17th July 2009
Polish MEP and leader of Tories’ new group ‘called gays fags’ 29
10:27 AM — Footage has emerged of Polish Law and Justice Party MEP and the leader of the Tories' new bloc in Europe calling gay people "fags" in an interview in 2000.
16th July 2009
Expenses exodus ‘could pave the way for more gay MPs’ 6
3:28 PM — A Speakers Conference report has suggested that the large numbers of MPs resigning following the expenses scandal could be replaced with more diverse candidates, such as gays, women and ethnic minorities.
Trevor Phillips reappointed as chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission 5
1:34 PM — Trevor Phillips has been reappointed for a second three-year term as the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His appointment was revealed by equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday.
Tory MEP expelled for standing against candidate from ‘homophobic’ Polish Law and Justice Party 20
11:02 AM — A Tory MEP expelled from David Cameron's new grouping in the European Parliament for standing against a Polish Law and Justice candidate has told PinkNews.co.uk that the party's 'homophobia' contributed to his decision.
15th July 2009
Politicians and gay groups raise concerns over the Equality Bill 10
4:29 PM — Last week, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell launched an attack on the Equality Bill, saying it was "discriminatory" and that LGBT people were "explicitly excluded" from some protections.
14th July 2009
MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin 19
6:49 PM — On the day that BNP MEPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons took up their seats in the European Parliament, a Democratic Unionist MEP refused to sit next to them.
Bill Clinton says gays should be able to marry 10
6:31 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he is now "basically" in favour of gay marriage. During his term, he opposed equal rights for gay couples and introduced the Defence of Marriage Act.
Former minister Patricia Hewitt says gay rights and diversity ‘not part of who Gordon Brown is’ 13
2:55 PM — Amidst the criticism recently heaped on Gordon Brown by female ministers, former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has claimed that gay rights and the women's liberation movement passed the prime minister by.
13th July 2009
Peter Tatchell criticises Stonewall over Equality Bill 18
2:09 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has attacked Stonewall over its support of the government's Equality Bill, saying the legislation is "discriminatory".
10th July 2009
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes consulting lawyer over News of the World phone hack 12
7:48 PM — The bisexual senior Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has confirmed that he is consulting with his solicitor after his phone was hacked by the News of the World. The saga relating to The Guardian’s allegations that the News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling newspaper operated a complex programme of hacking into celebrities mobile phone voicemail and paid off some of the victims has continued for another day.
Conservatives’ grouping with homophobic Polish party ‘will give them more power’ 20
5:21 PM — The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.
9th July 2009
House of Lords votes to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 64
4:10 PM — The House of Lords has voted to keep an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
8th July 2009
Polish Law and Justice Party confirms it’s still homophobic despite joining forces with the Tories in Europe 17
5:51 PM — A Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) MEP has refuted statements made by former Tory leader William Hague that the party has changed its views on gay rights.
Massachusetts senator reveals he’s gay 8
4:42 PM — Massachusetts senator Stan Rosenberg has revealed he is gay in an Independence Day editorial. Writing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette last weekend, he quietly revealed his sexuality about halfway down his column.
Calgary minister ‘stripped of responsibility’ after funding Pride event 6
2:21 PM — The Toronto tourism minister has reportedly been stripped of her responsibility for a major funding programme because she granted financial support for the city's annual Pride week.
6th July 2009
Comment: How very dare he! Woolas claims UK fair on LGBT asylum 10
5:56 PM — In a shameless piece of bandwagon climbing, immigration minister Phil Woolas has published a piece on LabourList claiming that his department is fair on LGBT asylum. He says he is “proud” that people were at Saturday’s London LGBT Pride march who have won asylum.
4th July 2009
Gay Tory MP attacks new expenses story 3
6:05 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has attacked the Daily Telegraph over the latest story on his expense claims. According to the newspaper, Duncan claimed £63,000 by "flipping" a mortgage to a property he had owned outright for ten years.
Gay Tory MPs miss London Pride 13
11:57 AM — Gay Conservative MPs Alan Duncan and Nick Herbert will not attend London Pride today. Instead, shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is not even gay, will attend in their place. He is to make a speech at Trafalgar Square this afternoon.
Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant writes to ambassadors attacked over LGBT rights 4
10:17 AM — Openly gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant has extended his support to two British ambassadors who were criticised for their support of gay rights.
3rd July 2009
Exclusive: Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan calls Labour’s homophobia accusations ‘a sick scare story’ 31
5:03 PM — Gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has responded to attacks from Labour MPs who called the opposition party 'homophobic'.