Politics

Lebanon: Protests may be LGBT+ ‘opportunity’

Lebanon: Protests may be LGBT+ ‘opportunity’

Nationwide protests, that have thrown Lebanon into political and economic turmoil, could end up being an opportunity for the LGBT+ community, according to the head of the country’s most prominent LGBT+ rights organisation. Tarek Zeidan, executive director of Helem, said the anti-government demonstrations that prompted Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign could usher in a […]

Colombia elects first openly gay woman mayor

Colombia elects first openly gay woman mayor

The election of Colombian, Claudia Lopez, as the first openly gay woman mayor of Bogota – and of any capital in the Americas – shows rising acceptance of not just LGBT+ but broader human rights across the region, supporters said on Monday. The job of mayor is regarded as the most powerful political post in […]

US: Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls at LGBTQ forum

US: Nine Democratic presidential hopefuls at LGBTQ forum

(Reuters) – Nine US Democratic presidential candidates [appeared] at a televised town hall on Thursday focused on LGBT rights, though top contender, Bernie Sanders, [missed] the event as he recovers from a heart attack. The Los Angeles event is the second major presidential forum dedicated to LGBTQ issues during the Democratic nominating campaign, following an […]

Japan: Gay MP calls for same-sex marriage inclusion in constitution

Japan: Gay MP calls for same-sex marriage inclusion in constitution

(Reuters) – A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who are against it, and also opposition parliamentarians who say enacting a simple law would clear the way. Japan has no anti-LGBT laws, although many LGBT people […]

US: Biden’s LGBTQ record draws scrutiny at Iowa presidential forum

US: Biden’s LGBTQ record draws scrutiny at Iowa presidential forum

(Reuters) – Former Vice President Joe Biden’s decades-long record on LGBT issues was scrutinised on Friday in Iowa, at the first major forum focused on the topic during the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating contest. Biden was questioned at the multi-candidate event on Friday night, about his votes as a US senator from Delaware, on legislation […]

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 […]