20th September 2007
Ming sends Lib Dems home with rousing speech 1
2:13 PM — Sir Menzies Campbell made a passionate defence of the values of liberalism in his leader's speech to the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton.Liberalism requires tolerance he told an audience of party members, councillors and MPs.He told them he has spent his entire life "speaking out against bigotry," and that intolerance and extremism threaten our freedom.
“Robocop” mayor backs gay village in Middlesborough 1
10:58 AM — The elected mayor of Middlesborough has called for more events and even a nightclub for the gay community in the town.Ray Mallon, one of the most popular mayors in the UK, has even suggested a gay quarter, and plans to speak to local authorities in other cities about their success in creating a vibrant gay scene.Known as "Robocop" because of his zero tolerance approach to crime while a senior officer in Cleveland police, Mr Mallon told a meeting of the Middlesborough Council Executive that it is important to raise the issue.
19th September 2007
Former minister Twigg to return to Commons
11:30 PM — Stephen Twigg, then man who famously defeated Michael Portillo in the safe Tory seat of Enfield Southgate, in 1997 is set to return to the House of Commons.Mr Twigg, 40, who was the first MP to have been first elected as an openly gay man. He lost his Enfield seat in the 2005 general election.He has been selected for the safe Labour seat of West Derby.
Lesbian urged to quit Scwarzenegger’s staff 1
5:50 PM — The chief of staff to the Governor of California, Susan Kennedy, is facing calls for her to resign after Mr Schwarzenegger said he would veto same-sex marriage legislation.Robin Tyler, a lesbian activist and plaintiff in a same-gender marriage test case to be heard before the California Supreme Court next year, said that she was "disappointed" in Ms Kennedy, who "married" her lesbian partner in Hawaii several years ago.
Australian politicians back Christians over gay marriage
2:14 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has addressed an event organised by a faith-based charity where he faced calls to ban state recognition of non-married couples.The National Strategic Summit on Marriage, Family Fatherhood was held at the Australian Parliament yesterday.Prime Minister John Howard told delegates that marriage is "the best social welfare device mankind has ever devised." Politicians from other major parties attended the conference, organised by the Fatherhood Foundation.
Controversial Tory attacks government over race 2
12:04 PM — A vice-chairman of the Conservative party has attacked the government's record on race equality.Sayeeda Warsi was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion by David Cameron earlier this year, the first Muslim woman to sit in the Tory Shadow Cabinet.The final report from the Commission for Racial Equality was released yesterday. The CRE is being merged into the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
Presidential hopeful’s u-turn on gay rights 1
11:22 AM — Anyone who has paid close attention to the political career of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney knows the Massachusetts Republican used to be a supporter of gay rights.To the rest of us—and that includes many Republican Americans currently considering him for the country's highest office—Romney's past support of the gay and lesbian community is a bit of a mystery.The mysterious crust covering Romney's past is slowly but surely being chipped away.
18th September 2007
Dutch government to promote gay acceptance 1
5:31 PM — The government of Holland has committed itself to the active promotion of acceptance of LGBT people in the light of several high-profile homophobic attacks in the country.In a memorandum on the 2008 Budget, the coalition government's Cabinet said that respect for difference is a basic condition of Dutch society.They committed more than two million euros (£1.4m) to fight homophobia and promote acceptance.
Lib Dems and Stonewall discuss gay issues 1
4:49 PM — DELGA, the Liberal Democrats LGBT organisation, joined forces with Stonewall last night to host a fringe meeting at the party's conference in Brighton.Stephen Williams MP, a party spokesman on education, and Jo Swinson, who speaks on equality issues, were joined by Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, for a question and answer session with Lib Dem activists.
Kuwaiti gays ask permission to get organised 1
4:05 PM — The gay and trans community in Kuwait has approached the government requesting an official gay rights organisation.The majority Muslim country currently does not allow such groups to exist, despite a growing number of openly gay and transgender Kuwaitis.According to online news service, Al Arabiya, the gay rights request follows the recent Upholding Ethics report from the Kuwaiti National Council.
Global protests against Nicaragua’s gay ban
12:23 PM — Amnesty International, through its network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) groups, held a series of demonstrations across the world last week.The protestors called for the calling for the decriminalisation of sodomy in Nicaragua and called for the repeal of article 204 of the country's Penal Code.This article criminalises not only gay men, lesbians and bisexual people in same-sex relationships, but is vague enough to permit the prosecution of individuals for activities such as campaigning for LGBT rights.
17th September 2007
Northern Ireland leader meets gay rights activists
1:40 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland met with representatives of the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO) last week.CoSO, established by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans groups in the province to provide a voice for the LGBT community, was there to seek assurances on gay rights after the homophobic comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness and CoSO discussed homophobia in sport, the Northern Ireland administration's sexual orientation strategy and the high suicide rates in the province.
MP accused of using gay issues to win Muslim votes 4
1:40 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has questioned the tactics of maverick MP George Galloway.Galloway became the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 under the banner of the Respect party.His victory over the incumbent Labour MP was in large part due to appealing to anti-war Muslim voters in the London constituency.
US workplace discrimination law faces Senate challenge
11:30 AM — One of two openly gay members of the US Congress has said that the Senate could scupper new laws to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination.Represntative Barney Frank has represented the 4th District of Massachusetts since 1981.He came out in 1987, and his political opponents have tried to smear and unseat him on many occasions.
Swedish government funds gay rights group
10:35 AM — Sida, The Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation, a government agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, has granted 1.9 million Swedish crowns (approximately 200,000 euros) to RFSL, the Swedish federation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.1.1 million Swedish crowns (116,000 euros) will go towards supporting ILGA, the International Lesbian and Gay Association.
14th September 2007
PinkNews.co.uk readers split over Tory ads 71
5:46 PM — A survey of PinkNews.co.uk readers has found that 55% think the Conservative party should advertise in the gay media.Last Friday PinkNews.co.uk started to feature adverts from the Conservatives, believed to be the party's first political advertising campaign in a gay publication or website.They featured party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.
London ready for gay mayor says Paddick 7
1:01 PM — A former senior police officer who wants to be Mayor of London has said that he does not think his sexuality will be an issue with the voters.Brian Paddick was the UK's most senior out gay policeman until his retirement as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in May this year.He is one of three candidates for the Liberal Democrat nomination for Mayor of London. He said today that he did not regard being an openly gay man as an electoral disadvantage with Londoners.
Gay equality on the agenda at party conferences
12:15 PM — Over the next fortnight, three seaside resorts will brace themselves for an influx of MPs, political activists and journalists as the party conference season gets underway.These tribal gatherings are a perfect opportunity to lobby politicians, and to that end gay equality organisation Stonewall will be holding a series of fringe meetings, which are open to all."If you live near Brighton, Bournemouth or Blackpool or are attending the conferences in any capacity please join us at one or more of our fringe meetings," said a Stonewall spokesperson.
Ugandan newspaper continues outing strategy 3
11:35 AM — A tabloid newspaper in Uganda has responded to last month's first ever press conference by gay rights advocates in the country by printing lists of people it says are gay. Red Pepper's Sunday edition ran its "expose" of prominent gay and lesbians, under the headline "Homo Terror! We name and shame top gays in the city."They claimed to have "full names, workplaces, cars they drive and even where they stay."
13th September 2007
Howard rejects equal rights for gay Australians 5
5:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has told his Liberal party MPs that he does not believe that gay and lesbian couples should be given the same rights as heterosexuals.Backbench MP Warren Entsch, an advocate of equality, pressed John Howard at a meeting of Liberal parliamentarians.Three weeks ago, after a heated meeting of the Cabinet, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights was left up to Prime Minister John Howard.