NO GAYS ALLOWED


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Imagine being refused housing because of who you are. Or told you’re too gay to stay in a hotel. Or turned away from a restaurant on a date.

That’s what Northern Ireland would look like if the powerful Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) were to get their way. They want to add an anti-gay clause to equality laws that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, and bi people.

Now All Out members have a chance to help. The DUP has asked for feedback on their anti-gay amendment by February 27. A huge outcry will show that refusing service to gay people isn’t OK. Not in Northern Ireland, not anywhere.

The consultation closes in 5 days – can you help? go.allout.org/en/a/northern-ireland

Pro-equality politicians from Sinn Fein and other parties have teamed up to stop the anti-gay amendment. But it will still go to a vote. A huge response to the DUP’s call for feedback could push more Assembly Members to vote for equality. And it’ll put off anti-gay parties – from Northern Ireland and beyond – from proposing anymore anti-gay legislation.

The clause states that businesses could refuse service where someone feels they are required to “endorse a same-sex sexual relationship in violation of his/her faith identity.” This means that a gay couple could be refused the rental of a house or be kicked out of a restaurant, just for being in love.

The deadline is February 27 – sign now: go.allout.org/en/a/northern-ireland

Last month 166,551 of us signed All Out’s petition against the anti-gay bill in Virginia. This law would have allowed doctors, teachers, and all companies to deny service to gay, lesbian, and bi people because of “religious and moral convictions”. Our partners in Virginia delivered all our signatures straight to the head of the voting committee – and they heard us. The subcommittee voted against the bill unanimously, so it will never see the light of day.

When we stand together for equality we win – will you push back against another scary anti-gay law? go.allout.org/en/a/northern-ireland

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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