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DM Weekly Digest 09/02/2023

Church of England votes in favour of blessings for same-sex unions


Passing of motion at General Synod represents profound shift in church’s stance on homosexuality, but debate - and disagreement - is likely to continue. Read more here.



Sandi Toksvig: I can't let the Church of England hurt LGBT people


The TV host was initially reluctant to speak out about the Church of England's position on same-sex marriage - but felt LGBT people were suffering. Read more here.



Black girl attacked outside Surrey school not eating or talking much - relative


The girl, and another 15-year-old girl, were set upon by a number of people outside Thomas Knyvett College in Ashford on Monday afternoon, in what police are treating as a “serious racially aggravated assault”. Read more here.



Black people four times as likely as white people to be murdered, ONS data shows


New figures for England and Wales show racial disparity among murder victims has worsened over last decade.  Read more here.



US civil rights leader Al Sharpton calls for an end to stop and search in UK


The long-time campaigner also spoke of his hope that the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis could be a catalyst for change in policing in America. Read more here.



New exhibition brings disability and toys together


The Disability and the Home: Toys & Games Exhibition is being held at the Museum of the Home in London, but is the brainchild of Digital Disability in Wolverhampton, a group helping disabled people across the city. Read more here.



Hampshire charity plans new school run by autistic adults


A charity wants to open what it thinks would be the first Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) school run by autistic adults in England. Read more here.



The Indigenous model helping defend the Alaskan wilderness


At just 20 years old, Quannah Chasinghorse is part of a new generation of Indigenous land defenders. Read more here.



The UK government may have rejected menopause protections – but workplaces are more supportive than ever


Efforts made by many UK workplaces in recent years show a growing understanding of how and why employers should support people at this stage of life. But many more workplaces could do with support in this area. Read more here.