Friday, March 13, 2009

Stonewall, Comic Relief and Flouting The Law

I saw a Comic Relief thing today (some celebs climbing Kilimanjaro ). It was quite good. There was a short film about a Ugandan hospital showing the (preventable) suffering of children with malaria. Awful. The poor girl making the film fainted she was so upset. At the end of the film they asked for donations implying that every £5 donation would go to a mosquito net to prevent other children dying of malaria. But it won’t. It could go there. Or some of it will but some of it will go to Stonewall Housing

Stonewall Housing is a recipient of largesse from big cuddly Comic Relief as sponsored by the BBC at your expense.Here’s how they select their tenants:

Selection criteria

To be eligible for housing, applicants must be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and aged between 16 and 25 years at the time of making the application. Applicants must be currently homeless, living in unstable, unsafe or unsuitable accommodation or under serious threat of becoming homeless.

Now I'm no lawyer and correct me if I’m wrong, but the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 outlaws discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities, services, education and public functions on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Somebody call the cops. Failing that just don’t give any money to Comic Relief.
Give it to Mary’s Meals or your local hospice.

Oh, and if this organisation can flout the law so openly, I don’t see any reason why Catholic Adoption Agencies should be so compliant.

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Blogger the dúnadan said...

Presumably Stonewall Housing is a charity and so has an exemption?? If it isn't, I'm sure that when the SORs came into effect, I heard a homosexual hotelier complain about them because he would now have to allow heterosexual people stay there.

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Blogger Paulinus said...

Malcolm, the Catholic Adoption Agencies are charities too.

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