27th April 2007
Polish PM backs “Section 28″ law
11:58 AM — The Prime Minister of Poland has rejected the European Parliament's censure of his government's homophobia.For the first time Jaroslaw Kaczynski has spoken in favour of repressive new laws that would affect schools.He said that gay people did not face discrimination in Poland, but reiterated his view that homosexuality is bad for society.
Lesbian polygamist on the run 1
10:55 AM — A Nigerian woman has gone into hiding after holding a sumptuous wedding ceremony.Aunty Maiduguri, 45, reportedly married four women at a ceremony in the city of Kano.The multiple marriage was witnessed by 2,000 guests and was followed by two days of feasting.
26th April 2007
New Hampshire gets same-sex unions
6:45 PM — The New Hampshire Senate has approved a civil unions bill, which has now been sent to the state's Governor.Last week he indicated that he will sign the bill into law and it is set to come into force on January 1st 2008.The state will become the fourth in the USA to allow such unions. The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.
No 10 petition asks for gay question on census 5
3:35 PM — Gay people are being asked to add their names to a petition calling for a question on sexual orientation to be included on the census.The petition is on the Prime Minister's website. The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.
Comment: Was Ted Heath gay? 4
2:34 PM — Jeremy Norman, a successful gay businessman who founded the iconic London nightclub Heaven, was a friend of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.In his autobiography No Make Up published last year, he devoted an entire chapter to Heath.Here he gives us his view on the current discussion of his old friend's sexuality.
MEPs walk out of homophobia debate 1
12:35 PM — A European Parliament debate on homophobia yesterday went ahead despite a mass walk-out of MEPs led by Polish delegates.Konrad Szymanski, who leads the Justice and Law party in the parliament, said the debate should be abandoned as it was attempting to discuss legislation that was not on the Polish government's official agenda.
European mayors asked to sign gay rights pledge
11:55 AM — An international gay rights organisation is appealing to mayors of cities across Europe to show their support for the right to freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people.ILGA-Europe's campaign, which will continue until September, is also asking cultural, sporting and political celebrities in Europe to speak out.The first signatories will be announced on 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia.
25th April 2007
Politicians coming out is still important, say Stonewall 3
6:31 PM — In the media storm surrounding his revelation that former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned off cruising for sex, the thrust of Brian Coleman's article for the New Statesman has been sidelined.Mr Coleman, the Chairman of the London Assembly, who is a Conservative, said that MPs and other prominent figures coming out and being forthright about their sexual orientation was not necessary.
Cashman: Poland reminds me of Thatcher era 3
4:53 PM — Michael Cashman, one of only two out gay members of the European Parliament, has said that pressure from other countries can help gay and lesbians in Poland.He compared the actions of the current Polish government to those of the Conservative administration of Margaret Thatcher.Mr Cashman, who represents the West Midlands, heads the European Parliament's inter-party group on gay and lesbian rights
Work protection act comes before Congress
12:42 PM — The United States House of Representatives is to consider new legislation that would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.This is the first time since 1994 that legislation that protects LGB people at work has been brought to the House, and for the first time trans people are to be protected as well.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 (ENDA) was introduced by the two openly gay members of Congress.
Edward Heath warned to stop cruising 3
10:10 AM — A gay member of the London Assembly has claimed that former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned to stop having sex with men in public.Brian Coleman, a Conservative, claims that Sir Edward was warned by police to stop cruising for sex as part of a vetting process in 1955.That year he became a Privy Councillor and Chief Whip under Prime Minister Anthony Eden.
24th April 2007
Moldovan gay activists call for protest at London embassy
4:45 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay Pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Now activists in the country are asking for a show of support for the gay community here to protest outside the London embassy this Friday as a show of solidarity.LGBT activist group GenderDoc-M has decided to take to the streets of Chisinau in defiance of the ban.
New York moves towards gay marriage
1:15 PM — The Governor of New York is expected to introduce a bill to legalise gay marriage in the next few weeks.Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been a proponent for gay marriage for years, but did not mention the controversial issue in his State of the State speech in January.Nor did he voice his intentions last week, during a speech which outlined his priorities for the legislative session.
Peter Tatchell to run for Westminster 2
10:22 AM — The Green party in the constituency of Oxford East has chosen gay rights activist Peter Tatchell to contest the seat at the next general election.The seat has been held by Labour MP Andrew Smith since 1987.At the 2005 general election he retained Oxford East but saw his majority cut by 90% in a swing to the Liberal Democrats.
23rd April 2007
Russian gays pay tribute to Boris Yeltsin
6:56 PM — The first President of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, has died aged 76. He became the country's first elected leader in June 1991 and will be remembered as a man who stood up for democracy.It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.In his eight years as ruler of Russia he defied a Communist coup.
DVLA accused of political correctness over H8 GAY ban
6:56 PM — The agency that controls the issuing of licence plates for cars in the UK has been criticised by a Conservative politician for banning offensive letter and number combinations.Papers released to the Mail On Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Minister for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has already withdrawn the plate 'H8 GAY' from use.
Gay-friendly candidate in final vote for French President 5
5:13 PM — The first round of the elections for President of France has narrowed the field down to gay-friendly Segolene Royal and frontrunner Nicolas Sarkozy.Sunday's vote saw a massive 85% turnout, the highest since 1965.Mr Sarkozy took 31.2% of the 37.6 million votes cast and Ms Royal took 25.9%. The centrist candidate Francois Bayrou came a close third with 18.6%.
Bermuda stresses its gay-friendly credentials 6
1:51 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has said gay people are welcome on the island after a cruise for gay families cancelled plans to visit later this year.The cruise, hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.Bermudan church groups had promised action against the visiting gay families.
Clinton backs gays in the military
1:21 PM — Senator Hillary Clinton has told an small-town audience in Iowa that she supports same-sex unions and the removal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.The policy bars openly gay, bisexual or lesbian people from serving in the US Armed Forces. It was introduced in 1993.She also told a crowd of around a thousand people in Decorah, northern Iowa, that she supports the rights of gay people to form civil unions.
Singapore’s gay ban questioned by former PM
12:36 PM — One of the most influential politicians in Singapore has spoken out against laws in the country that bans sex between men.Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990, and remains a powerful figure in the country.He has remained in the cabinet since stepping down from the Prime Ministerial role, and carries the title "Minister Mentor."