Politics

Stonewall UK: LGBT+ Leader Ruth Hunt Becomes Life Peer In House of Lords

Stonewall UK: LGBT+ Leader Ruth Hunt Becomes Life Peer In House of Lords

Ruth Hunt, who was chief executive of Stonewall UK until August this year, forging strong links with the Rainbow Project NI, has been made a cross-bench (independent) life peer in Theresa May’s parting honours list. 39-year-old Hunt, who has worked in senior positions in the organisation since 2011, had been appointed chief executive in 2014, […]

Philippines: Lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

Philippines: Lawyer to enter politics to pursue LGBT+ rights

A gay lawyer from the Philippines said on Thursday he would pursue a career in politics to push for LGBT+ rights, after losing a legal battle to introduce same-sex marriage in the mainly Roman Catholic country. Jesus Falcis in 2015 petitioned the country’s top court to rule as unconstitutional a law stating marriage can only […]

Irish campaigners say Mike Pence’s visit is no cause for celebration

Irish campaigners say Mike Pence’s visit is no cause for celebration

Lahinch-based campaigner, Ruairí McKiernan, says the arrival of US Vice President, Mike Pence, to County Clare is more a cause for concern than celebration. […]   McKiernan, who is a founding member of the Uplift organisation and a former member of the Council of State, says we need to think twice before rolling out the red […]

Guatemala: First openly gay congressman braces for battle

Guatemala: First openly gay congressman braces for battle

Guatemala’s first openly gay congressman Aldo Davila was only elected two months ago, and has yet to take up his seat, but death threats have already stopped him walking the streets of his own city. “People have written messages, ‘You want get to Congress on January 14th, you will die before’,” said the 41-year-old veteran […]

New Zealand: Speaker makes parliament more parent-friendly

New Zealand: Speaker makes parliament more parent-friendly

(Reuters) – As New Zealand lawmakers vigorously debated fuel prices in parliament this week, speaker Trevor Mallard called for order while feeding baby Tūtānekai his bottle. The six-week-old son of Labour MP Tāmati Coffey and his husband, born via a surrogate mother last month, was being cuddled by his father in the debating chamber on […]

‘Queer Greens’ Launched at Green Party Convention

‘Queer Greens’ Launched at Green Party Convention

Stephen Spillane writes on the launch of LGBT+ group, Queer Greens, at the Green Party Convention in Dublin The 2019 Green Party Convention took place on July 13th and 14th at the Law Society in Dublin. As part of the proceedings, a group of Green Party Members and friends met to form the Queer Greens […]

NI: Equal marriage intervention said to complicate talks

NI: Equal marriage intervention said to complicate talks

(Reuters) – The British parliament’s decision to bypass politicians in Northern Ireland and legislate on same-sex marriage could deepen a stalemate in the region at the heart of Britain’s struggle to leave the European Union, a senior lawmaker warned on Thursday. British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to compel the government to legalise same-sex marriage, […]