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Politics

  • 18th April 2011

    Scottish Green Party leader tells of MSPs’ anti-gay jokes 12

    Patrick Harvie said he had occasionally heard of anti-gay jokes

    11:38 AM — Patrick Harvie, the leader of the Scottish Green Party, says he has endured anti-gay jokes from parliament colleagues. Speaking to Scotland on Sunday, the 38-year-old, who is bisexual, said he knew some MSPs had made "homophobic" remarks about him behind his back.

  • Gay men vote Nick Clegg ‘sexiest party leader’ 42

    The hottest party leader?

    9:50 AM — Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been voted the sexiest UK party leader in a poll of gay men. Forty-two per cent of the 1,100 men surveyed by gay networking group Jake said Mr Clegg, who famously confessed to sleeping with "no more than 30 women", was the hottest leader.

  • 14th April 2011

    Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe calls Britain ‘gay filth’ 47

    Robert Mugabe attacked Britain for accepting homosexuality

    5:49 PM — Homophobic Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe called Britain's tolerance of gay rights "unnatural" and "filth" at the funeral of his deputy intelligence chief today. The African leader, speaking at the funeral of Menard Muzariri, hit out at continued European sanctions on his country.

  • Government website asks: Should Equality Act be scrapped? 104

    Ministers want to know if people think the Equality Act is a "bad idea"

    12:23 PM — A government website asks members of the public whether the Equality Act should be scrapped completely. Red Tape Challenge is designed to help ministers identify "burdensome" legislation and "pointless or outdated rules".

  • 13th April 2011

    Gay Brighton couple hope to be first elected councillors together 29

    Peter Booth and Kelvin Poplett with Chris Sandland (R)

    5:51 PM — A gay couple from Brighton hope they will become the first civil partners to be elected as councillors at the same time. Peter Booth, a businessman, and Kelvin Poplett, a travel agent, are standing as Tory candidates for East Brighton ward alongside Chris Sandland, who was a founder member of Stonewall.

  • Indian minister says declining female birth rate means ‘we’ll all become gay’ 67

    Farooq Abdullah said everyone would be gay when women are eliminated

    3:37 PM — An Indian minister says he is concerned that the whole population will become gay if gender balance trends continue. Farooq Abdullah, the minister for new and renewable energy, was commenting on new Census figures which show that the ratio of female children to male children is the lowest since India gained independence.

  • 12th April 2011

    Government seeks transgender community’s feedback 15

    Equality minister Lynne Featherstone said the government was committed to trans rights

    3:48 PM — The coalition government is to publish its first 'Transgender Action Plan' later this year and is asking trans people to help shape the document. Ministers promised last May that they would produce an action plan specifically for trans people.

  • Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson calls party homophobes ‘disgusting’ 6

    There are homophobes in the Republican party, Alan Simpson said

    1:29 PM — Former Republican Senator for Wyoming, Alan Simpson, has hit out at anti-gay politicians in his party. During an interview with MSNBC's Hardball programme, he said men shouldn't be allowed to vote on abortion and called homophobes 'disgusting".

  • Out gay London deputy mayor Simon Milton dies 18

    Simon Milton died after a short illness

    10:53 AM — London deputy mayor Sir Simon Milton has died after a short illness at the age of 49. The Conservative politician, who was mayor Boris Johnson's chief of staff, died in hospital on Monday.

  • 10th April 2011

    Gay blood donation ban to be lifted for men who haven’t had sex for 10 years 357

    There is currently a blanket ban on gay men donating blood

    10:34 AM — The government is to lift the ban on gay men giving blood, ruling that a blanket ban is discriminatory and could be in breach of the Equality Act. However, lifting the ban will only apply to gay men who have not had sex for ten years prior to donating blood.

  • 8th April 2011

    Australian politician denies homophobia towards gay MP 10

    The policing minister denied his remark was anti-gay

    4:22 PM — An Australian politician has denied that a 'queen' joke he made about a gay MP was homophobic. Rob Johnson, who is the West Australian police minister, said his remarks had been misconstrued.

  • Newly-out gay MPs attend Stonewall Equality Dinner 166

    Tory MPs Crispin Blunt (left), Margot James and Nigel Evans at last night's event

    1:26 PM — Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans and Conservative MP Crispin Blunt were among the guests at last night's Stonewall Equality Dinner. They joined 600 guests at London's Dorchester Hotel to raise £340,000 for the charity's gay rights work.

  • US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12

    The ban is set to be lifted in the summer

    10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.

  • 7th April 2011

    Scottish parliament elections: Labour and Lib Dems promise gay rights action 18

    The election takes place on May 5th

    4:18 PM — The Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have made manifesto promises on marriage equality ahead of May's election. Labour - which is on an equal footing with the SNP in polls - says it will consult on the issue while the Lib Dems offer a firmer commitment.

  • 1st April 2011

    Donald Trump doesn’t ‘feel good’ about gay marriage 98

    Donald Trump doesn't 'feel good' about marriage equality (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    4:09 PM — US billionaire Donald Trump says he doesn't "feel good" about the issue of marriage equality. The thrice-married tycoon, who is a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has stated his opposition to the issue several times in the last month.

  • Polish MP expelled for lesbian joke 47

    The Polish MP was expelled from his party. (Photo: K Palion)

    12:59 PM — A Polish MP has been expelled from his party for making a sexist joke about lesbians. Robert Wegrzyn of the centre-right Civic Platform party was given the boot this week, two months after he made the off-colour joke.

  • 29th March 2011

    Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26

    The ban will only become law if approved by the public

    9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.

  • Shadow health minister Diane Abbott attacks cuts to HIV funding 92

    Diane Abbott is the shadow health secretary

    2:31 PM — Shadow health minister Diane Abbott has claimed that changes to funding for London HIV services will "threaten and marginalise" gay and bisexual people. Last week, PinkNews.co.uk reported that HIV charities in the capital had been told that the NHS primary care trusts which help to fund their work would be slashing their budgets by 43 per cent.

  • Gandhi supporters condemn bisexual claims 35

    Gandhi's supporters said the claims were wrong

    9:29 AM — Supporters of Mahatma Gandhi say claims that the Indian political leader left his wife for a male bodybuilder are blasphemous and wrong.

  • 28th March 2011

    Elton John to meet David Cameron over gay HIV rates 152

    Elton John says he will meet David Cameron

    12:24 PM — Elton John says he will meet prime minister David Cameron to discuss what can be done to tackle HIV rates. The pop legend and HIV campaigner said he had a date in the diary to speak to the prime minister.

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