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  • 10th December 2010

    US Senate blocks repeal of gay military ban 20

    The US Senate voted against a bill containing a repeal measure

    10:49 AM — The US Senate yesterday blocked legislation to end the ban on out gay troops. Senators voted 57-40 - three votes short of the 60 needed - to pass military funding legislation which included a repeal measure.

  • 9th December 2010

    Gay rights ally Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral to be picketed by anti-gay church 26

    Elizabeth Edwards was a supporter of gay marriage

    5:57 PM — The funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, former wife of United States vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, will be picketed by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. Mrs Edwards, a lawyer and author, died yesterday at the age of 61 after a six-year battle with cancer.

  • 8th December 2010

    Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4

    Brighton has one of the highest rates of HIV in the UK (Photo: Annie Green Springs)

    5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.

  • 7th December 2010

    Video: Gay MP Nick Herbert accidentally swears in House of Commons 15

    Nick Herbert meant to say "cut" but instead said "c*nt"

    1:42 AM — The openly gay justice minister, Nick Herbert, accidentally used the most offensive swear word in the English language in the House of Commons yesterday. It came just hours after two BBC presenters accidentally used the same word in reference to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Poland gets first out gay elected official 28

    Krystian Legiersk (Photo: Tomasz Rykaczewski)

    4:25 PM — Krystian Legierski has become Poland's first openly gay elected official. The nightclub owner, entrepreneur and LGBT rights activist won a seat on Warsaw city council last month.

  • Government says it will work to make companies ‘more gay-friendly’ 27

    The coalition says it will work to make offices more gay-friendly (Photo: Jyri)

    1:48 PM — The coalition government says it will commission research into why workplaces are not more LGBT-friendly and work with firms to "improve equality". The pledge is in the new equality strategy, unveiled yesterday by equalities minister Lynne Featherstone.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Kenyan prime minister denies saying gays should be arrested 3

    Kenya criminalises homosexuality

    1:37 PM — The prime minister of Kenya claims he never said that gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga was recorded discussing homosexuality at a rally last Sunday but says he was misquoted.

  • Illinois senate approves civil unions 7

    Illinois is expected to legalise civil unions

    10:16 AM — The Illinois senate has given a green light to civil marriage legislation by 32-24 votes. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, making Illinois the fifth US state to allow civil unions.

  • 1st December 2010

    Video: David Cameron calls for an end to stigma related to HIV and AIDS 11

    David Cameron recorded the message for World AIDS day

    11:54 PM — In a video for message for World AIDS Day, the prime minister, David Cameron has called on the media and faith groups to help tackle the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.

  • Tory MP takes HIV test for World AIDS Day 7

    Simon Kirby is a Conservative MP

    7:51 PM — A Conservative MP had a 15-minute HIV test at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday evening to encourage more people to take up testing. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, has a constituency with one of the largest estimates of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.

  • Virginia politician says airport patdowns are ‘part of the homosexual agenda’ 62

    Public Advocate rails against "porno scanners"

    4:58 PM — A politician in the US state of Virginia has caused bemusement by claiming that airport security patdowns are "part of the homosexual agenda". Republican Eugene Delgaudio is known for his strong views against homosexuality.

  • 30th November 2010

    Labour leader Ed Miliband’s World AIDS Day message 5

    Ed Miliband released a short message for World AIDS Day

    1:18 PM — I want to pay tribute to all those people who have worked so hard to raise awareness and take action on HIV and AIDS. The work you do brings hope to people in Britain and all over the world. But we have to continue that fight; we cannot become complacent – HIV and AIDS are too real and too widespread to give up.

  • Labour leader Ed Miliband urges people to talk about HIV 6

    Ed Miliband released a short message for World AIDS Day

    11:28 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has released a message for World AIDS Day urging people to talk about the disease. Mr Miliband's message did not mention gay men explicitly but said that everyone should talk about HIV/AIDS and "raise awareness" of it.

  • 29th November 2010

    Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.

  • Wikileaks says US had dossier on gay Tory Alan Duncan 25

    Alan Duncan appeared to have been of special interest to the US

    10:05 AM — US spies drew up a dossier on gay Conservative minister Alan Duncan, leaked documents show. Mr Duncan, now the international development minister, was apparently of special interest to the US and is the only British MP to have been singled out so far.

  • 26th November 2010

    SNP councillor accused of ‘gay slurs’ towards colleague 5

    A Scottish SNP councillor was accused of calling a colleague a "poof"

    5:00 PM — An SNP councillor may be expelled from his party after claims he made homophobic remarks to a colleague. Alan O’Brien, a member of the Nationalist opposition in North Lanarkshire, has been the subject of a number of complaints.

  • Gay Labour group questions Cameron’s HIV support 22

    LGBT Labour criticised David Cameron's World AIDS Day message

    11:22 AM — LGBT Labour has questioned David Cameron's message of responsibility for World AIDS Day. The Labour gay group countered that government cuts would "significantly squeeze" HIV funding and that "words of support for tackling HIV must be matched by action".

  • 25th November 2010

    Gay Lib Dem David Laws set to return to government ‘soon’ 18

    David Laws may return to government soon (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    3:46 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has indicated that David Laws will return to government soon. The Liberal Democrat MP resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury in May after it was revealed he had broken Commons rules by paying expenses to his secret boyfriend.

  • 24th November 2010

    New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27

    Martin Callanan is the new head of the Conservatives in Europe

    2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Government asked to ensure national HIV strategy 11

    According to NAT, the current HIV and sexual health strategy expires next month.

    2:31 PM — The National AIDS Trust is calling on the government to fulfil the UK's UN commitment and ensure that a national HIV strategy is in place from 2011. According to the charity, the current HIV and sexual health strategy expires next month.

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