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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 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

Execs from Google, Sky, Barclays, Tesco, Burberry and more make the cut

Britain’s top 50 LGBTI business people have been named in a new list out today.

Executives from household names like Barclays, IBM, EY all make the grade. And in poll position is Antonio Simoes, chief executive at HSBC UK.

All of them have helped increase visibility of LGBTI people in the workplace.

Appropriate list judges were all openly gay or lesbian.

January 16, 2015

Ian McKellen is also named as a patron of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Celebrities such as gay host Paul O'Grady and Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley have been named as patrons of a gay and human rights founsation.

The two British names have been joined by nine others from politics, TV, film and music to become patrons of the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

Helena Kennedy QC, Green Party's Caroline Lucas, Lords Waheed All and Michael Cashman as well as Baroness Barker have become patrons.

December 4, 2014

Out at Work Top 50 will reveal Britain’s rising LGBTI business heroes

Just two weeks remain for you to nominate the UK’s most influential LGBTI people in business and enterprise.

The Out at Work Top 50 list will be published in January.

The judging panel who will choose from your nominations is led by two gay peers – Lord Guy Black, executive of the Telegraph Media Group, and politician Lord Michael Cashman – and lesbian diversity and inclusion expert Linda Riley.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

November 6, 2014

Read the full list of winners as Britain celebrates the best of its LGBTI community

Pride – the movie about gays supporting the miners during the 1984 strike – lesbian author Sarah Waters and politician Michael Cashman have become Stonewall Award winners.

Cashman, was honored alongside his partner Paul Cottingham who died recently and whose funeral is in East London tomorrow.

His award was presented by the leader of the UK Labour party, Ed Miliband.

October 24, 2014

Actor, gay rights leader and humanitarian: Politicians and celebrities mourn

Paul Cottingham, the partner of Lord Michael Cashman, died yesterday (23 October).

Cottingham worked with a number of organizations aiming to further gay rights in the UK, such as the Kaleidoscope Trust.

He entered into a civil partnership with the former Labour MEP Cashman, his partner of over 20 years, on 11 March 2006.

And he died after a long period of illness, cancer, last night.

Alistair Stewart, acting executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, told GSN: 'It's with great sadness that we heard the news about Paul today.

October 24, 2014

Actor, gay rights leader and humanitarian: Politicians and celebrities mourn

Paul Cottingham, the partner of Lord Michael Cashman, died yesterday (23 October).

Cottingham worked with a number of organizations aiming to further gay rights in the UK, such as the Kaleidoscope Trust.

He entered into a civil partnership with the former Labour MEP Cashman, his partner of over 20 years, on 11 March 2006.

And he died after a long period of illness, cancer, last night.

Alistair Stewart, acting executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, told GSN: 'It's with great sadness that we heard the news about Paul today.

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

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.