News Lush often uses its front windows to campaign against social injustice

As the Sochi games approach, Lush stores around the world will be running a Valentine’s campaign in defence of equal love

Archbishop issuing statement on child safeguards

A Catholic archbishop will today issue a statement about the safeguarding of children after sex abuse accusations that have rocked the Church.

Senior Catholic at odds with Vatican chief over abuse row

The Catholic Church in England and Wales issued a rare statement today publicly refuting comments from a senior Vatican official who suggested a link between child abuse and homosexuality.

Peter Tatchell: The people of Baluchistan have a right to self-determination

Ever since its annexation by Pakistan in 1948, Baluchistan has been subjected to a quadruple whammy of military occupation, political domination, economic exploitation and cultural hegemony. Just like Israel's settlement programme on the West Bank, Islamabad has a settler scheme to colonise Baluchistan. It is encouraging Punjabis to move to the region. The aim is to make the Baluch people a minority in their own homeland.

Davis deals blow to Grayling's ambition to be Home Secretary

Chris Grayling's chances of becoming the next Home Secretary took a further blow yesterday after one of his high-profile predecessors suggested he would be willing to return to the post should David Cameron form the next Government.

Tories try to defuse gay rights protests

If David Cameron was in any doubt about the anger caused by Chris Grayling's unfortunate slip on gay rights, they would have been quickly erased by a quick glance outside Conservative Party headquarters in Westminster yesterday. A band of around 400 gay rights activists launched a colourful protest outside the Millbank building, calling on the Tory leader to "Come Out" and discuss his policies for promoting equality for gay and lesbian people. Some clutched bunches of pink balloons, others posed for photographs as they kissed in front of Mr Cameron's famed "Time for Change" posters.

Peter Tatchell: Do the Tories support anti-gay discrimination by B&Bs or not?

The shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling MP should apologise and retract his support for discrimination against gay couples by B&B owners. By endorsing their right to refuse accommodation to gay partners, he has stirred new doubts about the Conservatives' commitment to lesbian and gay equality – doubts reinforced by David Cameron's notable silence.

Ben Chu: Peter Tatchell gets it wrong on Michael Foot

I'm an admirer of Peter Tatchell, but I'm afraid his press release in response to the death of Michael Foot plumbs previously unfathomed depths of solipsism:

Peter Tatchell: Ignore the refuseniks – Malcolm X was bisexual, out, and proud

February is LGBT History Month, when we celebrate gay history and icons. Most people are now happy to acknowledge the homosexuality of public figures like Benjamin Britten and Martina Navratilova. But what about Malcolm X? Four decades after his assassination, there are still refuseniks who reject the evidence that he was bisexual.

Gay players: the truth football won't face

As the FA is forced to shelve its campaign against homophobia, Ian Herbert asks why stars are too timid to tackle this taboo

Football accused in homophobia row

Players refuse to appear in video designed to combat prejudice

FA delays anti-homophobia film

The FA yesterday defended its decision to delay the launch of a film aimed at tackling homophobia in football. The governing body came under fire from gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for postponing the launch of the video, part of a campaign to stop supporters' homophobic chants and insults.

Pope: I'll visit but I don't like your equality laws

Benedict attacks improved rights for gay men and women

Gay rugby star hosts 'coming out' party to thank friends

Sport and stage stars turn out to show solidarity with Wales's 'role model' player

Johann Hari: Amid dark times, meet the most inspiring people of 2009

Newsman Wes Nisker said if you don't like the news, make your own. These people did

Peter Tatchell: Quentin Crisp was no gay hero

Jealousy made him bitter. He resented no longer being the only queer in town
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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

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Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
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Compton Cricket Club

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It helps a winner keep on winning
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Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'