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November 7, 2014

Edgars Rinkevics has become the most prominent openly gay politician in a former Soviet Bloc state and the first ever lawmaker in his country of Latvia to announce he is gay

Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has come out as gay in one of the most public of forums, posting his announcement on Twitter and expressing his hope that his government will move to legalize civil partnerships for same-sex couples.

‘Our country has created a legal framework for all types of partnerships, I will fight for it, I know that it will immediately cause a lot of hysteria but I am #Proudtobegay,’ Rinkevics posted in Latvian to the social media website earlier today.

October 27, 2014

Ivan Okhlobystin also thinks Ebola victims will come back as zombies

Latvia has banned a Russian actor from entering the country after he said gay people should be 'burned alive'.

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said Ivan Okhlobystin, the controversial former priest, would not be allowed to give a one-man show about religion in Riga on 7 November.

He said he would not be allowed to enter the country because of what the foreign minister referred to as hate speech.

Rinkevics later added the entry ban was based on the actor's offensive statements about the LGBTI community.

June 12, 2014

Several thousand LGBTI advocates and allies signed a petition calling for him to be blocked from taking the petition, but the UN failed to listen

Uganda’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa, accused of helping to pass the anti-gay law, has been elected United Nations president.

It was Africa’s turn to make the appointment, and 65-year-old was the continent’s unanimous choice for the role.

Several thousand LGBTI advocates and allies signed a petition calling for him to be blocked from taking the petition, but the UN failed to listen.

They accused him of playing a role in the enactment of Uganda’s strict anti-gay law, which sets up sentences of up to life in prison for homosexuality.

May 7, 2014

Yoweri Museveni, in a London business forum to attract investment from the West, has previously rejected the 'Western' value of homosexuality

The Ugandan president was told off about his country’s anti-gay law by the UK today (7 May).

GSN can reveal the UK’s Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds spoke to Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, and Sam Kutesa, the east African country’s Foreign Minister.

The two Ugandan politicians were in central London today speaking at a business forum to attract investment from the West.

March 28, 2014

Homophobia has a price, and the African country is seeing that as it faces further threats of aid cuts as part of the international backlash

Uganda officials are to hold talks with the European Union over the anti-gay law today (28 March).

The east African nation is facing severe sanctions and aid cuts as part of the international backlash over the new homophobic law.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month that punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The country’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa will be meeting with the head of the EU delegation in Uganda Kristian Schmidt.

March 17, 2014

Tanzania’s Foreign Minister has warned that efforts to impose equal rights for LGBTI people in Africa may fail if imposed from outside

Tanzanian Foreign Minister Bernard Mbembe has advised that the Commonwealth should only try to make progress on LGBTI rights in member countries slowly as trying to impose them from outside may fail.

Mbembe made the comments Friday during a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group which Membe chairs.

Mbembe had been responding to a question from a journalist who had asked him what the Commonwealth’s position was on the European Union and World Bank threatening Uganda with sanctions over its draconian anti-gay laws.

March 7, 2014

Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, who has defended gay propaganda laws as protecting Russian morals, had his name Travoltified on Channel 4 news

The Russian Foreign Minister was described as ‘so gay lover of’ in a subtitle blunder during a Channel 4 report.

Sergey Lavrov was the subject of a report discussing a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

And knowing the internet, the hilarious gaffe prompted a plethora of responses online.

‘I wager this was NOT an accident,’ one Twitter user said.

Another added: ‘So Gay Lover? Wahaha, Putin will go mental.’

‘Loving this!!! Sweet, sweet irony is just delicious,’ another user said.

February 28, 2014

Australia’s Foreign Minister has written to her Ugandan counterpart to raise her concerns about the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gay repeat offenders for life

Australia has voiced its concern over the treatment of LGBTI people in Uganda but has limited leverage as it provides no development aid to the country’s government.

It was revealed in a Senate estimates committee that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had written to the Ugandan Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa on Wednesday to complain about the signing into law of the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill by President Yoweri Museveni,

February 25, 2014

The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway have announced they will suspend financial assistance to Uganda after President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial bill that would see homosexuals jailed for life - as others review their assistance to the East African nation

Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands have become the first countries to either redirect aid away from the Ugandan Government or freeze aid.

The Netherlands froze $9.6 million in aid to Uganda’s legal system, saying that if Uganda’s courts were to enforce the country’s new harsh laws further criminalizing homosexuality then they did not want to assist that process.

December 30, 2013

Foreign affairs minister John Baird reveals he privately lobbied to stop the federal gay propaganda law from passing in Russia

Canada is making preparations for the worst to happen at the Sochi Olympics in Russia in February.

John Baird, the Canadian foreign minister, has warned he ‘remains concerned’ about the gay propaganda law passed this year.

Afraid any tourist or athlete could end up arrested, he has called for the Russians to work with him in case this occurs.

December 24, 2013

Australian Marriage Equality are targeting from cabinet and shadow ministers to rank members in 201

Same-sex marriage advocates in Australia have drawn up a list of about 70 federal politicians, who they are hoping to sway on the issue of marriage equality in the new year.

December 15, 2013

French official offers no reason why President Francois Hollande will be absent from Sochi

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced that neither he nor President Francois Hollande will attend the Sochi Olympics.

'There are no plans to attend,' Fabius said Europe 1 Radio, according to Yahoo Sports. 'Top French officials have no plans to be there.'

The foreign minister offered no reason for the decision.

October 18, 2013

Gay Star News heads to Stockholm for Pride and wonders how a city so close to St Petersburg could be so different

It only takes an hour to fly from Stockholm in Sweden to St Petersburg in Russia, and the two countries couldn't be more different.

In one, sexuality is so free and open that public masturbation just became legal.

In the other, having a 'non-traditional' orientation can condemn you for life.

As I prepared to join the tens of thousands flocking to the Swedish capital for Pride back in August I began to realize why Stockholm could challenge for the right to call itself the LGBT capital of the world.

September 25, 2013

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s first openly gay Foreign Minister, has failed to retain his seat in parliament, forcing him out of that role

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has lost that job after his party failed to gain enough of the vote to retain his seat in parliament.

Westerwelle’s Free Democratic Party only received 4.8% of the vote when 5% was needed to retain his seat.

The Free Democratic Party’s vote has slumped rapidly from a peak of 14.6% in 2009.

September 10, 2013

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer doubts same-sex marriage will pass under Tony Abbott but does believe the new prime minister will allow a conscience vote on the issue during his term in office

Former Liberal Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has told Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd. group of newspapers that he believes that new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will allow his MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage but doubts enough Liberal-National Coalition MPs are supportive for a bill to pass.

August 23, 2013

GSN can reveal that Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr has condemned Russia over its treatment of sexual minorities, making him the highest ranking Australian official to oppose Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban

In a GSN exclusive, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the South Pacific nation has been applying diplomatic pressure on Russia to repeal its so-called gay propaganda law in a letter to Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich.

August 13, 2013

Two top German ministers have said Vladimir Putin is leading Russia into a 'flawless dictatorship' after signing 'gay propaganda' bills into law

Two top German cabinet ministers have said Russia’s anti-gay laws prove President Vladimir Putin is a ‘dictator’.

Guido Westerwelle, the openly gay Foreign Minister, and Dirk Niebel, the Development Minister, have criticized the Russian president for backing laws banning propaganda against ‘non-traditional relationships’.

August 6, 2013

Openly gay New South Wales state MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich has called on Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister to speak out against the treatment of LGBTs in Russia

New South Wales (NSW) state Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich has called on Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr to condemn anti-LGBT laws passed by Russia banning adoption by same-sex couples and so-called ‘homosexual propaganda.’

Greenwich, who is openly gay, wrote to Carr on 5 August, asking for him to ‘publicly oppose draconian homophobic laws introduced in Russia and call on Russia to abandon these laws.’

July 29, 2013

Former Swedish Prime Minister said the homophobia rising in Russia is 'disgusting' and should be stopped

Sweden’s Foreign minister has described Russia’s crackdown on LGBT people as ‘inhuman’ and ‘repulsive’.

Carl Bildt is one of the most high-profile politicians to speak out against the homophobia rising in Russia.

He said: ‘Hate-mongering against LGBT persons on the rise in Russia after recent law. Repulsive. Inhuman.’

Despite speaking out against the anti-gay laws, the former Prime Minister did not respond to questions whether Sweden would cut ties or take action.

February 26, 2013

Sergey Lavrov has rejected criticism about the anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, saying Russia has no responsibility to respect gay people's rights

Russia’s foreign minister has rejected criticism about the proposed law that would outlaw ‘homosexual propaganda’ nationwide.

Sergey Lavrov said there are no obligations to Europe or any other country to respect gay people's rights in Russia.

‘We don’t have a single international or common European commitment to allow propaganda of homosexuality,’ he said.

February 8, 2013

Ukraine’s foreign minister believes that a law prohibiting discrimination against gays will be adopted soon

Ukraine’s foreign minister Leonid Kozhara stated that a law prohibiting discrimination against gays will be adopted soon, in order to speed up visa entry harmonization with the European Union.

During an interview with the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Kozhara stated yesterday (7 February): ‘The issue of homosexuals is now generating strong controversy in Ukraine, but our government has already prepared a draft law and will soon submit it to the parliament...

January 30, 2013

The foreign ministers of Germany and the European Union criticized Russia’s draft bill banning ‘homosexual propaganda’

Germany’s openly gay foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, has told the Russian ambassador that his country’s draft bill banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ contravenes human rights and could harm the country's ties with Europe.

Catherine Ashton, the high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs also voiced concerns and critique, today (30 January).

November 5, 2012

Ugandan James Kityo says the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga doesn’t talk for everyone as she pledges to push the anti-homosexuality bill through parliament

Just when one thinks that Uganda is growing up by leaving people who are LGBTI alone, something else emerges that shocks the bold hearted into action.

October 24, 2012

The Iranian speaker of parliament stated that homosexuality is 'modern Western Barbarism'

The Iranian speaker of parliament equated gays with barbarism and questioned if the UN is seeking the legalization of homosexuality in his country.

Mr. Ali Larijani made his comments on today (24 October) at the opening of the parliamentary session and in response to a new report by UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, who criticized Iran for its poor human rights record.