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Politics

  • 28th June 2007

    Hazel Blears appointed Minister for Equality 4

    During her campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party she accused the Conservative Party of being “riddled with homophobia.“

    12:01 PM — The former Labour Party chair and unsuccessful candidate for the deputy leadership, Hazel Blears, has been appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.Ms Blears will have responsibility for equality issues in her new job, including gay rights and the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.During her campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party she accused the Conservative Party of being "riddled with homophobia."

  • Ruth Kelly moved from gay rights role 4

    Ms Kelly is the new Secretary of State for Transport.

    11:50 AM — Controversial Cabinet minister Ruth Kelly has been retained by new Prime Minister Gordon Brown, but placed far away from any controversy over her religious views.Ms Kelly is the new Secretary of State for Transport.In her previous role at Communities and Local Government she was heavily criticised for delaying the implementation of the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Gordon Brown appoints gay adviser to key role

    Mr Livermore was appointed as a Special Adviser to Chancellor Brown in May 2005.

    11:30 AM — Spencer Livermore has been appointed director of political strategy at No 10. The 32-year-old has unrivalled access to the new Prime Minister and will play a key role in shaping the direction of the Brown government.Mr Livermore was ranked seven in this year's Independent Pink List, making him the most powerful gay person in UK politics.He read economics and politics at the London School of Economics before joining the Labour Party economic research unit in 1997.

  • Presidential candidate visits with the gays

    On Tuesday the former Senator from North Carolina visited the Gay and Lesbian Centre in Los Angeles.

    10:59 AM — While his wife Elizabeth kicked off San Francisco's Pride and supports gay marriage, presidential candidate John Edwards has been more careful about his support to the LGB community.He claims that he wants to end discrimination of gay and lesbian couples, but he is not in favour of gay marriage.Despite the fact that he has not fully endorsed LGBT demands of equal rights, a group of 25 prominent community leaders supports his candidature.

  • Comment: Changing attitudes to gays

    For the first time, a majority of respondents believe that homosexuals cannot change their sexual orientation even if they wanted to.

    10:45 AM — CNN has issued a number of opinion polls in the past. Their questionnaires touch on topics like the presidential candidates, terrorism and climate change. Homosexuality is another topic they have issued surveys on in the past years.The results of this year's CNN opinion polls on Homosexuality and Gay Rights were published today. And what seems to promise a 'rosy future' for US-American attitude towards gays and lesbians, has to be considered with caution.

  • 27th June 2007

    Tony Blair resigns as an MP to become peace envoy

    Tony Blair will resign as an MP

    5:35 PM — Tony Blair has resigned as the MP for Sedgefield just hours after resigning as Prime Minister.He was confirmed at 5pm as the new envoy for the Quartet (EU, USA, UN and Russia) on resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict.Mr Blair, who has introduced a wide range of gay rights in his ten years in power, was not expected to remain in the House of Commons.

  • Strong support for gay partnerships among Czechs

    The Czech Republic was the first post-communist to embed homosexual partnership.

    4:39 PM — Nearly 70% of adults in the Czech Republic believe that registered partnership should be available to gays and lesbians according to a CVVM poll conducted last month.This figure is up from 62% two years ago.The news comes almost a year after registered partnership, endowing inheritance, maintenance and hospital rights to same-sex partners, was made legal.

  • Gay rights demo in Moscow blocked by police

    The protestors wanted the EU to ban the Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, from travelling in Europe. photo: rich moffitt@flickr.com

    4:10 PM — More than 20 people who wanted to protest outside the EU's offices in Moscow have been stopped by police, despite the fact that the demonstration had been sanctioned.Officers said that they decided the protest would interfere with nearby building work."Authorities in Moscow have broken the law again by not allowing our picket," said activist Alexey Davydov told AP.

  • New Prime Minister’s first speech in full

    Gordon Brown addressed reporters outside No 10 Downing St this afternoon in his first speech as Prime Minister.

    3:38 PM — Gordon Brown addressed reporters outside No 10 Downing St this afternoon in his first speech as Prime Minister:"I have just accepted the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen to form a government."This will be a new government with new priorities and I have been privileged to have been granted the great opportunity to serve my country."

  • Gordon Brown takes office as Prime Minister

    Mr Brown pledged to reach across party divides to work in the national interest.

    3:05 PM — The Queen has asked Gordon Brown to form a government. The new Prime Minister spent nearly an hour with Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.Arriving at Downing St just before 3pm he told journalists: "this will be a new Government with new priorities."Mr Brown appeared with his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing St, but unlike his predecessor his children were not present.

  • Standing ovation for Tony Blair at last PMQ

    “One of the outstanding Prime Ministers in my political lifetime and the most politically effective the party has ever had.“

    12:45 PM — The Prime Minister gave a vintage performance during his last appearance at the dispatch box in the House of Commons.Flanked by departing Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mr Blair began by paying tribute to three soldiers who have died in action in the last week, and to the Armed Forces as a whole."I am truly sorry about the dangers they face today," he told MPs.

  • Religious Russians cleanse river of gay contamination 3

    200 members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods took to the waters, using the slogan “We are Russians, God is with us.“

    12:00 PM — Members of a Russian Orthodox Organisation claim to have cleansed the Moscow River, the day after a gay cruise ship sailed down it.200 members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods took to the waters, using the slogan "We are Russians, God is with us."With them they carried Royal national Flags and pictures of Saints, taking the same boat and route as gay cruisers had only hours earlier.

  • Blair’s record on gay rights praised

    Mr Blair is expected to immediately resign as an MP, meaning today's PMQ will be his last appearance in the House of Commons.

    11:10 AM — The government's progress on gay rights has been praised by leading members of the gay community and politicians from all sides.Tony Blair leaves office today after ten years in office. During his tenure the rights of LGBT people in Britain have been transformed.Mr Blair is to take up a new role as a peace envoy to the Middle East on behalf of the UN, America, Russia and the EU - an announcement on the job will be made later today.

  • TURING: Forty years on 1

    It is tomfoolery to think that the rest of the world will pay attention to the societal dynamics of Britain in a way that international media does to those of the United States.

    10:40 AM — Sexual minorities in the UK have every right to exercise and celebrate their hard-won rights. But the time has not yet come to take things for granted.Insofar as one considers the historical period dominated by the three major monotheistic religions, homosexuals have always been the subjects of pillory, hate, persecution, and unusually severe punishments

  • German politicians criticise gay roleplay at school

    Juergen Zoellne, local MP for Education said, ““The authors behind the idea used a very common language among pupils and the exercises proved to be suitable for school.“

    10:10 AM — In an effort to combat playground homophobia, a school in Berlin has introduced a series controversial exercises that role-play picking up a gay partner.The Regional Institute for School and Media, which teaches children of 14 and over, hopes they will help to change their attitudes towards gay people.Some German politicians have been outraged by the plans.

  • 26th June 2007

    Blair to step down as an MP

    Traditionally former Prime Ministers are offered a seat in the House of Lords once they leave the Commons.

    6:15 PM — The Prime Minister will resign as MP for Sedgefield within hours of leaving Downing St, it has been reported.He is expected to take up a new peace-keeping role in the Middle East on behalf of the international community almost immediately.It was expected that Mr Blair, who has introduced a wide range of gay rights in his ten years in power, would not remain in the House of Commons after the next general election.

  • Putin backs gay-baiting Moscow mayor’s reappointment

    Mr Luzhkov says he will not allow a gay pride parade “in any form.“

    5:03 PM — Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow's gay-hating, bee-keeping mayor, looks set for another 4 years in office after receiving the official backing of President Putin.The City Duma holds a special meeting tomorrow to approve his nomination.The 71-year-old Mayor is well-known to Western activists for his trenchant opposition to gay rights.

  • Labour gays voted Cruddas for deputy

    LGBT Labour is an affiliated society of the Labour party, meaning its members can vote along with members of trade unions and other societies.

    3:36 PM — A breakdown of the votes cast by the members of the Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (LGBT Labour) has revealed that backbench candidate Jon Cruddas was their choice for Deputy Leader.Justice Minister Harriet Harman won the contest to succeed John Prescott on Sunday, after five rounds of voting.She eventually took the lead with 50.43% to Education Secretary Alan Johnson's 49.56%

  • Anti-gay Tory defects to Labour 10

    In March 2007 he was one of the Tory MPs who defied their own front  bench and tried to stop the Sexual Orientation Regulations in House of Commons.

    3:15 PM — An MP with a hostile voting record on gay issues has defected from the Conservatives to the Labour party.Quentin Davies, a former Tory Shadow Cabinet member, has been an MP for 20 years and represents Grantham, the home town of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.He announced his defection the day before Tony Blair is to leave office, and attacked Tory leader David Cameron in his resignation letter.

  • Gay activists welcome New York marriage proposal

    This week's progress in New York is just the tip of the iceberg as far as equality for same-sex couples and their families is concerned.

    11:30 AM — Last week the New York State Assembly passed a bill, by a vote of 85 to 61, to extend to same-sex couples the freedom to marry.Only two other legislative chambers, both houses of the California Legislature, have passed similar legislation in the past.The bill now moves to the state Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow majority.

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