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April 11, 2014

Edward Davey MP, Energy and Climate Change Minister, wants government and business to do more for LGBTI equality globally

Constituents queued up to tell the UK government’s Energy and Climate Change Minister he would go to hell for backing gay marriage.

That’s what the minister Edward Davey MP told over 600 delegates at the Workplace Conference of leading British gay campaign organization Stonewall today.

And he used his keynote speech to say global firms and the UK government should work together to improve LGBTI rights around the world.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 6, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith said Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s support for gay marriage is partly to blame for the expenses row backlash from ‘bitter’ Conservative MPs

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith claimed calls from Conservative MPs for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked in the wake of her recent expenses row are partly due to her support for equal marriage.

Miller, the minister responsible for the same-sex marriage bill that came into force last weekend, wrongly claimed £90,000 for her tax-payer funded second home in Wimbledon, which was also home to her parents.

April 3, 2014

Trans organizations in Britain have released a Trans Manifesto today – with three demands to give politicians a simple way forward

Today’s announcement of the Trans Manifesto is another huge step forwards for trans people in the UK.

Four years ago I was involved in drawing up the massive Trans Statement of Needs. While an impressive piece of work, it was simply too daunting for any government to know where to start. A simpler, more focused, approach was needed.

April 3, 2014

Government has decided to allow publishers of gay 'naming and shaming' newspapers to travel freely into the country

Members of Parliament of the UK government voted against travel bans on the publishers of Ugandan gay hate newspapers and anti-gay supporters.

The call was made for MPs to vote on whether travel bans should be given to those who promote gay hate in Uganda.

They voted to not ban travel into the UK, meaning people who call for the deaths and imprisonment of gay people in Uganda will be allowed to enter the country.

April 1, 2014

Violence and discrimination continue, but the government is unlikely to back a new anti-gay bill, says leading organization for men who have sex with men

Life in jail for homosexuality is not enough to protect Tanzania from gays, an MP has argued, as he drafts a new anti-LGBTI bill.

The law in Tanzania already gives 20 years to life for homosexual activity, with slightly lighter sentences in the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar.

But Ezekiel Wenje from the main opposition party, Chama cha Democrasia na Maendeleo, claims homosexuality is on the rise because that law is not enough of a deterrent.

March 31, 2014

Ghana’s former deputy speaker of parliament has said that people advocating for the rights of LGBTI people in Africa are carrying out ‘satanic’ works and that if children are allowed to be raised by same-sex couples they will grow up to be ‘miscreants’

Ghanaian retired MP Mike Ocquaye has called calls for the protection of LGBTI people in Africa ‘satanic attacks’ and has claimed that Africa’s traditional family system is being threatened by the West.

The former Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament claimed homosexuality was a foreign ‘abomination’ being pushed on Africa.

‘We consider this an abomination,’ Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra, according to GhanaWeb.

March 28, 2014

Look back on the battle to get same-sex marriage legalized in England and Wales as the first couples prepare to walk down the aisle

The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight.

After years of tireless campaigning from the LGBTI community, same-sex couples in England and Wales will finally be able to say ‘I Do’.

Queen Elizabeth II signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) last year in July, but it took several months before couples could register their intention to marry.

March 27, 2014

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw urges the Church of England to be more clear on whether priests will be punished for marrying their same-sex partners

Church of England is being told it needs to make it clear whether it will sack a priest for marrying a same-sex partner.

Ben Bradshaw, a gay Labour MP, has accused the Church of ‘trying to have its cake and eat it’ by accepting same-sex marriage for members, but not for clergy.

Raising the question in the House of Commons today (27 March), the former cabinet minister asked how the Church would discipline any who disobey its ruling.

March 20, 2014

Spanish actor turned politician Toni Canto has spoken out about his decision to appear naked in a gay role in the film The Last Match – saying politicians who are corrupt should be more of a scandal

Spanish actor turned politician Toni Canto has spoken out about his bare-all role in a newly released gay themed movie set in Cuba in which he plays a Spanish sex tourist.

Canto, an MP with Spain’s Union, Progress and Democracy Party, was filmed on location in Havana in 2011 for the film The Last Match just a few months before being elected to office – but says if offered a similar role now he’d have no hesitation about taking it.

March 18, 2014

The Juridicial Commission of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies has unanimously rejected a bill which would have created civil unions for both opposite and same-sex couples – with one MP declaring the proposal to be ‘cultural Marxism’

Non-married heterosexual couples and same-sex couples in Romania will not be allowed to enter into civil unions after the Juridicial Commission of the country’s Chamber of Deputies rejected a bill unanimously on 5 March.

The bill had previously failed in the Senate where only two senators out of 176 were prepared to vote for the bill – 105 voted against the bill while the remaining senators abstained.

March 13, 2014

Bill is just one of several proposals intended to curtail the rights of the LGBTI community the parliament will consider this spring

A bill that would have introduced Russia-style gay propaganda laws to Lithuania has failed to get the votes today (13 March).

Lawmakers made their decision on a bill that would have outlawed gay pride parades, pubic speeches in support of LGBTI rights, gay rights campaign materials and audio-visual materials in support of the rights of LGBTI people.

Fines for the ‘contempt of moral values’ would have gone up to 6000 litas ($2500, €1800) for ‘repeat offenses’.

March 13, 2014

Lithuanian lawmakers will vote today on a bill that would ban all public expression of LGBTI identity and impose fines on those who broke the law

Lithuanian lawmakers will vote today on a bill that would outlaw gay pride parades, public speeches in support of LGBTI rights, gay rights campaign materials and audio-visual materials in support of the rights of LGBTI people.

The bill would make such actions an administrative offense with fines of between $US400 to $US1200, and $US1200 to $US2500 for subsequent offenses.

The bill was introduced by Order and Justice Party MP Petras Gražulis in response to a Baltic March for Equality in the capital Vilnius in July last year.

March 12, 2014

An MP with the Parti Travailliste Congolais wants the Democratic Republic of Congo to jail homosexuals for up to 5 years and transgender people for up to 12 years – with minimum sentences of 3 years in jail for both

Parti Travailliste Congolais (PTC) MP Steve Mbikayi is moving forward with a bill to criminalize homosexuality in the Democratic Republic of Congo – alarming human rights advocates and HIV groups.

Mbikayi introduced a draft of his bill in the Congolese National Assembly in December and has now threatened to build a religious coalition around the bill and stage protests until the bill is passed.

March 12, 2014

Kenya’s Majority Leader in the National Assembly has been tasked with finding out why its 1930 law punishing homosexuals with up to 14 years imprisonment is apparently not being enforced

Leader of the Majority Coalition in the Kenyan National Assembly, Aden Duale, has been tasked with finding out why Kenya’s laws banning gay sex aren’t being enforced after a government MP raised the issue in the Parliament.

Ruling National Alliance party MP Irungu Kangata demanded a statement explaining what measures Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions was taking to enforce Kenya’s colonial era anti-sodomy laws which punish ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature with up to 14 years in prison for consensual sex acts.

March 11, 2014

Parliamentary sources have allegedly told gay rights activists about the plans they have to introduce stricter anti-gay laws in the African country

Kenya politicians are allegedly planning on bribing teens to attack gay people in return for businesses and homes.

Parliamentary sources have revealed to gay rights activists that some MPs are plotting on how to sway opinion in their favor.

A group of politicians led by MP Irungu Kang’ata have recently been demanding anti-gay laws in the African country to be stricter and enforced.

Denis Nzioka, Kenya gay rights activist, claims he has sources who have allegedly attended one of Kang’ata’s ‘strategy meetings’.

March 4, 2014

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will be forced to make reductions and cutbacks in the face of the World Bank freezing $90 million in aid

Uganda has announced MP expenses, as well as ‘other areas’, will be slashed as donors cut aid over anti-gay law.

Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has said the government will have to make reductions and cutbacks.

Gay rights activists in Uganda are largely opposed to cuts in aid, as they feel it could cause a violent backlash.

‘It will delay the improvement of service delivery in the health sector,’ Mbabazi told reporters.

March 3, 2014

Australia’s deputy Opposition leader has called on Liberal and National party MPs in the government to pressure Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow them a conscience vote and co-sponsor her bill on same-sex marriage

Deputy Australian Labor Party leader and Member for Sydney, Tanya Plibersek, has written to all MPs in the Australian Government to call on them to put pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow them a conscience vote on her bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

February 28, 2014

Parliamentary group has launched in Nairobi with the aim of enforcing more extreme anti-gay laws in Kenya

Gay rights activists are fighting to stop a Uganda-style anti-gay bill in Kenya.

Denis Nzioka, a gay rights activist in Kenya, and his colleagues are planning to combat against an anti-gay parliamentary caucus to address the ‘issue’ of homosexuality.

Led by Kiharu MP Irungu Kangata, the leaders have demanded anti-gay laws in the African country to be stricter and enforced.

February 17, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria was arrested in the southern city of Russia for holding up a sign for saying 'Gay Is OK'

While she may have just spent a few hours detained in a Russian police station, the trans activist and former MP is determined to continue making a political statement against anti-gay laws.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former politician in the Italian parliament, was arrested in Sochi while holding a waving flag saying ‘Gay Is OK’ in Russian.

‘I've been freed and tomorrow I'll watch the Games,’ the 48-year-old advocate wrote in a text message, according to the ANSA news agency.

February 14, 2014

A politician, who with one other is against the anti-gay bill, has consulted with legal experts and believes it to be unconstitutional

A Uganda politician has sparked a glimmer of hope after he has pleaded with the president to stop the anti-gay law.

Fox Odoi, a member of parliament for West Budama North, has written to President Yoweri Museveni urging him to reject the bill.

The draconic legislation, originally known as the ‘Kill All The Gays’ bill before the death penalty was removed, will punish homosexuality with life imprisonment.

February 2, 2014

Same-sex marriage campaigners have accused SNP politician John Mason of attempting to ‘wreck’ the legislation which is due to be voted on for the final time on Tuesday

Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Scotland are accusing a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician of a last-minute attempt to scupper the bill’s chances of being signed into law next week.

Members of Scottish Parliament are due to vote on the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill for the final time on Tuesday.

However, religious groups are opposing the legislation and demanding the bill should also protect opponents of gay marriage from discrimination based on their beliefs.

January 30, 2014

Dr Philip Lee has put forward a proposal to stop any immigrants with HIV or Hepatitis B from entering the UK

A group of British right-wing politicians wants to ban immigrants with HIV from entering the UK, a move branded 'draconian' by campaigners.

Dr Philip Lee, a Conservative member of parliament for Bracknell, has put forward an amendment to the Immigration Bill stating anyone wanting to enter the country must state whether they have HIV or Hepatitis B.

On Twitter, he said: ‘I've placed an amendment to tomorrow's Immigration Bill calling for migrants to confirm their Hepatitis B status before permission to enter’

January 15, 2014

Conservative politician Sir Edward Leigh claims the Churches, BBC, press, Governments are all complicit in stopping people speaking out against same-sex marriage and divorce

A British member of parliament has suggested there is a mass conspiracy to stop people speaking out against gay marriage and divorce.

Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative MP for Gainsborough, said the breakdown of marriage is a ‘modern plague’ causing ‘not just expense but misery’.

He claims the Church, Government, schools, the BBC and the press are all ‘complicit’ in the view over the past 50 years people are happiest when they can do what they want and are completely liberated.