Zimbabwe LGBT Rights Campaigners Call for Recognition

With Zimbabwe marking 33 years of independence, campaigners are using the anniversary to remind people that the country is still a long way from securing basic rights for its LGBT citizens. Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) said in a statement: “We remain on course in our quest to achieving equality for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender […]

Social change will take time, Olympian says

Gay New Zealand Olympian Blake Skjellerup has welcomed the passage of the marriage equality law, saying it reflects the fact that New Zealand stands resolutely against discrimination, but points out there is still progress to be made.   The speedskater is a GLBT youth advocate and patron of the QSA (Queer-Straight Alliance) Network Aotearoa. The […]

Hollande Denounces Homophobia

French President Francois Hollande hit out at “homophobic” acts by opponents of a same-sex marriage bill following violent protests that included an attack on a gay bar. The interior minister asked protest organisers to throw out members of far-right organisations who have been involved in the violence, as opposition intensifies ahead of the bill’s expected […]

Tory MP Calls for Early Day Motion on Homophobia in Sport

Following on from the recent report on homophobia at Brighton & Hove Albion FC matches, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has sponsored an Early Day Motion calling on clubs, supporters, the police and football authorities to act. This follows a piece of research that highlighted the levels of homophobia […]

Archbishop: Opposing Same Sex marriage 'not discrimination'

Peter Tatchell returned from his historic meeting with the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on April 18th 2013 with a mixed message. He told a press gathering that the Archbishop accepted opposite sex civil partnerships. However, according to Tatchell,  he can’t allow same sex couples to marry because there is an “intrinsic difference in […]

New Zealand Passes Same Sex Marriage Bill

New Zealand’s same-sex marriage legislation has gone through its final stage and the forward thinking nation will now be the 13th state in the world to recognise same sex marriage and the first in the pacific Asia region. Sadly, Australian PM Julia Gillard wasted no time in asserting that NZ’s nextdoor neighbour would not be […]

Thatcher's Homophobia Revisited

Before launching the notorious Section 28, the first anti-gay legislation in 100 years, Mrs. Thatcher spoke to the Tory party Conference in 1987. She told Conference that children in out schools were being “taught they have an inalienable right to be gay”, that they should be taught “sound, traditional, moral values” and were being “cheated”. Section […]

Same Sex Marriage One Step Closer in France

The French Senate has given its approval to a bill that would allow same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt. “This law will allow gay people to no longer be clandestine in their families and in the Republic,” Family Minister Dominique Bertinotti said in the Senate on Friday. AP reports the bill will formally become law […]