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.
LGBTory patron calls for travel ban in light of Uganda's President signing his country's anti-homosexuality law
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.
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.
Comment piece by LGBTory officer, Zoe Kirk-Robinson -
The introduction of the UK's new Internet filters by a range of ISPs has resulted in numerous problems. While all the problems were predicted the day the filters were first announced (and also the day the previous idea of filters was announced), the resultant outrage has to a great extent prevented discussion of the most important question: are filters of any kind actually necessary?
LGBTory Patron, Crispin Blunt, Member of Parliament for Reigate, has today written a letter to Shri Ghulam abi Azad, the Indian Health Minister, urging him to act to repeal the recent ruling by the Indian Supreme Court, which made gay sex illegal. The full text of Mr Blunt's letter is available to read here.
1) What has happened in India?
The Supreme Court of India ruled on 11 December 2013 that homosexuality remains a criminal offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. This reverses a 2009 judgment by the Delhi High Court which declared that applying Section 377 to consensual homosexual sex to be unconstitutional.