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May 12, 2015

Britain now has the most openly LGBTI members of parliament

Two gay MPs could be set to be in the running for deputy leader of the Labour party in the UK.

Former Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw and former Shadow leader of the Commons Angela Eagle could be facing off for the one of the top leadership positions.

It comes as Ed Miliband has resigned after a somewhat disastrous result for the Labour party in last week's General Election, receiving only 36% of the vote.

But both Bradshaw and Eagle are believed to be strong names to overhaul the party and bring back support.

May 9, 2015

Angela Eagle is serious contender for deputy’s job

One of Britain’s top lesbian Members of Parliament, Angela Eagle, is considering standing for the Labour leadership, Gay Star News can reveal.

Eagle has long spoken privately about her desire to be deputy leader, GSN understands. Whether she throws her hat in the ring for the leadership is likely to depend on which other candidates step forward.

The job opened up when Ed Miliband stood down after disastrous election results for Labour.

May 8, 2015

As the Liberal Democrats lose all their LGBTI MPs, seven fresh faces take seats in the House of Commons

With the final votes counted and the General Election over, Britain is officially the country with the highest number of out LGBTI MPs in the world.

At least 152 out LGBTI MPs ran for election on 7 May, with 27 of them being elected into the House of Commons today.

These numbers mean there is now one more out MP in the Commons than at the time of the dissolution of Parliament; the UK now also holds the highest number of out LGBTI MPs ever recorded in the world.

May 6, 2015

Mike Freer MP called outing him to orthodox Jews a 'desperate attempt' in the run-up to tomorrow's General Election

 A senior member of the British Conservative Party claimed other parties’ supporters outed him to religious voters to get and advantage in the election.

Mike Freer, the Tories’ Vice Chair and current MP for Finchley ad Golders Green, claims supporters of the Labour party outed him as a gay to orthodox Jews in an attempt to stop them voting for him in tomorrow’s General Election.

Not only holds the constituency a close-fought key seat, but it also has the highest number of Jewish voters in the whole of the UK.

April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.

April 3, 2015

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it'

Nigel Farage has been criticised for his comments about the treatment of foreign patients with HIV on the NHS. 

The UKIP leader, who made the remarks during last night's leadership debate on ITV, labelled those who come to the UK to receive treatment 'health tourists'. 

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it,' he said. 'There are 7000 diagnoses in this country every year for people who are HIV positive, but 60 percent of them are not for British nationals.'

January 6, 2015

He also thinks same-sex marriage is just for 'old queens who want to dance like the Village People'

UKIP's most senior gay politician David Coburn has claimed other political parties want to ban sex.

A Scottish MEP, he made the claim during BBC Scotland's 2014 retrospective The Rory Review hosted by comic Rory Bremner.

He said: 'If you want an authoritarian party, there's nobody more authoritarian than the Lib Dems or Labour party.

'They'll tell you eat your five a day, no smoking, no drinking, no sex, no nothing.

December 10, 2014

'I'm running for parliament to represent disabled and transgender people'

Emily Brothers yesterday (9 December) came out as one of the first transgender politicians to run for the UK parliament.

The Labour candidate for Sutton and Cheam lost her sight to glaucoma as a child and is a long-time disability rights campaigner.

'I have today spoken publicly about my transgender background and hope that in some way this helps contribute to better understanding of diversity,' she wrote on her website.

Party leader Ed Miliband said he was 'so proud to have Emily Brothers as a Labour candidate.'

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

October 26, 2014

Speaking at the group's national conference, he warned against using religion as an 'instrument for division or exclusion'

It's the first time a leader of either major political party has used the forum to challenge the agenda of the conservative lobby group which has consistency and strongly opposed same-sex marriage, gay adoption rights, and anti-discrimination laws.

Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Labor Party, confronted the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) on same-sex marriage, telling them he is a Christian who supports marriage equality.

'I believe in God and I believe in marriage equality,' the keynote speaker told the ACL national conference in Canberra on Saturday.

October 15, 2014

Victoria state parliament passed the bill with three amendments, including posthumous expungements

Victoria today became the first Australian state to expunge historic gay sex convictions.

Both houses of Victorian parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill with three amendments proposed by the Labour Party.

The amended bill includes allowances for posthumous expungements, a provision to amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of an expunged gay sex convictio and an additional purpose to recognize that the convictions should never have been considered crimes.

September 29, 2014

Grant Robertson is downplaying suggestions his being gay will affect his chances

Gay politician Grant Robertson has downplayed suggestions his sexuality will affect his chances at the New Zealand Labour Party leadership.

The MP for Wellington Central announced his intention to run for leadership yesterday after Dan Cunliffe said on Saturday that he would resign tomorrow and seek a new mandate.

Robertson told the New Zealand Herald, 'There may well be some people who raise that. That's fine. But that's not where I think I'll be judged.

'I'll be judged, I'm sure, on my ability to reflect Labour values.'

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

April 25, 2014

Labour party leader is opposed to repealing Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, saying: ‘My sentiments reflect the sentiments of the country.’

Jamaica’s opposition leader has called for a public vote on the ban on homosexuality.

Andrew Holness, the head of the Labour party, has called for a ‘grand referendum’ in 2015 to deal with a number of social issues.

Apart from the sodomy law, he has called on the people to choose on the liberalization of cannabis or whether Jamaica wants to continue having Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

April 23, 2014

At least 48 schools were found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Several UK schools have stepped back to the 1980s and introduced Section 28-style bans on ‘promoting homosexuality’, teachers have warned.

At the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Brighton yesterday (22 April), delegates warned at least 46 schools still have policies similar to the anti-gay language of the past.

April 15, 2014

Malta parliament also voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption

Malta has become the first country in Europe to protect trans people in the constitution.

On 14 April, as the Maltese parliament voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption.

The entirety of the Labour party, 39 members of parliament, voted in favor of legalizing same-sex unions. The opposition, the 30 members of the Nationalist party, abstained.

February 3, 2014

The leaders of the major parties in the Australian state of Victoria are battling each other to win the gay vote with the Labor Party now pledging to make its Safe Schools LGBTI support program compulsory for all public high schools

The Labor Party in the Australian state of Victoria has promised that every public high school in the state will get Safe School support programs for LGBTI young people if it wins November elections and retakes power.

State Opposition leader Daniel Andrews made the announcement yesterday at Melbourne’s Midsumma LGBTI Pride March, telling marchers, ‘Every Victorian is entitled to feel safe in the school yard – they have a right to be who they are and they have a right to belong.’

December 10, 2013

The Australian Labor Party has renewed its commitment to opposing a referendum that seeks to put a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage – despite voting for a motion that would have set up a Senate inquiry for that yesterday

Australia’s Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has reiterated his party’s opposition to holding a referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the Australian Constitution despite his party’s senators voting for a motion to form a Senate inquiry into doing just that yesterday.

December 9, 2013

The Australian Government and Greens have joined forces to stop an attempt to initiate a referendum on gay marriage in Australia by a senator from the right wing Catholic Democratic Labor Party

Advocates for same-sex marriage in Australia have praised Liberal and National party senators in the Australian Government and senators from the Greens for joining forces to defeat an attempt to begin the process of having a referendum on same-sex marriage in Australia.

Democratic Labour Party senator John Madigan put forward a motion to establish an inquiry into holding a referendum on same-sex marriage earlier today.

November 4, 2013

Israel’s Yesh Atid party has torpedoed an attempt by the opposition Labor party to put forward a civil unions bill so that it can move forward with its own more inclusive civil unions bill

Ministers from Israeli Government coalition party Yesh Atid have torpedoed an attempt by the Labor Party to move a bill forward, which would have provided civil unions for same-sex couples, in favor of legislation they are developing themselves.

Labor Member of the Knessit (MK) Stav Shaffir’s bill was rejected by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation and would have allowed same-sex couples to wed via civil unions.

November 4, 2013

Australia’s Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he believes Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s party room will allow a conscience vote on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry

Malcolm Turnbull - Australia’s Communication Minister and leader of the Liberal Party while in Opposition from 2008 to 2009 - has said he believes his party room will allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

However he told Network Ten TV that he does not know whether there are the numbers in the parliament for a bill to pass.

However the MP for what is considered Australia’s gayest electorate said he did not know whether there were enough supporters in the Australian Parliament for a bill to pass.

October 28, 2013

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has promised Labour Youth members that he will push for a vote on marriage equality before 2015

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised the country will vote on same-sex marriage.

Eamon Gimore, the Tánaiste, said there will likely be a referendum on the issue after an overwhelming majority of the Constitutional Convention think-tank voted to recommend it.

But a spokesman for the Labour party politician has said he wants to push for legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children before Ireland votes on marriage equality.

‘Any referendum that takes place will have to be about marriage equality and not about other issues,’ he said.

October 23, 2013

Civil Unions Bill could sail through parliament by end of the month. Constitutional amendment to protect gay and trans people will follow

The island nation of Malta is set to be the next place to introduce gay civil unions and a bill is likely to be passed next week.

The legislation is speeding through the Parliament of Malta in Valletta and will give gay and lesbian couples same-sex marriage in all but name.

Meanwhile both parliamentary parties in the Mediterranean nation are backing a constitutional change to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination. And the government has said transgender protection should be folded into the same constitutional amendment.