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Politics

  • 2nd July 2007

    London Pride plays host to new Labour Deputy Leader 6

    Ms Harman appeared on stage with Angela Eagle MP.

    3:18 PM — Harriet Harman rounded off the most exceptional month of her political career with a powerful address to London's gay community on Saturday.Speaking in Trafalgar Square to a crowd of tens of thousands of LGBT people and their supporters, the newly-elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party welcomed the appointment of an openly lesbian MP to a ministerial role and pledged herself to continuing the fight for equality.

  • Two words and a comma would enshrine gay rights 2

    Two Words and a Comma is supported by an advertising campaign.

    12:40 PM — Human rights activists in Bermuda have launched a campaign to add sexual orientation as a protected grounds of discrimination under the country's Human Rights Act.They want to insert an amendment to the Act, which advocates say amounts to not much more than two words and a comma.A group describing themselves as 'concerned citizens' has now launched a campaign to include sexual orientation in the legislation.

  • Swedes accuse Finnish army of ‘anti-gay bias’

    The President of HOF told Swedish radio he wants the Swedish Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg to raise the issue of “discriminatory and insulting behaviour“ with the Finns.

    12:08 PM — A gay rights organisation has accused the Finnish Defence Forces of acting in a discrimatory and insulting way towards Swedish gay soldiers.HOF, which promotes the rights of gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals in the Swedish military, says that the attitude of the Finns makes it difficult for LGBT soldiers to take part in joint operations.Sweden still practices conscription and there has been debate in the country over the rights of gay people in the military.

  • Australia urged to stop gay discrimination

    HRW has written to Prime Minister John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd asking him to take action on the HREOC report.

    11:15 AM — New York based advocacy group Human Rights Watch have urged the Australian government to amend legal provisions that exclude same-sex partners from the definition of 'spouse.'HRC also called for an end all discrimination against lesbian and gay people's children and families.Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

  • 1st July 2007

    Irish president warns of link between anti-gay bullying and suicide 2

    Irish President Mary McAleese said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.

    5:10 PM — Irish President Mary McAleese today called for a national change in attitudes to end the bullying of gay people in Ireland.Addressing world experts at the International Association of Suicide Prevention Conference in Killarney, the President said the link between sexual identity and suicide had to be addressed.She also warned gay people encounter a hurtful undercurrent of bias and hostility.

  • Evening Standard refuses to put critique of Boris Johnson dossier online 4

    The Compass dossier reported that in April 2000 Johnson attacked, “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it,“ a theme he returned to on several occasions.

    5:10 PM — Compass have today issued a statement regarding the Evening Standard's coverage of their report about London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson.The organisation, which campaigns for a "democratic left", published a dossier earlier this month based on his past statements as an MP and journalist, which concluded that Mr Johnson is the most rightwing candidate ever presented by a major party to stand as mayor of London.

  • Senator Craig may resign over toilet scandal, say party officials 4

    Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Aug. 1, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

    5:10 PM — Senior Republican Senator, Larry Craig, is considering resigning, party officials said Friday, the Associated Press has reported.The rumours of Craig's resignation came after days of public and private pressure stemming from his arrest in June in a police undercover operation at an airport men's room.

  • Larry Craig to resign from Senate over toilet scandal 7

    Larry Craig has resigned from the Senate

    5:10 PM — The Republican US Senator who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a men's toile has announced that he will resign from the Senate.Idaho Senator Larry Craig, 62, told a news conference:"I apologise for what I have caused... I am deeply sorry."Craig said his resignation would be effective as on the 30th September 2007.Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on the 1st August 2007, and while he has since said he did nothing wrong, the episode has roiled the Republican party and produced numerous calls for him to step down.

  • Brian Paddick finally admits he will be candidate for London Mayor 4

    Brian Paddick (right) will be a challenger to the incumbant Mayor, Ken Livingstone (left)

    5:10 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk has speculated since May 2006, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, will this week finally announce that he wishes to be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London."Ken [Livingstone] will choke on his breakfast when he sees my ideas. Nobody else putting themselves forward as Mayor knows more about the issue of law and order than I do."

  • 30th June 2007

    Deputy Labour Leader called from Gay Pride to Cobra Meeting 5

    Police are investigating

    11:50 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has today held an emergency meeting of the Cobra cabinet committee as a result of the attacks on Glasgow Airport.Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the House of Commons was summoned from London Pride to head towards Whitehall.

  • Pride QA: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2

    “I grew up in a world where we were innocent, I didn't know sex existed until we were 11. “

    12:01 AM — Ken, tell us about your first Pride.The very first lesbian and gay march I did, it was in the late 1970s and Tom Robinson was the lead speaker at Trafalgar Square.It was the first time I spoke on the plinth at Trafalgar Square.It was miserable grey day, late winter, early autumn. A grim, grim day.

  • 29th June 2007

    PM reshuffles his gay rights team

    Meg Munn was well regarded for her work as Equalities Minister

    11:44 PM — Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has completed his government reshuffle, promoting the Junior Equalities Minister responsible for gay rights, Meg Munn to become Junior Minister at the Foreign Office.Her replacement has not yet been chosen from the new ministerial team at the Department of Communities and Local Government.Yesterday he moved Ruth Kelly to become Secretary of State for Transport.

  • Gay MP promoted to Health Minister 1

    Ben Bradshaw becomes Minister of State for Health

    11:44 PM — Ben Bradshaw, an openly gay MP, has been promoted to become Minister of State at the Department of Health.It is a step up the ministerial ladder from his previous role at the Department of the Environment.Mr Bradshaw was also appointed as Minister for the South West as part of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's focus on regions within England.

  • Brown appoints his first lesbian minister

    Ms Eagle is the first and so far only openly lesbian MP.

    11:32 PM — Angela Eagle has been appointed as a minister in the British government.New Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made her Exchequer Secretary, a junior Treasury position.Her twin sister Maria, already a minister under Tony Blair, moves from the Northern Ireland Office to the Ministry of Justice.

  • Comment: Time to be a green gay

    photo: nick russill@flickr.com

    6:06 PM — A couple of months ago, Roseanne - of former 'Barr' and 'Show' fame - upset some of the gays across the pond with something she said on her radio show.During a cosy chat with a lesbian activist one afternoon, Rosie suggested that considering the magnitude of the issues the planet now faces, maybe it was time for us all to put our individual causes temporarily to one side, and stand together against the unprecedented crises' that threaten to overwhelm us all.

  • “Minister for gays” sorry she can’t come to Pride

    The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.

    5:15 PM — Hazel Blears has said she is sorry she will not be able to attend tomorrow's Pride events in London this year after her appointment yesterday as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.It has been confirmed that the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Minister for Women, Harriet Harman, will address revellers in Trafalgar Square.

  • Pride should go ahead as planned say police 5

    Pride organisers are working closely with the police.

    4:15 PM — The organisers of Pride London met with the Metropolitan police this afternoon and were reassured that as things stand the parade and other events will be going ahead tomorrow as planned.Early this morning a car bomb left outside a nightclub failed to detonate. The club, Tiger, Tiger, is on Haymarket, a street which is part of the route for tomorrow's parade.This afternoon the police have closed Hyde Park and Park Lane while they investigate another suspicious vehicle.

  • Ugandan minister upset by emails from gay people 1

    There have been a series of government-backed attacks on the Ugandan gay community in the last year.

    3:47 PM — A homophobic politician in Uganda has branded LGBT people who have sent him hate emails 'sick' and accused them of using 'foul language.'James Nsaba Buturo, the state minister of Ethics and Integrity, told the Daily Monitor that he gets at least twenty threatening emails a day, mostly from people in the US and UK.Gay sex is punishable in Uganda by life imprisonment, under laws originally introduced by the British.

  • Poll shows next generation relaxed about gay marriage 1

    62% support a government financed national health-care system, compared with 47% of the general public.

    3:09 PM — Young Americans are much more likely to support gay marriage than their parents, a new poll by The New York Times, CBS News, and MTV has shown.The survey asked participants questions on a wide range of cultural and political issues. 44% of the 17 to 29 year olds surveyed believed gay couples should be allowed to marry.This is compared with 28% of the public at large.

  • Bush threatens veto over domestic partners

    The District of Columbia established a local domestic partnership registry in 1992.

    1:30 PM — The White House has issued the veto threat in response to an appropriations bill being considered by Congress.The bill provides financial support for federal programmes, but does not include a longstanding Republican provision which states that federal funds should not be used to operate the District of Columbia domestic partnership registry.Congress has the ultimate plenary power over the District of Columbia and its funding.

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