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May 13, 2015

Caroline Dinenage may have voted against it, but she says she'll help to progress LGBTI rights in her new role

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed a Minister for Equalities that has voted against same-sex marriage.

Caroline Dinenage, the Conservative MP for Gosport in South Hampshire, was promoted to minister at the Ministry of Justice as well as a Minister for Equalities at the Department for Education.

During the same-sex marriage debate back in 2013, she was one of the 175 politicians that voted to keep gay couples unequal in the eyes of the law.

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

Indicates scale of the swing against the Liberal Democrats in UK general election

Bisexual MP Simon Hughes has lost the seat he has held for over three decades.

In a close fought race, Hughes’ constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark, in south London has gone to Neil Coyle of Labour.

Liberal Democrat Hughes had a sizeable majority at the last election in 2010 of over 8,500 votes and 19%. But Coyle slashed that lead, winning 22,146 votes to Hughes' 17,657.

The third placed candidate was a gay Conservative, Jean-Paul Floru, who gained 6,051 votes.

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.

May 5, 2015

Labor MP Ed Husic became the first Muslim to be elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 and earlier today he went public with his support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia

Australia’s most prominent Muslim lawmaker today went public with his support for same-sex marriage.

Born to a Bosnian Muslim family in 1970, Ed Husic became the first member of his faith community to be elected to the Australian Parliament 40 years later during the 2010 election which saw former Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard retain power.

Husic had previously opposed same-sex marriage but now says privately he didn’t really have an issue with it as a moderate Muslim and that he was just waiting for the mood in his electorate to catch up.

April 29, 2015

'Society has fallen to such a low level that most people wouldn't even bat an eyelid at two men or two women walking hand in hand in the street'

An independent parliamentary candidate in Northern Ireland has said she would criminalize ban gay pride and recriminalize homosexuality if elected.

Susan-Anne White, 55, who is standing in Fermanagh and Omagh, also wants to make adultery and rock music illegal.

In her 'biblically correct' manifesto, she pledges to:

'Oppose the LGBT agenda, whilst showing compassion to those who struggle with gender confusion.

'Oppose the redefinition of marriage and uphold Biblical man/woman marriage.

April 25, 2015

The bill, to be voted by the lower house, aims to protect the rights of transgender persons and end discrimination against them through a national commission and special courts

The Rajya Sabha, upper house of India’s Parliament, voted unanimously on Friday in favor of a bill to protect the rights of transgender people.

According to media reports, the private member's bill by DMK MP Tiruchi Siva who represents Tamil Nadu was the first member-sponsored bill to be passed since 1970.

On Friday, MPs are said to have cut across party lines to support the proposed legislation that aims to safeguard the welfare of transgender people who are known in India as the 'third gender'.

April 22, 2015

The New Zealand organization, which specializes in providing LGBTI diversity training for businesses, celebrated its one-year anniversary this week

Rainbow Tick, the Auckland-based organization that provides diversity training to private and public sector companies, celebrated its first anniversary this week with a party at the Sub Rosa café in the Auckland Viaduct on Monday night.

April 20, 2015

Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end

Australian lawmakers will get another chance to get it right on marriage equality before the end of the year according to one of the most senior members of the Australian Government.

Australian Communications Minister and Liberal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull reportedly told a community forum on marriage equality on Thursday that he fully expects another vote on same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament before the end of the year and that he and his colleagues will be given a conscience vote on the issue.

March 31, 2015

Lib Dem candidate admits to making a pornographic wrestling film at the height of his depression

A gay UK politician has said he deliberately caught HIV in a suicidal act.

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate, is the first parliamentary candidate to come out as HIV positive and the first political figure to do so in 10 years. Chris Smith, of Labour, was the last in 2005.

He is hoping to win the seat in Vauxhall, the gay area of south London infamous for the popularity of drugs  and deaths from overdoses.

Hyyrylainen-Trett has some experience in this area, having battled depression, drug addiction, overdoses and suicidal attempts.

March 31, 2015

'The feeling's fully mutual'

As the UK prepares for the General Election in May, every parliamentary candidate is hoping to sway voters to their side.

But one MP has decided he's better off without one gay voter's support, telling her to 'never bother contacting' him again.

Stewart Jackson, the Conservative MP for Peterborough, sent a letter in response to a gay woman.

The woman in question, Laura O'Sullivan, had received a campaign letter using her maiden name Laura Hawes - the name she used before she married her girlfriend.

March 30, 2015

New website launched in time for the UK general election to track politicians' commitment to the rights of trans people

Fighting for the equality of trans people and awareness of trans rights is set to be one of the biggest human rights battles after the UK general election.

And now people will be able to see whether the candidate they are planning to vote for stands by the Trans Manifesto.

Launched today (30 March), Trans Manifesto.org.uk will try to give an overall view of how candidates stand on their level of support of trans people.

Potential future MPs are being asked to stand by three principles:

March 4, 2015

First central European country to recognize same-sex marriage

Slovenia has become the first central European country to legalize gay marriage

Parliament Tuesday (3 February) extended all marriage rights, including adoption, to gay couples by a vote of 51 to 28, with five absentations.

United Left MP Matej Vatovec said parliamentary support ensured Slovenia would become a 'truly tolerant and inclusive community.'

'Today Slovenia is entering the 21st century,' he said.

February 18, 2015

Continent's first openly gay parliamentarian is surprised by the fuss

A South African MP made history last week by holding his boyfriend's hand at the State of the Nation Address.

Ian Ollis was photographed outside parliament Thursday (12 February) walking proudly hand-in-hand with his partner, Adriaan Roets, a lifestyle and entertainment journalist.

Ollis came out as Africa's first openly gay MP in 2009 and is a vocal supporter of LGBTI rights on the continent.

February 3, 2015

Compulsory lessons will include profiles on Oscar Wilde and inclusive sex and relationships education

Labour will make teaching LGBTI issues in UK schools compulsory if they win May's General Election.

Tristram Hunt MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, has announced plans to ensure homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying is tackled if the party forms the next government.

Under the plan, unveiled today (4 Feburary) at Little Ilford School in London, it will ensure all teachers are trained to tackle bullying of LGBTI kids and make age-appropriate sex and relationships compulsory in all schools that receive state funding.

February 2, 2015

Anna Grodzka is the first transgender MP in the conservative Catholic country

Transgender lawmaker Anna Grodzka announced Friday (30 January) her bid to become the next president of Poland, breaking fresh ground in the conversative Catholic country.

The 60-year-old told former filmmaker and publisher is backed by the Green Party.

‘Yes, I'll be a presidential candidate,’ she told the Wirtualna Polska website.

Grodzka transitioned in 2009 and was elected Poland’s first transgender MP in 2011.

January 22, 2015

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4'

Dominic Hannigan has become the first member of the Irish parliament to enter into a gay marriage.

The Labour MP for Meath East yesterday (21 January) announced he wed his partner of more than two decades, Chris, in London on New Year’s Eve.

'It was a 20-minute ceremony with no witnesses and it cost £4 ($6, €5.20),' he told the Irish Star.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in Ireland but a referendum on the issue will be held in May.

January 20, 2015

'Expect dead bodies if you continue to provocate', the politician warns

A Lithuanian politician has warned a gay group that it is 'playing with fire' and its activities could lead to a massacre similar to what happened in Paris.

Algirdas Vaclovas Patackas, previously of the Way of Courage political party, told the leader of gay rights group LGL to expect 'dead bodies' if they continue to 'provocate'.

He was referring to the tragic killings in France earlier this month, where 12 people in the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by extremists.

January 19, 2015

New South Wales politician loses battle with cancer

Paul O'Grady, Australia's first openly gay state MP, died yesterday (18 January) in Sydney after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

The Labor politician was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1988 to 1996. He became the first parliamentarian in the state to publicly come out in 1990.

O'Grady went on to champion LGBTI issues in parliament and invited all MPs to march with him at Sydney Mardi Gras in 1992.

January 17, 2015

Missed the debate at the Gay Star Travel Expo? Find out what the biggest gay political names in the UK said about huge issues

The UK’s first big political debate of 2015 was on gay rights as the three big parties faced off during the Gay Star Travel Expo today (17 January).

Labour’s Lord Michael Cashman, Liberal Democrat’s Baroness Liz Barker and Conservative’s Crispin Blunt MP answered a variety of questions from the engaged and curious British public.

It was chaired by Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith.

They were asked, in overview, what is Britain’s role in global LGBTI rights.

January 16, 2015

Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative politicians will face off on the issue of Britain's role in global gay rights on Saturday

The UK will have its first big political debate of 2015 at the Gay Star Travel Expo tomorrow (17 January), just a few months before May's General Election.

Labour's Lord Cashman, Liberal Democrat's Baroness Barker and Conservative's Crispin Blunt MP will face off on the topic of Britain's role in global LGBTI rights.

The politicians will also be there at Heaven in Charing Cross, central London, at 12pm to answer questions from the public.

January 14, 2015

One-stop travel shop takes place at London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan)

The Gay Star Travel Expo returns to London's Heaven nightclub this Saturday (17 Jan) for the second year – and the schedule for the day can now be revealed:

12pm - 1pm: Political debate featuring Lord Cashman, Crispin Blunt MP and Baroness Barker, titled Global LGBTI rights: What is Britain's Role?

January 12, 2015

'In order to cleanse society'

A leading Kyrgyz politician has called for the public execution of LGBTI people 'in order to cleanse society.'

MP Narynbek Maldobaev made the comments in a 26-minute film about the central Asian country by Vocativ.

One resident of the capital Bishek said local people did not want 'Western ideas about gays and lesbians' and the lawmaker went as far as to say they should all be exterminated.