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August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

April 1, 2014

Members of the European Parliament have expressed their concern over a proposed Russian style ban on so-called propaganda of ‘non-traditional relationships’ in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan

The European Union has expressed its concern over a proposed ban on so-called propaganda of non-traditional relationships in Kyrgyzstan – similar to Russia’s ban on any positive discussion of LGBTI issues in the public sphere.

On 26 March the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan published a draft bill that would impose tough sanctions for any speech or action aimed at creating ‘a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual relations’ – a euphemism for same-sex relationships.

February 5, 2014

Michael Cashman says ‘Not in my name’ as he cuts his Visa card in two in a protest about their silence on Russian anti-gay policies while sponsoring the Winter Olympics

Openly gay Member of the European Parliament Michael Cashman has cut up his Visa card on the floor of the chamber, in protest at their silence over Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Cashman, a former actor from BBC TV soap EastEnders and leading campaigner for LGBTI rights in Europe, criticized Olympic sponsors, including Visa, for not condemning the oppression in Russia.

He said he was boycotting the sponsors.

He then dramatically produced his Visa card and a pair of scissors and cut it in two, saying: ‘Not in my name.’

February 5, 2014

Michael Cashman says ‘Not in my name’ as he cuts his Visa card in two in a protest about their silence on Russian anti-gay policies while sponsoring the Winter Olympics

Openly gay Member of the European Parliament Michael Cashman has cut up his Visa card on the floor of the chamber, in protest at their silence over Russia’s anti-gay laws.

Cashman, a former actor from BBC TV soap EastEnders and leading campaigner for LGBTI rights in Europe, criticized Olympic sponsors, including Visa, for not condemning the oppression in Russia.

He said he was boycotting the sponsors.

He then dramatically produced his Visa card and a pair of scissors and cut it in two, saying: ‘Not in my name.’

October 9, 2013

Europe will discuss the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia in Strasbourg

The International Olympics Committee has chosen Russia’s side in the crackdown of the LGBT community, according to a leading member of the European Parliament.

The European Parliament discuss the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia in Strasbourg tomorrow (10 October).

Sophie in ‘t Velt MEP, vice president of the LGBT Intergroup, has said: ’The recent decree by president Putin banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics should be a wake-up call to the International Olympic Committee.

August 1, 2013

Openly LGBT politicians are thriving in the US and across Europe. So is it hypocritical for some to stay in the closet?

This year we have turned an important page for European human rights thanks to France and England and Wales, legalizing gay marriage.

But the bigger EU mission is far from accomplished as only eight of the 28 member states of the European Union currently recognize same-sex marriages.

Germany, the largest EU country, is still not allowing it. The German Foreign Minister and Deputy Chancellor Guido Westerwelle and his long-time partner Michael Mronz could only be ‘civil partnered’ when they wed in 2010.

June 28, 2013

Controversial entries include journalist Julie Bindel, criticized for transphobia. Read the full World Pride Power List, dominated by UK names, here

TV host Ellen DeGeneres has been named as the most powerful gay person in the world in a new list published today.

The 2013 World Pride Power list was celebrated at a gala dinner held at the Corinthia hotel in London last night (28 June) ahead of the release of the list to time with Pride in London today.

But some of those on the list will be controversial with British journalist, Julie Bindel, coming in at number 83 despite being slammed in the past for transphobia.

US comic and presenter Ellen DeGeneres moves up from 10th place in the 2012 list.

May 27, 2013

An estimated 125,000 people attended the weekend festivities at the 17th annual Birmingham Pride

This year’s Birmingham Pride went from being the ‘craziest’ event to ‘most successful’ pride the West Midlands city has ever seen.

Over 75,000 people joined the gay pride parade led by LGBT rights activist Peter Tatchell and MP Michael Cashman, and an estimated 50,000 party-goers attended the two-day festival in the city’s gay village.

May 17, 2013

Lesbians, young people and poorer people face highest levels of discrimination and harassment in survey of 27 EU members states plus Croatia

Almost one in two (47%) of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the European Union have faced discrimination or harassment in the last year.

That’s the shocking report from the EU Fundamental Rights Agency on the 27 member states of the European Union and Croatia, which is due to join the union on 1 July this year.

It’s the agency’s first comparative study on the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

May 17, 2013

GSN meets one of Europe’s leading champions for LGBT equality who argues gay and trans citizens need the European unity more than ever

It was raining in Brussels and I was late. I’d over-estimated my walking speed and sense of direction on my way to meet with Michael Cashman, one of the UK’s representatives to the European Parliament.

His assistant Renaud rang me: ‘Where are you now?’

‘I don’t know. I can see the Sofitel?’

‘Oh. You have to cross the park. I will meet you in reception.’

Well-groomed and impeccably dressed, Renaud was sympathetic when I finally made it to the reception of the parliament – my clothes dripping and my shoes covered in grass.

May 17, 2013

GSN meets one of Europe’s leading champions for LGBT equality who argues gay and trans citizens need the European unity more than ever

It was raining in Brussels and I was late. I’d over-estimated my walking speed and sense of direction on my way to meet with Michael Cashman, one of the UK’s representatives to the European Parliament.

His assistant Renaud rang me: ‘Where are you now?’

‘I don’t know. I can see the Sofitel?’

‘Oh. You have to cross the park. I will meet you in reception.’

Well-groomed and impeccably dressed, Renaud was sympathetic when I finally made it to the reception of the parliament – my clothes dripping and my shoes covered in grass.

March 2, 2013

TV Coronation Street’s Condou also reveals he will wed his partner when equal gay and lesbian marriage comes to Britain

Coronation Street TV star Charlie Condou has defended his soap’s writers who have made his gay character fall in love with a woman.

He also said gay male portrayals on British television have improved but it is still important LGBT issues get into people’s homes via the media.

He was talking at a panel debate for National Student Pride in Brighton on the south coast of England that saw others calling for more media representation of transgender, bisexual and lesbian people.

December 29, 2012

Bisexual boxing star made history as the first woman and first openly LGBT person to win gold at Olympian level boxing

Bisexual Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is to be rewarded with a Member of the British Empire award in this year’s New Year honours.

As the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s boxing this year, Adams is one of 78 athletes to be recognized in the Queen’s annual list.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: ‘I cannot believe how much my life has changed’.

The 30-year-old flyweight said: ‘To think I am going to be a member of the British Empire, it’s fantastic.

December 13, 2012

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to drop gay gag laws and said LGBT issues must be a foreign policy priority for the EU

The European Parliament has told Russia and Ukraine to ditch plans to fine and jail people who talk positively about gay issues.

The LGBT ‘gay laws’ already exist in nine regions of Russia but now the Duma parliament is planning countrywide legislation. Similar proposals are also being debated in Ukraine.

The laws are used to ban gay prides, silence gay organizations stop young people being given positive messages about being LGBT, and to crack down on dissidents.

November 5, 2012

Director Mike Buonaiuto questions why same-sex parent families go unrecognised in Europe

Today (5 November) sees the launch of a new campaign focusing on gay parenting rights throughout Europe.

The short film, entitled Invisible Parents, features the voice of a woman reminiscing about a happy childhood with her two fathers, before stating that the majority of Europe does not recognize families with gay parents.

The film is directed by Mike Buonaiuto, the man behind Homecoming, the video that went viral earlier this year. Invisible Parents launches to coincide with the UK's National Adoption Week.

November 5, 2012

Director Mike Buonaiuto questions why same-sex parent families go unrecognised in Europe

Today (5 November) sees the launch of a new campaign focusing on gay parenting rights throughout Europe.

The short film, entitled Invisible Parents, features the voice of a woman reminiscing about a happy childhood with her two fathers, before stating that the majority of Europe does not recognize families with gay parents.

The film is directed by Mike Buonaiuto, the man behind Homecoming, the video that went viral earlier this year. Invisible Parents launches to coincide with the UK's National Adoption Week.

October 4, 2012

GSN is thrilled to announce that we are media partners for Out & Equal’s global summit

10 May 2012

GSN is thrilled to announce we are media partners for Out & Equal’s first global summit.

Taking place in London on 5 and 6 July 2012, international businesses will consider ways to increase workplace equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.

Influential speakers at the global summit will include tennis champion Martina Navratilova, former professional basketball player John Amaechi, and co-founder and chair of Stonewall Michael Cashman MEP.

September 12, 2012

European Parliament passes directive ensuring protection for victims of crime based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or 'gender expression'

Gay hate crime victims are to be given more protection under EU law.

Today (12 September) the European Parliament agreed on a directive which ensures victims assistance and protection on the basis of gender, gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.

It is the first time EU law mentions gender expression, which refers to the way someone expresses their gender, including dress, speech and mannerisms.

August 8, 2012

Michael Cashman, Co-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, speaks to GSN about the next European country to legalize gay marriage, gay rights in the European Union versus the United States and the economic benefits of LGBT rights

In theory, all European citizens and residents should be able to safely travel and live throughout the EU.

Several economic and political policies of the European Union, such as the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, safeguard the free movement of people between the 27 member states.

In practice, however, regional laws and agreements sometimes fall short of ensuring for LGBT people the same rights enjoyed by all other European citizens and residents in the EU.

June 11, 2012

European Commission publishes its first ever analysis of discrimination against transgender and intersex people

The European Commission has published its first ever report into discrimination against transgender and intersex people.

Politicians have welcomed the report which is an analysis of the current EU legal order in relation to trans and intersex people.

Michael Cashman MEP, co-president of the LGBT Intergroup, said: “It’s as thorough an analysis one could hope for and a very powerful contribution both legally and politically.

'Trans and intersex persons’ fundamental rights are the same as everyone else’s and they deserve to be free from discrimination.'

June 11, 2012

Support for gay marriage in the UK continues as activists document the success of their campaign and viral YouTube video

With days to go until the end of the UK government's consultation into equal marriage in England and Wales, Out4Marriage have produced a video highlighting the celebrities who’ve supported the campaign.

June 11, 2012

Support for gay marriage in the UK continues as activists document the success of their campaign and viral YouTube video

With days to go until the end of the UK government's consultation into equal marriage in England and Wales, Out4Marriage have produced a video highlighting the celebrities who’ve supported the campaign.

June 1, 2012

African, Caribbean and Pacific countries boycott launch of development package over inclusion of LGBT issues

The EU has pledged to spend €20 million ($24,660,000 £16,100,000) to help fight discrimination, including against LGBT people, around the world.

EU Commissioner Andris Piebalgs launched the package today (1 June), saying it would fund Non Governmental Organizations and civil society groups to tackle any incidences of discrimination on the ground.