20th December 2010
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.
US Senate edges closer to ending gay military ban later today 1
6:27 PM — The US Senate has voted to proceed to a final debate and vote on the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Earlier today, the Senate voted 63-33 in favour of a final vote on the issue. Six Republicans crossed party lines to support the bill that has the backing of the Democrats and President Barack Obama. The vote scheduled for 3pm (8pm GMT) requires just a simple majority to repeal the ban.
Nigel Evans, deputy speaker of the House of Commons, comes out as gay 17
6:05 PM — Nigel Evans, the deputy speaker of the House of Commons and Conservative MP for Ribble Valley, has ended the "open secret" of his homosexuality. Mr Evans, who has been an MP since 1992 did vote against the equalisation of the age of consent for gay and straight sex in 1998, but changed his mind two years later. Since 2003, when he supported the abolition of Section 28, legislation that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality by local authorities (principally in schools), Mr Evans has become noted for his support of both LGBT rights and the lobbying organisation Stonewall.
17th December 2010
Labour council candidate harassed rival with anti-gay abuse 13
2:18 PM — A Labour council candidate has admitting bombarding his openly gay rival with homophobic abuse. David Bradley, 29, of Bristol, sent 33 text messages to Ed Bramall, 33, calling him "creepy" and "vile".
16th December 2010
William Hague criticised by gay campaigners 20
6:11 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague has been criticised by gay rights activists for failing to answer their questions. The minister took part in a Twitter question and answer session earlier today but declined to answer some questions on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.
UK parliament gets first LGBT network 6
5:32 PM — Lords, MPs and parliament staff will soon have a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network. The group, named ParliOut, will be launched next week with Speaker John Bercrow as its president.
Video: House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ gay military ban 11
1:37 AM — The House of Representatives has for the second time passed a bill to overturn the US's military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that bans military personnel from being openly gay.
15th December 2010
Youth Parliament member suspended over gay porn pictures
2:43 PM — A gay member of the UK Youth Parliament website has been suspended after allegedly posting explicit pictures of himself on the internet.
Video: Former president Jimmy Carter says America ready for gay president 9
9:59 AM — Jimmy Carter, who served as president of the United States of America between 1977 and 1981, has told the BigThink project that his country is ready for a gay president.
14th December 2010
US will seek to have gay protection measure returned to UN resolution 5
1:50 PM — The United States said on Friday that it would seek to have a reference to gays and lesbians returned to a UN resolution condemning violence. Last month, a UN vote removed mention of gays and lesbians from a resolution which condemns extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings.
Gay Tory Iain Dale quits blogging 4
11:59 AM — Tory commentator Iain Dale has announced he will stop blogging. Mr Dale, who is in a civil partnership, said he hated the "backbiting" and "character assassination" of the blogging world.
10th December 2010
US Senate blocks repeal of gay military ban 20
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
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
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
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.