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Politics

  • 26th September 2007

    Ministers answer gay questions at Stonewall event 2

    Ms Eagle is the only openly lesbian MP and was appointed as a junior Treasury minister by Gordon Brown in June.

    4:50 PM — The recently-appointed minister for equality and two leading gay Labour politicians faced questions from their own party activists at a conference fringe event last night.The panel discussion, entitled Equality for the next decade, was organised by the LGBT Labour group and gay equality organisation Stonewall.Chaired by out gay MEP Michael Cashman, equality minister Barbara Follett, Labour LGBT co-chair Alon Or-bach and Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill were joined by Angela Eagle.

  • US hate crimes law faces key vote in Senate 7

    Veteran Senator Ted Kennedy, who sponsored the bill, spoke on the floor of the Senate yesterday and urged his fellow legislators to support it.

    1:25 PM — Attempts by Republican Senator and Presidential hopeful John McCain to block new legislation that would extent hate crimes to cover LGBT people will come to a head tomorrow with a crucial vote.Democratic Senator Harry Reid has filed a cloture motion on the hate crimes bill, a procedural move to overcome Senator McCain's objection to bringing the amendment to the floor.60 Senators will need to vote in favour of the cloture motion for passages of the hate crimes bill to be added as an amendment to the Department of Defence (DoD) authorisation bill.

  • Ahmadinejad’s gay comments lost in translation 1

    The Persian transcript has excised both the question about treatment of lesbians and gay men in Iran and President Ahmadinejad's response.

    12:54 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has discovered that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's official website does not provide a Persian version of his recent comments on homosexuality in the country.The site provides a full and complete transcript of his speech to students at Colombia University in New York and the question and answer session afterwards in which he claimed that there are no gay people in Iran and homosexuality does not exist in the country.

  • Russian activists fined over blood demonstration

    Russia prevents gay men from donating much needed blood as they are considered to be most at risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

    12:25 PM — Six gay rights protesters have been convicted of public order offences and fined by a Moscow court for protesting against Russia's ban on gay men donating blood.Activist Alexei Davydov, who organised the picket outside the Russian Health Ministry on 14th September, was fined 1,000 roubles (£20) while five other arrested participants were each fined 500 roubles.Although all donations are screened, Russia prevents gay men from donating much needed blood.

  • Politician defends son accused of homophobia

    Mr English has responded by calling the article a “disgusting and sick attack,“ according to the New Zealand Herald.

    12:04 PM — A leading New Zealand official is fighting back after a gay website published a story about his son earlier this week.The article, which appeared yesterday on GayNZ.com, alleges the son of New Zealand National Party deputy leader Bill English has been posting homophobic comments to a popular social networking website over the past few months.A sample comment from the site, made in reference to a recent soccer match, mentioned in the GayNZ.com article: "Some college fags are gonna to get stabbed with katanas."

  • US Presidential hopeful reveals AIDS plan

    Mr Edwards' proposal came during an appearance at the Families USA/Kaiser Foundation Health Care Forum on Monday in Washington.

    11:55 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton may be leading the Democratic Party for the Presidential candidacy, but John Edwards is not ready to give up the fight.This week, the former Vice Presidential candidate unveiled a health care package which would help fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and stated he would enforce legislation that would take away health care for the President and Congress members unless a universal health care plan was enacted.

  • 25th September 2007

    Exclusive: Gordon Brown attends gay equality event 4

    He partied at the Absolutely Equal fringe party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall and Barclays at the Labour party conference.

    10:01 PM — The Prime Minister has attended an gay-sponsored event for the first time, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.Gordon Brown partied at the Absolutely Equal fringe party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall and Barclays at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth minutes ago.Absolutely Equal, supported by Barclays, was a joint event between Stonewall, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Equal Rights on Age.

  • Exclusive: Gordon Brown parties at gay disco 3

    Mr Brown was accompanied by the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (and Equality Secretary), Harriet Harman and the Minister for Equality Barbara Follett.

    9:10 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is about to address an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) event for the first time, PinkNews.co.uk has been told.He is due to speak at the Absolutely Disco fridge party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth.At the event he will talk about his commitment to gay rights.

  • Elton asks PM for help reaching 2010 target

    Elton John is the Chairman of the Elton John Aids Foundation

    1:00 PM — Elton John has publicly called for Prime Minister Gordon Brown's help to meet the G8's target for universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS by 2010.The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, whose target was tripled at the last G8 in June, was set up in 2002 to finance operations to help combat the diseases around the world.

  • 24th September 2007

    Ahmadinejad claims Iran has no gays 7

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: “we don't have homosexuals“

    11:00 PM — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied that any gays live in his country to an audience at Columbia University in New York."In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country," he said. "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it." Mr Ahmadinejad was challenged by audience members that Amnesty International figures showed that among the 200 people executed in Iran so far this year, some were gay.

  • Gordon Brown conference address – no election date

    Mr Brown also took a tough stance on immigrants, confirming ID cards for foreign workers by next year

    3:31 PM — Gordon Brown has addressed the Labour party conference for the first time as Prime Minister.While not giving any indication about the date of the next general election, his speech clearly puts the government and the party on an election footing.The Prime Minister made strong statements on support for Britain's membership of the EU and taking the lead on climate change.

  • COMMENT: Bullying guidance useless if not enforced 8

    The lives and success of LGBT students and educators is dependent on their follow up to this document.

    2:47 PM — We at Schools OUT should be jumping up and down with joy.In our 33 years of existence we have asked no more than that schools be made proper and safe places for the LGBT people that attend them, that they speak the truth of LGBT people's lives and achievements and thereby counter the prejudice and stereotyping that is rife in our society.At the end of last week the Department for Children, Schools and Families published such guidance that, if followed, would accomplish all the above for lesbian, gay and bisexual people at least.

  • Global trade union gathering warns on homophobia

    The workplace can be a particularly harsh environment for transgendered workers, especially during and after the process of transition.

    1:30 PM — An international LGBT Workers' Forum has been told that neo-liberal and conservative forces are increasingly exploiting anti-gay prejudice to undermine trade union and community activists' campaigns.The second international LGBT forum, held jointly by Public Services International (PSI) and Education International (EI), is the only event of its kind to be facilitated by global trade union federations.The two federations represent over 50 million workers in 950 trade unions around the world.

  • Gay allegations against minister blamed on “dirty tactics” 1

    Prime Minister John Howard rejected the allegation that his government is running a dirty tricks campaign.

    12:30 PM — The two main political parties in Australia are accusing each other of dirty tricks and smear campaigns in the run-up to a federal general election later this year.The governing Liberal party has accused their Labour rivals of producing a "fact sheet" about a married minister that claims he has sexually harassed male staff and regularly visits gay bath houses in Sydney.The Labour leader Kevin Rudd rejected allegations that his party was behind the "fact sheet" and claimed the government is running a dirty tricks campaign against him.

  • Hillary Clinton tackles lesbian rumours 2

    Clinton tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

    10:35 AM — Next week's issue of US gay magazine The Advocate includes a juicy interview with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.Although much of the discussion surrounding the article has centred on the New York Democrat's assertion that she isn't gay, more interesting to the GLBT community may be the confirmation that she's not a closet supporter of gay marriage.According to those who have seen the article, Clinton supposedly tells Sean Kennedy, news editor at The Advocate, she would admit if she were quietly a supporter of marriage equality.

  • Praise for Mayor’s u-turn on same-sex marriage

    Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face, including Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

    10:20 AM — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders made headlines around the world last week when he announced during a press conference that he would sign a City Council resolution directing the city attorney to file a brief in support of same-sex marriage with the California Supreme Court.Sanders previously said he would veto the resolution. Gay rights groups quickly lauded Sanders for his about-face.

  • 23rd September 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson courts gay vote 14

    A lot has been written about Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson's background.

    9:40 PM — When I meet Boris Johnson in a Westminster cafe for his PinkNews.co.uk interview, it becomes apparent, immediately after he shambles in and launches himself into a chair, that 10am is not optimum Boris time.As he puts it in his diary of the 2001 election campaign, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, it is "a pretty ungodly hour for someone accustomed to journalism."The interview had been in the pipeline well before Labour activists started taking swipes at him over his views.

  • 21st September 2007

    Nominees for Stonewall politics award “honoured” 52

    Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.

    4:40 PM — Senior politicians from across the political divide have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about their nominations for a Stonewall Award.Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Health, was instrumental in getting the Sexual Orientation Regulations onto the statute books.

  • Politicians welcome homophobic bullying guidance 9

    Michael Gove, Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families committed his party to helping the government beat bullying.

    1:15 PM — The three main political parties in the UK have welcomed today's publication by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) of groundbreaking new guidance for teachers on homophobic bullying in schools.The pioneering guidance, commissioned from gay equality organisation Stonewall by the DCSF, provides school governors, heads, teachers and other staff with practical information about how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying.

  • Guidance on gay bullying issued to schools 8

    A survey of more than 1,100 young people found that only 23% of all UK schools explicitly condemn homophobic bullying.

    11:50 AM — The Department for Children, Families and Schools has issued guidance to schools in England and Wales on how to tackle homophobic bullying.The new guidance from the government gives teachers, head teachers, school governors and support staff practical advice on how to recognise, prevent and respond to homophobic language and physical abuse.It follows on from Stonewall's wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying published in June this year, entitled "The School Report."

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