At the start of April, Iraqi police dragged out 14 year old Ahmed Khalil and executed him on his family’s doorstep.
RUTH Kelly is to leave the Department of Education and take up responsibility for local government, which has provoked sighs of relief in some quarters, particularly teachers and parents not keen on religious schools. Surely her more off-the-wall, Catholic fundamentalist opinions will have no effect in her new job?
Ruth Kelly, newly appointed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is also the Minister for Women and Equality. She will be responsible for the planned Equality Bill, and for other issues connected to gay rights. Yet when interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live, she refused to answer whether she thought homosexuality was a "sin".
Taken from an interview on US TV.
FV reviews Gay Muslims, a Channel 4 documentary
This insightful document began with the producers telling us that, of the 200 gay Muslims they approached to participate, only five were willing to go before the camera. The experiences of those brave individuals make it clear why the others stayed away.
It has been known for some time that Iqbal Sacranie, General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, was right-wing. After all, he accepted a knighthood last year, and serves on government quangos including Blair's "task force" against terrorism.
This month Civil Partnership legislation came into force. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people can now register their partnership. Good, argues Maria Exall, but socialists need to fight for much more.
By David Broder
The Civil Partnership Act coming in to force on 5 December comes with the pretensions of offering gay couples the same rights as married heterosexual couples.
GMB Shout is the LGBT group set up by activists in the GMB. It meets in London and organises around GMB equalities events. There’s no formal recognition by the GMB.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has endorsed a boycott of World Pride, which is due to be held in Jerusalem in 2006 (see the statement by Diane Langford of the PSC on the website www.boycottworldpride.org).