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  • 19th October 2007

    Gay workplace protection law moves forward 21

    87% of the top Fortune 500 companies in the US already provide protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    10:40 AM — A committee of the US House of Representatives yesterday approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.The proposed legislation, which covers gay, lesbian and bisexual but not trans people, will now to the floor of the House for a vote next week.The landmark Act was originally designed to protect the American LGBT community from workplace discrimination.

  • 18th October 2007

    Interview: The ever-controversial Mr Phillips 1

    “We are no longer in a time when it is OK and accepted that you should be quiet about your sexual orientation. We've seen how grotesque that can be.“

    10:30 PM — Trevor Phillips meets me in an office he has just moved into. The L-shaped sofa came from his own home; his framed Martin Luther King montage sits on the floor waiting to be hung. A small silver bust of Lenin on his desk catches my eye.The new public body of which he is chairman, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, only came into being a few days before we met.Phillips' office, at the end of an open-plan room, has a fine view of London's City Hall.

  • Senator in cruising scandal denies he is bisexual 3

    Senator Craig denied that he had used foot and hand gestures to signal interest in a sexual encounter.

    5:55 PM — Larry Craig, the United States Senator who pleaded guilty to charges of cruising in an airport toilet, gave an hour-long TV interview last night in which he discussed the incident in detail.Appearing alongside his wife, the 62-year-old Republican politician was asked by NBC correspondent Matt Lauer: "Are you technically not a homosexual?"Is it possible you're bisexual?" The Senator replied: "It's no to both."

  • Commons debates homophobic bullying in schools

    The minister said that the guidance on homophobic bullying the department issued has been well-received.

    3:55 PM — MPs from all parties contributed to a debate in the House of Commons yesterday that extensively discussed homophobic bullying.Schools minister Kevin Brennan opened the debate, pointing to the new guidelines introduced last month as positive evidence of the government's commitment to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual children.Tory MP John Bercow welcomed the government guidance on homophobic bullying, but said they were particularly needed in faith schools.

  • The gay hate church and the Presidential candidate

    Thompson considers the church to be “a radical fringe group, looking to draw attention to themselves.“

    10:41 AM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas have sent a letter to Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson in the hopes he will support their stance against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.In the letter, released to the press earlier this week, the church said, "We know what your position used to be on the homosexual question - and it was wonderful and we saw eye to eye."

  • 17th October 2007

    Clegg gathers support in Lib Dem leadership contest

    Mr Clegg, 40, has already got the support of nearly half of the present Lib Dem frontbench team,

    8:49 PM — The race to succeed Sir Menzies Campbell as leader of the Liberal Democrats gathered pace today as Chris Huhne launched his campaign.As several potential leadership candidates today announced they would not be standing it looks increasing likely that the Nick Clegg will be the only other challenger for the leadership.He is expected to launch his campaign tomorrow.

  • Activists welcome moves to restore trans rights to ENDA 3

    Representative Tammy Baldwin announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership.

    6:10 PM — The only openly lesbian Congresswoman has said that trans protections will be re-introduced to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act currently before the US Congress.Representative Tammy Baldwin announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership to introduce an amendment on the floor of the House of Representatives next week, after the bill protecting gay, lesbian and bisexual people at work moves through the House Education and Labour Committee tomorrow.

  • Canadian soldiers jailed for Amsterdam attack 1

    Eric Wright and Ryan Dowie, both 22 at the time of the incident last May, received custodial sentences for the attack

    4:44 PM — Two Canadian soldiers stationed in Holland ahead of a deployment in Afghanistan have been convicted of beating up a gay man in Amsterdam.Eric Wright and Ryan Dowie, both 22 at the time of the attack last May, received custodial sentences for the attack, which left their 28-year-old victim with a skull fracture and broken nose.The soldiers convinced the court that they called their victim a "fag" and "gay" because he was a civilian wearing dog tags.

  • PM pledges action on Gibraltar age of consent 24

    “The Prime Minister has agreed to take this matter up to ensure that steps are taken to end this discriminatory practice.“

    3:22 PM — The Prime Minister has committed himself to ending the unequal age of consent in the British self-governing territory of Gibraltar.MEP Michael Cashman met with Gordon Brown yesterday and raised the issue with him.LGBT people in the territory have little legal protection from discrimination. Up until 1992, all male homosexual relationships were illegal. At present male homosexual sex is legal at 18, rather than 16 for heterosexual and lesbian sex.

  • Gay mayoral candidate may get help from David Furnish

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner Paddick was the UK's most senior gay police officer until he left the Metropolitan police force at the end of May.

    2:01 PM — Former senior police officer Brian Paddick, who is widely expected to win the Liberal Democrat nomination for Mayor of London, may receive fundraising help from a well-known celebrity.The Independent reports that the partner of singer Sir Elton John, David Furnish, is keen to help Mr Paddick, who is gay, raise campaign funds ahead of the mayoral elections in May 2008.The results of a ballot of Lib Dem members in London to choose their candidate will be announced next month.

  • Hillary Clinton top fundraiser in race to White House

    Mrs Clinton sped ahead of rival Obama in third quarter earnings, the one area where Obama was previously thought to be beating the former First Lady.

    12:41 PM — She came from behind and now Hillary Clinton holds the biggest war chest in the battle for US President.According to MarketWatch.com, Senator Clinton is sitting on a cool $35 million (£17.2m), more than her closest competitor Barack Obama, who had $32 million as of the end of September.Mrs Clinton sped ahead of rival Obama in third quarter earnings, the one area where Obama was previously thought to be beating the former First Lady.

  • Embattled Senator and wife give TV interview

    Senator Craig yesterday filed notice in Minnesota that he intends to appeal a lower court's decision to uphold his guilty plea.

    12:32 PM — "I was very, very embarrassed about it," Senator Larry Craig says of his arrest earlier this year as part of a sex sting in a Minneapolis airport during an interview airing tonight on NBC television programme Matt Lauer Reports."I didn't want to embarrass my wife, my kids, Idaho and my friends."According to those who have seen the hour-long interview, Craig's wife, Suzanne, tells host Matt Lauer that learning of her husband's arrest was "like the floor was falling out from under me."

  • Speaker promises trans ENDA if votes are there

    Speaker Pelosi has committed to giving the fully-inclusive version of ENDA a floor vote in the House once enough support for it to pass has been secured.

    12:28 PM — Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has sought to end the controversy surrounding new legislation protecting LGBT people from discrimination.A version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act excluding trans people is set to move forward next week, a compromise that has angered many gay rights organisations.The largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, the Human Rights Campaign, has worked with Speaker Pelosi.

  • 16th October 2007

    Two month contest for Lib Dem leadership

    Environment spokesman Chris Huhne is expected to launch his campaign tomorrow, while Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg has said he will consult with his wife and other before making a decision.

    6:50 PM — The Liberal Democrat party, still reeling from the shock resignation of its leader Sir Menzies Campbell yesterday, will hold a two month race to replace him.As expected, the party's President Simon Hughes, who came out as bisexual during the previous leadership race in February 2006, has ruled himself out as a candidate this time.Sir Ming resigned yesterday with immediate effect without speaking to the press.

  • Record number of gay politicians receive support

    Since its founding in 1991, the Victory Fund has helped to grow the number of out officials from 49 to more than 380.

    6:25 PM — An organisation dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT elected officials at all levels in the United States has announced that it will be backing a record number of candidates in 2007.The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund, who provide strategic, technical and financial support, has announced ten new endorsements, bringing the number of supported candidates to 71.Among them are Steve Pougnet, Mayor of Palm Springs, California; William "Bill" Schmidt, Mayor of Peekskill, New York and Jass Stewart, Mayor of Brockton, Massachusetts.

  • Homophobic party mired in election anti-Semitism row

    While in government League party leader Roman Giertych was deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.

    5:25 PM — A minor political party notorious for its opposition to gay rights has been roundly condemned for an election advertisement branded as anti-Semitic.Polish voters go to the polls this Sunday to elect both houses of parliament, the 460-member Sejm and the 100-member Senate.The League of Polish Families, until recently in coalition government, criticised Polish involvement with the Iraq war in the TV advert.

  • Schwarzenegger blocks marriage, signs other gay-friendly legislation

    Some good news also came out the California Governor's office late last week.

    11:21 AM — California Assemblyman Mark Leno,a San Francisco Democrat, was not happy to hear that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed another gay marriage bill on Friday, once again saying voters and the state Supreme Court, not the legislature, should decide the issue.In a statement released on Friday, Schwarzenegger said Californians "should not be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation."Schwarzenegger wasn't simply the bearer of bad news for the LGBT community on Friday. Some good news also came out the California Governor's office late last week.

  • 15th October 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Gay MP angry at press treatment of Ming 1

    Stephen William, the MP for Bristol West, who is an out gay man, expressed anger at the way Sir Ming has been treated over his age.

    7:05 PM — Liberal Democrat MPs have been paying tribute to Sir Ming Campbell after it was announced today that he has resigned after one year, seven months and thirteen days as party leader.Stephen Williams, the MP for Bristol West, who is an out gay man, expressed anger at the way Sir Ming has been treated over his age."I am very sad about his resignation. I think he has been treated appallingly by sections of the media," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • Ming Campbell resigns as Lib Dem leader 1

    An election will be held to replace Sir Ming on December 17th.

    6:35 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has resigned.The party's President Simon Hughes announced this evening that Sir Menzies Campbell is stepping down immediately.He has led the party since March 2006, when long-serving leader and fellow Scot Charles Kennedy resigned over press reports about his alcoholism.

  • Christians target Labour in Australian election 13

    Mr Rudd looks certain to sweep Labour into power for the first time since the defeat of Paul Keating eleven years ago.

    12:55 PM — The announcement that a general election will be held in Australia on 24th November has prompted evangelical groups in the country to begin campaigning against gay equality.The Australian Christian Lobby has asked a series of questions of Labour party leader Kevin Rudd, including one on gay rights, which it plans to post online.The pressure group is confident that it can influence the man viewed as almost certain to defeat incumbent John Howard and become Australia's 26th Prime Minister.

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