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Politics

  • 27th October 2006

    Canadian postmen stand up to gay-hate mail 1

    12:00 AM — Postmen in Vancouver, Canada have been threatened with disciplinary actions after refusing to deliver a pamphlet that stated "The Plague of this 21st Century: The Consequences of the sin of Homosexuality (AIDS)" writes the Toronto Star.The homophobic propaganda was produced by the Fundamentalist Baptist Mission in Waterford, Ontario and was called the "Prophetic Word".

  • Human rights blogger sacked after posting Foley messages 3

    Mark Foley resigned from the US Congress earlier this month amid reports that he sent inappropriate sexually explicit messages to teenage interns

    12:00 AM — A gay lobby group employee has been sacked after it was revealed that he was the first to publish email messages between disgraced ex-Florida Congressman Mark Foley and work experience interns.Mark Foley resigned from the US Congress earlier this month amid reports that he sent inappropriate sexually explicit messages to teenage interns, and now it has emerged that a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) employee was the source of the computer messages and posted them onto his blog using a work computer .

  • Bush attacks gay unions

    US President George W Bush used a fund raising speech this week to express opposition to same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — US President George W Bush used a fund raising speech this week to express opposition to same sex marriage.It comes after the New jersey Supreme Court called for the state to give fairer rights to gays and lesbians.Justice Barry Albin, who authored the 66 page majority ruling said unequal rights can no longer be tolerated, "[The] unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our State Constitution.

  • Gay wedding planner opposes “lazy equality” 1

    Pink Weddings is seeking over 3,000 signatures to take a petition to Downing Street in December to show opposition to “lazy equality”

    12:00 AM — A gay wedding planner is calling for support of a campaign to make sure the new Equality Act doesn't allow any exemptions which would allow venues to refuse providing a location for civil partnerships.Pink Weddings is seeking over 3,000 signatures to take a petition to Downing Street in December to show opposition to "lazy equality."The government has faced criticism of a delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

  • NYC public transport removes Trans discrimination 1

    According to the New York Daily News, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to allow riders to use MTA rest rooms “consistent with their gender expression“

    12:00 AM — Transgender people now have the right to use any restroom they choose in New York City's public transit system under an unprecedented deal revealed this week.According to the New York Daily News, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to allow riders to use MTA rest rooms "consistent with their gender expression," the Transgender Legal Defence and Education Fund announced.

  • Does beer + football + girls = a man?

    The 'passionate and proud' posters aim to challenge issues such as aggression and homophobia.

    12:00 AM — A poster campaign asking 'What does it mean to be a man?' has been launched by Somerset County Council.The new 'passionate and proud' posters aim to challenge stereotypical views of men and issues such as aggression and homophobia. Launching this month, the posters form part of an ongoing drive to educate young men that regardless of their background or culture, understanding what it means to be a man can be a minefield.

  • The politics of a personal life 11

    Greg Barker with Tory leader David Cameron

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks if Tory spokesman Gregory Barker's privacy pleas amid reports of a gay affair are warranted..The free paper LondonLite made much of yesterday's revelation that a leading Tory MP has left his wife and three children and embarked on an affair.Given that the paper often talks about sexual liaisons in a knockabout fashion, runs speed dating competitions and sex tips, it seems strange that it took such a straight-laced tone when reporting what would appear to be a marriage breakdown. After all, the majority of marriages end in divorce.

  • 26th October 2006

    Gay campaigner attacks South African apathy towards Zimbabwe

    Peter Tatchell protesting at the LSE last night

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell, gay rights activist joined campaigners from the Free Zim Youth (FZY) movement in protesting at a speech by South African foreign minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on international relations at the London School of Economics last night.The protesters highlight the nature of the dictatorial Mugabe regime that has been omnipresent in Zimbabwe politics since independence and has also spiralled the previously buoyant country into economic catastrophe and human rights graveyard.

  • Gay-friendly Labour MPs to stand down 1

    Brighton based MPs Des Turner and David Lepper, who have consistently supported gay rights in Parliament for their high density of lesbian and gay constituents, both announced they would not run for re-election

    12:00 AM — The Labour Party is set to lose two of its longest serving supporters of gay rights after two Brighton MPs announced they would be standing down at the next General Election.Brighton based MPs Des Turner and David Lepper, who have consistently supported gay rights in Parliament for their high density of lesbian and gay constituents, both announced they would not run for re-election, citing their age as a reason, as well as discontent with the direction of the government.

  • Ireland schools fight homophobic bullying 4

    12:00 AM — A major nationwide campaign against homophobic bullying was launched this week by Ireland's Minister of State at the Department of Education and Science.Síle de Valera opened the initiative which was conceived of by the Equality Authority and a youth group for the LGBT community called BeLonG To.The campaign aims to distribute posters to every post primary school in the Republic and attempts to reiterate a commitment by schools to stamp out homophobic bullying.

  • Foley offered ‘sexual reorientation’ 3

    Ex-Congressman Mark Foley has hit the headlines over the last month for his alleged solicitation of young congress aides that has shocked many Americans

    12:00 AM — Ex-Congressman Mark Foley has hit the headlines over the last month for his alleged solicitation of young congress aides that has shocked many Americans.To add to the mystery of the saga, a group calling themselves Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays Gays (PFOX) has offered to effectively change his sexuality.

  • Trans group pick up award

    The a;gender network is a group which aims to “provide confidential and mutual support” whilst offering advice and work towards eradicating Transphobia in the government and civil service

    12:00 AM — The support network for transgender people in the civil service has picked up a diversity award.It is the second award ceremony for diversity, which the cabinet office champion as a demonstration of "successes in policy, employment and service delivery across Government".The a;gender network is a group which aims to "provide confidential and mutual support" whilst offering advice and work towards eradicating Transphobia in the government and civil service.

  • Election support for Trans voters

    The upcoming US Congress elections on November 7th are poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office, activists have warned

    12:00 AM — The upcoming US Congress elections on November 7th are poised to tip the balance of LGBT-supportive policymakers in office, activists have warned.To increase the number of LGBT-supportive policymakers, the National Centre for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has released a new Voter Guide to educate and empower transgender voters about their rights to access the polls.

  • Tory spokesman seeks privacy after alleged gay affair 10

    Tory Environment spokesman Greg Barker, has split from his wife of 14 years Celeste, after having a year long gay affair, according to reports

    12:00 AM — A Conservative shadow minister has appealed for privacy after it was reported that he has left his wife for a man.Tory Environment spokesman Greg Barker, has split from his wife of 14 years Celeste, after having a year long gay affair, according to reports.The MP for Bexhill and Battle, a close ally of Tory leader David Cameron, has since confirmed that he has separated from Celeste but says the rest is a private matter, a statement backed by his party.

  • Stonewall encourages gay leadership

    Stonewall is holding its second leadership programme, providing personal development for lesbian and gay professionals

    12:00 AM — Stonewall is holding its second leadership programme, providing personal development for lesbian and gay professionals who have the capacity to be senior decision-makers within five years.The two-day programme, held from 26 -27 October and hosted by Henley Management College, is designed in collaboration with the Cambridge Leadership programme at Harvard University.

  • 25th October 2006

    Foley targeted ‘hot boys’ 3

    Disgraced Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages

    12:00 AM — Disgraced Florida Republican Representative Mark Foley made friends with a wide circle of teenaged House of Representatives pages, then singled out "hot" boys to write to, according to reports.The Washington Post claims to have identified four more former pages who said they were sexually solicited by Mr Foley, who has resigned since the scandal broke last month.

  • Homophobes boycott Wal-Mart 3

    An anti-gay group is calling for a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after accusing  the store of promoting homosexuality

    12:00 AM — An anti-gay group is calling for a boycott of worldwide retailer Wal-Mart after accusing the store of promoting homosexuality.Self proclaimed family values group the American Family Association (AFA) has targeted the chain ever since it joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in August, but now the AFA has launched a petition against the company claiming it deliberately stocks over a thousand items promoting gay values such as same sex marriage.

  • Pentagon urged to curb homophobic harassment 5

    It comes after gay model Reichen Lehmkuhl revealed that he was bullied in the US Air Force when colleagues questioned his sexuality

    12:00 AM — A gay military support group has criticised the Pentagon for not adequately protecting its officers from homophobic abuse after former army specialist Justin Fisher, who was convicted of conspiracy in the murder of Private First Class Barry Winchell was released from prison after serving seven years of an original 12 ½ year sentence.Winchell was attacked by Calvin Glover, a former soldier based at Fort Campbell, in July 1999, in what was later revealed as a homophobic crime.

  • Lesbian jibes smear New York contest

    The race for the Senate vote in New York is entering “swampy territory” after Republican candidate John Spencer reportedly called Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a lesbian

    12:00 AM — The race for the Senate vote in New York is entering "swampy territory" after Republican candidate John Spencer reportedly called Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton a lesbian.Mr Spencer has been criticised by women's groups after allegedly commenting about the former First Lady's appearance, accusing her of having plastic surgery and questioning Mrs Clinton's sexuality.

  • Gay priest seeks Pope’s nod

    Pope Benedict XVI is known for his strict conservative attitude towards homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A male prostitute turned gay priest is awaiting approval from the Vatican to be allowed to stand as a candidate for Bloc Quebecois in a by election next month.Raymond Gravel has been criticised by the Pope before over his support of gay priests, same sex marriage and abortion, but now needs the Holy See's approval through his boss, the Bishop of Joliette, to run for election.

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