2nd July 2009
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.
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".
30th June 2009
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.
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.
Poll shows 61% of Brits support full gay marriage rights 31
10:59 AM — An opinion poll commissioned by The Times to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots has revealed that a majority want gay marriage in the UK.
Castro’s daughter to discuss gay rights during London visit
10:38 AM — Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, is to speak at an event in London later this week.
28th June 2009
It was 40 years ago today – how the Stonewall riots started the gay rights movement 20
3:05 PM — On the 27th June, 1969 a relatively unassuming gay bar in the West Village of Manhattan became the epicentre of an event that changed the course of gay history.
26th June 2009
Lithuanian President blocks homophobic law 21
4:05 PM — The President of Lithuania has vetoed a new law that would have banned materials that “agitate" for gay relationships from schools.
Pride in Sofia could be a “step forward” for Bulgaria 4
2:57 PM — The Rainbow Friendship Rally that will take place on Sunday in Sofia could serve "as a step forward in attitudes of acceptance and tolerance in Bulgarian society," a leading commentator has said.
Gordon Brown writes to gay community ahead of Pride 30
2:01 PM — The Prime Minister has sent good wishes for "the Pride season" to readers of the gay community.
Irish gays ‘deserve marriage rights’ claim campaigners 11
1:45 PM — A group campaiging for gay marriage in Ireland has criticised the government after the publication of the civil partnership bill.
Gay legal group backs new employment discrimination law
1:15 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the United States Congress to act swifly to introduce new legislation protecting LGBT people in the workplace.