14th May 2010
Chris Grayling demoted to junior pensions role 11
4:47 PM — Chris Grayling, the former shadow home secretary, has been demoted to junior pensions minister. He was expected to be pushed down the party ranks after making a number of gaffes in the last year, including saying that B&B owners should have the right to bar gay couples.
Kiss-ins planned around the world for IDAHO 1
4:40 PM — Fifty cities around the world will see kiss-in events this weekend to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
Police drop charge against ‘homophobic’ street preacher 14
4:32 PM — A street preacher arrested for describing homosexuality as a sin has had the charge against him dropped. Dale McAlpine, 42, of Yeowartville, Workington, was charged last month with a public order offence after he told a passerby that homosexuality was a "sin".
New equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government not diverse enough 19
4:12 PM — Newly-appointed junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone has criticised the coalition government for not having enough women. She said she was "very disappointed" at the lack of female representation.
Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone appointed junior equality minister 8
1:59 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has been appointed a junior minister with responsibility for equality. She will be working under equality minister Theresa May, having been the Liberal Democrats' spokeswoman for equality since 2007.
Campaigners’ anger at Pope’s latest ‘homophobic’ comments 64
12:12 PM — Gay equality campaigners have condemned Pope Benedict's latest attack on same-sex marriage. The Pope made the comments yesterday while visiting Fatima, Portugal's most holy site.
Graham Norton takes over Jonathan Ross’ radio show 5
11:33 AM — Graham Norton is taking over Jonathan Ross' Satuday morning BBC Radio 2 show. The gay presenter was tipped as the most likely successor to Ross, who is leaving the BBC after 13 years.
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan appointed international development minister 12
11:08 AM — Out gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has been appointed international development minister in David Cameron's new coalition government.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7
10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.