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August 23, 2012

One in five LGBT voters say they would vote for Mitt Romney if he shared the same views on gay rights as Barack Obama

A new poll has revealed the most important issues for gay voters in the upcoming US election.

In a new survey released today by LogoTV, the most important issue for LGBT voters was the economy (18%), followed by unemployment/jobs (14%), ‘gay rights in general’ came fourth with 9% while just 6% said same-sex marriage was the top priority.

While 67% of LGBT people polled said they would vote to re-elect Barack Obama, one out of five said they’d be more likely to vote for Mitt Romney if he held the same positions on gay issues as the president.

August 4, 2012

We speak to the openly gay Danish sports and culture minister on gay competitors in the games, encouraging LGBT sports, marriage and his informal style

Informal but informed Danish Minister of Culture and Sport, Uffe Elbæk is jeans-wearing, openly gay and utterly un-stuffy.

Right now he’s heading to the Olympics to enjoy a week of events, including, of course, cheering on his Danish competitors. And on Sunday he will be visiting Pride House in Limehouse, East London – a venue to highlight LGBT sports during the games.

July 3, 2012

United Nations ambassadors of South Africa and Brazil call for action on sexual orientation and gender identity as universal human rights and want to combat hate crimes

South Africa and Brazil have told the United Nations they want more action on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

The statement was delivered yesterday (2 July) to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva by the ambassador of South Africa on behalf of both countries.

The statement demanded further discussion and work on the issue of violence against LGBT people and said gay and trans rights are part and parcel of the universal declaration of human rights.

May 24, 2012

Amnesty International global human rights report shows Europe lacks sufficient laws to combat LGBT persecution

Amnesty International claims anti-gay discrimination has increased in Africa, while Europe lacks sufficient legislation to protect LGBT rights.

In its 50th global human rights report, Amnesty described the situation in Africa as having 'worsened'.

It says politicians have failed to protect people's rights and often incited hate against the LGBT community.

May 3, 2012

Annual report on human rights and democracy outlines steps UK took to promote LGBT rights abroad. Diplomats will continue the pressure despite a backlash

Britain will continue fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights around the globe despite a backlash for some countries.

That's the pledge the Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave Gay Star News as it released an annual report on human rights.

The report on human rights and democracy was launched by foreign minister William Hague and has an LGBT section.

It outlines some of the activities and diplomatic positions taken by the foreign office in 2011 to protect and promote global LGBT rights.

March 5, 2012

From the US to Japan, LGBT rights advocates urge the world to tune into the UN Human Rights Council’s panel discussion on LGBT discrimination on Wednesday

The first openly gay man to be elected in Japan, a Nigerian exile and human rights defender in London, a Chilean gay rights activist, an Australian local politician, an organiser of Athens Pride and Poland’s first gay elected official have all added their names to a letter congratulating the UN for holding a panel this Wednesday, 7 March, to discuss discrimination and violence against LGBT people.

The panel will be the first time the UN Human Rights Council has focused on human rights, gender identity and sexual orientation.