Politics

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.

Hong Kong opposition walkout a ‘setback’ for LGBT+ and anti-slavery laws

Hong Kong opposition walkout a ‘setback’ for LGBT+ and anti-slavery laws

The mass resignation of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition lawmakers has raised doubts about campaigns pushing for anti-slavery legislation and equality for same-sex couples in the Chinese city, human rights groups said on Friday. The withdrawal came after Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government expelled four lawmakers from the legislature this week, for endangering national security, prompting the […]

INTERVIEW: First gay Black congressmen Jones and Torres say ‘no choice but to fight’

INTERVIEW: First gay Black congressmen Jones and Torres say ‘no choice but to fight’

Two New Yorkers this week became the first gay men of color elected to the US Congress, making strides for LGBT+ rights, while the presidential candidates were locked in a close national contest. Democrats Ritchie Torres, [an] openly gay Black and Latino man from New York City’s Bronx borough, and Mondaire Jones, [an] openly gay Black […]

New Zealand: First openly gay deputy PM sworn in

New Zealand: First openly gay deputy PM sworn in

(Reuters) – New Zealand swore in its new cabinet on Friday, including five Maori, and its first openly gay deputy prime minister [Grant Robertson], as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government increased its majority with the release of full results of an October17 general election. In separate vote results, New Zealanders narrowly rejected the legalisation of […]

US Elections: LGBT+ candidates score historic wins

US Elections: LGBT+ candidates score historic wins

LGBT+ candidates scored a series of historic wins in the US elections, including Sarah McBride becoming the first openly transgender person to win a State Senate seat. At least 117 of a record 574 LGBT+ candidates on the ballot had won at the time of publication, nine of them trans, according to the LGBTQ Victory […]