11th February 2011
Home Office says gay sex convictions will be deleted 15
6:07 PM — The Home Office has responded to claims by campaigners that promises to wipe historic gay sex convictions will not actually lead to them being deleted. Critics said today that the provisions in the Protection of Freedom Bill would only "disregard" the previously-illegal acts, rather than deleting them.
Botswana MP says he hates gays and lesbians 42
3:59 PM — A Botswana politician says he agrees with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's views on homosexuality. Pono Moatlhodi, who is the deputy speaker of the Botswana National Assembly, told a January meeting on HIV prevention that he would "never tolerate" gays and lesbians.
Gay sex criminal records will NOT be ‘deleted’, campaigners say 29
2:20 PM — Gay men convicted of historic consensual sex offences will not be able to "delete" them from their records, campaigners say.
UK government to announce law to expunge gay sex crimes from criminal records 25
12:41 AM — The government is to finally announce the full details of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, which among other issues, will expunge convictions for now legal consensual gay sex from criminal records.
10th February 2011
Polish MP sorry for ‘sexist’ lesbian joke 10
4:01 PM — A Polish MP has said sorry for a joke he made about about lesbians - although he maintains his views on homosexuality have not changed.
Shot pro-gay congresswoman begins speaking again 8
11:37 AM — Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman shot in the head last month, has begun speaking again. The pro-gay politician was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire on a meeting in a shopping mall.
9th February 2011
William Hague urged to raise gay rights on Middle East trip 8
3:13 PM — Gay rights activists are urging Foreign Secretary William Hague to raise the issue of gay rights on a trip to the Middle East this week.
8th February 2011
Australian MP polls constituents on gay marriage 10
4:51 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has begun polling his constituents on the issue of marriage equality. The former opposition leader has sent questionnaires to residents in his Sydney seat of Wentworth.
2nd February 2011
Anti-gay Iris Robinson fined for car crash 22
5:12 PM — The homophobic former DUP MP Iris Robinson has been fined £200 for causing a car crash. According to the Belfast Telegraph, she was also given three penalty points after admitting driving without due care and attention
Former Tory Lord Chancellor says Christians must have the right to bar gays 75
4:52 PM — Lord Mackay of Clashfern has argued that Christians must be free to act on their consciences when it comes to gay rights. The former Lord Chancellor under Margaret Thatcher and John Mayor said insisting that Christians abide by equality laws - such as in the case of hotel owners - was "Orwellian".
1st February 2011
Tory MP says Gareth Thomas inspired him to come out 16
4:08 PM — Tory MP and deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas inspired him to announce he is gay. His sexuality was an open secret around Westminster but Mr Evans decided to come out fully in December.
Video: George Bush’s wife and daughter support gay marriage 12
3:18 PM — Former US president George Bush's daughter has joined his wife in declaring her support for marriage equality. Laura Bush announced last year that she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.
Governor of Illinois signs gay civil-unions into law 9
2:36 AM — The Governor of Illinois has signed the state's same sex civil-union legislation into law. The move comes after a state senate vote to recognise same sex unions.
28th January 2011
Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker wins last minute reprieve from deportation from UK 22
11:59 PM — Solicitors acting for a Ugandan lesbian who was due to be deported from the United Kingdom earlier this evening have said that she has won a temporary reprieve of in advance of a fresh court appeal.
Gay former cabinet minister Nick Brown claims his phone was tapped 4
7:12 PM — Gay Labour MP, Nick Brown, who served as chief whip during Gordon Brown's tenure as prime minister and during Tony Blair's first administration has said that he believes his phone line was bugged by a tabloid newspaper.
27th January 2011
Ken Livingstone accused of hypocrisy for earning money from anti-gay Iran 23
1:51 PM — London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has been criticised for earning thousands of pounds for his work as a presenter for an Iranian TV channel.
26th January 2011
Gay marriage bill gains support in Maryland 9
5:32 PM — A bill to give gay and straight couples equal marriage rights has been introduced in Maryland's House of Delegates.
Obama: Gays will serve openly in the military this year 3
2:25 PM — US President Barack Obama mentioned the military gay ban in his State of the Union address yesterday. In the annual address, he called for more support for troops, veterans and their families and acknowledged that some are gay.
Tory MP removes blog comments about ‘gay lessons’ 17
10:35 AM — A Conservative MP who attacked gay-inclusive lessons as “ludicrous” has removed his blog post. Richard Drax, who represents South Dorset, had claimed that the lessons would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
25th January 2011
Tory MP says schools are imposing ‘questionable sexual standards’ on pupils 20
5:37 PM — Another Conservative MP has attacked plans to encourage schools to include references to gay people in maths, science and geography. South Dorset MP Richard Drax said the voluntary lesson plans were "ludicrous" and would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.