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

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Peter Tatchell: Not all cultures are equally valid and commendable

A good, beneficial multicultural society is one in which everyone has the freedom to pursue their own different ethics and lifestyles, while in the public sphere all citizens are treated as equals and are bound together by a shared commitment to universal human rights, regardless of the differences in their personal morality and private lives. I do not, for example, insist that people of faith approve of homosexuality, but I do expect them to not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The feral beast: The lure of the ivory towers

Only six months into the job, Emily Mann is stepping down as the New Statesman's deputy editor.

Peter Tatchell: We are making huge strides in the battle against homophobia

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have made great progress in Britain, especially in the last decade. But in large parts of the world, homophobic and transphobic oppression remain rife. Up to 80 countries continue to outlaw homosexuality, with penalties ranging from one year's jail to life imprisonment. Homophobia is particularly grim in the Islamist states that impose the death penalty for same-sex relations, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan and Yemen.

Peter Tatchell: What is stopping the President from striking down this ban?

Over the weekend, President Obama pledged, yet again, to repeal the ban on openly lesbian and gay people serving in the US armed forces. As in the past, he offered no time-scale, just promises, promises.

Lesbians denied fertility treatment claims Stonewall

Lesbians are still being denied fertility treatment despite a new law removing the need for a father, a campaign group said today.

Petition prompts No. 10 apology over code breaker Turing

Gordon Brown issued an apology to a Second World War code-breaker who committed suicide after being found guilty of gross indecency with another man.

Peter Tatchell: Help save Ezra Nawi, for the sake of freedom in the Middle East

He is gay, Israeli, Jewish and a defender of Palestinian human rights. On 16 August he faces jail for opposing Israel's illegal demolition of Arab homes. Ezra Nawi is building bridges across the sectarian divide of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Peter Tatchell: Help save Ezra Nawi from jail

He is gay, Israeli, Jewish and a defender of Palestinian human rights. On 16 August he faces jail for opposing Israel’s illegal demolition of Arab homes.

First the civil partnerships, now the civil dissolutions

Fourfold increase in number of same-sex couples breaking up

Quakers to perform gay wedding ceremonies

A religious denomination today reignited debate on same-sex unions after agreeing to perform marriage ceremonies for gay couples.

Leading article: Leaders of the gay revolution

Still nearly a year to go to the next election, and the heat of partisan competition is already intense. Not just in the sterile exchanges in the House of Commons over public-spending plans, but in the speed with which a party-political spat blew up last week over the issue of gay rights. The fuss began when Gordon Brown and David Cameron competed to show off their liberal credentials during Pride Week. The Prime Minister did not actually attend the London march, but his wife did, and he sent a message extolling the Labour Government's record in legislating for gay equality. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition apologised to Pink Paper, the online gay newspaper, for his past support for the notorious "Section 28" – the symbolic law that banned the "promotion" of homosexuality.

Peter Tatchell: Go on, Dave. If you're really sorry about gay rights, prove it

David Cameron has done an extraordinary thing. He apologised last week for the homophobia of his own party, singling out Section 28, the Thatcher government's infamous ban on the "promotion" of homosexuality by local authorities.

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