30th December 2010
Comment: If the BBC can’t stop offending gays, we should get a licence fee rebate, or quit paying 90
8:19 PM — All too often, PinkNews.co.uk finds itself publishing stories relating to the BBC offending the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. If it's not suggesting that lesbians are “munters”, allowing its highest paid presenters to continually be reprimanded by Ofcom for homophobia or hosting debates asking if gay people should be executed, it's soliciting views from abhorrent extremists on gay related issues.
29th December 2010
How to complain about the BBC interviewing pro-gay execution fundamentalist on Sir Elton’s baby 55
1:33 PM — Last night, as first highlighted by PinkNews.co.uk, the BBC's flagship BBC News at Six programme on BBC One featured an interview with Stephen Green, who has previously called for gays to be executed on the news that Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were celebrating the birth of their first son. We explain how to complain about this story.
Exclusive: Why did BBC call on Christian who supports execution of gays to comment on Sir Elton’s baby? 139
3:46 AM — The BBC's flagship News at Six on BBC One featured a right-wing fundamentalist Christian who had previously supported the execution of gay people to comment on the birth of a surrogate son to Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish. Incredibly, the BBC did not seem to realise that the same preacher had faced bankruptcy after losing an attempted private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC after the character of Jesus described himself as "a little bit gay" in 'Jerry Springer: The Opera'.
26th December 2010
Government to begin process to erase convictions for historic gay sex offences 23
2:08 AM — The government is to set to begin the process to introduce legislation to wipe convictions for historical gay sex offences within days. The policy was first announced during the general election campaign by prime minister David Cameron in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.
24th December 2010
US vide-president Joe Biden says gay marriage is ‘inevitable’ 12
2:11 PM — Joe Biden, the US vice-president, says he thinks gay marriage is "inevitable". Speaking on Good Morning America today, he said he agreed with President Obama's statement that his views on the issue were "evolving".
Government ministers ‘discussing’ gay marriage equality 27
10:51 AM — Coalition ministers are said to be considering legal reforms to allow gay couples to marry. According to the Daily Telegraph, a government source said that potential reforms to open up both marriage and civil partnerships to all couples were “being discussed”.
23rd December 2010
Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert calls for progress on gay marriage 28
3:12 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Steve Gilbert has called for progress on UK marriage equality, saying he hopes legislation can be introduced by 2015. The openly gay MP said in the House of Commons this week that while parliament obtaining a civil partnership licence was "groundbreaking", allowing gay couples to wed would be more so.
Lesbian UKIP MEP wins homophobia claim 11
10:27 AM — A lesbian MEP has won her discrimination case against UKIP. Nikki Sinclaire, who represents the West Midlands, claimed that she had been discriminated against on the basis of her sexual orientation.
22nd December 2010
Obama to sign repeal of gay military ban today 6
11:15 AM — President Obama is to sign a bill to repeal the ban on out gay troops in the US military today. He will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.
Video: George Osborne’s ‘pantomime dame’ jibe 43
10:42 AM — George Osborne was accused of being "homophobic" by out gay Labour MP Chris Bryant yesterday for joking that the latter was a "pantomime dame".
21st December 2010
UN votes to reinstate resolution condemning execution of gays 26
11:03 PM — The United Nations General Assembly has voted to restore a reference to sexual orientation in a resolution opposing the unjustified killings of minority groups. Last month, a UN panel deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in resolution introduced by Morocco and Mali. The vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.
Gay MP Chris Bryant accuses George Osborne of homophobia 46
12:49 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant has accused Chancellor George Osborne of homophobia for calling him a "pantomime dame". The pair clashed over cuts today during an exchange in the House of Commons.
Pentagon unsure how long repeal of gay ban will take 11
11:59 AM — The Pentagon says it has no timeline for the lifting of the ban on out gay soldiers in the US military. The Senate voted on Saturday to repeal the law but change is expected to take months.
20th December 2010
German politician Volker Kauder: Gays have no right to children 31
3:50 PM — Anti-adoption comments made today by the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union to the German newspaper Berliner Zeitung.
US awaits signing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal laws
3:13 PM — Celebrities and politicians have voiced their support for the Senate after it voted to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers.
Australian Catholics told to lobby MPs against gay marriage 14
11:05 AM — Sydney Archdiocese says arguments should be based on the "natural order", amid a growing movement to alter the law.
Parliamentary LGBT support network launches today 3
10:38 AM — ParliOut, a staff support group will be launched tonight, but Tory MP Nigel Evans may miss the party.
19th December 2010
Ann Widdecombe criticises Nigel Evans’ ‘coming out’ and gay Parliament group 69
11:35 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has criticised the 'coming out' of the deputy speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans. She said that being gay “is not an issue” and that MPs should not disclose details of their private lives.
18th December 2010
Tory MP Nigel Evans came out after threats from ex-Labour MP and encouragement from Corrie star 29
11:31 PM — Nigel Evans the Conservative MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has told the Mail on Sunday that he was threatened with being outed by a former Labour MP and that his decision to publicly come out was spurred on by Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle.
Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38
8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.