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May 27, 2015

With Labor MP Anna Burke declaring her support for same-sex marriage and another in the Senate declaring his support the Australian Parliament is now as close to majority support for the reform than it has ever been

The campaign for marriage equality in Australia believes it is just one MP short of securing the passage of a same-sex marriage bill in the House of Representatives and that it already has the support of the majority in the Senate.

A day after Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten announced he would be moving a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Labor MP Anna Burke announced she too was now a supporter of the reform.

May 26, 2015

Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has given formal notice he will move a bill to legalize same-sex marriage at the next sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has become the first leader of a major political party to put forward legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Australia just days after more members of the conservative wing of his party announced they now would vote in favor of marriage equality.

May 22, 2015

Accuses finance minister of 'hiding some sort of fiscal gender reassignment'

New Zealand's opposition leader Andrew Little has apologizeed for a 'flippant' anti-trans joke he made during Thursday's (21 May) budget debate.

The Labour leader after Finance Minister Bill English presented his : 'I don’t know what he’s trying to hide – some sort of fiscal gender reassignment or something.'

'I accept my comment was flippant and I accept it has caused offence for which I apologise,' he told GayNZ.com.

May 15, 2015

Xavier Bettel is only the second worldwide leader to marry someone of the same sex

Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, is marrying his partner today (15 May).

He is the first European Union leader, and only the second leader worldwide, to marry someone of the same sex.

Bettel and his partner Gauthier Destenay are set to marry in a private ceremony at Luxembourg's City Hall. Only friends and family are invited, with no press or photographers allowed.

Writing on his Twitter, Bettel said: 'Thank you for your kind messages. We just have one life, live it.'

May 14, 2015

Konrad Eiring recalls telling his brother, teammates, best friends and coach before doing Facebook post

Konrad Eiring had reached the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts, was leader of four clubs at Barrington High School in Illinois and a captain of the track team.

He was also secretly gay and worried that if anyone knew, they would only see him as gay and blinded to everything else he had achieved.

'This fear compelled me to fume with rage,' he writes in a first-person story posted on Outsports on Wednesday.

May 12, 2015

Britain now has the most openly LGBTI members of parliament

Two gay MPs could be set to be in the running for deputy leader of the Labour party in the UK.

Former Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw and former Shadow leader of the Commons Angela Eagle could be facing off for the one of the top leadership positions.

It comes as Ed Miliband has resigned after a somewhat disastrous result for the Labour party in last week's General Election, receiving only 36% of the vote.

But both Bradshaw and Eagle are believed to be strong names to overhaul the party and bring back support.

May 7, 2015

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion

Multinational professional services firm EY hosted a webinar this morning in which panelists discussed LGBT inclusion at work.

Part of the discussion included the crucial role that active and vocal allies can play in furthering LGBT inclusion at a global and local level.

Broadcast from a studio in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, the panel was chaired by Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of the Economist.

May 7, 2015

Video handed to the Daily Mail shows Farage tell a joke about a man's death at Michael Barrymore's house in 2001

A British party leader has been accused of being homophobic on the day the British public cast their vote in the General Election.

A video released by the Daily Mail shows Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-European UK Independence Party (UKIP), giving a best man’s speech at his younger brother’s wedding in July 2001.

During the speech, Farage tells a joke in which he appears to refer to gay people as ‘fags’ while also referencing the death of a man at openly-gay Michael Barrymore’s house a few months before the wedding.

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"'.

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 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.

April 20, 2015

The Australian division of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has pulled together local experts to help boost its diversity work in the region

PwC Australia has announced a number of appointments to a new external advisory board that will be charged with moving the firm towards greater diversity and inclusion.

The professional services company is already regarded as something of a market leader in this field.

It scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index in 2015 and 2014, and also regularly features in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index in the UK.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

April 8, 2015

National AIDS charity demands apology, calling the comment 'vulgar and defamatory'

Nicolas Sarkozy is being accused of making an offensive comment about a rival politician, claiming he is like AIDS and if you 'touch him, you die!'

The former president of France made the alleged comments about the leader of the Democratic Movement party François Bayrou.

As quoted by La Parisien, Sarkozy said: 'Bayrou is like AIDS...whoever touches him - dies!

Sarkozy, who is also the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement party, and his spokespeople have denied that he made this comment.

April 5, 2015

Cruz, an opponent to marriage rights, recently announced he's running for the White House

Two leaders in the US Republican Party filed briefs with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

April 3, 2015

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it'

Nigel Farage has been criticised for his comments about the treatment of foreign patients with HIV on the NHS. 

The UKIP leader, who made the remarks during last night's leadership debate on ITV, labelled those who come to the UK to receive treatment 'health tourists'. 

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it,' he said. 'There are 7000 diagnoses in this country every year for people who are HIV positive, but 60 percent of them are not for British nationals.'

March 25, 2015

Tony Perkins has claimed that the US Supreme Court issuing a definitive ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across America would result in insurrection by Christians who oppose it

Leader of perhaps the most extreme and outspoken anti-gay lobby group in the United States, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has implied that the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the country by the Supreme Court would provoke acts of violence by American Christians.

March 23, 2015

'Cabaret of diversity' protest held inside one of the right-wing leader's favorite pubs

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has branded a group of LGBTI activists 'scum' after they interrupted him during his Sunday visit at the pub.

Around 100 people, claiming to represent everything loathed by the right-wing, Eurosceptic party, descended on the Kent pub in fancy dress as an act of protest.

Calling themselves a 'cabaret of diversity', the group included LGBTI people, HIV activists, migrants, disabled people and breastfeeding mothers.

March 21, 2015

Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson replied 'Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?' to twitter troll calling her 'miserable cunt'

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has taken a clear stance against homophobia following an SNP member tweeting abuse at the homosexual leader of another Scottish party.     

Marc Hughes sent what was described as ‘vile and offensive’ homophobic tweets to Ruth Davidson MSP, the openly lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

March 19, 2015

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, could now face a longer time in jail

A Russian man who was jailed after torturing gay teens and driving them to suicide is facing new charges.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, is being charged with robbery, hooliganism and causing property damage.

In addition the investigators have also charged the homophobic leader, also known as 'Machete', with 'inciting hatred'.

He was already carrying out a previous sentence in a labor camp, but will now be transported to a detention center until further notice.

March 18, 2015

Nichi Vendola said he dreams of getting married and having children

One of the only two gay regional leaders in Italy has said Dolce and Gabbana are in too 'lofty' position to understand homophobia kills.

Nichi Vendola, the president of Puglia and leader of the Left, Ecology and Freedom party, has said the fashion duo's comments about children of gay parents was offensive.

Vendola said it proved Dolce and Gabbana cannot possibly understand the damage they are doing to Italian LGBTI youth.

March 18, 2015

Committee wants to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts

Japanese lawmakers Tuesday (17 March) formed a cross-party group to stamp out anti-gay discrimination in the country by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hiroshi Hase, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and leader of the committee, said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts over Russia's anti-gay law.

'As it hosts the Olympic Games, there is no doubt that Japanese society will be questioned on how it treats its sexual minorities,' he said.

'We must substantiate the principles described in the basic plan of the Games.'

March 17, 2015

Ruben Condori Cusi says he was inspired by Hitler's Mein Kampf to block a bill that would have seen same-sex couples legally recognized for the first time in Peru

A Peru congressman has said he was inspired by Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf to block civil unions for same-sex couples.

Ruben Condori Cusi, a congressman for the right-wing Nationalist Party, made the comments to Arroba Radio saying that Hitler wasn’t wrong about everything.

‘I read Mein Kampf by Hitler ... and in some parts he's right, because some types of misconduct are generated by a certain kind of life,’ Cusi said.

‘Homosexuality is more or less a kind of misconduct.’

March 13, 2015

Outdated language banning same-sex parents from adopting in Florida is set to be removed from law

Republican-dominated Florida House of Representatives has supported a bill amendment removing a gay adoption ban from law, as part of wider changes to incentivise foster care in the state.

Same-sex parents in the state have been allowed to adopt since 2010 after an appeals court ruled Florida’s gay adoption ban to be unconstitutional – but the language of the law has remained the same.