Movement at last on gay “cures”?

The Church of England looks set to condemn controversial “gay cures”, a month after the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May suggested such “treatments” could be banned.

Last month Mrs May said the Government was “reviewing” “gay cure” therapies to see if they should be banned. She said: “We’re looking carefully at the extent of the problem, and the experience of other countries that have introduced bans, to ensure we get the approach to this right.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/church-looks-set-condemn-gay-cures-archbishops-say-sexuality/

The letter that doesn’t exist has been released to the media!

The Scottish government has published a letter it received from Northern Ireland’s Arlene Foster of the DUP, about its laws surrounding gay marriage.

The correspondence, signed by Arlene Foster, was sent in early September 2015 when she was finance minister in the Stormont executive.

In her letter to former Scottish Minister Mr Marco Biagi, Mrs Foster said she was “concerned” about Scottish government proposals over same sex marriage.

She said “neither of us would wish to place same-sex couples in an uncertain legal position”.

“In this instance, we can achieve legal certainty by restricting the definition of a ‘qualifying civil partnership’ so as to exclude civil partnerships which were entered into in Northern Ireland,” she said.

Writing in response, Mr Biagi said he had considered the issues but concluded that it would “not be appropriate to exclude civil partnerships registered in Northern Ireland from the order”.

Until the publication of this letter, Mrs Foster had been denying that it had existed.

http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2017/06/20/news/scottish-government-publishes-arlene-foster-s-letter-on-gay-marriage-1061889/

Serbia strides ahead

Congratulations to Ana Brnabić, a graduate of the University of Hull, who is Serbia’s first gay Prime Minister and first female Prime Minister.

Brnabić will take up her role as Serbia navigates a crucial few years: the country is preparing for EU membership while retaining its traditionally close relationship with Russia, and nurturing a growing friendship with Beijing.

That’s quite a job description.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/serbia-gains-its-first-female-and-gay-prime-minister-ana-brnabic

Lib Dems fall apart over homosexuality

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrats’ home affairs spokesman, has resigned from his post, citing concerns about party leader Tim Farron’s views on various issues that were highlighted during the recent general election campaign.

Throughout the election campaign, Tim Farron, who is deeply religious, was dogged by questions over his attitude to homosexuality, though he has insisted he does not believe gay sex is a sin.

Mr Farron yesterday announced he is stepping down as party leader because of difficulties reconciling his Christianity with the demands of a political life.

Yesterday the party announced they would hold a deputy leadership election amid reports that MPs were mulling a leadership challenge.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/14/lib-dem-peer-brian-paddick-resigns-over-farrons-views-on-gay-sex

Stay, or go? The new Tory split emerges

James Wharton tells the indy why he has torn up his Conservative Party membership card.

Theresa May has manoeuvred to form an alliance with the DUP in order to cling on to power in the wake of the disastrous general election result last week. This has forced me to resign my party membership in protest, and call upon other gay Tories to do the same.

It’s unthinkable to me that the party would, having moved so far forward from the days of section 28 – ugly blots on the pages of its history – now so hastily rush into a marriage with a group whose founding principles are based on faith, a party that denies women the right of choice surrounding pregnancy and that still to this day holds influence that prevents LGBT people in Northern Ireland enjoying the comfort of equality in marriage.

Gay Tories, time to take stock.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/gay-tory-i-leave-party-deal-dup/

Ireland’s glass ceiling smashed

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Congratulations to Leo Varadkar who has been elected the new leader of the Republic of Ireland’s Fine Gael party and will consequently become the youngest and first openly gay taoiseach, ten years after entering politics.

In 2015, Mr. Varadkar was widely praised for bravery and honesty when he became the first Irish government minister to come out. His stand is credited with bolstering the successful gay marriage “yes” referendum campaign, making Ireland the first country to legalize gay marriage by popular vote.

Mr. Varadkar was born in Dublin in 1979, and is the son of an Irish Catholic nurse from County Waterford and a Hindu doctor from Mumbai, India. His parents met in England in the 1960s and lived in India for a time before moving to Ireland.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/is-having-a-gay-taoiseach-a-big-deal-for-ireland-1.3105955

Now we know – Lib Dems are completely bonkers!

Susan King, a Liberal Democrat candidate in our general election, thinks that plastic residue in drinking water is turning people gay, and ‘feminising hormones’ in the mains supply can change sexuality.

In an online debate she said: “People’s choice of lifestyle is again down to their personal preferences. I do feel environmental influences are affecting reproduction. All the pollution is having an effect on our DNA and our population is changing and evolving.”

Well, it’s a change from the gay cure nutters.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/02/lib-dem-candidate-says-plastic-in-our-drinking-water-is-turning-people-gay-6680160/

Could gay marriage bring down the Australian government?

Gay marriage could bring down the Australian coalition government of Malcolm Turnbull at the next election according to a new poll commissioned for P-FLAG which found that a quarter of Coalition voters could change their vote over the issue.

Twenty six per cent of Coalition voters said they would be likely to support a change in government if marriage equality laws were not dealt with before the next election.

Aanother 40 per cent said they would back a change in government over it.

Only ten per cent said they would be less likely to vote for a government that allowed a free vote on gay marriage.

http://www.news.com.au/national/politics/gay-marriage-could-cost-coalition-government-galaxay-research-poll-shows/news-story/fa7c6e20a170995a56773396fe725601

Face to face

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France welcomed its first gay refugee from Chechnya on Monday on the same day French President Emmanuel Macron pushed Russian leader Vladimir Putin to investigate the treatment and imprisonment of transgender and gay people in Chechnya, which is led by pro-Kremlin leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin visited Paris to hold talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and to open a French and Russian exhibition. Mr Macron said that Putin had promised “the whole truth”.

“I had the chance to bring up how important it is for France to respect all people, all minorities and all sensibilities in a civil society,” he said, as Mr Putin stood beside him listening to the translation.

“President Putin told me… he had undertaken several initiatives on the subject of LGBT people in Chechnya with measures aimed at establishing the whole truth about the activities of local authorities,” Macron said at a press conference with Putin after talks in Versailles. “I spelled out France’s expectations very precisely.”

Mr Macron warned Mr Putin that he would monitor further civil rights violations of gay people in Chechnya. The pair of leaders shook hands for the cameras in front of the Palace of Versailles, but their body language appeared tense.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/emmanuel-macron-vladimir-putin-gay-rights-chechnya-russia-france-syria-conflict-civil-war-assad-a7762591.html

https://www.thelocal.fr/20170530/france-takes-in-refugee-from-chechnya-as-macron-presses-putin-on-gay-rights

Good for Angela

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights at her first visit to Russia since 2015. She held talks with Mr Putin at his summer residence in Sochi.

At a joint news conference, Mrs Merkel said she had received “negative reports on the way that homosexuals are dealt with, particularly in Chechnya. … I asked President Putin to use his influence to ease the way that homosexuals… are dealt with in the country.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39779491