Turkish Cypriots to repeal gay ban by Christmas
Nicosia 11 October 2013 – Two years after Turkish Cypriot leader Dr. Derviş Eroğlu promised Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis to repeal the north part of the island’s ban on homosexuality, the London MEP has returned to Cyprus to revive the process.
As Conservatives began their annual conference in Manchester, party activists were being told to “think pink” and appeal to LGBT voters in the 2015 General Election.
The organisation of LGBTory's annual fringe event at Conservative Party Conference, joint with Stonewall, is now complete. The final panel membership, which will be chaired by LGBTory Chairman Matthew Sephton, has now been released.
Following recent news that the Department For Education has removed gender identity from the latest draft of the National Curriculum for Schools, there has been an outcry from LGBT campaigners across the country.
1) What is the “anti-gay” law?
In June this year Russian lawmakers voted to adopt Federal Law 135-FZ banning “propaganda about non-traditional sexual relations”to minors. This follows on from earlier similar bans at regional level in 10 Russian oblasts, including in St. Petersburg in 2012.
Brighton Kemptown's Conservative MP, Simon Kirby, has written to the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, urging him to condemn the Russian Government's treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The full text if his letter can be read here.
Yesterday was Leeds Pride. LGBTory patron, Stuart Andrew MP is always a great supporter of the event and this year he once again spoke on stage. Here you can read a transcript of what he said.
Simon Kirby, Conservative Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown and a big LGBTory supporter, gave his support for the 2013 Pride celebrations in Brighton, taking place this weekend.
Today, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron hosted an LGBT reception at 10 Downing Street for the fourth year since becoming Prime Minister. At a gathering of many prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, including representation from LGBTory, Mr Cameron was celebrating the passing of the Marriage (same sex couples) Act. The Prime Minister's speech at the gathering can be read in full here.
URGENT BRIEFING for Conservative MPs – Burrowes amendment to Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill . Here can be a briefing that we have sent to Conservative Members of Parliament, following the amendment which David Burrowes has tabled to try a last-ditch attempt to wreck the equal marriage bill.