LGBTory News

LGBTory at Conference: LGBT rights in the world?

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.

LGBTory at Conservative Conference 2014

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.

Coalition for Marriage poll shows that electorate cares about practically everything other than gay marriage

The Coalition for Marriage has recently been crowing about the results of a ComRes poll[1] 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 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.

Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition 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.

Indian Homosexuality “Re-Criminalisation” Briefing

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.

LGBTory Patrons Decry Return of Indian Gay Ban

India’s Supreme Court Re-criminalizes HomosexualityIndia's Supreme Court has ruled 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 the code to consensual homosexual sex was unconstitutional. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013 - 15 years and counting

When my cousin first heard of the Transgender Day of Remembrance earlier this year, she asked me why the trans* community is so focussed on death. It's not a question I was prepared for but I gave it a lot of thought and I realised that, as a community, there is one thing that we all have in common: whether you are black of white, rich or poor, old or young, the thug in the street will not care. They want to attack us, and they want to kill us, because we are trans*.