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Oluwaseyi Omooba had been due to play star role in The Color Purple in UK stage show

An actor playing a gay character in a stage production of the Color Purple has been sacked over homophobic comments she made five years ago.

Oluwaseyi Omooba, who was due to play the lead role of Celie, claimed the Bible made clear homosexuality was wrong in the eyes of God and that people cannot be born gay. A row was sparked when her Facebook post was unearthed and shared online by a fellow actor last week.

Related: Being a gay Christian can be hurtful and gruelling. But I refuse to lose faithLucy Knight

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I can face discrimination from both sides, but the church and the LGBT+ community have more in common than they think

• This article has won the 2019 Hugo Young Award, which champions political opinion writing among UK postgraduate journalism students

I was at a comedy show in Soho recently, when my slightly too loud cackle attracted attention from the comedian. One thing led to another, and I ended up being teased affably about my love life as the audience laughed on.

Once my excitement about having spoken to one of my favourite comedians – Mae Martin, if you’re curious – had died down, I realised something pretty significant had happened. I had said, “I have a girlfriend” in front of a room full of people without even thinking about it.

A lowlight was confiding in a pastor when I was 18. He politely informed me my feelings were from the devil

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Forget the parent protests. Children need to be taught that their identities are valid – and Andrea Leadsom needs to apologise

One of the most dangerous and destructive things in the world is shame. Shame can burrow into you so deep that it shrinks the brain and constricts the heart.

Related: Parents complain to Manchester schools about LGBT lessons

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Complaints to seven primaries follow suspension of lessons at some Birmingham schools

Primary schools in Manchester have been contacted by parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons that teach children about LGBT rights, in the wake of similar classes being withdrawn in Birmingham after protests.

The Guardian understands that parents at seven primary schools have contacted school management to discuss the inclusion of the lessons in the curriculum.

Related: Pupils shouldn’t be denied LGBT lessons – whatever their parents sayBenali Hamdache

Related: An LGBT education would have spared me years of miseryLetters

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Five years ago, breakfasting while being serenaded by a Geri Halliwell impersonator was a novelty. Now, mainstream venues are serving up drag – and LGBT venues are suffering

It is 1pm on an unseasonably warm Sunday in February, and I am eating a BLT in Dalston, east London, while a 6ft 4in drag queen dressed as Geri Halliwell questions a bearded Scottish man about when he last got laid.

This isn’t how I normally breakfast. Neither is this the morning after an improbable tryst. This is drag brunch, an unholy amalgam of high camp and everyone’s favourite portmanteau meal – and it is reaching saturation point.

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Man Booker prize winner tells of how religion intensified his struggle with his sexuality as a youth

Jamaican novelist Marlon James, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2015, wanted to alter his sexuality “more than anything” in his youth and underwent a gruelling religious ritual to try to “drive out the gay”, he is to explain in a radio interview on Sunday.

But it was only when the writer eventually turned away from formal religion and left the Caribbean that he was able to fully accept his homosexuality and even write about it. As Desert Island Discs’ latest castaway on BBC Radio 4, James details the extreme evangelical exorcism, or “gay cure”, he endured at a Pentecostal church in Jamaica.

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The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana has written the best political autobiography since Barack Obama

Imagine waking up on 4 November 2020 to discover America has elected a man whose knowledge ranges from to the Puritan origins of the phrase “city on the hill” to the details of how to modernize sewers with wi-fi connected sensors.

Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president

We see how often war and terrorism are driven by the dynamics of globalization, the distribution of wealth and the consequences of technology. Like laws of physics, these forces were animating our affairs all along – which should haven been no sunrise to people from a place like South Bend, a city wrestling such forces long before newspapers gave us terms like ‘globalization’ and ‘rust belt’.

Related: 'Porn star presidency': Pence support for Trump questioned by Democrat

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Voters rally to presidential frontrunner whose pro-LGBT stance has fuelled rightwing conspiracy machine

Disbelief and a hint of fear flashed across Zuzana Čaputová’s face as the news broke.

After explaining to the Guardian how she would bolster the rule of law in Slovakia if elected president, Čaputová, a 45-year-old lawyer and the frontrunner in Saturday’s presidential poll, suddenly stopped short as an aide read out a headline from his phone: Marian Kočner, a multi-millionaire businessman, had been charged with ordering the murder of Ján Kuciak, a journalist who was investigating organised crime.

Related: Suspect charged with ordering murder of Slovakian reporter

Related: How a Slovakian neo-Nazi got elected

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Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay, spoke on the changes for Ireland and called out various forms of discrimination

The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, who is openly gay, brought his partner to a meeting on Thursday with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, a conservative Christian once dubbed “the face of anti-LGBTQ hate in America.

Varadkar, who is in Washington this week to reaffirm the longstanding shared history between the two countries, brought his partner, Matt Barrett, to a St Patrick’s Day breakfast at the vice-presidential residence at the Naval Observatory.

Vice President Mike Pence invited me and Matt to his home at the Naval Observatory this morning. It’s great to be back here for a really warm reception. pic.twitter.com/Wkh2Ic8lWP

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his partner, Matt Barrett, arriving for breakfast here at the US Vice President Mike Pence’s residence in Washington. Quite a significant moment... pic.twitter.com/WRZaUwkAuH

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Leo Varadkar, Ireland's prime minister, spoke about his sexuality during a breakfast hosted by the US vice-president, Mike Pence. Varadkar, one of the few openly gay world leaders, had brought his partner, Matt Barrett, to the event. Pence has an extensive anti-LGBT record, having repeatedly voted against HIV/Aids prevention funding as the governor of Indiana

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