7th September 2009
Gay MP Alan Duncan demoted from Conservative Shadow Cabinet 8
8:41 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan is to be demoted from his role as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He will now be a junior Justice spokesman.
New York senate could vote on gay marriage this month
4:33 PM — A gay New York state senator has said that the Senate could vote on gay marriage in the next few weeks. Democrat Tom Duane, who is the state's only openly gay senator, was hopeful it could be dealt with in a special session.
4th September 2009
Catholic editor of Italian magazine forced to step down over gay allegations 7
4:57 PM — The editor of Italy's national Catholic newspaper has resigned after "defamatory" media attacks which claimed he was gay. Dino Buffo had criticised Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for his "immoral" lifestyle.
BNP set to change ‘racist’ membership policy 11
3:50 PM — Chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, has signalled his party will change its whites-only membership policy because it cannot afford a legal fight over the issue.
2nd September 2009
Councillor reveals his HIV status at Manchester Pride 12
11:42 AM — A Manchester councillor revealed he was HIV positive in front of thousands of people at the city's Pride event last weekend. Paul Fairweather made the announcement during a vigil for those who have died after contracting the virus.
1st September 2009
Welsh first minister sends message of support to Cardiff Mardi Gras 1
4:16 PM — Rhodri Morgan, the first minister of Wales, sent a message of support to revellers at this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras. The gay event was held last weekend in glorious sunshine, unlike last year when torrential rain meant it was cancelled.
Conservative gay group launched at Manchester Pride 106
10:57 AM — A Tory-affiliated LGBT group has been officially launched at Manchester Pride. LGBTory had a stall during the bank holiday festivities, while members marched in the parade to showcase the new rainbow Tory logo and the slogan 'Conservative and Proud'.
28th August 2009
Britain among countries backing Budapest Pride 9
6:31 PM — The Budapest embassies of the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France and Germany have expressed their support for Pride events in the city.
Congressman demands Obama end ban on gays in US military 11
3:06 PM — A veteran Democratic member of the US House of Representatives has said he is "deeply disappointed" in President Obama's failure to deal with the ban on gays in the military.
Bill to legalise gay adoption moves forward in Uruguay 3
11:55 AM — The Congress in Uruguay has passed a bill allowing adoption by gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. The legislation is expected to pass in the Senate, where the ruling party has a majority.
VIDEO: Bucharest crowd boo Madonna’s defence of gays and Roma 34
11:26 AM — Romanian fans of singer Madonna showed their displeasure during a concert yesterday when she condemned discrimination against Roma people and gays.
27th August 2009
Plans to ban “ex-Lords” from Commons could end speculation about Mandelson 9
1:47 PM — The Justice Secretary may amend new legislation that would allow Lords to resign their seats to stop ex-peers from becoming an MP for up to five years.
Lib Dem MP accuses Tories and local paper of twisting the facts over gay group grant 20
12:56 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused both the Tories on Bristol council and one of the city's newspapers of misrepresenting a National Lottery grant to a gay group.
Indian cabinet could report next week on legalisation of gay sex 1
12:32 PM — The Indian government could give its official response to a court ruling that decriminalised homosexual acts as early as next week.
Italian gays condemn football manager and call for hate crimes legislation 3
12:12 PM — A leading gay rights group in Italy has condemned comments by the country's football coach about homosexual players.
26th August 2009
Gays pay tribute to “our protector, our leader, our friend” Ted Kennedy 13
3:50 PM — America's leading LGBT rights organisation has paid tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, who has died aged 77.
Downing St responds to petition against deportation of gays 10
2:53 PM — A petition on the Downing St website calling on the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned because of their sexuality has prompted a response from the government.
Christians begin drive to “reclaim” Iowa from gay marriage 7
2:22 PM — A group that opposes marriage rights for gay people has said its intervention in a state election in Iowa is just the start of their campaign.
VIDEO: Athlete at centre of gender row given hero’s welcome in South Africa 3
12:41 PM — More than 3,000 people were at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg yesterday to welcome home athlete Caster Semenya.
Gay basketball star slams Chris Grayling for comparing Manchester to The Wire 12
12:27 PM — British basketball star John Amaechi has demanded an apology from Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling after he claimed parts of the UK are as violent as US hit TV show The Wire.