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August 4, 2014

Australian lawmakers will again vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage and unlike last time it’s looking very likely that government MPs will have a conscience vote on the issue

Australian lawmakers will once again vote on legislation that would see same-sex couples be allowed to marry across Australia and reports indicate it is likely that MPs from the ruling Liberal-National Coalition will be allowed to vote with their consciences.

Fairfax newspapers over the weekend published articles in which several unnamed Liberal MPs said they believed the party room would decide in favor of a conscience vote - including one who is opposed to same-sex marriage.

July 29, 2014

On the eve of one of the country’s biggest Gay Pride celebrations, three of the UK’s top politicians send messages of congratulations and solidarity to the British seaside city

The LGBTI community in the coastal city of Brighton received messages of support from the highest level of the UK government ahead of Gay Pride this weekend.

Prime Minister David Cameron penned a letter of encouragement and support in the name of LGBT rights in the UK, joined by Labour Leader Ed Milliband and MP Caroline Lucas John who recorded heartening YouTube videos.

July 15, 2014

Nick Boles will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage

Prime Minister David Cameron has given a gay Conservative MP a key role in implementing LGBT equality today (15 July).

Nick Boles, a former Planning minister, will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage.

This comes as Nicky Morgan, who voted against same-sex marriage, was made the new Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Boles, in a civil partnership and who voted for equal marriage, will serve under Morgan looking after policies important to the LGBTI community.

July 15, 2014

Nicky Morgan has been promoted in the reshuffling of David Cameron's Conservative-Liberal Democrat cabinet

Nicky Morgan, who voted against same-sex marriage, will lead the UK as the Education Secretary and Women and Equalities Minister.

In Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffling of his main cabinet today (15 July), the 41-year-old Conservative MP has been promoted to a higher office.

Previously the Minister for Women and Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Morgan takes over from Michael Gove as Education Secretary.

Phillip Hammond, who said he was ‘shocked’ by the idea of gay marriage, has also been promoted to Foreign Secretary.

May 22, 2014

Zakhele Mbhele, the first gay black MP to be elected to the National Assembly, was sworn in on Harvey Milk Day

Africa has elected its first black gay member of parliament today (22 May).

Zakhele Mbhele, a member of the opposition Democratic Alliance, was sworn in to the South African National Assembly.

The 29-year-old is also the second ever gay MP in an African government, following UK-born Mike Waters' first appointment in South Africa in 1999.

An activist, as well as a politician, Mbhele has said he hopes to encourage equality and oppose violence against the LGBTI community while in office.

May 13, 2014

Politicians call to create new contest, the 'Voice of Eurasia', where 'gay culture' will be explicitly banned

Russia could be pulling out of the Eurovision Song Contest to create their own competition where ‘gay culture’ will be banned.

A lawmaker has called on the country to stop participating in the contest to create the ‘Voice of Eurasia’.

‘The results of the latest Eurovision were the last straw,’ Valerii Rishkin, a Community Party MP said.

‘We must leave this contest immediately, it is high time that we stop tolerating this madness.’

He alleges Russia spends up to €40 million ($55 million) on Eurovision.

May 8, 2014

Days before the island nation's first ever Gay Pride, lawmakers want to bring in a law that could see 'homophobic behavior' heavily punished

Homophobic behavior is to be punished in Cyprus with a new bill setting up fines and jail terms.

The House Legal Affairs Committee introduced the bill in order to bring in protections for LGBTI people similar to those that protect victims of racism and xenophobia.

Jail terms will go up to three years, while fines will go up to €5000 ($7000).

It comes as the Mediterranean country is about to host its first ever Gay Pride at the end of May. Northern Cyprus also recently became the last European country to decriminalize gay sex.

April 11, 2014

Dozens of young male workers have come forward to reveal they have been told to sleep with politicians in order to further their career

A shocking report has revealed the House of Commons is a hotbed of gay sexual harassment and abuse.

Dozens of young male workers have come forward to reveal many members of parliament – particularly Conservatives – are abusing their power in a game of sexual politics.

In a new investigation, Channel 4 reports a small group of MPs regularly become drunk and make passes at male researchers in particular.

One unidentified man spoke of how he was approached to ‘go to the gents’ with an MP at an event for young political activists.

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’.