Politics

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

EU: Polish regions at risk of lost funding over ‘LGBT-free’ zones

The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are “LGBT-free” in order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed last week. The European Union executive is currently at loggerheads with Poland and Hungary over issues ranging from LGBT rights to press freedoms. In July […]

Brazil: Gay Brazilian governor eyes presidency

Brazil: Gay Brazilian governor eyes presidency

Gay Brazilian governor and presidential hopeful, Eduardo Leite, said he expects to encounter anti-LGBT+ rhetoric, as he bids to unseat President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right firebrand, who once described himself as a “proud homophobe”. Leite, 36, who is governor of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, came out on television last week, leading rivals […]

Brazil: Presidential hopeful comes out

Brazil: Presidential hopeful comes out

(Reuters) – Brazilian governor and potential major party presidential candidate, Eduardo Leite, a prominent critic of President Jair Bolsonaro, came out as gay in a TV interview. Leite, governor of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, would be the first openly gay presidential candidate in Brazil. Anti-gay rhetoric has been a staple of […]

Mexico: First Trans Congresswomen to Fight for LGBT+ rights

Mexico: First Trans Congresswomen to Fight for LGBT+ rights

In a first for Mexico, two transgender women are preparing to sit in the lower house of Congress, with both vowing to push for affirmative action in Latin America’s second-largest economy. More than 100 LGBT+ candidates took part in the June 6 elections, which saw the highest mid-term turnout in more than two decades, according […]

US: Most Republicans support same-sex marriage for first time – Gallup

US: Most Republicans support same-sex marriage for first time – Gallup

A majority of Republicans in the United States support same-sex marriage for the first time, a Gallup poll found on Wednesday, with a record 70% of all respondents backing gay weddings. The research shows a significant increase in approval of same-sex marriage since 2015, when it was legalised nationwide following a Supreme Court ruling, and […]

US: Caitlyn Jenner seeking to oust California governor

US: Caitlyn Jenner seeking to oust California governor

(Reuters) – Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic gold medal winner and transgender activist, on Friday added her celebrity status to a growing band of Republicans seeking to unseat California Governor Gavin Newsom, whose business-disrupting pandemic response has fueled a recall drive. Jenner, 71, said the Democratic governor’s “over-restrictive lockdown” has devastated small business and deprived […]

Green Party urges greater support for women as Councillor resigns

Green Party urges greater support for women as Councillor resigns

Green Party calls for greater support for women in politics as Councillor resigns due to family commitments Clare O’Byrne, Green Party Councillor for South County Dublin Council, will today give her official resignation following the recent birth of her first child. Speaking of her experience Clare stated: “Since I took on the role of Councillor […]

US: Biden pledges to sign 15 actions after taking office

US: Biden pledges to sign 15 actions after taking office

Joe Biden to repeal outgoing President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban, and begin the process of re-entering the Paris climate accord (Reuters) – Joe Biden [pledged to sign 15 executive actions] after being sworn in, aides said, undoing policies put in place by outgoing President Donald Trump, and making his first moves on the pandemic […]

US: President-Elect Joe Biden’s LGBT+ policy plans

US: President-Elect Joe Biden’s LGBT+ policy plans

Joe Biden takes office as US president [today] Wednesday, with a long list of LGBT+ policy pledges – from scrapping Donald Trump’s ban on transgender military recruits, to passing an anti-discrimination law. The former vice president has promised to appoint a cabinet that “looks like America”, nominating former rival for the Democratic presidential candidacy, Pete Buttigieg, […]

US: Biden picks transgender Levine for key health role

US: Biden picks transgender Levine for key health role

(Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday named Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant US health secretary, a historic first, as Levine would become the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate. The pick of Pennsylvania’s top health official for a critical role during the raging COVID-19 pandemic continues Biden’s pattern […]