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.
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.
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.
Last week the European Parliament LGBT Intergroup met to discuss the worrying trend of “anti-propaganda laws” in Eastern Europe, mainly Russia and Ukraine. Several expert, and policy-makers took the floor. MEPs including Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative MEP for London, also took part.
Writing on this week's House of Lords proceedings on the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, Lord Jenkin of Roding, who spoke in the debate on Monday, gives his take on the historic events this week. You can also read his speech during the debate here.
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