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Hungary’s child protection laws and the LGBTQ+ community

Illustrations by Mia Clement Viktor Orban, Hungary’s far-right prime minister, announced that the government will hold a referendum on the recently instated ‘child protection’ laws. While broadly aimed at addressing paedophilia, the laws have been widely criticised within Hungary and beyond for banning the portrayal of LGBTQ+ people to children. The law has been condemned Read More…


Keeping an eye on the bigger picture: why Dinah Rose QC shouldn’t be our target

“Students are perfectly entitled to feel upset and even to feel discomfort. But they are not entitled to have all other considerations displaced, to draw attention away from the plight of LGBTQ+ individuals elsewhere in the world, to condemn their friendly, engaged and committed head of house and to disregard fundamental principles of justice and the rule of law.”

Arun Smith examines why the outcry over Dinah Rose QC is misdirected.


Trust has been broken at Magdalen, and legal explanations won’t fix it

“It’s clear that this has gone far beyond a misunderstanding of the cab rank rule, and is instead a matter of whether marginalised students feel safe, supported, and welcome at Magdalen – which, it is emerging, many do not.”

Ellie Redpath gives her perspective on President of Magdalen Dinah Rose QC’s legal representation of the Cayman Islands in their bid to overturn gay marriage.


The Conservative government’s attack on trans rights is evil

‘The ability of trans people to self-identify may legally be hanging in the balance, but no government can take from us the ability to speak up.’

Jenny Elizabeth Scoones writes about the profound impacts of the government’s plans to scrap reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.

Current Affairs

President of all Poland? President Duda and Warsaw Mayor, Trzaskowski, to enter the second round of presidential elections

Since The Oxford Blue last reported on the presidential elections in Poland, the playing field has changed significantly: incumbent President Andrzej Duda will face Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw, in the second round of voting. The election, scheduled for May 10th, was pushed back as coronavirus made its way across the country, forcing the Read More…