19th July 2010
Peter Mandelson says he’s ‘comfortable’ with memoirs 7
12:08 PM — Lord Mandelson has said he is comfortable with his portrayal of Labour's years in power and the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Robert Mugabe says no to gay rights in Zimbabwe’s constitution 26
11:33 AM — Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has repeated his views on gay rights, saying they will not be protected in the country's new constitution.
18th July 2010
Conservatives filmed racy advert featuring naked gay couple coming out as Tories 24
2:56 PM — The Sunday Times has disclosed that the Conservative Party filmed pre-election cinema advertisements that portrayed a gay couple, in a shower "coming out" as Conservative among racy series with references to pornography and teenage pregnancy but were never shown. The newspaper claims that the advertisements cost £100,000 to make, while others say they cost between £300,000 and £500,000.
17th July 2010
SDPL leader Marek Borowski promises to open Warsaw Pride if elected mayor 1
6:51 PM — Marek Borowski, leader of the Social Democracy of Poland party, has promised to open the next Warsaw Pride if elected mayor.
Gay Tory Nick Herbert attends EuroPride in Warsaw 17
6:42 PM — Gay Conservative MP Nick Herbert and British ambassador Ric Todd spoke to PinkNews.co.uk today at Warsaw's EuroPride. Mr Herbert and Mr Todd rode on the Fundacja Równości (Equality Foundation) truck during the parade, which was attended by approximately 10,000 people.
16th July 2010
Republican gay group challenges military gay ban in court 5
5:10 PM — The Log Cabin Republicans, the party's gay group, is challenging the US ban on out gay soldiers in court. They are seeking a federal injunction to immediately halt the policy, which requires lesbian and gay soldiers to keep their sexuality secret or be fired.
Gay Tory minister Nick Herbert to challenge party allies’ homophobia at Europride 25
4:15 PM — Policing minister Nick Herbert, Britain's most senior out gay politician, will attend Europe's largest Pride celebration in Warsaw tomorrow, where he is expected to encourage Tory allies to be more tolerant.
15th July 2010
Government responds to petition against ‘homophobic’ Pope’s visit 28
2:20 PM — Peter Tatchell has complained that a government response to his petition against the Pope's visit to the UK has "ignored all the issues". The gay rights activist is leading a campaign against the Pope's September visit, accusing him of homophobia, opposing women's rights and helping to cover up child abuse.
Argentina becomes first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage 58
10:35 AM — Argentina's Senate has voted 33-27 to support a bill to legalise gay marriage. As President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation, she is expected to sign it into law, making Argentina the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.
Peter Mandelson says he’s a ‘good role model’ for gay politicians 23
10:16 AM — Lord Mandelson, the former business secretary, has said he is proud to have blazed a trail for gay politicians. In an interview to promote his memoirs, he was quizzed by the Times about his position as the "the most powerful gay man in the country" when he was seen as the de facto deputy prime minister in Gordon Brown's Labour administration.
14th July 2010
Labour leadership hopefuls Ed Balls and Diane Abbott support full gay marriage 48
4:20 PM — Two of the contenders for the Labour leadership, Ed Balls and Diane Abbott, support full marriage equality. However, Ed and David Miliband were less enthusiastic.
Gay asylum decision was ‘absurd’, says Ann Widdecombe 70
2:34 PM — Former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe has attacked a judge's decision to allow two gay asylum seekers the right to stay in the UK. She wrote that the men, from Iran and Cameroon, "seem to have wanted to come here merely so that they can be overt about their lifestyles".
First out gay Tory peer joins House of Lords 21
11:30 AM — Guy Black, the former director of the Press Complaints Commission, took his seat in the House of Lords yesterday. The 45-year-old is believed to be the first openly gay Tory life peer.
13th July 2010
Hawaii governor who vetoed civil unions compares them to incest 28
5:11 PM — Linda Lingle, the Hawaii governor who vetoed a civil unions bill last week, has compared them to condoning incest. The bill had passed both houses and would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
Parliament report: Two small victories for trans activists 8
4:12 PM — Trans activists were celebrating a double victory last week. A rather clumsy proposal to “help” the transgendered by outing them was kicked into touch. Meanwhile, one member of the coalition government hinted publicly that it might be time to remove gender entirely from official documents, unless it was genuinely necessary.
Tory councillor cleared of homophobia over ‘limpwristed boys’ remark 48
11:10 AM — A Conservative councillor who made a remark on Facebook about "limpwristed boys" has been cleared of homophobia. Denis Knowles, a councillor for Seacombe in the Wirral, made the comment in March after spotting gay Labour activists handing out leaflets for lesbian Labour MP Angela Eagle.
12th July 2010
Glasgow gay centre: funding axed and boss suspended after financial inquiry
5:51 PM — The boss of a Glasgow gay centre has been suspended from the Labour party after evidence of serious financial irregularities was uncovered. The Castro centre, headed by Labour councillor Ruth Black and her partner Jeanie McDougall, has also had its council funding of £50,000 suspended, meaning it is likely to close down.
7th July 2010
Interview: Labour leadership frontrunner David Miliband speaks to PinkNews.co.uk 21
5:41 PM — David Miliband is tipped to win the Labour leadership this year. His brother Ed is in second place, while the other contenders trail behind. We interviewed him this afternoon to find out why he believes the gay community should back his leadership bid, if he agrees with full marriage equality and why he enthusiastically supports the Pope's UK visit.
Comment: What exactly is the coalition government’s stance on gay marriage? 42
4:53 PM — To some, the difference is negligible. To others, the word 'marriage' is the only way they want to see their relationships recognised in law. Civil partnerships were a fantastic milestone for gays and lesbians but it is clear now they are not good enough.
5th July 2010
Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11
5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.