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October 31, 2014

Legendary actor awarded accolade for his work in promoting LGBTI rights

Sir Ian McKellen has been given the Freedom of the City of London.

The gay Shakespearean actor, known for his roles in Lord Of The Rings and X Men, received the award at Guildhall.

While largely ceremonial these days, it does come with some 'symbolic privileges' such as being allowed to drive sheep and cattle over London Bridge. (This technically no longer applies, but has been done periodically in recent years). 

One of the founders of campaigning group Stonewall UK, he also supports Pride London and The Albert Kennedy Trust.

September 17, 2014

Stonewall has said Britain's schools of higher learning should be doing more in order to make LGB students feel more welcome

Britain’s most gay friendly universities have been revealed in a new guide out today (22 June).

UK-based gay rights charity Stonewall has launched the fourth edition of Gay By Degree, the only guide profiling Britain’s 158 universities.

The six schools that won full marks were Cardiff University, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Sheffield Hallam University, University of Essex, University of Glasgow and York St John University.

September 11, 2014

Demand for Stonewall’s rainbow laces passes the 100,000 mark – and laces are even on their way to the Westboro Baptist Church in the US

The UK's LGB equal rights charity Stonewall has announced that it has seen a surge in support for its Rainbow Laces campaign this year, with requests from the public for pairs of the laces passing the 100,000 mark – far exhausting the charity’s stocks of 50,000.

Launched last year, the Rainbow Laces campaign coincides with the beginning of the England soccer season. The campaign aims to highlight the issue of homophobia in soccer, and is a joint venture between Stonewall, Paddy Power and the Gay Football Supporters’ Network.

September 11, 2014

Demand for Stonewall’s rainbow laces passes the 100,000 mark – and laces are even on their way to the Westboro Baptist Church in the US

The UK's LGB equal rights charity Stonewall has announced that it has seen a surge in support for its Rainbow Laces campaign this year, with requests from the public for pairs of the laces passing the 100,000 mark – far exhausting the charity’s stocks of 50,000.

Launched last year, the Rainbow Laces campaign coincides with the beginning of the England soccer season. The campaign aims to highlight the issue of homophobia in soccer, and is a joint venture between Stonewall, Paddy Power and the Gay Football Supporters’ Network.

September 8, 2014

The Queens Park Rangers player is the latest footballer to pledge support for Stonewall’s #RainbowLaces campaign in the UK – along with free morning newspaper, Metro

Queens Park Rangers soccer player Joey Barton is among the sportsmen to lend their vocal support to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces (#rainbowlaces) campaign.

In an interview with the Metro newspaper, Barton – who was also a high-profile supporter of the campaign last year – again spoke out against homophobia in soccer.

September 5, 2014

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are among the footballers participating in Stonewall's 2014 rainbow laces initiative

Soccer stars have stripped down and laced up for a new gay rights campaign.

Arsenal footballers Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poke fun at themselves in the Stonewall advert.

The gay rights charity have paired up with Paddy Power to raise awareness of homophobia in sport.

September 5, 2014

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Mikel Arteta are among the footballers participating in Stonewall's 2014 rainbow laces initiative

Soccer stars have stripped down and laced up for a new gay rights campaign.

Arsenal footballers Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain poke fun at themselves in the Stonewall advert.

The gay rights charity have paired up with Paddy Power to raise awareness of homophobia in sport.

August 31, 2014

Britain's LGB campaigning charity could be about to finally welcome the T in their work

Has the time come for Stonewall England to move on from its historic roots, as an exclusively LGB organisation, to become a much broader LGBT pressure group through the inclusion of transgender issues in its remit? And if so, how?

Those were the key questions under discussion at yesterday’s all-day workshop hosted by Stonewall at the Coin Street Conference Centre in Southwark, and attended by around 50 transgender activists and community members.

August 29, 2014

On the eve of the first ever meeting held between Stonewall and the trans community, Jane Fae reflects on the past, present and possible future

I am shocked...shocked I tell you...to discover that the best that Stonewall has to offer at tomorrow’s grand trans jamboree breakfast is pastries! I mean, how’s a girl to engage with the big issues of the day on a diet of croissant and cafetiered coffee. Where’s the bacon? Where’s the eggs?

Where, I ask you, is the smoked fish?

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

August 4, 2014

New Stonewall chief, Ruth Hunt, has spoken about the organisation’s future plans to tackle homophobia in schools

In one of her first major interviews since becoming the new chief of UK-based LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, Ruth Hunt has said that she believes educating pre-primary school children that families come in all shapes and sizes – including single and same-sex parents – is vital in helping to tackle homophobia.

Speaking to The Independent newspaper, she said that she wants Stonewall to commission books ‘celebrating difference in all its forms for under-fives.’

July 31, 2014

The Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson as 'pandering to the homosexual agenda’

A ‘gay cure’ group has lost its battle to put its adverts on London buses.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

July 28, 2014

Hunt is likely to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations. She has tried to support transgender people and develop international work

Stonewall has chosen Ruth Hunt – who has pledged to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations – as its new chief executive.

Hunt has been acting CEO of Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, since the departure of Ben Summerskill in February this year.

She originally joined the charity in 2005 as a senior policy officer and became deputy chief executive under Summerskill.

July 28, 2014

Hunt is likely to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations. She has tried to support transgender people and develop international work

Stonewall has chosen Ruth Hunt – who has pledged to work more closely with other LGBTI organizations – as its new chief executive.

Hunt has been acting CEO of Stonewall, the UK’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, since the departure of Ben Summerskill in February this year.

She originally joined the charity in 2005 as a senior policy officer and became deputy chief executive under Summerskill.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

July 24, 2014

She initially wondered: 'I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens'

Edie Windsor was far from the activist she would become at the time of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which marked the beginning of the modern-day gay rights movement.

'When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said "I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens,"' Windsor said in an interview posted Thursday (24 July) by Marriage Equality USA.

But the woman whose lawsuit brought down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) soon realized how heroic the drag queens who took a stand against police raids were.

July 17, 2014

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study

A shocking number of gay people face bigotry at funerals, new research has revealed.

YouGov polling has discovered one in 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced discrimination when saying goodbye to a loved one.

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study.

There are many fears as well that comes with getting older, with nearly half (48%) believing they could face bigotry when they deal with bereavement.

July 17, 2014

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study

A shocking number of gay people face bigotry at funerals, new research has revealed.

YouGov polling has discovered one in 10 lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced discrimination when saying goodbye to a loved one.

Family members and religious leaders were the most likely to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people, according to the study.

There are many fears as well that comes with getting older, with nearly half (48%) believing they could face bigotry when they deal with bereavement.

July 10, 2014

Lesbian couple’s stunning display tells a story about breaking down ignorance at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

A green-fingered lesbian couple have won a prestigious Gold prize for their Stonewall Garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

The annual celebration in south-west London is the largest flower show in the world.

But it’s the first time Britain’s leading gay campaign organization Stonewall has had a garden created in their honor.

It was created by garden designer Amanda Miller and her partner Emma Harvey.

Miller was inspired by the difficulties she faced growing up as a lesbian in a small country town.

July 4, 2014

Fewer than one in five secondary school teachers have received training on tackling homophobic bullying

Schoolteachers in the UK think they are banned from talking about homosexuality, a new report has revealed.

Two in five (37%) primary school teachers, and three in 10 (29%) think they are banned from teaching about lesbian, gay and bisexual people and issues.

This very well may be an echo of Section 28, a law instated by Margaret Thatcher’s government that banned the discussion of LGBTI topics. It was repealed in 2000.

July 2, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson is accused of banning the Core Issues Trust ads in order to secure the gay vote

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

June 28, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen tells Gay Star News events like this prove the future is safe for generations of LGBTI people to come

Defiant against torrential rain and recent homophobic attacks, London has put on one of the biggest and best Gay Prides in years.

With an estimated half a million LGBTI people and their allies braving the summer downpour, the UK capital marched to fight for freedom today (28 June).

The British capital is celebrating a few months after the first gay couples have got married in England and Wales, with Scotland not too far behind.