15th August 2013
Northern Ireland: LGBT rights campaigners protest Russian anti-gay law 2
3:48 PM — LGBT rights campaigners staged a rally last night in front of Belfast City Hall to voice their opposition to controversial anti-gay legislation and the persecution of LGBT people in Russia.
13th August 2013
Ireland: Dublin prepares for LGBT Noise’s 5th Annual March for Marriage 22
12:48 PM — The fifth Irish March for Marriage is due to take place in Dublin city centre on this coming Sunday afternoon. Last year saw thousands gather for what was described as a lively and colourful demonstration calling for the Irish Republic to introduce marriage equality.
19th July 2013
Comment: Northern Ireland could face legal action if our politicians don’t support equal marriage soon 24
11:21 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding speculates on the possible legal problems faced by Northern Ireland unless it begins the processes to allow equal marriage.
6th July 2013
Northern Ireland: MLAs participate in fiece debate around LGBT issues 2
12:56 PM — Intense debate was seen earlier this week at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Tuesday when politicians participating in the panel at an annual Belfast Pride Talks Back event were taken to task on issues affecting LGBT people.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow: My support for LGBT rights is ‘legitimate and essential’ 5
12:43 PM — In his third visit to Belfast as House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow told the audience of Amnesty’s annual Belfast Pride lecture that although Northern Ireland is “considerably behind” when it comes to LGBT rights, “if it’s won through in the rest of the kingdom it will prevail in Northern Ireland”.
4th July 2013
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to appear at Belfast Amnesty Pride Lecture 4
12:04 AM — The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, will deliver a talk as part of Amnesty International Northern Ireland’s annual Pride Lecture this evening (4 July).
14th June 2013
Northern Ireland elects first openly gay mayor 5
4:54 PM — An Alliance Party councillor in Northern Ireland has become the country’s first openly gay elected mayor.
6th June 2013
Poll: 57% of people in Northern Ireland now support equal marriage 13
2:15 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of Northern Irish people now support the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married.
27th May 2013
Comment: Homophobia in the Democratic Unionist Party 22
2:48 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding reflects on homophobia in Northern Ireland, and the attitude of the Democratic Unionist Party towards gay rights.
22nd April 2013
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage legislation to be debated by Assembly 8
4:59 PM — A motion calling for legislation in Northern Ireland to allow for same sex marriage will be debated by the Stormont Assembly on the 29th April 2013.
24th January 2013
Politician: I want a tolerant Northern Ireland — but I’m against gay marriage and civil partnerships 53
7:13 PM — Democratic Unionist Party MLA Jonathan Bell says he wants Northern Ireland to be "a tolerant and inclusive society" but claims there are “no grounds to redefine marriage”.
9th January 2013
Student activist forced to justify sexuality in asylum case 14
1:06 AM — A member of the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Committee is to be brought before a hearing on his asylum in the UK, and has been asked to "prove" his sexuality.
8th January 2013
Comment: Marriage equality is more than a passing possibility in Northern Ireland 14
3:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to Northern Ireland embracing marriage equality in 2013.
9th October 2012
Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality” 6
1:43 PM — Despite last week’s equal marriage defeat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to securing LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.