Politics

UK Prime Minister Pledges to Ban Gay “Conversion Therapy”

UK Prime Minister Pledges to Ban Gay “Conversion Therapy”

Boris Johnson called gay conversion therapy “absolutely abhorrent” and pledged to ban it in Britain.

US: Number of LGBT+ elected officials hits new high

US: Number of LGBT+ elected officials hits new high

The number of openly LGBT+ elected officials in the United States grew by more than a fifth in the past year, according to a survey published on Thursday, with a record high of some 840 gay, lesbian, bi and trans people in office across the country. The report, from the LGBTQ Victory Institute, comes as […]

US: Openly Gay and Black Jones gets Democratic nod for US House seat

US: Openly Gay and Black Jones gets Democratic nod for US House seat

(Reuters) – Mondaire Jones declared victory on Tuesday in the Democratic primary, for a seat in the US House of Representatives from New York, putting him on track to become the first openly gay Black member of Congress. The 33-year-old will still face a Republican opponent in the November general election, former New York City […]

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

OPINION: Andrzej Duda’s election victory is a license for homophobia

By Bartosz Stasewski, an LGBT+ activist with the Love Does Not Exclude campaign, based in Warsaw, Poland. He is also a board member of Lublin Equality Pride Association. The incumbent Andrzej Duda has won Poland’s presidential election by 2%, according to official results on Monday morning, when almost all votes had been counted. His victory is a failure […]

Singapore: Gay rights – Taboo subject in election

Singapore: Gay rights – Taboo subject in election

(Reuters) – Among a record eleven parties set to contest Singapore’s election on Friday, there has been virtual silence on one of the conservative city-state’s most controversial issues – gay rights. Advocacy groups have stepped up awareness campaigns with scorecards for politicians and online rallies in recent weeks, over what they see as everyday discrimination […]

Interview with gay Cllr Mathew Hulbert (LibDems, UK)

Interview with gay Cllr Mathew Hulbert (LibDems, UK)

Mathew Hulbert is a councillor representing the Liberal Democrats on Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council in England.

Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

Philip Normal – UK’s first openly HIV+ mayor

As Britain’s first openly HIV-positive mayor, Philip Normal says his responsibilities stretch far beyond his constituents in Lambeth, the inner-city borough that perhaps best epitomises London’s demographic hotchpotch. The new mayor, an artist and designer, who runs his own fashion store in Lambeth’s trendy Brixton area, has received thousands of congratulatory messages following his election […]

US: LGBT+ candidates win big in Super Tuesday elections

US: LGBT+ candidates win big in Super Tuesday elections

Most of the openly LGBT+ candidates competing in this week’s Super Tuesday elections won their races, campaigners said, showing acceptance and momentum building among theAmerica’s largest-ever field of gay and trans people running for office. At least 28 LGBT+ candidates won primary races to become their political party’s nominee in the November election, according to […]

Seanad candidate shares how coming out as gay politicised her

Seanad candidate shares how coming out as gay politicised her

Laura Harmon – one of the youngest candidates in the upcoming Seanad elections – has revealed how coming out as gay politicised her, and inspired her career as a campaigner for change. In a new campaign video, Laura speaks candidly about her motivation for becoming involved in politics. “I was 20 years old and in […]

Laura Harmon (Yes Equality) to contest Seanad election

Laura Harmon (Yes Equality) to contest Seanad election

A co-director of Yes Equality and two doctors who were prominent in the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment are amongst those lending their support to Laura Harmon, who yesterday announced her intention to contest the Seanad election on the NUI panel. Ms. Harmon is an equality campaigner, who currently works as the Leadership Coordinator with […]