Politics

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 […]

US: HRC – ‘Power of Equality’ Online LGBTQ Inaugural Event

US: HRC – ‘Power of Equality’ Online LGBTQ Inaugural Event

The Human Rights Campaign has announced that it will be broadcasting an online premier inaugural event, on January 20th, to commemorate the historic election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Featured special guests and performances include Grammy, Tony, and Emmy Award-winning actor, singer and activist Billy Porter; Tony Award-nominees Lauren Patten and DeAnne Stewart – […]

Uganda: LGBT+ find hope and despair on election day

Uganda: LGBT+ find hope and despair on election day

Despite a presidential campaign marked by homophobic rhetoric, LGBT+ Ugandans turned out to vote on Thursday, with many hoping for change, and finding unexpected camaraderie. In the capital, Kampala, a ballot officer asked 30-year-old transgender lawyer, Noah, whether he was male or female when he handed over his identity documents, but fellow voters spoke out […]

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

Uganda: UN urges respect for LGBT+ ahead of polls

The United Nations has called for LGBT+ Ugandans to be treated with respect and dignity, following homophobic remarks by some politicians, including the president, ahead of Thursday’s polls. Sexual minorities face widespread persecution in Uganda, where [homosexuality] is punishable by life imprisonment, and LGBT+ rights groups fear politicians exploiting anti-gay sentiment to win votes could […]

Greece: First gay minister hopes to erode homophobia

Greece: First gay minister hopes to erode homophobia

Greece’s first openly gay minister said encountering homophobia in public life was “a given”, but hoped his appointment to the conservative government would make it easier for LGBT+ people to tackle discrimination. Nicholas Yatromanolakis was named deputy minister for contemporary culture after being promoted last week, in a cabinet reshuffle, by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, aimed […]

US: Georgia elections – What’s at stake for LGBT+ rights?

US: Georgia elections – What’s at stake for LGBT+ rights?

The United States is poised [today] to elect two senators in Georgia, determining whether the Democrats have overall control of the country’s bicameral Congress – and the future of President-elect Joe Biden’s pro-LGBT+ rights agenda. If Democrats win both, the chamber will be split 50-50 with the Republican party, giving the tie-breaking vote to Democrat […]

US: First openly gay Afro-Latino congressman: ‘Never in my wildest dreams’

US: First openly gay Afro-Latino congressman: ‘Never in my wildest dreams’

(Reuters) – Growing up in the Bronx, poor, Afro-Latino, and gay, Ritchie Torres said he never imagined that he would one day be elected to the United States House of Representatives. But in a few weeks, Torres, 32, a Democrat from New York, will become the first Afro-Latino openly-gay congressman.