Latest news on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

The Bill has been carried over to the 2013-14 session. The Bill is due to have its report stage and third reading on 20 and 21 May 2013. The Government Bill was presented to Parliament on 24 January 2013. It completed its committee stage on 12 March 2013 and had its second reading debate on […]

A lesson in sexual tolerance in South Africa

The Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), in collaboration with Gala, has produced a booklet titled Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights in Education. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) learners often feel isolated and depressed because of how their schools handle different sexual orientations. “The problem is […]

More teacher training needed to tackle homophobic bullying

Responding to questions in the House of Lords yesterday, schools minister Lord Hill of Oareford agreed that teachers should be trained to spot signs of homophobic bullying and that changes to Ofsted’s remit would give the school inspection body more time to look for such issues. He said: “We have updated our advice to schools to make it clear that prejudice-based bullying such as homophobic bullying should not be tolerated.

No excuse for homophobia says CofE Chief Education Officer

Guardian The following letter appeared in the Guardian from the Revd Janina Ainsworth: I am happy to accept Phil Beadle’s challenge to “publicly and explicitly [stand] against any form of homophobia” in Church of England schools (Battle to beat the last acceptable prejudice, 20 January). I would encourage schools, as a first step, to expressly […]