Equality Alliance

E.A. News, Monday, 1st March 1999

APPEAL OF TERRY CONNELL TO BE HEARD THIS WEEK

      Supporters of the Bolton 7 will demonstrate outside the Royal Courts this Friday from 10 a.m at the appeal hearing of Terry Connell. [Court 8, Court of Appeal, The Strand, WC2].

[For more information contact: John Hunt, Outrage! E-mail jgh@intonet.co.uk, http://www.OutRage.org.uk/connell99.htm]


EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS TO RULE ON GAY MILTARY BAN

      The European Court of Human Rights today suggested a date in May this year (the final date is expected to be confirmed shortly) where the court will make a final and binding ruling.

      Charges against the UK Government were ruled admissible and the Court has found prima facie evidence of breaches of Articles 3 (torture and degrading treatment - based upon police investigations, Article 8 (Privacy) and Articles 12 and 14 (right to enjoy rights without discrimination!).

      If the cases are successful it is firmly believed that the Gay Military Ban could be lifted before the year 2000.

[For more information contact: Duncan Lustig-Prean, Rank Outsiders Press@rank-outsiders.org.uk, http://www.rank-outsiders.org.uk/info Tel: 0976-27.70.93]


STUDENT UNIONS BAN MoD PERSONNEL

      The National Union of Students gave its full backing to Cambridge University Student Union after they voted to ban all MoD personnel from their premises, and called for all Student Unions to extend this ban nation-wide.

      Andrew Pakes, President of the National Union of Students, said: "We give our wholehearted support to the Cambridge students. They have set an example by defending the rights of their lesbian and gay colleagues and we call on other Unions to follow suit."

[For more information contact: NUS on 0171-272 8900]


GOVERNMENT LIFTS BAN ON GAY CADETS

      In a surprise answer to a question from Lord Tope, Lord Gilbert (Minister of Defence Procurement) stated that "the Cadet Forces are National Youth Organisations, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence. Membership is encouraged from young people mainly between the ages of 13 and 18, regardless of their sexual orientation".

      This reverses the previous ban on lesbian and gay young people which resulted in the refusal of a number of teachers (who act as officers in the cadet forces) and Local Authorities to support the cadets as this would have breached their own equal opportunities policies.

[For more information contact: Duncan Lustig-Prean, Rank Outsiders Press@rank-outsiders.org.uk, http://www.rank-outsiders.org.uk/info Tel: 0976-27.70.93]


NEW MEASURES BEING DRAWN UP TO PREVENT SCHOOL BULLYING

      The Department for Education and Employment have stated that under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, headteachers will need, from September 1999 at the latest, to determine measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. They acknowledge that sexual orientation can be a significant impetus for bullying, harassment and discrimination. Ministers have attached a high priority to help prevent and combat it.

[For further information and a copy of the letter e-mail your address to Ian Farmer Action Co-ordinator: ifarmer@newphd.co.uk]


THE DOST YOUTH GROUP

      A new youth group has been set up for gay Asian people in London. The Dost youth group will meet in Hammersmith on the last Saturday of every month and will provide information and advice about the specific problems facing gay Asian people.

      The group are currently looking for new members, and are also trying to establish new links with other organisations in similar or related areas.

[For further details, contact the Naz Project on 0181-741 1879, or email jassybabes@hotmail.com]


PROTECTION OF CHILDREN BILL

      A similar Private Member's Bill to the 'abuse of trust' provisions in the Sexual Offences Bill, will receive its second reading on Friday. Tabled by Debra Shipley, its aim is to create and maintain a database of 'suspected' as well as convicted 'paedophiles'. It has Home Office, DfEE and Department of Health support.

      If the Bill is passed anyone on the database will be stopped from working, voluntarily or paid, with young people for the rest of their lives. Suspects could be added to the database because of an unproven allegation - as seems to be the case.

      Chris Morris has written to Debra to seek assurances that she will do everything within her power to ensure that the bill is non-discriminatory, and to raise the point that gay men are still at a significant risk of blackmail and false allegations. Chris has asked for anyone with more information to contact him.

[For more information contact; Chris Morris e-mail: cj.morris@cwcom.net]


GAY TV SOAP A WASH OUT

      The 1st episode of Britain's racy 8-part gay soap opera has both activists and their opponents in a lather. Britain's Channel 4 debuted its 8-episode gay drama February 23, and while the producers say their intention is to present gay lives in a very upfront way that will lead audiences to "the sense that the only thing that distinguishes gay and heterosexual people is the sexual act," the show is drawing complaints from both gay and lesbian activists and viewers' associations.

      As the House of Lords is due to be considering lowering the gay age of consent from 18 to 16, some pro-reform lobbyists are outraged by its stereotypical depictions and opponents are accusing Channel 4 of interfering with the political debate. The episode featured among other controversial issues a 29 year old gay male having sex with a 15 year old gay male.

[Information supplied by Mark Ynys-Môn. For more information request full details from EANews@AOL.com]


GAY HUMANISTS LOBBY HOME SECRETARY

      Following the Lawrence inquiry report, the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has written to Home Secretary Jack Straw asking him to include sexual orientation when framing new policies and legislation in respect of race. GALHA has told the Home Secretary that it believes that most of the findings of the Lawrence report "apply mutatis mutandis to lesbian and gay people".

      GALHA points out that in some cases physical attacks against (and even murders of) gay people have not been taken seriously by the police because of the sexuality of the victims. The police have also shown a reluctance to accept that such crimes are (or may be) homophobically motivated, and to classify them as such.

[For more information contact: GALHA@bigfoot.com, http://visitweb.com/galha]


EA NEWS GOES WORLD WIDE

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POLICE INVESTIGATION TEAM ACCUSED OF HOMOPHOBIA

      The investigation into the alleged assault of Ian Farmer by two uniformed Police Officers during the Gay Pride 98 March (for wearing a military cap badge) has itself come under question for failing to correctly investigate homophobic crime, and a whole host of other serious breaches of procedure, after the file was returned from the Criminal Prosecution Service due to "not enough evidence" to uphold the complaint of 'Abuse and Intimidation'. Farmer's complaint, however, was of 'Assault and Battery'.

      The Police Complaints Authority are investigating evidence of repeated 'cover ups', failure to interview witnesses, discrediting Farmer's integrity and failure to deal with the attack (by the ex Military Policemen now serving at Fulham Police Station) as a homophobically motivated crime.

      Farmer has contacted GALOP, the Home Secretary and his MP (Simon Hughes) drawing parallels to the Lawrence inquiry clearly showing the need for the review to deal with homophobia and racism in one big clean up. Farmer is appealing to anyone who witnessed any part of the incident to please contact him immediately.

[For more information contact: Ian Farmer e-mail ifarmer@newphd.co.uk]


OPPORTUNITY EXISTS FOR TEACHERS TO BE TRAINED ON GAY AWARENESS ISSUES

      The Department for Education and Employment has stated that as part of initial teacher training (ITT) all trainees must demonstrate that they understand their professional responsibilities in relation to school policies, practices, legal liabilities and responsibilities in relation to Equal Opportunities legislation.

      However, it is for ITT 'Providers' to determine whether they cover gay awareness issues as part of the requirement. They confirmed that "there is the opportunity to do so, particularly if this is an issue in school".

To lobby ITT Providers and for a list in your area contact Joanne Crick, Personal, Social and Health Education Team, DfEE, Tel: 0171-925 5498.
[For further information and a copy of the letter, e-mail your address to Ian Farmer Action Co-ordinator: ifarmer@newphd.co.uk]


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