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Politics

  • 31st March 2009

    BNP use Jesus for new ads 79

    BNP councillors stand under the advert

    11:45 AM — The British National Party is using a picture of Jesus in its latest advertising campaign, saying that Christian leaders are 'shunning the word of God' on issues such as sodomy.

  • 30th March 2009

    Equality watchdog under pressure as three executives quit 1

    Trevor Phillips is under pressure as three commissioners quit

    9:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, has lost its chief executive and two commissioners in the last week. Nicola Brewer, the chief executive, has left to begin a new job, although her new position has not yet been disclosed.

  • Zurich elects lesbian mayor

    Corine Mauch is the first mayor of Zurich to be both female and openly lesbian

    1:55 PM — Zurich has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year.

  • Obama administration delays changes to military gay ban 19

    The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military

    11:06 AM — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay and lesbian service members is unlikely to be changed any time soon.

  • Comment: False hope – LGBT rights in the Middle East 7

    East and West collide over LGBT issues (Photo: Outrage London)

    10:29 AM — Omar Hassan explores the issue of LGBT rights in a Middle East ruled by conservatism.

  • 27th March 2009

    ‘Sex predator’ fears block trans rights bill in New Hampshire 2

    The bill to protect trans people from discrimination has failed

    4:37 PM — The New Hampshire House yesterday rejected a measure aimed to extend discrimination provisions to trans residents after opponents dubbed it 'the bathroom bill'.

  • 26th March 2009

    MP blames AIDS on ‘promiscuous men’ 28

    Gary Streeter blamed 'promiscuous men' for the spread of AIDS

    11:36 PM — A Tory MP has said the "true case" of HIV/AIDS is "sexually promiscuous" men in developing countries. Speaking during Commons question time on Wednesday, Gary Streeter, the MP for Devon south-west added that there was more to the fight against the disease than access to drugs and condoms.

  • New Hampshire House votes to approve gay marriage

    New Hampshire may soon legalise gay marriage

    6:49 PM — The New Hampshire State House today voted to approve gay marriage. The bill, if passed, would make it the third US state to allow gay couples to marry.

  • French Senate votes to recognise British civil partnerships 6

    France may soon recognise UK civil partnerships

    1:59 PM — France may soon recognise British civil partnerships if an amendment to the law is passed. Currently, British recognises French partnerships, known as Pacs (Pacte Civil de Solidarité) but France does not reciprocate this recognition.

  • Mayor Bloomberg shows support for gay marriage in New York 2

    Michael Bloomberg called for lawmakers to allow gay marriage

    1:17 PM — New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged the state to pass a bill legalising gay marriage. Speaking last night at the annual dinner of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan, he said lawmakers must "do the right thing".

  • Vermont governor to veto gay marriage 12

    Jim Douglas has signalled his intent to veto the bill

    10:13 AM — Governor Jim Douglas has announced his intention to veto the gay marriage bill if it passes the Legislature. At a news conference yesterday, the Republican governor said that the state's current civil partnership provision gave gay couples adequate rights and added that marriage should "remain between a man and a woman".

  • 25th March 2009

    New York Senator’s U-turn on gay marriage 1

    Sen Charles Schumer has come out in support of gay marriage

    5:02 PM — New York Senator Charles Schumer has revealed that after years of opposing gay marriage, he now supports it. The Democrat made his announcement at a meeting in a Manhattan restaurant but did not release news of his change of opinion until after it was reported by Empire State Pride Agenda this week.

  • Gainesville keeps LGBT discrimination protections 5

    Gainesville has voted to keep its anti-discrimination provisions

    4:15 PM — LGBT campaigners in Gainesville, Florida, are celebrating after voters opted against stripping the city's anti-discrimination provisions. Fifty-eight per cent of residents voted against cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in order to conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act.

  • 24th March 2009

    Government wins House of Commons vote on anti-gay hate speech 22

    The government won tonight's vote on anti-gay hate laws

    11:59 PM — The government has defeated an amendment in the House of Commons that would have created a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of hatred in relation to sexual orientation.

  • Interview: Encouraging gays to take their place in Parliament 7

    Anne Begg said she believes identity politics are not yet a thing of the past

    5:49 PM — Anne Begg is an instantly recognisable presence in the House of Commons. The former English teacher is the first wheelchair user to be elected as an MP. Chatty, amiable and refreshingly straightforward, Ms Begg can often be spotted in the chamber, in her chair at the side of the Labour benches.

  • 23rd March 2009

    New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1

    New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect against trans discrimination

    5:51 PM — The US state of New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect trans people from discrimination. The bill means the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" will be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.

  • 20th March 2009

    Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69

    Iris Robinson compared homosexuality to paedophilia

    3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.

  • 19th March 2009

    Hundreds gather to debate gay marriage in Vermont 1

    Vermont is holding a week of hearings on same-sex marriage

    2:45 PM — More than 500 people flocked to the house chamber in Montpelier, Vermont, last night to testify on same-sex marriage in the state. Amidst a week of hearings, the public debate last three hours and saw 115 people testify in favour of gay marriage and 85 against it.

  • 18th March 2009

    Scottish hate crimes law to be extended to cover anti-gay crimes 4

    The Scottish Parliament heard today that the Bill will "send a clear message"

    5:41 PM — Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said that extending hate crime laws to protect LGBT people and the disabled will send out a "clear message" that such crimes cannot be tolerated.

  • New York senior official in bid to become first openly gay senator 1

    Jon Cooper may run for senator

    4:55 PM — Jon Cooper, the majority leader of the Suffolk County legislature in New York, has announced he is considering whether to challenge US senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary in 2010. Cooper, who is openly gay and has five adopted children, would be the first out senator if successful.

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