2nd July 2009
Senior lawyer in ‘promotion of homosexuality’ rant over Law Society’s Pride email 20
5:24 PM — A leaked email has revealed that a senior partner claimed the Law Society had been “hijacked by the gays", following a press release encouraging members to take part in this weekend's Pride celebrations.
Number of openly gay Tory MPs could treble 25
12:50 PM — The number of openly gay Conservative MPs could treble at the next general election, research has suggested. Currently, only Alan Duncan, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert and Gregory Barker, the MP for Bexhill and Battle are openly gay.
Jury retires in gay murder case
11:56 AM — The jury in the trial of a conman accused of beating his gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher in 2007 has retired to consider its verdict.
Indian court rules to decriminalise gay sex 12
9:47 AM — The Delhi High Court today ruled that a ban on gay sex between adults violates India's constitution. Section 377 was enacted in 1860 under the British Raj, in line with the anti-sodomy laws in England at the time.
1st July 2009
US government formally apologises to fired gay astronomer 4
4:55 PM — A gay astronomer who was fired for his sexuality in 1957 has finally received a formal apology from the US government.
Government plans to insert ‘dual discrimination’ clause into Equality Bill
4:39 PM — The government has proposed a new 'dual discrimination' clause should be inserted into the Equality Bill to protect those who may suffer discrimination due to a combination of factors.
Obama tells gay activists: ‘Judge me by the promises I keep’ 11
12:33 PM — US president Barack Obama has addressed accusations he has been slow to keep his promises on gay rights.
Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson cleared over homophobic “abomination” comments 44
11:32 AM — Iris Robinson, the Democratic Unionist Party MP who described homosexuality as an "abomination", has been cleared of any wrongdoing over her comments.
David Cameron speaks at private Pride event but will not join gay rights march 47
10:39 AM — David Cameron attended a private Pride party last night hosted by openly gay Conservative candidate Margot James. However, the Conservative leader will not be attending the Pride parade on Saturday due to "constituency events".
Military board calls for gay soldier to be discharged 7
9:59 AM — A Syrcause military board has said that Lieutenant Dan Choi, who came out on national television, should be discharged for breaking the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law.
30th June 2009
Fired gay soldier Dan Choi to appear in military court today 4
3:22 PM — Dan Choi, a former lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard, was due to appear at military court this morning at 8am to face charges for violating the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay service men and women's requirement to keep their sexuality a secret.
Gay minister receives standing ovation at last service 5
2:23 PM — Scott Rennie, the gay minister whose appointment almost caused a schism in the Church of Scotland, enjoyed a standing ovation at his last service at Brechin Cathedral.
Police raid Texas gay bar on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots 20
1:59 PM — More than 100 protesters held a demonstration on Sunday evening after a gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas, was raided on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Tatchell claims he was ‘barred’ from Downing Street gay event 42
12:04 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed he has been barred from Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Downing Street Pride reception for his criticism of the government's record on gay rights.
Judge suspended over rent boy allegations 7
11:20 AM — The judge at the centre of a rent boy scandal has been formally suspended. Judge Gerald Price QC, 60, who is married with two children, reportedly had a nine-month relationship with 25-year-old prostitute Christopher Williams, allowing him to sit in court and see confidential documents.
EXCLUSIVE: Boris “delighted” that Sarah Brown will be attending Pride London 20
12:42 AM — The Mayor of London has expressed his support for Sarah Brown's decision to attend Pride London on Saturday.
29th June 2009
Lord Mandelson tops Pink List 2009 15
4:57 PM — The Independent on Sunday published its list of the most influential gay people in Britain yesterday, with First Secretary of State Lord Mandelson leading the pack.
India moves closer to decriminalisation of homosexual acts 6
2:11 PM — The Indian government is to hold talks on repealing the country's colonial laws on gay sex.
Mixed response to civil partnerships bill from Ireland’s gay community 15
1:12 PM — The largest LGBT rights group in the Irish Republic has welcomed the publication of a bill that provides for a statutory civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Brown to march at Pride London 50
11:49 AM — The wife of the Prime Minister is to show her solidarity with the LGBT community this Saturday when she will march in the Pride London parade.