Outgoing President Barack Obama has delivered a passionate call for equality in his farewell speech. The Democrat, elected President in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, has been a proud supporter of LGBT rights, leading a quiet revolution on equality in the US and around the world. He is set to leave power on January 20,

Obama condemns anti-LGBT violence in final United Nations speech as US President

President Barack Obama has made his last ever United Nations speech as US President and used it to condemn anti-LGBT violence. In the speech at the UN, President Obama warned US voters against embracing isolationism and ultra-nationalism in November’s Presidential election. He also warned against discriminating against minority groups, saying: “I do not believe progress

Obama meets with Cuban LGBT activists

Two independent LGBT rights advocates are among the members of Cuban civil society with whom President Obama met on Tuesday in Havana. Juana Mora Cedeño of Alianza Mano and Nelson Álvarez Matute, who works with her organization, attended the meeting in the Cuban capital. A pool report indicates that Secretary of State John Kerry, National

Cuban police harass LGBT advocate ahead of Obama visit

An independent Cuban LGBT rights advocate says a police officer came to his home ahead of President Obama’s arrival on the Communist island. Cuban Foundation for LGBT Rights President Nelson Gandulla Diaz told the Washington Blade on Monday during a telephone interview from the city of Cienfuegos that a female police officer came to his

Obama tells Kenyan President to stop discriminating against gay people

Barack Obama has told Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta that gay people must be treated equally under the law, or else “bad things” will happen. The US President, whose father was from Kenya, is currently visiting the country for the first time as President. During an interview with the BBC’s John Sopel prior to his visit Africa, President Obama

Millions of US LGBT workers gain workplace discrimination protection

An Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination will affect all those working for federal contractors and subcontractors.  President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination has now come into effect. The US President signed the bill last July and it came into effect yesterday (8 April). It is now forbidden for federal contractors and subcontractors

Obama calls for end to ‘gay conversion therapies’

US President Barack Obama has condemned psychiatric therapies designed to “repair” gay, lesbian and transgender youth. Mr Obama’s statement was in response to an online petition calling for a ban on conversion therapies. It gained over 120,000 signatures in three months. The petition was inspired by Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender youth who committed suicide

LGBT members of Congress question U.S. trade agreement

LGBT members of Congress on Wednesday urged the White House to reconsider its decision to allow two countries with anti-gay rights records to join a U.S.-led pan-Pacific trade agreement. U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Mark Takano (D-Calif.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in a letter to President Obama sought “clarification on

President Barack Obama has unveiled a new budget proposal, which includes changes to social security which would mean all couples, gay or straight, would be eligible for spousal benefits. The proposed $4 trillion budget would mean even gay couples who live outside of the 36 states which allow same-sex marriage would be allowed to receive

Barack Obama: I hope the Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

The country’s highest court announced earlier this month that it would take up a same-sex marriage case that could bring equal marriage to all 50 states. Attorney General Eric Holder has already confirmed that his office will submit a brief urging the court to strike down bans on same-sex marriage. President Obama was asked about the case in an