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Politics

  • 24th April 2007

    Peter Tatchell to run for Westminster 2

    In 1990 Mr Tatchell sought the Labour nomination in the Hampstead and Highgate constituency.

    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

    It was during his tenure in office that homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia. photo: wikipedia.com

    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

    It has been decided that MO57 EMM and MU57 UM will not be issued, as they appear to spell out the word 'Muslim.'

    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On Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Minister for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has already withdrawn the plate 'H8 GAY' from use.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

    Sunday's vote saw a massive 85% turnout, the highest since 1965.

    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

    Bermuda is one of fourteen British overseas territories.  photo: Bermuda Ministry of Tourism  Transport

    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

    Some gay activists have criticised her for backing gay rights in private but not in public.

    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

    In an interview with the  Straits Times,  Mr Lee talked about the theory that homosexuality is genetic.

    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."

  • Gay ex-governor’s custody battle turns ugly 1

    Matos McGreevey also alleges that during their marriage, McGreevey was notably absent at crucial times in the child's life.

    12:13 PM — Former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey exposed his five-year old daughter to nude photographs, according to his estranged wife Dina Matos McGreevey.According to Associated Content, Matos McGreevey is seeking legal and primary residential custody of the couple's daughter Jaqueline.This would mean that the child would live with Matos McGreevey.

  • Election website focuses on gay rights in Ireland

    The site will be updated as candidates and parties set out their views and policy positions with regards to gay rights.

    10:00 AM — A website has been launched in the Republic of Ireland that aims to raise awareness among the gay community of the forthcoming general election.Elections for the 166-seat Dáil Éireann will take place this summer, and gay marriage is set to be an issue in the contest.Earlier this year an attempt by the opposition Labour party to bring forward legislation was blocked by the government.

  • 20th April 2007

    Bomb linked to Jerusalem Pride

    Security forces investigating the scene are reporting the discovery of leaflets that call for the cancellation of the upcoming gay pride march.

    4:39 PM — An explosive device detonated near Jerusalem earlier today may have been the work of ultra-Orthodox Jews protesting against a gay event to be held in the city.The small pipe bomb exploded near the West Bank separation fence.One person suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to a hospital in Jerusalem.

  • White House gay campaigner honoured by Democrats

    When President Clinton took office he appointed Hattoy to the White House personnel department.

    4:33 PM — An HIV+ man who worked as a White House aide to President Bill Clinton and spoke out against government indifference to AIDS has been honoured at a ceremony at the US Capitol.Bob Hattoy died last month aged 56 from complications brought on by AIDS.He made a memorable speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1992, in which he told America that he did not want to die.

  • New Hampshire will get civil unions

    Massachusetts has legal same-sex marriage and Vermont, New Jersey, and Connecticut have allowed civil unions.

    2:14 PM — The Governor of the American state of New Hampshire indicated yesterday the he will sign into law a bill to legalise same-sex civil unions.The state will become the fourth in the USA to allow such unions. The bill passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.It is due to be voted on by state's Senate next week and is expected to pass.

  • Welsh politicians stand up for diversity

    It comes as a direct response the British National Party's decision to stand in every regional list seat in the National Assembly elections on 3rd May.

    1:33 PM — Political leaders from across the political divide are to join together to promote tolerance and diversity across Wales.The leaders of Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as well as other parties, will take part in Hope not Hate Sunday, an event organised by anti-facism group Wales Friends of Searchlight.

  • 19th April 2007

    Australians worry about gays next door

    Nearly 32,000 people in 19 European countries as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA were asked the question: Would you like to have persons from this group as your neighbours?

    12:34 PM — Global research into attitudes towards minorities has found that a quarter of Australians do not want gay neighbours.However, that figure still did not exceed the homophobia expressed in Italy and other conservative European nations.The people of Northern Ireland were the most prejudiced against gay people, with 36% saying they did not want them moving in next door.

  • Day against homophobia gets support from ministers 1

    A joint statement by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, (pictured) pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.

    12:03 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia, to be held on 17th May, has received the backing of government ministers.A joint statement by Ian McCartney, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.

  • Poland gay rights march faces counter-demo 1

    The gay rights march is part of the 4th Krakow Festival of Gay and Lesbian Culture.

    11:39 AM — This Saturday's March for Tolerance in the Polish city of Krakow will be picketed by a rightwing group with a history of hatred for gay people.All-Polish Youth has said they will take to the streets to protest against homosexual rights."We will not permit the sodomites to enter the city's main square," a spokesman for the group said, according to Catholic World News.

  • Colorado approves workplace protection law

    Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years.

    11:25 AM — Forgive gay and lesbian Coloradans if they aren't jumping for joy at the recent news that their state Senate approved a bill that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years but both were vetoed by former Republican Governor Bill Owens.

  • US clergy endorse hate-crimes legislation

    A house version of The Matthew Shepard Act was introduced as bipartisan legislation at congress last week.

    10:10 AM — Religious leaders from all of America's 50 states rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday in support of legislation to give homosexuals greater protection under existing hate-crime laws.The bill in question, which has been named the Matthew Shepard Act in memory of the gay college student killed in Wyoming in 1998, will afford the Justice Department with greater powers to investigate crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • 18th April 2007

    Tory MP worried by polygamous gay immigrants 7

    In all countries that have legalised gay marriage or any other form of same-sex recognition, polygamy is illegal.

    12:31 PM — A backbench Conservative MP has expressed concern that polygamous gay men or lesbians will be able to move to the UK and claim multiple benefits.David Davies told the Daily Mail that current provision which allows Muslims with more than one spouse to claim benefits for additional wives is unacceptable.

  • Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5

    The socialist Madame Royal has by far been the most vocal supporter for gay rights.

    11:34 AM — Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge. What does it mean for gays? Ben Leung reports. For those of us living in Europe, the next six weeks could well be one of those extraordinary periods that future generations look back on with fascination.With two monumental elections taking place at either end of the continent - France in the west and Turkey in the east.

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