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July 21, 2014

George Montague, in his 90s, was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride

David Cameron has written a letter to congratulate the ‘oldest gay in the village’.

The affectionate moniker is George Montague’s, who was famously spotted driving his mobility scooter at 2009’s Brighton Pride.

In his 90s, he is one of the UK city’s most famous and loved citizens.

Montague sent the Prime Minister a copy of his new book, The Oldest Gay In The Village, to read.

July 19, 2014

In need of some star-gazing and wallaby-watching, Gareth Johnson leaves the world behind for a slower pace of life in Australia's idyllic beach town Port Douglas

In The Lego Movie, when the main character Emmet orders an over-priced coffee to start the day, it’s 'Awesome!' because everything is awesome in the world of Lego.

However as I collected my over-priced coffee at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport, things around the world felt far from awesome...

July 17, 2014

Lawmakers in the Macedonian Parliament have begun the process of moving an amendment to ban gay couples from marrying in the country’s constitution and the government should have the votes to do so

The Macedonian Parliament has begun the process of approving a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, with lawmakers agreeing Wednesday to consider amendments put forward by government MPs.

The ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity coalition of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his allies received a landslide win in elections in April of this year and it is believed they have the two-thirds majority of seats needed to change Macedonia’s constitution.

July 15, 2014

Nick Boles will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage

Prime Minister David Cameron has given a gay Conservative MP a key role in implementing LGBT equality today (15 July).

Nick Boles, a former Planning minister, will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage.

This comes as Nicky Morgan, who voted against same-sex marriage, was made the new Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Boles, in a civil partnership and who voted for equal marriage, will serve under Morgan looking after policies important to the LGBTI community.

July 15, 2014

Nicky Morgan has been promoted in the reshuffling of David Cameron's Conservative-Liberal Democrat cabinet

Nicky Morgan, who voted against same-sex marriage, will lead the UK as the Education Secretary and Women and Equalities Minister.

In Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffling of his main cabinet today (15 July), the 41-year-old Conservative MP has been promoted to a higher office.

Previously the Minister for Women and Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Morgan takes over from Michael Gove as Education Secretary.

Phillip Hammond, who said he was ‘shocked’ by the idea of gay marriage, has also been promoted to Foreign Secretary.

July 15, 2014

Eastern European country's parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor to give gay couples the right to enter into life partnerships

Gay couples are celebrating as Croatia has adopted a law on life partnerships.

It allows couples to enter into a legal union that gives them many of the same rights that married couples enjoy, but does not allow them to adopt.

The law passed 89 votes in support and 16 against today (15 July).

Zoran Milanovic, Croatia’s liberal Prime Minister, proposed the legislation saying he was determined to bring in rights for same-sex couples.

The law will give same-sex couples access to equality in inheritance, pensions, tax and medical care.

July 14, 2014

Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm has said that he would be willing to give the Australian Government his support for its reintroduction of Temporary Protection Visas for refugees if it allows its MPs a conscience vote on his gay marriage bill

Newly minted libertarian Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm has said he is prepared to trade his vote to the Australian Government to pass one of its planned reforms if Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott allows his MPs to vote with their consciences on his marriage equality bill.

June 30, 2014

Back in 2010, Berlusconi was infamously quoted as saying ‘my passion for woman is better than being gay’

Media tycoon and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has come out in support for gay rights.

Following a series of homophobic gaffes, one of the most powerful people in the world said everyone should be responsible for ensuring LGBTI people have equal rights.

‘The [fight] for civil rights for homosexuals is a fight that in a truly modern and democratic country should be everyone's responsibility,’ Berlusconi said, according to La Repubblica.

June 28, 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron sends a message of support as London celebrates pride with an expected 20,000-strong parade today

As London celebrates pride with a number of events across the city and a parade from Baker Street towards Trafalgar Square on Saturday, Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed his well wishes in a column in which he reflected on the introduction of same-sex marriage in March this year.

June 25, 2014

While the bill does not allow gay couples to adopt, it is seen as a breakthrough for the country that recently voted to define marriage as between a man and a woman

Gay couples in Croatia might finally have their relationships legally recognized when parliament votes on civil partnerships at the end of July.

The government has finally decided on the final draft of the Life Partnership Act, which was first announced by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic two years ago.

‘[The new legislation] is not offensive to anyone,’ he has said. ‘It’s a humane law, an inclusive and not an exclusive law.’

The legislation plans to give same-sex couples access to equality in inheritance, pensions, tax and medical care.

June 19, 2014

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced that his government will move forward with legislation to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas

Italy’s Senate will debate bills to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his party’s intention to move forward with legislation so debates on the bill can begin in September.

The Italian model has been based on civil partnership schemes in Britain and Germany but the proposal in Italy is that same-sex spouses will only be allowed to adopt their partner’s children if the other parent dies.

June 18, 2014

Becomes 17th country to make legalization of same-sex marriage a part of its national laws

Same-sex marriage has been made legal in the tiny European country of Luxembourg.

The country's House of Representatives approved a bill today by a vote of 56-4.

The vote comes at a time when the country has an openly gay Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel (pictured), who had previously announced that his government would introduce marriage legislation.

The vote is sure to be popular with citizens. A survey conducted last year revealed 83% of people in Luxembourg support same-sex marriage.

June 10, 2014

Tony Abbott gets burned by an 11-year-old who cannot understand his reasons for refusing to give gay people equal rights

An 11-year-old boy has written a kickass letter to the Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott to demand support for same-sex marriage.

Orlando Burcham, from Newcastle, New South Wales, has described the socially conservative Liberal party leader as ‘pathetic’.

Read his amazing letter in full here:

‘My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow ‘gay marriage’ in Australia

June 9, 2014

Read reports on plight of gay and trans people around Caribbean. Youths say: ‘Our generation is impatient for change and the time to do it is now’

Young Caribbean LGBTI youths are not prepared to wait for equality and have told politicians to stop talking and start delivering.

That was the message from a unique summit in Trinidad on the weekend.

It saw young LGBTI people from around the region coming together in the capital, Port of Spain, under the banner ‘Generation Change’.

‘We have heard fine words from some of our prime ministers and people with the power to make change happen but so far we see nothing being done,’ said Jeremy Steffan Edwards, one of the event organizers.

June 5, 2014

The parliament of Slovakia has amended its constitution to ban same-sex couples from being able to marry but gay couples have no other way of having their relationships legally protected there

Slovakia has moved to ban same-sex marriage in its constitution with 102 out of 150 lawmakers voting in favor of the ban.

A two-thirds majority of lawmakers was needed so if only three less lawmakers had opposed the measure it would not have passed.

Only 18 lawmakers voted against the ban, which was primarily supported by the opposition Christian Democrats and the ruling Smer-Social Democracy party of Prime Minister Robert Fico.

May 28, 2014

Prime Minister advisor’s rant sparks concern across Hungary’s LGBTI community

Hungary must ‘clear the faggot-lobby’ out of its theaters, says a top director who is now the Prime Minister’s culture commissioner.

Imre Kerényi –former director of the country’s National Theater and many other arts companies who is now a politician – made the comment following a Christian Theater Festival.

But his views have been condemned in an open letter to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who Kerényi advises on the ‘preservation and development of Hungary’s cultural values’.

May 22, 2014

Prosecutors accused gay man of 'mocking the Prime Minister' and said he should go to prison for over a year

A Turkish court has fined a gay rights activist who used the word ‘queer’ in a tweet today (22 May).

Levent Pişkin was pronounced guilty and ordered to pay 1,500 Turkish Liras ($750, €550).

Back in July, he responded to a statement made by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who said he was a ‘perfect Alevi’.

The PM of Turkey was responding to a particular sect of the Islam faith, Alevism, which particularly reveres the son-in-law of Muhammad – Ali.

April 28, 2014

Conservative leader reportedly believes giving straight couples civil partnerships would ‘undermine the sanctity of marriage’

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is opposed to giving straight couples the same equal rights as gays have when it comes to legal unions.

The Conservative leader will reportedly veto proposals to give straight couples the right to enter into civil partnerships.

It is alleged he believes civil partnerships for straight couples would ‘undermine the sanctity of marriage’ and possibly ‘alienate traditional Tory voters’.

April 27, 2014

Akie Abe wore rainbow badges and appeared on a float at Tokyo’s annual gay pride parade

Akie Abe, the first lady of Japan, joined gay, lesbian and transgender people celebrating gay pride in Tokyo, Japan today (27 April).

Abe was joined by over 3,000 participants in the Shibuya district of Tokyo.

The 51-year-old, who is the wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wore a white suit adorned with rainbow badges.

She went on to post colourful pictures on her Facebook page of her on a pride float next to a drag queen, smiling and waving to the crowds.

April 25, 2014

Labour party leader is opposed to repealing Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, saying: ‘My sentiments reflect the sentiments of the country.’

Jamaica’s opposition leader has called for a public vote on the ban on homosexuality.

Andrew Holness, the head of the Labour party, has called for a ‘grand referendum’ in 2015 to deal with a number of social issues.

Apart from the sodomy law, he has called on the people to choose on the liberalization of cannabis or whether Jamaica wants to continue having Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

April 24, 2014

Brooklyn Nets player makes Time Magazine's annual list along with Beyonce, Pope Francis, Vladimir Putin and Miley Cyrus

Jason Collins, the first active NBA player to come out publicly as a gay man, has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Collins, 36, came out a year ago in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

April 23, 2014

At least 48 schools were found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Several UK schools have stepped back to the 1980s and introduced Section 28-style bans on ‘promoting homosexuality’, teachers have warned.

At the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Brighton yesterday (22 April), delegates warned at least 46 schools still have policies similar to the anti-gay language of the past.

April 16, 2014

Several people are outraged and choosing to leave the Church of Norway over their 'lack of understanding' on religious same-sex marriage

Erna Solberg, the Prime Minister of Norway, said she was disappointed by the Church of Norway’s decision to not marry gay couples today (16 April).

Last week (8 April), the Church of Norway voted against carrying out same-sex ceremonies in their religious buildings to the great dismay of its members.

Solberg told NRK: ‘I respect the Church of Norway's decision [to not marry gay couples].

'I’m a member of the church myself and of course I have my personal opinions.’

April 14, 2014

Gay campaigners ‘jubilant’. Civil unions could be signed into law as early as tomorrow

The island nation of Malta is set to finally legalize civil unions for gay couples this evening (14 April).

Traditionally conservative, the small European Catholic nation is one vote away from giving gay couples the right to have their unions recognized.

If the bill passes, as is widely expected, it will be signed into law as early as tomorrow.

The bill will give gay couples exactly the same legal rights as straight couples have with marriage.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has described the change as a very important moment for Malta.