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April 10, 2014

‘I’m gay, I’m gay! I don’t want to go back to Cameroon!’ he allegedly shouted, as he was being attacked

Friends of a blind bisexual asylum seeker from Cameroon are accusing UK deportation officers of beating him up.

Alain Kouayep Tchatchue fled after the people in his town discovered he was having sex with another man.

Fearing being beaten or killed, the French speaker came to the UK in order to live and love freely. In his time here, he has found another male partner – another asylum seeker.

The Home Office rejected his claim of asylum and issued a deportation order last week.

January 23, 2014

Proposed legislation was unexpectedly moved to more GOP-friendly committee this week to improve its chances

In a vote along party lines, an Indiana House committee approved a constitutional marriage ban bill on Wednesday (22 January).

Although same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, the bill seeks to amend the state constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.

The 9-3 vote represented a victory for Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican, who committed what some had described as a political power play.

January 23, 2014

Toni Atkins succeeds John Perez who was the first openly gay man in the powerful leadership role

The leadership of the California Assembly will be handed off from a gay man to a lesbian at the end of 2014.

Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego who is currently Assembly Majority Leader, has been chosen by her colleagues to succeed current speaker John Perez who has been termed out.

I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,' Atkins said in a statement Wednesday (22 January).

January 23, 2014

Toni Atkins succeeds John Perez who was the first openly gay man in the powerful leadership role

The leadership of the California Assembly will be handed off from a gay man to a lesbian at the end of 2014.

Toni Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego who is currently Assembly Majority Leader, has been chosen by her colleagues to succeed current speaker John Perez who has been termed out.

I am humbled, grateful, and ready to get to work,' Atkins said in a statement Wednesday (22 January).

January 22, 2014

Muslim educational expert claims he is not homophobic, despite saying he could never 'approve' of homosexuality

Global charity Oxfam has cancelled an event in London after learning the speaker called gay people ‘evil’.

Ibrahim Hewitt, a Palestinian speaker and former headteacher, had written a book for 15 to 16-year-old students describing homosexuality as a ‘great sin’.

He said in an Islamic state, homosexuality should be treated like pedophilia and incest.

In the book, Hewitt reportedly said: ‘[Homosexuality is an] evil practice which could corrupt and pollute the whole society.’

January 17, 2014

Report claims President Yoweri Museveni refuses to back the law previously called the ‘Kill the gays bill’ and has attacked parliament’s Speaker Kadaga for passing it

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has attacked parliament for passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill and said gays are ‘abnormal’ but could be saved.

The bill, previously known as the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ but with the death penalty now removed, was pushed through in a shock move in December.

Now Museveni has joined the critics of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga who was instrumental in forcing it through – even though some claimed not enough members of parliament (MPs) were present to make a quorum.

January 10, 2014

Parliamentary speaker has told Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and other Western countries to mind their own business

Uganda’s speaker Rebecca Kadaga has told Western countries to back off and stop ‘bullying’ them on anti-gay laws.

The parliament speaker, who once promised to pass a ‘Kill The Gays’ bill as a Christmas present to Ugandans, has said their country can make its own decisions.

She referenced President Barack Obama, who visited Senegal last year, claiming the president Macky Sall ‘kept him quiet’

Kadaga also slammed British billionaire Richard Branson, who urged for a boycott of Uganda.

December 25, 2013

SMUG is defiant in the face of parliament pushing through act giving life in prison to ‘repeat’ gays. Calls on president not to sign and make it law

Leading LGBTI rights organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has pledged to fight to the end to stop the anti-gay law passed by the country’s parliament.

The passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on Friday (20 December) took LGBTI activists and governments around the world by surprise. It appears it may even have been a shock to Uganda’s own government.

December 20, 2013

Anti-Homosexuality Bill is now passed by parliament. LGBTI people 'afraid for their lives'. Hunt feared. President could sign it into law as early as tomorrow. Death penalty dropped but life in prison remains for homosexuality

Uganda’s parliament has passed the dreaded anti-gay bill today (20 December), leading LGBTI people to fear a 'hunt'.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga put forward a motion for second reading today and the bill passed.

Originally known as the 'Kill The Gays' bill, the death penalty has been dropped but people can still get life in prison for homosexuality.

The bill will make it illegal to 'promote' homosexuality and will also jail anyone who does not report homosexual activities to the police.

December 20, 2013

Ugandan gay activist Edwin Sesange of the African LGBTI Out and Proud Diamond Group calls for action as his country passes life in jail for homosexuality

The speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has today fulfilled the promise she made a year ago in Canada.

Rebecca Kadaga has been a champion of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, now an act – a vicious crackdown on LGBTI people in the country.

By contrast Kadaga, while launching the human rights check list for parliamentarians, said: ‘The people of Uganda will not find comfort until the rights of all are observed.’

November 16, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner's office maintains getting meeting space for an anti-gay group 'does not imply endorsement'

The anti-gay group World Congress of Families held a meeting in the US Capitol complex because of help from House Speaker John Boehner's office.

Allan Carlson, president of the organization, thanked the speaker for permitting an event meant to teach elected officials about what can be learned from Russia's gay propaganda laws.

November 16, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner's office maintains getting meeting space for an anti-gay group 'does not imply endorsement'

The anti-gay group World Congress of Families held a meeting in the US Capitol complex because of help from House Speaker John Boehner's office.

Allan Carlson, president of the organization, thanked the speaker for permitting an event meant to teach elected officials about what can be learned from Russia's gay propaganda laws.

November 14, 2013

US House Speaker: 'People are already protected in the workplace'

John Boehner insists he is against workplace discrimination but he sees 'no basis or no need' for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the US Senate last week.

Although there are still 29 states in the US in which LGBT people can be fired just for being who they are, the speaker of the House of Representatives says ENDA is not needed.

November 7, 2013

After 64-32 vote, attention now turns to House where Republican leadership expected to let legislation die

After nearly 20 years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has finally passed the US Senate.

The legislation, known as ENDA, has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994. It was last voted on by the full senate in 1996 when it fell one vote shy of passage.

In the end, the 64-32 vote had every Democratic senator and 10 of their Republican colleagues voting in favor of passage.

Surprisingly, among the Republicans supporting ENDA was Arizona Senator John McCain who was a vocal opponent of ending the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

November 7, 2013

'One house of Congress should not stand in the way of millions of Americans who want to go to work each day and simply be judged by the job they do'

US President Barack Obama wasted no time Thursday (7 November) in putting pressure on the Republican-led House of Representatives to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

In a statement shortly after the full Senate approved the measure to protect LGBT employees in the workplace, Obama zeroed in on the House where Republican Speaker John Boehner is against the legislation.

November 5, 2013

Democratic leader Harry Reid says Boehner 'fails to take into account the heartbreak and suffering' by LGBTI employees

The US Senate is on the verge giving final passage to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act after nearly two decades of setbacks for the legislation seeking to protect LGBTI workers.

But GOP leader John Boehner is making clear ENDA will not have similar success when the legislation moves over to the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Boehner Michael Steel said in a statement this week: 'The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs.'

November 4, 2013

But passage is House of Representatives looks grim with Speaker John Boehner against the workplace protections for LGBTI employees

President Barack Obama has reitierated his support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as it appears to have enough votes to pass the US Senate later today (4 November).

Obama writes in a Huffington Post column that it is 'offensive' and 'wrong' that 'millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs - not because of anything they've done, but simply because of who they are.'

October 17, 2013

British Prime Minister praises Turing who broke German codes during World War II and tells the Commons his prosecution for gay sex was ‘completely wrong’

British Prime Minister David Cameron will ‘look at’ giving a pardon to World War II hero Alan Turing who was later persecuted for being gay.

Cameron made the commitment at the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session when quizzed by openly-gay Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) Stephen Gilbert.

Turing was a mathematics genius who worked as a codebreaker during the war, famously breaking the Enigma Code so the Allies could read Nazi communications.

October 6, 2013

Cancelled event was to feature Imam Abu Usamah At-Thahabi, who has previously called for gays to be 'thrown off mountains'

An Islamic conference to feature preachers known for their homophobia has been cancelled.

The Beloved to Allah event, due to take place today (6 October) at the Edmonton Islamic Centre in north London, was to feature controversial preachers known for their anti-gay views.

Imam Abu Usamah At-Thahabi, who has previously said that gays should be 'thrown off mountains' and 'stabbed in the gums by Muslim dentists', was to be a speaker at the event.

October 3, 2013

One preacher attending Beloved to Allah incited Muslim dentists to punish gays by stabbing them in the gums with a ‘big, big needle’

An iman who says gays should be thrown off mountains and stabbed in the gums by Muslim dentists is to be a lead speaker at a conference in London.

He is among several homophobic Muslim preachers who will be speaking at the Beloved to Allah event at Edmonton Islamic Centre in north London on Sunday (6 October).

Though the event itself is based around a more general Islam theme, some of the speakers hold extremist views.

September 17, 2013

Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, who promised the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill would pass, is tipped for the presidency and now wants laws to respect the rights of all Ugandans
 

A Ugandan politician has introduced a human rights test for new laws, seemingly in direct conflict with her support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Despite her historical support for the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has now proposed a human rights check list for use in the Parliament Committee on Human Rights.

September 11, 2013

Christine Quinn: 'We took a lot of knocks, we were up against a lot off odds'

New York City will not be having its first lesbian or first female mayor.

Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker once thought to be incumbent Michael Bloomberg's likely successor, lost badly in the Democratic primary and conceded defeat Tuesday (10 September) night.

Quinn finished third with just 15 percent of the vote behind rivals Bill de Blasio and William Thompson.

August 23, 2013

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer claims that a prominent member of the Liberal Party asked him to fund a sexual harassment case against the then Speaker of the House of Representatives

Mineral resources billionaire Clive Palmer claims he was asked by former Liberal MP Mal Brough to fund a sexual harassment case by a male  staffer against the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives which had the potential to bring down the Australian Government.

Palmer says Brough met him at his Palmer Coolum Resort last year where he detailed the allegations against speaker Peter Slipper – though Brough vigorously denies he did this.

August 23, 2013

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer claims that a prominent member of the Liberal Party asked him to fund a sexual harassment case against the then Speaker of the House of Representatives

Mineral resources billionaire Clive Palmer claims he was asked by former Liberal MP Mal Brough to fund a sexual harassment case by a male  staffer against the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives which had the potential to bring down the Australian Government.

Palmer says Brough met him at his Palmer Coolum Resort last year where he detailed the allegations against speaker Peter Slipper – though Brough vigorously denies he did this.