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  • The LGBT+ rainbow flag was today raised from the top of Portcullis House, for the first time, and will fly until the end of the Pride Festival (26 June). On Saturday 25 June UK Parliament will be taking part in the Pride in London Parade, marching alongside a red double decker bus, to promote the many ways that people can engage with Parliament and to raise awareness of the institution as an inclusive place to work.

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  • A witness in a trial over a spate of murders of Muslim clerics in Uganda was "beaten and castrated" because he agreed to testify, prosecutors say.

    The defence argued those on trial could not have been responsible for the attack as they were in jail.

    The judge adjourned the trial, which opened on Monday, to give more time to protect witnesses.

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  • The 28 EU member states have reached a consensus on LGBT rights for the first time in European history.

    The Council of the European Union reached consensus on Friday on a Netherlands-backed agreement concerning women’s rights, gender equality and the protection of LGBTI people across the EU.

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  • It was in an idyllic Canadian mountain town, surrounded by jagged, imposing peaks, that the conflicting facets of Trevor MacDonald’s identity came crashing together.

    MacDonald, soft-spoken and sporting a wispy goatee, was breastfeeding his first child at the time. He and his partner had splashed on a lavish dinner, baby in tow. When his son began fussing, MacDonald eyed the waitstaff and patrons wandering about in formal attire and thought it best to head to the restroom.

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  • The BMA is the UK’s professional association and registered trade union for doctors and currently has 170,000 members.

    It has been opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia for every year of its history with the exception of 2005-6 when it was neutral for just twelve months.

    The first motion (79 on the agenda) affirms that ‘it is not appropriate at this time to debate whether or not to change existing BMA policy’.

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  • Acouncil leader has broken ranks to condemn the Scottish Government's controversial named person policy, calling it "intrusive nonsense" imposed by "SNP dictators".

    Alisdair Rhind, deputy leader of Highland Council, the first local authority to trial the scheme, said he was "totally against" the policy which will see a named person assigned to around one million people under 18 from August.

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  • At next month’s General Synod, the Church of England will try a new approach to avoiding a disastrous formal schism over homosexuality. After two days of discussing legislative matters in open session and once all outsiders have left, the 550 representatives from around the world will break into groups of 20 for three days of intensive and personal discussions about sexuality.

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  • The head of Britain's biggest abortion provider has called for abortions to be made freely available on demand saying they are just another form of birth control.

    In a new book, Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, claimed it is "a travesty of our freedom" for terminations to be regulated by criminal law.

    She also argued that there is no moral difference between decisions on a termination and whether to get married or divorced.

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  • Abortion laws in Northern Ireland will be put under scrutiny by the Court of Appeal, starting on Monday.

    It comes after the Attorney General and Department of Justice appealed a High Court decision last November to grant a judicial review into termination laws in NI.

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  • CALLS by humanists for pupils to have a legal right right to opt-out of religious observance in schools have been rejected by the Scottish Government.

    The decision comes only a week after a United Nations report recommended ministers repeal existing guidance which makes it compulsory for children to attendance faith based classes and events unless their parents have requested an opt-out.

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