18th April 2011
Scottish Green Party leader tells of MSPs’ anti-gay jokes 12
11:38 AM — Patrick Harvie, the leader of the Scottish Green Party, says he has endured anti-gay jokes from parliament colleagues. Speaking to Scotland on Sunday, the 38-year-old, who is bisexual, said he knew some MSPs had made "homophobic" remarks about him behind his back.
Gay men vote Nick Clegg ‘sexiest party leader’ 42
9:50 AM — Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been voted the sexiest UK party leader in a poll of gay men. Forty-two per cent of the 1,100 men surveyed by gay networking group Jake said Mr Clegg, who famously confessed to sleeping with "no more than 30 women", was the hottest leader.
14th April 2011
Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe calls Britain ‘gay filth’ 47
5:49 PM — Homophobic Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe called Britain's tolerance of gay rights "unnatural" and "filth" at the funeral of his deputy intelligence chief today. The African leader, speaking at the funeral of Menard Muzariri, hit out at continued European sanctions on his country.
Government website asks: Should Equality Act be scrapped? 104
12:23 PM — A government website asks members of the public whether the Equality Act should be scrapped completely. Red Tape Challenge is designed to help ministers identify "burdensome" legislation and "pointless or outdated rules".
13th April 2011
Gay Brighton couple hope to be first elected councillors together 29
5:51 PM — A gay couple from Brighton hope they will become the first civil partners to be elected as councillors at the same time. Peter Booth, a businessman, and Kelvin Poplett, a travel agent, are standing as Tory candidates for East Brighton ward alongside Chris Sandland, who was a founder member of Stonewall.
Indian minister says declining female birth rate means ‘we’ll all become gay’ 67
3:37 PM — An Indian minister says he is concerned that the whole population will become gay if gender balance trends continue. Farooq Abdullah, the minister for new and renewable energy, was commenting on new Census figures which show that the ratio of female children to male children is the lowest since India gained independence.
12th April 2011
Government seeks transgender community’s feedback 15
3:48 PM — The coalition government is to publish its first 'Transgender Action Plan' later this year and is asking trans people to help shape the document. Ministers promised last May that they would produce an action plan specifically for trans people.
Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson calls party homophobes ‘disgusting’ 6
1:29 PM — Former Republican Senator for Wyoming, Alan Simpson, has hit out at anti-gay politicians in his party. During an interview with MSNBC's Hardball programme, he said men shouldn't be allowed to vote on abortion and called homophobes 'disgusting".
Out gay London deputy mayor Simon Milton dies 18
10:53 AM — London deputy mayor Sir Simon Milton has died after a short illness at the age of 49. The Conservative politician, who was mayor Boris Johnson's chief of staff, died in hospital on Monday.
10th April 2011
Gay blood donation ban to be lifted for men who haven’t had sex for 10 years 357
10:34 AM — The government is to lift the ban on gay men giving blood, ruling that a blanket ban is discriminatory and could be in breach of the Equality Act. However, lifting the ban will only apply to gay men who have not had sex for ten years prior to donating blood.
8th April 2011
Australian politician denies homophobia towards gay MP 10
4:22 PM — An Australian politician has denied that a 'queen' joke he made about a gay MP was homophobic. Rob Johnson, who is the West Australian police minister, said his remarks had been misconstrued.
Newly-out gay MPs attend Stonewall Equality Dinner 166
1:26 PM — Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans and Conservative MP Crispin Blunt were among the guests at last night's Stonewall Equality Dinner. They joined 600 guests at London's Dorchester Hotel to raise £340,000 for the charity's gay rights work.
US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12
10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.
7th April 2011
Scottish parliament elections: Labour and Lib Dems promise gay rights action 18
4:18 PM — The Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have made manifesto promises on marriage equality ahead of May's election. Labour - which is on an equal footing with the SNP in polls - says it will consult on the issue while the Lib Dems offer a firmer commitment.
1st April 2011
Donald Trump doesn’t ‘feel good’ about gay marriage 98
4:09 PM — US billionaire Donald Trump says he doesn't "feel good" about the issue of marriage equality. The thrice-married tycoon, who is a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has stated his opposition to the issue several times in the last month.
Polish MP expelled for lesbian joke 47
12:59 PM — A Polish MP has been expelled from his party for making a sexist joke about lesbians. Robert Wegrzyn of the centre-right Civic Platform party was given the boot this week, two months after he made the off-colour joke.
29th March 2011
Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26
9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.
Shadow health minister Diane Abbott attacks cuts to HIV funding 92
2:31 PM — Shadow health minister Diane Abbott has claimed that changes to funding for London HIV services will "threaten and marginalise" gay and bisexual people. Last week, PinkNews.co.uk reported that HIV charities in the capital had been told that the NHS primary care trusts which help to fund their work would be slashing their budgets by 43 per cent.
Gandhi supporters condemn bisexual claims 35
9:29 AM — Supporters of Mahatma Gandhi say claims that the Indian political leader left his wife for a male bodybuilder are blasphemous and wrong.
28th March 2011
Elton John to meet David Cameron over gay HIV rates 152
12:24 PM — Elton John says he will meet prime minister David Cameron to discuss what can be done to tackle HIV rates. The pop legend and HIV campaigner said he had a date in the diary to speak to the prime minister.