At the Conservatives' annual conference today, LGBTory, the party's LGBT group, will launch a dedicated fund to support LGBT candidates. The Conservative Party has more "out" MPs than all the other parties put together. With less than a year to the General Election, the fund will support a new generation of candidates in their bids to win seats in May.
LGBTory’s first fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference was organised in co-operation with the Kaleidoscope Trust, a charity supporting LGBT rights internationally. The panel discussion asked the question “What should the next government do for LGBT rights in the world?” and was chaired by LGBTory’s Colm Howard-Lloyd.
As well as our usual curry night to kick-off conference we have our most extensive fringe programme to-date. The Party will also be hosting Conference Pride with guest speaker and LGBTory Patron Christopher Biggins.
Edwina Currie, the former MP who campaigned for an equal age of consent at 16, will lead the Conservative Party's LGBT group in this Saturday's Manchester Pride parade.
The Coalition for Marriage has recently been crowing about the results of a ComRes poll it commissioned, which, according to a letter sent to CfM supporters, shows that “David Cameron’s decision to redefine marriage seems set to hurt the Conservative Party’s electoral chances in the European elections.”
In fact the poll shows that the recent pioneering measure by the Conservatives to equalise marriage in England and Wales was the least relevant factor for voters in their choice not to vote Conservative.
Uganda's economic downturn and traditionally homophobic majority have now combined to heighten the legal discrimination of LGBT people to an extreme.
In a Lord's Grand Committee debate on youth suicide LGBTory Patron, Lord Black of Brentwood highlighted the serious issue of bullying of young gay and lesbian people.
LGBTory patron calls for travel ban in light of Uganda's President signing his country's anti-homosexuality law
1) What is the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act?
On 7 January, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act which not only prohibits same sex marriage, but criminalises those who “abet” same sex marriage, which has been interpreted as a de facto ban on gay people even holding a meeting. Penalties include fines and prison sentences.
Dear LGBTory Member
As you are aware, the LGBTory AGM will soon be upon us. As such please find below the 2014 AGM Agenda. I look forward to seeing you there.