20th December 2010
Prague puts gay hotspots on the map
11:56 AM — A new initiative will see the publication distributed for free at clubs and hotels across the Czech Republic's capital city.
Australian Catholics told to lobby MPs against gay marriage 14
11:05 AM — Sydney Archdiocese says arguments should be based on the "natural order", amid a growing movement to alter the law.
Parliamentary LGBT support network launches today 3
10:38 AM — ParliOut, a staff support group will be launched tonight, but Tory MP Nigel Evans may miss the party.
19th December 2010
Ann Widdecombe criticises Nigel Evans’ ‘coming out’ and gay Parliament group 69
11:35 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has criticised the 'coming out' of the deputy speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans. She said that being gay “is not an issue” and that MPs should not disclose details of their private lives.
18th December 2010
Tory MP Nigel Evans came out after threats from ex-Labour MP and encouragement from Corrie star 29
11:31 PM — Nigel Evans the Conservative MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has told the Mail on Sunday that he was threatened with being outed by a former Labour MP and that his decision to publicly come out was spurred on by Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle.
Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38
8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.
US Senate edges closer to ending gay military ban later today 1
6:27 PM — The US Senate has voted to proceed to a final debate and vote on the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Earlier today, the Senate voted 63-33 in favour of a final vote on the issue. Six Republicans crossed party lines to support the bill that has the backing of the Democrats and President Barack Obama. The vote scheduled for 3pm (8pm GMT) requires just a simple majority to repeal the ban.
Nigel Evans, deputy speaker of the House of Commons, comes out as gay 17
6:05 PM — Nigel Evans, the deputy speaker of the House of Commons and Conservative MP for Ribble Valley, has ended the "open secret" of his homosexuality. Mr Evans, who has been an MP since 1992 did vote against the equalisation of the age of consent for gay and straight sex in 1998, but changed his mind two years later. Since 2003, when he supported the abolition of Section 28, legislation that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality by local authorities (principally in schools), Mr Evans has become noted for his support of both LGBT rights and the lobbying organisation Stonewall.
17th December 2010
Young politician was ‘set up’ over gay porn pics 60
4:38 PM — The young politician suspended for allegedly posting pictures of himself on a "pornographic" website claims he was set up. Reace Mcdonnell, 19, a deputy member of the Youth Parliament, was suspended earlier this month after a newspaper reported that there were images of him on porn websites.
Gay US veterans sue to rejoin military 4
3:56 PM — Three openly gay US military veterans are suing to get their old jobs back. They were discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell - the law which prohibits gay troops from being open about their sexual orientation.
Ricky Martin says he’ll marry when Puerto Rico allows it
3:19 PM — Ricky Martin says he won't marry until Puerto Rico allows gay couples to tie the knot. The star, who has a boyfriend of three years, said he hoped that the Caribbean island would change the law.
French straight couples opt for civil unions over marriage 22
3:03 PM — Heterosexual couples in France are opting for civil unions over marriage. The country allows both straight and gay couples to have PACS, or pacte civil de solidarité, although gay couples cannot marry.
Labour council candidate harassed rival with anti-gay abuse 13
2:18 PM — A Labour council candidate has admitting bombarding his openly gay rival with homophobic abuse. David Bradley, 29, of Bristol, sent 33 text messages to Ed Bramall, 33, calling him "creepy" and "vile".
Winona Ryder says Mel Gibson was homophobic 46
12:52 PM — Winona Ryder claims that Mel Gibson was homophobic and anti-Semitic when she met him 15 years ago. The actress told GQ that he had called her an "oven dodger" - a reference to the gas chambers used to kill Jews during the Holocaust.
Mother of gay suicide teen pleads for anti-bullying action 21
11:37 AM — The mother of a California teenager who killed himself after he was bullied for being gay has pleaded with his school district to do more about the problem. Seth Walsh, 13, died nine days after hanging himself in September. He had endured years of homophobic bullying at school.
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter sorry for saying gays shouldn’t have sex in Qatar 18
10:50 AM — FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised for saying that gay football fans shouldn't have sex in Qatar when the country hosts the 2022 World Cup.
16th December 2010
William Hague criticised by gay campaigners 20
6:11 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague has been criticised by gay rights activists for failing to answer their questions. The minister took part in a Twitter question and answer session earlier today but declined to answer some questions on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.
UK parliament gets first LGBT network 6
5:32 PM — Lords, MPs and parliament staff will soon have a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network. The group, named ParliOut, will be launched next week with Speaker John Bercrow as its president.
Matt Lucas wins damages over ‘grossly intrusive’ Daily Mail article 9
5:24 PM — Comedian Matt Lucas won undisclosed damages and an apology from the Daily Mail today over an article it published after his former civil partner's suicide. Lucas sued for damages over the "grossly intrusive" story, which appeared in March of this year, five months after Kevin McGee killed himself.
Ian Baynham’s family urges better reporting of hate crimes 5
4:24 PM — The family of Ian Baynham has urged victims of homophobic hate crimes to report incidents to police. His sister Jenny said she missed him "dreadfully" and called on the public to "take responsibility" for reporting such crimes.