The BBC broadcasts to all parts of the UK, including Northern Ireland.
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, has decided that the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) will come into operation at the beginning of 2007 - just two weeks away. It will then be unlawful to treat people less favourably on account of their sexual orientation. Soon, similar laws will apply in the rest of the UK.
We've seen how CBBC Newsround regularly discriminates. Only last Wednesday my latest survey found that older kids' feedback is discarded. But when you look at Newsround's web feedback pages you see a message telling people under the age of 16 to obtain a parent's or guardian's permission before sending their comment. Under the "Send" button is an assurance stating "We'll try and put up as many e-mails as possible."
But this blog deals mainly with the discrimination against lgbt people. When Civil Partnerships were introduced very nearly one year ago, and Elton John and David Furnish became legal partners Newsround kept silent about the news. That was the last straw which brought Newsround blog into existence.
Most UK organisations have welcomed equality. The BBC however boasts that it's a unique institution. Its management do whatever they want. But whether unique or not the BBC must not be allowed to treat some people differently to others.