30th May 2010
Comment: David Laws’s gay secrecy is understandable, so many closeted Lib Dem MPs is not 62
12:08 PM — David Laws, undoubtedly the brightest star of the Conservative Liberal Democrat coalition fell victim to something so evident in the lives of any gay or lesbian, utter fear. His downfall after what must have been one of the shortest ever spells in the cabinet is a personal tragedy that was ultimately inevitable as soon as the Daily Telegraph obtained the expenses claims of every MP in the last Parliament. But why is he the third prominent Liberal Democrat MP to be forced to come out as either gay or bisexual in the past few years given their party's whole hearted support of gay rights?
29th May 2010
David Laws resigns over expose of expenses paid to secret lover 61
9:35 PM — David Laws has resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after it was revealed he paid almost £40,000 in expenses to his secret boyfriend. Mr Laws, a Liberal Democrat, is the first casualty of the coalition.
President of Malawi frees and pardons gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour 29
5:24 PM — The president of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika has pardoned the gay couple sentenced to 14 years hard labour for conducting an illegal wedding in the country. The move was announced during a visit to the country by the secretary general of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.
Cabinet minister David Laws forced to come out as gay following expenses expose 43
10:58 AM — David Laws, the Liberal Democrat appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury has been forced to come out as gay after the Daily Telegraph revealed he had claimed almost £40,000 in rent that was paid to his secret partner breaking the rules on MPs' second home expenses.
28th May 2010
Declassified government files from early 1970s reveal gay issues in civil service 6
6:06 PM — A government file dating from 1974 has been released by the National Archives in Kew, south-west London. Titled "Guidance to Departments About the Employment of Homosexuals in the Public Service" it includes minutes from a 1974 meeting reviewing the rules on promoting "practising homosexuals" to senior civil service posts.
LGBT filter added to Expedia’s online booking options 6
5:18 PM — Britain's premier online travel website expedia.co.uk have added an LGBT search filter to their hotel options in order to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in finding welcoming and safe places to stay when planning holidays at home and abroad.
Pentecostal church leader denies allegations of homophobia 153
4:10 PM — Amended May 1st, 3.10pm. Bishop John Francis, head of the Ruach Christian Ministry in Brixton, south-west London, was reported to have allegedly linked homosexuality to paedophilia and rape in his sermon delivered on Sunday 23 May.
Simon Hughes MP runs for deputy leadership of Liberal Democrats 13
3:36 PM — Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, today launched his bid for the role of deputy leader of the party. He also admitted to Sky News today that there were "risks" to the new coalition government.
London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress 8
2:52 PM — Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Camden borough's first openly gay mayor, was last night confirmed in his role at a ceremony in Camden Town Hall. In his new position, Councillor Simpson pledged to retain the "rock 'n' roll" spirit of Camden, a major landmark on Britain's musical map.
Mayor of Moscow a ‘criminal’ says Peter Tatchell 15
1:06 PM — Peter Tatchell said yesterday that the mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, was a "criminal" because of his placing a ban on Moscow Pride for the past five years.
Bulgaria’s third LGBT pride parade has diplomatic support 1
12:15 PM — The International Diplomatic Society in Sofia, Bulgaria, has again expressed its staunch support of the capital's third annual pride parade, to be held on 26 June.
Cult gay director John Waters has new book out 2
11:22 AM — John Waters, director of Hairspray, Serial Mom and a whole host of lesser-known trashy and camp underground epics of the 1970s inclding Multiple Maniacas, Desperate Living and Pink Flamingos, has a new book out this week. Role Models showcases his adoration for the the fringes of society and hose who dwell there.
US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14
10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.
27th May 2010
More than half of gay men surveyed are uncomfortable displaying public affection 31
6:33 PM — In a survey undertaken by free gay dating website ManCentral.com, 61 per cent of gay and bisexual men say they felt uncomfortable displaying affection with another man in public.
Zimbabwean gay rights activists released on bail 5
6:00 PM — A court in Harare, Zimbabwe, has today released on bail the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation who were arrested last Friday. Their trial is set for 10 June.
Gay superhero comic up for major award 6
4:40 PM — A new comic called Spandex, about a gang of gay superheros, has been nominated for an Eagle Award, the comic world's equivalent of an Oscar. It is being put forward in the category of Best British Colour Comic Book.
HIV cases on the rise in Scotland 6
4:12 PM — Figures published yesterday showed that over 90 Scots were diagnosed HIV positive since the beginning of this year. Between January and March 2010, 91 people were affected, bringing the overall Scottish diagnosis rate to 6,338.
Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4
3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.
Hundreds expected to turn out for Malawi protest this Saturday in London 13
1:44 PM — A vast crowd is expected to turn out for Saturday's protest at London's Malawi High Commission, in a show of solidarity for Malawian prisoners Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
Sir Elton’s Moroccan concert a success 4
12:03 PM — Elton John's performance at the Mawazine music festival in Rabat, Morocco, went ahead last night despite fury from Islamists about his welcome into the kingdom.