Politics

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, […]

US: Buttigieg – ‘No going back’ in fight for LGBTQ rights

US: Buttigieg – ‘No going back’ in fight for LGBTQ rights

(Reuters) – Democrat Pete Buttigieg, running to become the first openly gay US president, told activists at an Iowa Pride festival on Saturday, there was “no going back to normal” in fighting discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Buttigieg, speaking at a rally on the steps outside the Iowa state capitol in Des Moines, said rights […]

Poland: First openly-gay MP says Wiosna won’t join alliance

Poland: First openly-gay MP says Wiosna won’t join alliance

(Reuters) – Poland’s third-largest political group, the new leftist Wiosna (Spring) party, said on Tuesday it would stand alone in national elections, dismissing calls to join an opposition alliance to take on the ruling nationalists. Its leader, Robert Biedron – Poland’s first openly gay lawmaker – said members had made the decision on Monday, the […]

Long-standing LGBT+ campaigner to run for European Elections

Long-standing LGBT+ campaigner to run for European Elections

Midlands North West European candidate, Dominic Hannigan, calls on candidates to sign ILGA’s ‘Come Out Pledge’ Dominic Hannigan, one of the first openly gay TDs elected to Dáil Eireann, will be the Labour Party’s candidate for the European Elections in the Midlands North West constituency. A native of Drogheda, Co. Louth, Mr. Hannigan is a […]

Dominic Hannigan calls for ban on gay conversion programmes

Dominic Hannigan calls for ban on gay conversion programmes

Dominic Hannigan, the Labour Party’s European Election candidate in the Midlands North West constituency, has called for a ban on gay conversion programmes in Ireland. Mr. Hannigan – one of the first two openly gay TDs elected to Dáil Éireann – said that, if elected, he will work towards progressing a Europe-wide solution to the […]