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April 15, 2014

Co-creator of gay propaganda laws, Vitaly Milonov, says he will help Crimea to rid their region of 'evil' like he did in Russia

A Russia lawmaker has called for the banning of gay clubs and social media pages in order to ‘rid the country of evil’.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the gay propaganda bill that was made law, has said bars and dance venues for the LGBTI community are ‘destroying Russia’.

The politician who represents St Petersburg in the Legislative Assembly is currently in Sevastopol, a city in Crimea.

Authorities in the crisis zone peninsula told LGBTIs gay pride parades would be banned on the basis of the Russia ‘gay propaganda’ law.

April 11, 2014

Dozens of young male workers have come forward to reveal they have been told to sleep with politicians in order to further their career

A shocking report has revealed the House of Commons is a hotbed of gay sexual harassment and abuse.

Dozens of young male workers have come forward to reveal many members of parliament – particularly Conservatives – are abusing their power in a game of sexual politics.

In a new investigation, Channel 4 reports a small group of MPs regularly become drunk and make passes at male researchers in particular.

One unidentified man spoke of how he was approached to ‘go to the gents’ with an MP at an event for young political activists.

April 10, 2014

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons denied all charges of sexual assault

British gay politician Nigel Evans was cleared of all charges of rape and sexual assault in court today (10 April).

The former deputy speaker of the House of Commons was on trial for rape, two indecent assaults, five sexual assaults and an attempted sexual assault against seven young men from 2003 to 2013.

While the 56-year-old admitted to making 'drunken passes' at men in his past, he denied all of the charges and said he was innocent.

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 2, 2014

Gay rights activists suggest Russia could wait to enforce stricter laws against the LGBTI community after the country faced fierce international criticism

A Russia lawmaker has called for a ‘moral police’ to be instated to ‘deal’ with gay people.

Vitaly Milonov, co-sponsor of the ‘non-traditional relationships’ bill, has said a new division in the police force would help improve stamping out ‘gay propaganda’.

The moral police squads are being proposed to combat propaganda of homosexuality, as well as stopping prostitution and gambling.

They would also ‘strike down’ those who offend religious believers for whatever reason.

March 31, 2014

Ghana’s former deputy speaker of parliament has said that people advocating for the rights of LGBTI people in Africa are carrying out ‘satanic’ works and that if children are allowed to be raised by same-sex couples they will grow up to be ‘miscreants’

Ghanaian retired MP Mike Ocquaye has called calls for the protection of LGBTI people in Africa ‘satanic attacks’ and has claimed that Africa’s traditional family system is being threatened by the West.

The former Deputy Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament claimed homosexuality was a foreign ‘abomination’ being pushed on Africa.

‘We consider this an abomination,’ Ocquaye told an anti-gay forum in Accra, according to GhanaWeb.

March 30, 2014

Mark Menzies, a Tory MP, resigned after a Sunday newspaper made unproven allegations about him asking a rent boy for drugs

UK politician Mark Menzies has resigned over allegations made in a British Sunday newspaper claiming he paid a rent boy for drugs.

Tabloid newspaper the Sunday Mirror claims Conservative Member of Parliament Menzies paid for the services of a Brazilian male escort, who he also asked to supply him with the drug methedrone.

Menzies released a statement denying the allegations.

‘I have decided to resign as a PPS after a series of allegations were made against me in a Sunday newspaper’ he said.

March 26, 2014

Kenyan National Assembly leader says gays should be dealt with like terrorists as he boasts of legal persecution so far

Nearly 600 ‘cases’ of homosexuality have been rounded up in a Kenya witch-hunt, a senior politician has boasted.

Aden Duale, the majority leader in the National Assembly, has pronounced homosexuality as bad as terrorism and said it should be treated in the same way.

Reading a statement by the Internal Security ministry, Duale said in parliament that 595 cases of homosexuality have been dealt with legally since 2010.

He was responding to calls from politicians that Kenya is ‘not doing enough’ to stamp out the ‘scourge of homosexuality’.

March 24, 2014

Retired Ghanaian MP Mike Ocquaye believes African countries will be able to resist Western nations’ calls for Africans to stop persecuting gay people by refusing to buy any Western goods

Mike Ocquaye, deputy speaker of Ghana’s Parliament until January last year, believes that a closer relationship with Asia and refusing to buy products produced by Western nations will allow African countries to resist efforts to curb the persecution of LGBTI people across the African continent.

March 20, 2014

Spanish actor turned politician Toni Canto has spoken out about his decision to appear naked in a gay role in the film The Last Match – saying politicians who are corrupt should be more of a scandal

Spanish actor turned politician Toni Canto has spoken out about his bare-all role in a newly released gay themed movie set in Cuba in which he plays a Spanish sex tourist.

Canto, an MP with Spain’s Union, Progress and Democracy Party, was filmed on location in Havana in 2011 for the film The Last Match just a few months before being elected to office – but says if offered a similar role now he’d have no hesitation about taking it.

March 20, 2014

British politician Samuel Fletcher seems to think 'part-time homosexuals' exist - they don't

Some have struggled in the past to fully embrace the rich diversity of the LGBTI community.

But one man, Samuel Fletcher, is perhaps the most baffled man alive.

A UKIP councillor for Bracken Bank and Ingrow Ward in Keighley, he seems to believe bisexual and trans people are ‘part-time homosexuals’.

In the past, he has also accused LGBTI people of being 'strange', and saying British society has become 'far more complex and harder to immediately understand since it became socially acceptable to be openly homosexual'.

March 9, 2014

The politician suggested separate legislation so that people would not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' ones

Gay rights groups in Taiwan last week convened a press conference to rebuke former Democratic Progressive Party chairman Lin I-hsiung's comments in his new book that special legislation is needed so that people do not confuse same-sex marriages with 'traditional' marriages.

March 8, 2014

Nude photos of Roberto Arango had previously shown up on Grindr leading him to resign from office in 2011

Former Puerto Rican Senator Roberto Arango has publicly come out as gay nearly four years after a nude Grindr photo scandal drove him from office.

Arango had aligned himself with conservative religious coalition and had a long history of anti-gay votes and actively worked against legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

On Friday (7 March), he officially came out in an interview with radio station Noti UNO.

He was asked by a reporter: 'Isn't it time for you to state whether or not you are a homosexual?'

March 7, 2014

Uganda's Frank Mugisha, Russia's Igor Kotchetkov and Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant is in the running for the million-dollar prize

President Vladimir Putin will have to face off competition from gay rights activists to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, Russia advocate Igor Kotchetkov, Nepal’s first openly gay politician Sunil Babu Pant are among the record 278 nominees for the million dollar prize.

The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association is also among the nominees.

Despite Russia’s actions in the Crimea region of the Ukraine, Putin was reportedly nominated for helping to defuse last year’s crisis in Syria.

March 5, 2014

While disagreeing with a colleague who believed Britain's floods should be blamed on gay marriage, a European Parliament hopeful thinks business owners should be able to turn away LGBTs and women

A UKIP politician believes business owners should be allowed to refuse to serve gay people.

Donna Edmunds, a Lewis district councillor and European Parliament hopeful, said all business owners should be allowed to refuse service to anyone they want for whatever reason they want.

Under UK law, the Equality Act 2010 protects people who access services from direct discrimination. This applies to disability, pregnancy, race, religion, or if they are LGBT.

February 25, 2014

A ‘POPlitical artist’ digitally remakes some of the world's most famous and infamous politicians into drag queens

Fierce and fabulous might not be words usually used to describe Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

But his transformation into Vladdy Pushin', with long lashes and a sparkling outfit, is nothing short of spectacular.

The drag transformation of the famous politician, along with other controversial world leaders, is part of an image series by artist Saint Hoax, who uses the subjects to draw parallels between the process of becoming a drag queen to the process of becoming a popular politician.

February 17, 2014

Vladimir Luxuria was arrested in the southern city of Russia for holding up a sign for saying 'Gay Is OK'

While she may have just spent a few hours detained in a Russian police station, the trans activist and former MP is determined to continue making a political statement against anti-gay laws.

Vladimir Luxuria, a former politician in the Italian parliament, was arrested in Sochi while holding a waving flag saying ‘Gay Is OK’ in Russian.

‘I've been freed and tomorrow I'll watch the Games,’ the 48-year-old advocate wrote in a text message, according to the ANSA news agency.

February 14, 2014

A politician, who with one other is against the anti-gay bill, has consulted with legal experts and believes it to be unconstitutional

A Uganda politician has sparked a glimmer of hope after he has pleaded with the president to stop the anti-gay law.

Fox Odoi, a member of parliament for West Budama North, has written to President Yoweri Museveni urging him to reject the bill.

The draconic legislation, originally known as the ‘Kill All The Gays’ bill before the death penalty was removed, will punish homosexuality with life imprisonment.

February 11, 2014

McHenry Venaani of the DTA opposition party says homosexuality has always existed and is not ‘un-African’

A Namibian opposition leader, who openly backs LGBTI rights, is being sworn in as a parliamentarian today (11 February).

McHenry Venaani, president of the opposition Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA) party, came out for gay and trans rights in an interview with Gay Star News last year when he branded claims that homosexuality is ‘un-African’ as ‘manufactured lies’.

Venaani has pledge to fight for the rights of minorities once in parliament.

February 10, 2014

After RTÈ's payout of a defamation settlement following a gay rights activists' speech on homophobia, Dr Martin said 'God never created anyone that he doesn't love'

The Archbishop of Dublin has said if you hate gay people, then you hate God.

Diarmuid Martin has reacted to two huge stories in the past month in Ireland; the controversy over drag queen Panti Bliss' comments on television and a politiican who revealed he was spat at and harrassed because of his sexuality.

'God never created anybody that he doesn't love,' the senior cleric said. 'Anybody who doesn't show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God.

February 7, 2014

After a politician watched Shakira's new sexy video with Rihanna, he is now calling her 'vulgar' and a 'danger to children'

A Colombian politician is calling for Shakria to be banned from her native country for ‘promoting lesbianism’.

Marco Fidel Ramirez, of the Public Option party, has said the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer is a ‘danger to children’.

Shakira, originally from the Colombian city Barranquilla, has released her new single ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’.

A duet with Rihanna, it shows the two sultry singers in a sexually charged, sensual video.

Unveiled last week, the video has over 85 million views on YouTube.

February 5, 2014

Openly gay Amercian Idol alum gives failing grade to North Carolina congresswoman he wants to replace in US House of Reps

Clay Aiken, the runner-up on American Idol then the runner-up on Celebrity Apprentice, is hoping for a first-place finish that will land him in Washington DC.

The openly gay singer on Wednesday (5 February) announced that he is running for a seat in the US Congress.

'I'm not a politician,' he said in a video on his campaign website. 'I don't ever want to be one.'

Aiken, 35, hopes to unseat Tea Party Republican favorite Renee Ellmers in North Carolina's conservative 2nd congressional district.

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 4, 2014

David Silvester, who blamed Britain's recent floods on gay marriage, refused to apologize or step down as town councilor

A UKIP councilor who blamed recent flooding on gay marriage has been expelled from the party, it emerged minutes ago.

Town councilor David Silvester, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was suspended by the party on 19 January.

The UKIP politician, who left the Conservative party over their plan to introduce same-sex marriage, made his comments in a letter to his local paper the Henley Standard.