

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff says, 'Bigotry, in all its forms, is unacceptable in our community, and it certainly has no place in our school environment'

A school chaplain and youth outreach officer has been fired from his job after re-posting a comment on Facebook that said 'homosexuality is not normal' and 'no-one is born gay'.

Troy Williams, who works at Hobart College and is an employee of the Scripture Union, has since removed the post and issued an apology.

Scripture Union is Tasmania's main provider of school chaplaincy services which appoints and trains state and private school chaplains.

June 29, 2014

Shai Piron says he is ‘truly sorry’ for his previous comments saying gay families are not proper families in his eyes

Israel’s Education Minister has apologized for offending gay families, after a comment saying same-sex couples are not proper families.

On 26 June, Shai Piron made the comments in an interview with news website INN.

‘I think it’s a Jewish state’s right, maybe even its duty, to say to same-sex couples who decide to live their lives together—that’s not a family,’ he said.

June 27, 2014

Minister of Education Shai Piron says it’s the right of a Jewish state to tell same-sex couples that they are not a family, though he supports them having some basic rights

The man responsible for Israel’s education system has said same-sex couples should not try to consider their households as families as it conflicts with his religious beliefs.

May 13, 2014

A 19-year-old tells UK’s Michael Gove that sex education should be compulsory

A gay teenager living with HIV has written an open letter calling the UK government to make sex education compulsory.

Luke Alexander, 19, discovered he had HIV a year ago and received ‘absolutely no information’ about it when he was at school.

He says he may have avoided becoming infected if he had.

In his open letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove, Alexander says the ‘vast majority of young people have little or no common knowledge’ about HIV.

December 24, 2013

Australian Marriage Equality are targeting from cabinet and shadow ministers to rank members in 201

Same-sex marriage advocates in Australia have drawn up a list of about 70 federal politicians, who they are hoping to sway on the issue of marriage equality in the new year.

May 18, 2013

Jamaica’s Education Minister has claimed that pro-gay materials in schools could ‘groom’ children towards becoming gay and would be offensive to ‘majority sentiments’

Jamaican Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has told journalists that discussion of homosexuality will be banned in the country’s education system, with the issue left out of a revised Health and Family Life Program for schools.

‘We must be very careful that in the interest of tolerance we do not allow minority views to defeat majority sentiments,’ Thwaites told a press conference at Jamaica House on Friday.

April 25, 2013

Henri Guaino, who has written a book condemning same-sex marriage, has admitted to pressing the wrong button

One of the strongest opponents to equal marriage in France has admitted to ‘accidentally’ voting for the bill.

Henri Guaino, from opposition party UMP, voted for the bill on Tuesday in the final vote on the ‘Marriage for All’ bill.

He has been extremely outspoken regarding the bill, with him writing a book calling for a referendum on gay marriage.

April 23, 2013

Muhyiddin Yassin warns of threat of 'LGBT movement' to Muslims, as the country prepares for a general election on 5 May

The Malaysian deputy prime minister has made his government's position on LGBT rights clear again at a meeting of Islamic agencies in Kuala Lumpur.

Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said that Malaysian Muslims were facing two challenges - the LGBT movement and demands for more freedom within the religion, The Malaysian Insider reports.

April 19, 2013

Prominent Liberal politician comes out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia

The premier of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has come out in support of same-sex marriage.

'As a Liberal who believes that commitment and family units are one of the best ways in which society is organized, I support the concept of same-sex marriage,' said Barry O'Farrell to Fairfax Media, dismissing the argument that gay marriage would damage traditional marriage as 'utterly ridiculous'.

April 3, 2013

Deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi said a musical with negative stereotypes of LGBT people can help 'our children to understand it'

Malaysian deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi said yesterday that 'there is nothing wrong' with taking a musical with negative stereotypes of LGBT characters (who turn straight in the end) to schools and universities.

'We don't want our children to be involved in such activities and if the content of the musical helps our children understand it, then there is nothing wrong,' said Puad to the Malay Mail.

January 7, 2013

Education minister Mutula Kilonzo threatens to remove New Zealand novel The Whale Runner from curriculum after parents claim it will 'corrupt' children's minds

Kenya's education minister Mutula Kilonzo is threatening to ban schoolchildren from reading a book which homophobic campaigners claim contains gay themes.

Kilonzo says the government will review whether The Whale Rider, by gay New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera, is suitable to be taught in secondary schools after angry parents complained the book would 'corrupt' children's minds.

September 20, 2012

The minister of education of the small Caribbean island state announced special measures in order to 'save the young people of Dominica' from 'homosexuality and deviant behavior'

The Dominica minister of education said that homosexuality and anti-social behavior is a large scale ‘problem’ in the country’s school system, 'bigger than previously thought'.

Education minister, Petter St. Jean, said that due to these large scale ‘problems’ the government was forced to ‘broaden its task force to deal with the matter’.

June 26, 2012

Welcome dose of irony at award show for sexist, misogynist, homophobic and transphobic comments by public figures in Malaysia

April 5, 2012

In the latest example of state-sanctioned homophobia in Malaysia, the Deputy PM tells counselling conference to 'curb' LGBT 'spread'

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia told a national counseling conference yesterday that the profession was needed to 'curb' the 'spread' of LGBT groups.