Gay asylum seeker faces deportation from UK to Nigeria – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2018 in asylum, deportation, homosexuality, news by sally

‘A Nigerian asylum seeker who fled to Britain to escape prosecution for being gay is facing deportation after being held for six months in an immigration detention centre.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2018

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Big firms share LGBT knowledge in SRA mentoring scheme – Legal Futures

‘Small and medium-sized law firms will get free help and advice from some of the biggest firms in the country on how to become more inclusive employers under a pilot scheme launched this month by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2018

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Theresa May says she deeply regrets Britain’s legacy of anti-gay laws – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2018 in homosexuality, news, sexual orientation discrimination by sally

‘Theresa May has said that she “deeply regrets” Britain’s historical legacy of anti-gay laws across the Commonwealth as its 53 leaders gathered in London for their annual summit.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2018

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Chambers could be forced to publish data on sexual orientation and religion – Legal Futures

Posted April 12th, 2018 in barristers, consultations, disclosure, diversity, homosexuality, news, privacy by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is considering a rule change which would mean chambers would have to include sexual orientation and religion in the diversity data they publish on their websites.’

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Legal Futures, 12th April 2018

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Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Speech by Sir James Munby: Changing families – family law yesterday, today and tomorrow – a view from south of the Border.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 21st March 2018

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Judges told to limit observers if witness has to remove veil – The Guardian

‘Judges should restrict the number of observers allowed into court when defendants or witnesses are compelled to remove their veil to give evidence, new guidance to judges recommends.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2018

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Man found guilty of planning terror attack on Cumbria gay event – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2018 in autism, homosexuality, news, racism, terrorism by sally

‘A 20-year-old man has been convicted of preparing an act of terrorism after he planned to carry out a machete attack on a gay pride event in Cumbria.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2018

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Legal rights are not all right: when morality and the law collide – OUP Blog

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in counterfeiting, drug offences, homosexuality, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘In early November 2017, media outlets hailed the Paradise Papers as a major scoop: 13.4 million leaked documents revealed the financial details of some of the world’s leading brands, politicians, sports stars, and musicians. But this was to be no repeat of last year’s Panama Papers, in which well-known names appeared relating to criminal acts like “corruption,” “tax evasion,” and “money laundering”; the Paradise Papers failed to reveal a single crime.’

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OUP Blog, 31st January 2018

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Fresh call to ban ‘gay conversion therapy’ – BBC News

Posted January 26th, 2018 in homosexuality, news, parliament, psychiatrists by sally

‘The government is facing a fresh push to ban “conversion therapy” aimed at changing gay people’s sexuality.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2018

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The EU gave LGBT people protection. Without it, we face persecution again – The Guardian

‘The EU withdrawal bill undermines the rights of all UK citizens – but it is especially disastrous for the LGBT community.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Lesbian couple win legal battle after being denied IVF treatment that would have been given to same-sex parents – Daily Telegraph

‘A lesbian couple who wanted a baby were discriminated against over their sexuality after being denied access to funded IVF treatment which would have been given to same-sex partners.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2017

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Proportionality, the Margin of Appreciation and our Human Rights – in Plain English – Rights Info

Posted December 8th, 2017 in homosexuality, human rights, news, obscenity, privacy, proportionality by sally

‘This week marks the 41st anniversary of the judgment in Handyside v UK. This was a milestone judgment as it introduced a crucial concept for decision-making in human rights cases, the margin of appreciation.’

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Rights Info, 7th December 2017

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Social work, controversial views and fitness to practise: Ngole – Law & Religion UK

‘Felix Ngole, a second-year Master’s student on a social work course at Sheffield University, had been excluded from the course by the Faculty of Social Sciences Fitness to Practise [“FTP”] Committee after comments he posted on Facebook about his personal opposition to same-sex marriage. Before the Administrative Court, he argued that fitness to practise was a matter for the professional social work bodies rather than for the University. In R (Ngole) v University of Sheffield [2017] EWHC 2669 (Admin), however, Rowena Collins Rice, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, rejected his claim.’

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Law & Religion UK, 2nd November 2017

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Judge backs University of Sheffield in homosexuality comments row – BBC News

‘A university’s decision to expel a student for posting a comment online saying homosexuality was a sin was lawful, a court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2017

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Lesbian couple kicked and stamped on repeatedly in ‘disgusting’ homophobic attack – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2017 in assault, hate crime, homosexuality, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who stamped on the heads of two women in a vicious homophobic street attack has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 18th October 2017

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Inns of Court accused of not doing enough to combat homophobia as research uncovers discrimination – Legal Futures

‘Many LGBT+ barristers believe the Inns of Court are not doing enough to combat homophobia at the Bar, according to a ground-breaking study which suggested that “homophobia is stronger at the Bar than in the general population”.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2017

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Nigerian gay rights activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle – The Guardian

Posted August 14th, 2017 in appeals, asylum, homosexuality, human rights, immigration, news, refugees by sally

‘The Home Office has granted refugee status to a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist, ending a 13-year battle over her right to remain in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2017

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Christian magistrate in gay adoption row set for legal battle with 0NHS bosses – Daily Telegraph

‘A Christian magistrate who lost his job and then his role as an NHS director for speaking out against adoption by same-sex parents will this week sue NHS bosses claiming political correctness can prevent Christians holding public posts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th July 2017

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Why UK law still caters to the norms of public disgust towards homosexuality – The Independent

Posted July 27th, 2017 in crime, homosexuality, legislation, news, reports by tracey

‘We tend to assume that law is objective and disembodied, but the story of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK shows that it is in fact, like the people who create it, an emotional creature: animated by visceral human feelings – and as far as sexuality is concerned, the chief emotion at work is often disgust.’

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The Independent, 26th July 2017

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I’m an LGBT rights lawyer, and these are some of the strangest cases I’ve had to fight in court – The Independent

Posted July 26th, 2017 in divorce, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news, surrogacy, transsexuals by sally

‘If you are a same sex married couple you cannot get divorced on the grounds of adultery, because ‘adultery’ in UK law still takes a biblical definition meaning a man and a woman. One of my clients couldn’t divorce her husband because he’d been cheating with a man, so it didn’t count as ‘adultery’. Another ran into serious problems with surrogacy.’

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The Independent, 25th July 2017

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