11th April 2008
Map of the world plots LGBT rights 6
5:45 PM — A global gay rights federation is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an updated map of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans rights across the globe.Founded in 1978, the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is a federation of more than 600 groups in 90 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) rights."A print version of the map will be sent to all members of ILGA in the following weeks," a spokesperson said.
Gay Eurovision fans threatened by Serb thugs 3
5:00 PM — The honour of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest has fallen to Serbia this year, and fascist groups in the country are already promising violence against people attending the festivities.Gay men are a particular target, according to the president of the fascist organisation Obraz, who announced his violent intentions in the pages of daily newspaper ALO! earlier this week.The newspaper ran a story on April 7th, calling Eurovision "gay youth day."
Gay group reminds people to register to vote
2:03 PM — Stonewall, the largest lesbian, gay and bisexual equality organisation in the UK, has reminded people to register to vote ahead of the elections on May 1st.All councils in Wales and 135 local authorities in England will hold elections.The Mayor of London and the city's 25-member Assembly will also be elected that day.
Obama and Clinton’s accessibility to gay media assessed
12:50 PM — Democratic US Presidential contender Barack Obama has faced increasing criticism in the LGBT community in recent weeks for refusing to speak to the gay and lesbian press.While rival Hillary Clinton has gone on record with gay media outlets such as Logo and the Philadelphia Gay News, Obama has turned down repeated requests for interviews.Now Obama is speaking out at last directly to the gay community in an exclusive interview with The Advocate.
10th April 2008
Elton John laments American misogyny at Hillary gig 3
2:55 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has attacked the sexist attitude of some American voters at a fundraising concert for Hillary Clinton last night.Senator Clinton is one of two leading candidates for the Democratic party nomination for President, and she appeared on stage with Sir Elton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton."I've always been a Hillary supporter," Sir Elton said. "There is no one more qualified to lead America. Having said that, I never cease to be amazed at the misogynistic attitude of some people in this country."
Obama backs LGB troops in gay magazine interview
1:05 PM — US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has given an interview with leading gay publication The Advocate, just a week after being criticised for "disrespecting" the LGBT media.The interview is due to be published tomorrow, but AP were given excerpts.Mr Obama, a US Senator from Illinois, said he supports a repeal of a law that bars openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the country's Armed Forces and is hopeful it can be achieved.
Poll gives Ken slight lead in race for Mayor 1
12:30 PM — A new opinion poll commissioned by trade union UNISON has found that the race for Mayor of London is still effectively neck and neck.In the IPSOS-MORI poll the 48% who say they are "absolutely certain to vote," shows the first preference results were 41% for incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, 40% for Conservative Boris Johnson.Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick took 14% and the Green party's Sian Berry 5%.
9th April 2008
MEPs demand EU directive cover gay discrimination 2
4:30 PM — Members of the European Parliament's LGBT rights group and the International Lesbian and Gay Association are calling on the European Commission to propose a "horizontal" EU directive tackling discrimination on basis of sexual orientation.EU directives are legislation that requires member states to, for example, deal with discrimination, but leaves it up to the states to decide on the best course of action to take.A new EU directive will be decided on by the Commission in the coming months.
PFLAG accuse homophobic politician of lying 10
4:30 PM — Advocacy group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has released new audio footage of politician Sally Kern that contradicts her statements to the press.The Oklahoma state representative, who described gay people as a bigger threat to America than terrorism, met with three PFLAG representatives last month.Both sides described the encounter as polite and cordial but just hours after the meeting, she said she was being misrepresented.
Canada’s lesbian senator to tackle homophobic MP
4:10 PM — The Prime Minister of Canada has declined to discipline one of his MPs over comments he made in 1991 calling gay people "homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit disease."Conservative Stephen Harper told the House of Commons on Monday that he considers the matter closed after Tom Lukiwski apologised.However, the only openly gay member of the PM's parliamentary party has decided to challenge Lukiwski about his remarks, which only came to light last week.
Tatchell pledges his second preference vote to Ken 1
3:05 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that the election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London would be a "big mistake."In the comments section of The Guardian website he said that he would be voting for Green candidate Sian Berry, but his second preference vote will go to incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.Mr Tatchell is the Green party candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Oxford East.
You can be gay behind closed doors says BNP 14
1:10 PM — The British National Party candidate for Mayor of London has given a wide-ranging interview to the BBC.Richard Barnbrook is a Barking and Dagenham councillor, along with eleven BNP colleagues.He told the BBC: "You can be gay behind closed doors, you can be heterosexual behind closed doors, but you don't bring it onto the streets, demanding more rights for it."
8th April 2008
Homophobic remarks come back to haunt Canadian MP
2:30 PM — A politician in Canada has issued an apology after a the discovery of a videotape in which he described homosexuals as 'diseased.'Tom Lukiwski, a 56-year-old Conservative MP spoke of his, "deep regret and deep remorse for my words of 17 years ago."He was elected in 2004 after his predecessor, Larry Spencer, was barred from running for making homophobic comments. Mr Spencer was a member of the Canadian Alliance caucus.
Ken warns of BNP seat on London Assembly 13
1:40 PM — The fascist British National Party could win a seat in the London Assembly, claims incumbent Mayor of London and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.Londoners will go to the polls to choose the 25-member Assembly and elect the Mayor.Mr Livingstone said that London's future as a united diverse city" was at risk if the BNP get a seat. The party already has 11 councillors on Barking and Dagenham council.
Lesbian politician’s office “hid” taxpayer’s money
12:30 PM — The New York City Council Speaker's office has been accused of allocating millions of dollars to non-existent organisations and hoarding the money for redistribution to other groups favoured by council members.Christine Quinn, the first woman to hold the post, is expected to run for Mayor of the city next year. She insists all taxpayer's money was used for legitimate purposes.However, investigations by the US Attorney's Office and the city's Department of Investigation are already underway.
Hillary/Degeneres 08? Candidate talks gay with with Ellen
12:10 PM — Kick-starting her appearance on Ellen with a campaign t-shirt touting "Degeneres/Clinton '08," Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton set the tone for her light but topical appearance on the openly gay talk show host's daytime chat fest.Ellen Degeneres sat down with Clinton to discuss everything from being a woman in the race for president to gay marriage.True to form, Degeneres' visit with Clinton included the kitsch factor, including a 2008 Presidential survival kit and an audible "What" from Clinton when Degeneres announced that she is gay.
MEP’s Home Office meetings about gay Iranian 21
11:30 AM — The President of the European Parliament´s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights is today holding a series of high level meetings with senior members of the Home Office.Michael Cashman, who is one of two openly gay MEPs, is meeting the government officials following the return to the UK of Mehdi Kazemi."I trust that the UK government will do the right thing in relation to Mehdi," he said.
7th April 2008
Poland approves Lisbon Treaty with rights opt-out 1
5:30 PM — Both Houses of the Polish parliament have approved the Lisbon Treaty with an opt-out from the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.The UK is the only other nation in the 27-member EU to opt out of the charter, which is legally binding on EU institutions such as the European Court of Justice, as part of the new Reform Treaty agreed by the EU heads of government in Lisbon.The Lisbon treaty needed a two-thirds majority vote in the Polish parliament to become law.
Hillary Clinton repeats desire to end gay military ban
3:04 PM — The policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell, which bars openly lesbian, bisexual or gay people from serving in the United States Armed Forces, will most likely have to be repealed by Congress, according to Hillary Clinton.The Senator from New York was First Lady of the United States when the policy became law in 1993.She is now running for the White House in her own right, and is one of two candidates for the Democratic nomination for President.
Ken campaign to complain about YouGov poll 4
2:00 PM — Ken Livingstone, the incumbent Mayor of London, has rejected the methodology of an opinion poll company used by Stonewall, the Evening Standard and other papers.The latest poll of 1,000 Londoners from YouGov puts his Tory rival Boris Johnson on 49% with the Mayor on 36%.Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick remains on 10% and Green party hopeful Sian Berry on 2% in the Standard poll. Once the second preferences are factored in, Boris leads Ken by 56% to 44%.