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Palestine: Recognition — Motion to Take Note (29 January 2015)

Lord Leigh of Hurley: ...its citizens to be lashed every week for expressing democratic views on a website, does not throw political opponents from the rooftops of tall buildings and does not deny the equal rights of all its citizens, including gays, Christians and Muslims. It is safe to say that these are not principles universally upheld by Israel’s neighbours and, sadly, in particular by the Palestinians....

Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day]: Sustainable Development Goals (28 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Nia Griffith: ...have been strides forward in getting more girls into school and raising the issue of violence against girls and women, there are still huge challenges. Likewise, we need to do more to safeguard the rights of people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and of people who have disabilities. It is also important that we should promote the right to join a trade union, just...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Driving Licences: Union Flag (27 January 2015)

Anna Lo: ...support the motion, as a standard UK-wide licence could be acceptable. However, if people want standardisation across the UK, I look forward to the DUP changing its stance on issues such as the gay blood ban, equal marriage and the Climate Change Act, which, so far, it has rejected on the basis that we are different.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Health, Social Services and Public Safety: Blood Donations: Cost of Court Cases (26 January 2015)

Pat Sheehan: T6. Mr Sheehan asked the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to explain how he can justify the cost of court cases in relation to the ban on blood donations from the gay community. (AQT 1996/11-15)

Homeless Young People — [John Robertson in the Chair] (21 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Stephen Gilbert: .... Often, family breakdown has a lasting negative impact on people’s mental health. I have a constituent who was turned away by his family and booted out the door because he came out to them as gay. That had a devastating impact, and when he presented to Cornwall council as homeless and was unable to get any support, it felt like a double whammy. Ultimately, we were able to secure...

Health: Human Papilloma Virus — Question for Short Debate (20 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Gould of Potternewton: ...women, whether in this country, where according to Public Health England the critical 80% threshold for girls is not being met in many parts of the UK, or they may have sexual partners outside the UK. It might also be said that providing vaccination to gay men only discriminates against heterosexual men. Therefore, this question of discrimination should be looked at. The human cost of...

Public Bill Committee: Serious Crime Bill [Lords]: Clause 72 - Preparation or training abroad for terrorism (20 January 2015)

Jack Dromey: ...is absolutely right that the world faces a horrific threat in Syria and Iraq, in France and Belgium and in our own country. Over the past year or two we have seen haunting images of beheadings, of gay people being thrown from towers and of women and young girls being bought and sold. On our own continent, we now see journalists massacred, police officers executed and Jewish people shot...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Cuba (20 January 2015)

Hugo Swire: ...rights with Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the Archbishop of Havana, and I also met Mariela Castro, the director of the Cuban National Centre for Sex Education in Havana and an activist on gender and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights. We continue to stress the need to release prisoners of conscience and I also call on Cuba to ratify the UN covenants on political and economic rights.

New Clause 1 — Judaeo-Christian tradition (16 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

James Arbuthnot: ...anathema to the people listening to it. Let me give the hon. Gentleman another example, in a Christian context. What happens if the prayers call on God to grant enlightenment to those who support gay marriage? That might be anathema to some of the councillors who do support gay marriage. What should one do as a councillor in those circumstances? Should one heckle the priest or the imam?...

Women and Equalities: Homophobic Bullying (15 January 2015)

Sharon Hodgson: ...bullying. Therefore, does the Minister acknowledge that the Government’s failure to make sexual relationships education compulsory in the curriculum in mainstream teacher training has failed lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young people, as teachers feel ill equipped to deal with homophobia in the classroom, or to advise children who approach them in confidence?

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Homophobia (15 January 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...of services. The Government has continued to highlight the benefits of a diverse workforce, and how employees can be supported, by publishing research ‘Barriers to employers in developing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friendly workplaces’ and ‘The Business Case for Equality and Diversity’.

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (1st Day) (14 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: ...sure that he does not mean that someone who was perhaps a transgender person driving a car in Russia, which we have just learned is going to be unlawful, or a woman driving a car in Saudi, or indeed a gay person in Iran or Nigeria who is imprisoned, should trigger a recall in this country—

Prayers: New Clause 4 — Doctors’ language skills (9 January 2015)

Jamie Reed: ...recently sought outside the House to manipulate and inflame the issue with a view to creating an imaginary bygone Britain in the public consciousness as part of a long-standing flight from reality based on bizarre notions such as “gay rain”, the enforced segregation of breastfeeding mothers from public spaces and the right to use racist language. We must all be careful not to...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (8 January 2015)

Baroness Jay of Paddington: ...and treatment services under this new system. In recent months, as the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, has just done, we have rightly focused on the Ebola virus, but the latest figures for HIV in this country are a cause for a new concern. In the past 12 months, the numbers of gay men newly diagnosed are the highest since the figures were first collected 20 years ago. During the intervening...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Asylum: Homosexuality (6 January 2015)

Lord Bates: ...to the Noble Lord in the Government’s response to his previous question on this issue ( 15 December 2014: WA2), existing guidance, which was drawn up in consultation with Stonewall, the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, is clear that questions of a sexually explicit nature should not usually be asked. The Government is currently revising...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Middle East (6 January 2015)

Baroness Anelay of St Johns: ...and discrimination against LGBT people forms an important part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's wider international human rights work. The British Embassy in Tel Aviv has marched in the Gay Pride parades in Tel Aviv over recent years. At this year's march, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Israel spoke at the large public gathering and referred to Israel becoming a more tolerant society...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Russia (6 January 2015)

Lord Scriven: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report from Human Rights Watch on the effect of the 2013 law banning gay “propaganda” in Russia on the incidence of homophobic attacks and on the reaction to crimes against LGBT citizens, what representations they have made to the government of Russia about the status of LGBT citizens of that country.

Serious Crime Bill [Lords] (5 January 2015)

Fiona Mactaggart: ...has been cut up. Our ambition should therefore be to change the thinking and to create a consciousness which rejects this form of abuse. We in Parliament know that we can do that. We have done it on gay rights and gay marriage, for example, and on a number of other things. We can change thinking. However, although I am glad that there are still a few Members in the Chamber at 9 pm on this...

Written Answers — Home Office: LGBT People (5 January 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: ...to identify ways of improving communications and to increase reporting. In April, the Crown Prosecution Service launched educational resources for schools to address hostility towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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