20th September 2011
Video: US airman comes out to his father live on YouTube 48
11:02 PM — On the day that President Obama finally ended the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on openly gay people serving in the US military, a young airman came out to his father via the telephone and broadcast a webcam recording of the event on YouTube.
Obama praises end of military gay ban 15
5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."
Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157
5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.
Mumbai police fine 150 gay men after breaking up party 25
3:12 PM — Police in Mumbai raided a “gay rave party” early on Sunday morning, fining around 150 men for drinking alcohol and committing "obscene" acts.
Poll: Young people see online anti-gay or racist slurs as ‘just joking’ 35
2:33 PM — A poll suggests that most US young people are not offended by online anti-gay, racist or sexist slurs. According to an Associated Press-MTV survey, most young people think it's just 'joking around' when their friends use words like 'fag' or 'slut'.
Lesbian couple accuse Thomson of honeymoon discrimination 104
1:39 PM — A lesbian couple claim that one of Britain's largest travel companies discriminated against them on their honeymoon. Gemma Harman, 24, and Tamsin Harper, 36, from Brighouse, Yorkshire, flew to the Dominican Republican with Thomson following their civil partnership earlier this year.
Lib Dems say 12-month gay blood ban must be lifted 27
12:02 PM — The Liberal Democrat party has voted to urge the government to go further on removing blood donation restrictions on gay men. Members at the party's conference in Birmingham agreed that the new 12-month deferral period is "a ban by any other name".
Gay policeman and former Mr Gay UK cleared of all charges 49
10:57 AM — A gay policeman who won Mr Gay UK has had the last of a series of charges against him dropped. PC Mark Carter, from Birkenshaw, was cleared in June of three counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.
US military gay ban ends today 23
10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.
19th September 2011
Madonna flash mob greets anti-gay Republican Michele Bachmann 28
5:44 PM — Gay rights campaigners staged a Madonna-themed flash mob to greet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Friday. The anti-gay politician was in California for the state Republican convention.
Unitarian church disappointed by ‘discriminatory’ gay marriage plans 33
5:13 PM — The chief officer of the British Unitarian Church says he is disappointed by the announcement of a government consultation on gay marriage. Derek McAuley said it would be discriminatory not to allow religious gay marriages and questioned why the process could not begin before Christmas, rather than the scheduled date of March 2012.
Labour says it will pressure government for gay marriage 36
4:20 PM — Labour says it will pressure the coalition government to ensure that marriage equality is enacted. Shadow equalities minister Yvette Cooper responded to the announcement of a March 2012 consultation on how the change can be implemented.
Evan Rachel Wood admits she was ‘terrified’ of first female relationship 12
2:32 PM — True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has spoken candidly about being bisexual. The star, who plays lesbian vampire Sophie-Anne Leclerq on the show, told Marie Claire: "That's a big part of who I am, and it always has been for as long as I can remember."
Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage consultation is not good enough 68
1:49 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the consultation on marriage equality is not good enough - and not even necessary.
Brian Souter says society may ‘implode’ if ‘traditional marriage’ falls 100
12:03 PM — Scottish entrepreneur and SNP donor Brian Souter says society is in danger of "imploding" if "traditional marriage" declines. The businessman, who fought to save Section 28 ten years ago, was answering questions about his views on gay marriage.
UK Home Office considering gender-neutral passports 27
10:52 AM — The Home Office has said it is considering the possibility of not displaying gender on passports. The proposals follow changes to Australian passport rules, which mean that intersex people who identify as neither gender can be listed as 'X', rather than having to choose between male or female.
Lib Dem president Tim Farron ‘victim of false gay rumours’ 56
10:19 AM — Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has hit out at "wicked" rumours that he was blackmailed over a "secret gay life".
17th September 2011
UK equalities minister Lynne Featherstone officially announces gay marriage policy 126
6:10 PM — Following last night's announcement that the government will introduce legislation to allow gay civil marriage before the end of this parliament, the minister responsible, Lynne Featherstone, said that the current system of gay civil partnerships and straight marriage is “ not only discrimination, but is not fair.”
16th September 2011
David Cameron ‘emphatically in favour’ of gay marriage 124
9:14 PM — Prime minister David Cameron is 'emphatically' in favour of allowing gay couples to marry, PinkNews.co.uk has been told. A senior Downing Street source said Mr Cameron had "personally intervened" to ensure that a consultation on the issue takes place and that the law is changed within the lifetime of this parliament.
Government proposes introducing gay marriage after Cameron intervention 75
9:13 PM — A government consultation on the process for allowing gay couples to marry will take place next March, PinkNews.co.uk understands that prime minister David Cameron is "emphatically" in favour of the change.