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May 22, 2015

Seattle's openly gay mayor said the city has 'no place for bigotry or harassment'

Seattle Police Department has teamed up with a local social justice organization to address anti-LGBTI bias and hate crimes.

Seattle’s openly gay mayor, Ed Murray, and Seattle PD’s Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole, yesterday announced the launch of SPD Safe Place, a new campaign in partnership with Social Outreach Seattle.

Developed by Jim Ritter, Seattle PD’s LGBTI Liaison Officer, who worked with Social Outreach Seattle to improve the relationship between the police and the LGBTI community.

‘Seattle welcomes all people,’ Murray said.

May 22, 2015

Duggar was head of lobbying arm of anti-gay Family Research Council

The TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting has been pulled off the air after one of the 19 admitted to sexually abusing five young girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

Josh Duggar, executive director of the lobbying arm of the anti-gay Family Research Council, is at the center of a growing scandal that also led to his resigning from his FRC job on Thursday (21 May).

May 22, 2015

Former rugby pro turned independent senator Glenn Lazarus, AKA ‘The Brick With Eyes,’ has threatened to don the swimwear made famous by Borat if a popular vote on gay marriage were to fail in Australia

One of Australia’s most physically imposing lawmakers has pledged to walk all the way to Parliament House in Canberra wearing a mankini if his belief that Australian voters would back same-sex marriage in a popular vote proves to be wrong.

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus, who earned the nickname ‘The Brick With Eyes’ during his sporting career due to his large frame, made the threat in an interview with ABC Radio in Brisbane in which he made his support for same-sex marriage public.

May 19, 2015

A gay-run business that produces an innovative range of chutneys and pickles has recently won Ocado's prestigious ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’ award. Gay Star Business talks to Andre Dang, founder and CEO of Manfood

Thinking of launching your own business? The rise of Manfood’s provides a textbook example of how to go from zero to hero in two short years.

The brand is the brainchild of 40-year-old Andre Dang. Born to a Malaysian mother and Vietnamese father, British-born Dang studied horticulture at Reading University.

A placement with leading department store chain M&S – which brought him into contact with buyers and food students – convinced him that he actually wanted to work in the food sector.

May 16, 2015

Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of Fontibon, Colombia has suggested that one of Jesus’ inner circle could have been gay or lesbian in making a ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ case against gay marriage

A Colombian Catholic bishop has said that having same-sex attraction is not in itself a sin and suggested that Jesus would have been happy to have been close to someone who was gay or lesbian.

'No one chooses to be gay or straight,’ Bishop Vicente Cordoba said Thursday at a conference on same-sex marriage and adoption at the University of Los Andes.

‘One simply feels, loves, experiments, is attracted, and no attraction is bad.’

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 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 8, 2015

Big hitters lost but some new victories

It has been a night of new victories and some surprising losses for LGBTI politicians in the UK general election.

While the results are still being counted, GSN can confirm at least 24 LGBTI Members of Parliament have been elected, with a few other candidates likely to win.

It is still possible there will be over 26 openly gay, lesbian, bi or trans MPs, beating the previous number.

In line with their general disastrous performance, the Liberal Democrats lost its LGBTI giants.

May 7, 2015

General election will see tight races with some LGBTI champions at risk of losing their seats

The UK may be about to elect the largest number of LGBTI MPs of any country in the world, according to analysis by a leading expert.

If the prediction is correct, there will be 29 openly LGBTI Members of Parliament in the 650-seat House of Commons following today’s general election.

That’s 5% of the total – particularly significant as the UK government estimates 6% of the population is LGBTI – so the country would be the most representative of our community of anywhere in the world.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

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.

May 5, 2015

Party say leaflet is not of a high enough standard to represent 'the UKIP brand'

A group supporting UKIP has handed out homophobic leaflets claiming LGBTI people ‘recruit’ children to turn them gay.  

Christian Soldiers for UKIP, a group set up by Christian members of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), distributed leaflets attacking same-sex education in British schools at a husting event in East Anglia.

In February, the same leaflet circulated on the UKIP party conference, according to the Mirror.

May 4, 2015

Dr Ben Carson hopes to be the Republican Party’s 2016 candidate for president and must think his past comments about the LGBTI community will not be a barrier to that

A leading African American Republican who once lumped the LGBTI community in with groups including people who have sex with animals and those advocating for the legalization of child sexual abuse has announced his formal candidacy to become the next President of the United States.

May 4, 2015

'I can't live under this Conservative Government, this Coalition.'

Paul O'Grady has claimed that he will leave the UK if David Cameron is elected Prime Minister again. 

The comedian, who has previously labelled Cameron a 'twat', told a crowd during a rally in support of Labour leader Ed Miliband that he would rather 'get a house on the Lido in Venice' than live under another Conservative Government. 

'I can’t live under this bloody government any more. I am going to get a house on the Lido in Venice,' said O'Grady. 'I have paid a fortune in tax and I will say "you can have that mate"'.

May 2, 2015

'Ministers should have the right to uphold their religious beliefs'

Texas lawmakers are pushing hard to pass a religious freedom bill that offers protections the clergy already have.

Last week, on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for four gay marriage ban cases, state Sen. Craig Estes introduced legislation allowing ministers of faith to not participate in wedding ceremonies on religious grounds.

May 1, 2015

Argues same-sex marriage led to breakdown of the family, which in turn contributed to poverty

Republican congressman Bill Flores has linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, arguing that a breakdown of the family had contributed to poverty.

The Texas Rep made the bizarre claim Wednesday (April 28) during a discussion about an anti-gay marriage rally he attended that morning, on the Family Research Council’s (FRC) Washington Watch radio show.

April 30, 2015

Bill Shorten has distanced himself from calls by Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek for all of the party’s lawmakers to be compelled to vote for legalizing same-sex marriage whether they agree with the reform or not

Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Bill Shorten has distanced himself from a campaign by his deputy leader to have the next ALP national conference decide to bind all Labor lawmakers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

The 2011 conference voted to add same-sex marriage to the party’s platform but in order to appease conservative ALP members, gave federal Labor lawmakers a guaranteed conscience vote on the issue if it comes up for a vote.

April 29, 2015

Amnesty International says the country is 'being left behind as a discriminatory backwater for gay and lesbian people'

Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Monday (27 April) voted down a gay marriage bill for the fourth time.

Politicians at Stormont narrowly rejected the motion put forward by the left-wing Sinn Féin party by 49 votes to 47.

Sinn Féin MLA Catriona Ruane said they wanted to 'drown out the bile' put forward by opponents of gay marriage.

'Together we will build a society that includes and embraces,' she said.

April 28, 2015

The hotel’s gay owners held an intimate gathering at their apartment last week for Ted Cruz, a virulent opponent of same-sex marriage

Around 100 protestors took to the street outside New York’s gay hotel, The OUT NYC, yesterday evening.

They were protesting the fact that the hotel’s owners, gay businessmen Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, hosted an intimate party last week at their penthouse apartment for Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his wife.

April 28, 2015

The Presidential hopeful turned her logo rainbow-colored and posted two tweets about marriage equality while Supreme Court justices began to hear arguments in Washington

Democrat Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is among those who have posted their support for marriage equality today, ahead of the US Supreme Court hearing arguments in favour of same-sex marriage recognition across the US.

Clinton changed her Twitter image to a rainbow-colored ‘H’ and posted ‘Every loving couple & family deserves to be recognized & treated equally under the law across our nation. #LoveMustWin #LoveCantWait –H’

Shortly later, she tweeted a video of herself discussing marriage equality with a grandparent in Iowa.

April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.