LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Mayor

September 4, 2014

But reaction from activists mixed since only one group - OUT at Universal - will be included

Organizers of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced Wednesday (3 September) that an LGBT organization will be able to march in the event for the first time in its 253-year history.

Next March, OUT@NBCUniversal, an employee LGBT organization for NBCUniversal employees, will be allowed to participate under their own banner.

August 27, 2014

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit has announced that he will quit in December after more than 13 years leading the city’s government

Berlin’s first openly gay mayor has announced that he will resign in December of this year, ending a 13 year stint in the city’s top job.

Klaus Wowereit’s reputation has taken a beating recently over a project to build a new airport for the German capital.

The Willy Brandt airport was scheduled to open in 2010. However construction costs on the project blew out to double and it is still not clear when the airport will be ready to open.

August 7, 2014

All nine members of the city council of the Washington city of Seattle have signed a letter urging the US Food and Drug Administration to end its lifetime ban on men who have sex with men giving blood

Seattle, Washington’s city councilors have unanimously backed the repeal of America’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, signing a letter to federal Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr Margaret Hamburg in which they urge the Government to screen out donors based on risky behavior rather than sexual orientation.

‘We join Seattle Mayor Edward Murray, the American Medical Association, and the Puget Sound Blood Center to ask you to lift the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men,’ the city councilors write in the letter dated 4 August.

July 31, 2014

The Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson as 'pandering to the homosexual agenda’

A ‘gay cure’ group has lost its battle to put its adverts on London buses.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

July 27, 2014

Despite being a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, a French mayor said he did not hesitate when his gay son asked him to officiate at his wedding

'It seemed perfectly normal for me to carry out the marriage even though I still don't agree with gay marriage,' said 72-year-old Raymond Bardet, who has been the mayor of a small village of Ville-la-Grande, in the Haute Savoie near the Swiss border, since 1981.

Bardet is known for his hardcore opposition to the country's highly controversial decision last year to allow same-sex marriage. Although legalized in May last year, same-sex marriage continues to face fierce opposition from conservative quarters.

July 27, 2014

At the annual Ford Fest for Canada mayor Rob Ford, LGBTI protestors were harassed with anti-gay slurs and had their banners and posters ripped up

A public event in Canada quickly turned sour when LGBTI protesters were physically threatened and verbally abused, for protesting against homophobic Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Ford Fest, an annual event for mayor Rob Ford, was held in Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough, Ontario on 25 July.

The event was attended by supporters of Ford, and also protesters too, who oppose his homophobic views.

July 25, 2014

The Italian city of Bologna will recognize its citizens' same-sex marriages that were performed in jurisdictions where they are legal, becoming the latest local government area in Italy to act on the issue while the national government fails to do so

The mayor of Bologna has paved the way for gay couples to have their foreign marriages registered in the city, the latest step in a growing movement for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Italy.

Bologna Mayor Virginio Merola announced Tuesday that same-sex marriages performed outside of Italy will be recorded in the city’s civil register.

July 18, 2014

After the major of Salem in the USA banned an anti-gay school from using the town hall, she was flooded with anti-LGBTI phone calls

The mayor of Salem has an answer to the anti-gay campaigners bombarding her with telephone calls.

For every person who calls to make offensive anti-LGBTI comments, she will donate $5 (€3.70) to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (nAGLY).

Problems started for Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, Massachusetts, US, when she learned about local Christian school, Gordon College, wanting the legal right to discriminate against gay applicants.

Her response – to end the school’s use of her town hall.

July 13, 2014

Canadian mayor Rob Ford invents new word to dodge questions about whether he is homophobic

Apparently, Canadian mayor Rob Ford is definitely not homophobic because he saves so much money.

The bizarre response he gave to reporters left people confused, as the word doesn’t even exist.

Ford, the current mayor of Toronto, Canada, was asked if he is homophobic as by reporters he attended an event on 11 July.

‘I got spendaphobia,’ he said.

‘Let’s talk about how much money I’ve saved the taxpayers and I got subways built. And I contracted out garbage. You don’t want to talk about that, do you?

July 11, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has refused to quit office after smoking crack cocaine, has cast a lone dissenting vote against a proposal to help support his city’s homeless young LGBTI people

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has voted against a proposal to help his city’s LGBTI homeless youth even though his vote could have not have stopped it from going ahead.

37 other members of the city council voted in favor of the proposal which will see 25% of homeless shelter beds in Toronto allocated to LGBTI homeless young people, and staff at the city’s homeless services receive LGBTI sensitivity training.

The motion could have passed without a vote but Ford placed a temporary ‘hold’ on the proposal Tuesday to force a vote on it.

July 9, 2014

In order to ‘keep up with the competition’, Atlantic City’s openly gay mayor Don Guardian is trying to reclaim a gay-friendly image

From re-naming an official gay beach to three summertime LGBTI events, Atlantic City officials seem hungry for the pink dollar.

In a beachside resort known more for gambling than for its gay scene (most recently the town's gay venue Pro Bar closed after three years), politicians are doing a big PR push to court LGBTI travelers.

July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

July 4, 2014

Reports of homophobic hate crime went up by 7% and transphobic hate crime went up by 65% in the last year

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is appealing to Londoners to help tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime is hoping to enable the LGBTI community to feel confident in reporting crimes to the police.

In order to do this, they have asked LGBTI Londoners to fill out a consultation so they can inform a new strategy to be revealed in autumn this year.

Stephen Greenhalgh, the deputy mayor for policing crime, said: ‘Levels of hate crime are too high and there is significant under-reporting.

July 2, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson is accused of banning the Core Issues Trust ads in order to secure the gay vote

A High Court judge is considering whether Boris Johnson banned a ‘gay cure’ advert on London buses in order to secure the gay vote for his re-election.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

July 1, 2014

In a country with 'secret' anti-gay conversion therapy clinics and few legal protections for LGBTI individuals, activists and allies took to the streets this weekend to show their pride and demand equal rights

Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil celebrated its ninth Gay Pride parade and festival this weekend, with an estimated 9,000 to 11,000 people attending, according to local media sources.

The country’s capital city Quito also held a Gay Pride celebration on 28 June, and while for Guayaquil this was the ninth Gay Pride event, it was the first year the parade received official support from the mayor’s office, according to activist Diane Rodriguez.

June 27, 2014

Mayor Francis Slay: 'It makes me proud as a citizen and as a mayor'

Four same-sex couples were married in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Wednesday (25 June) if defiance of Missouri's ban on gay marriage.

Slay looked on approvingly as Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett, David Gray and Tod Martin, John Durnell and Richard Eaton, and Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis exchanged vows.

June 26, 2014

Voters in the South Carolina town of Latta have voted to strip their mayor of his executive powers after he fired their popular lesbian police chief and was recorded making a homophobic rant

Latta, South Carolina, Mayor Earl Bullard has been stripped of his executive powers by voters after he caused a backlash by firing the town’s lesbian chief of police after she investigating one of his appointees.

Bullard was only newly elected in April of this year when he fired Latta Police Chief Crystal Moore for doing a background check into a man he had appointed the town’s Parks and Recreation office – discovering the man was driving without a license and had a string of convictions.

June 26, 2014

Hobbit star was speaking at historic dinner hosted by the Lord Mayor of London at Mansion House for LGBTI Pride

Star Wars star Alec Guinness ‘begged’ Ian McKellen not to advocate for gay rights because he hated himself for being bisexual.

McKellen made the revelation as he addressed an historic LGBTI Pride gala dinner last night (25 June), held for the first time in the Lord Mayor of London’s Mansion House.

Guinness is famous for having played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Fagin in Oliver Twist. But despite being married he is reported to have had male partners and to have once been arrested for sex in a public toilet in Liverpool in 1946.

June 24, 2014

If you live in the UK capital, see where your area fits in and whether there has been more or less crime

Shocking figures have revealed the levels of homophobic crime for each London borough.

In the few weeks alone, a 23-year-old gay man was sprayed with ammonia outside a nightclub in Vauxhall.

And a 23-year-old fashion journalist was left unconscious after he and his partner were beaten up at a cashpoint in Whitechapel.

There were 1,185 crimes across London from May 2013 to May 2014, compared to 1,109 from the previous year.

City hall says London mayor Boris Johnson is working on a new strategy to cut homophobic attacks.

June 24, 2014

The Thessaloniki Pride march has grown from just a few hundred participants in its first year to thousands in 2014 despite protests by Orthodox Christian groups

Police say 6,000 people marched in the third annual Thessaloniki Pride march on 21 June – up from only 400 people in its first year in 2012.

In 2012 counter-protestors attacked marchers, pelting them with eggs and plastic bottles but this year the march was protected by a heavy police presence and had the blessing of Thessaloniki mayor Yiannis Boutaris who also marched in the parade.

June 24, 2014

Project Runway guru calls on Mayor Bill de Blasio to address the problem

Tim Gunn is fed up.

The fashion design expert on TV's Project Runway is blasting horse carriage drivers in New York City for what he describes as 'relentless, hateful bigotry'

'Carriage drivers have been filmed spewing all kinds of racist, sexist, and homophobic taunts at caring tourists and local citizens who dare to express concern for the 200 horses who are forced to lug carriages on our city's dangerous streets,' Gunn writes in a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

June 21, 2014

'It is clear to me that discrimination of any form should not be tolerated and that committed gay and lesbian couples deserve the protections that only marriage can provide'

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined the growing list of politicians supporting marriage equality.

June 19, 2014

Gay group said they wanted to raise awareness of homophobia by convincing everyone they were helping to create a gated community just for LGBTI people only

Plans to build a Gay Village just for the LGBTI community was revealed as a PR stunt yesterday evening (18 June).

Even though building plans were filed, and the mayor and other local officials was backing it, the project organizers are now claiming it to be an elaborate hoax to raise awareness of homophobia.

June 17, 2014

Judge ruling could lead to a wave of incredible transgender rights victories across Canada

A 12-year-old transgender Canadian boy now has a new birth certificate recognizing him as male.

The city’s mayor presented Wren Kauffman, from Alberta, with the new document at the weekend during the Pride festival brunch.

A spokesperson for Heather Klimchuk, the province’s culture minister, said the new certificate simply has a ‘M’ instead of a ‘F’.

Kauffman and his family had filed a complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission demanding the government recognize their son as a boy.