2nd December 2010
Illinois senate approves civil unions 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
22nd November 2010
Peter Mandelson won’t rule out a return to politics 6
4:13 PM — Lord Mandelson has said he will not rule out a return to politics. The peer, who was considered the most powerful out gay man in Britain until Labour lost the general election, told Total Politics magazine that although he would not "sit by the telephone", he would not rule anything out.
19th November 2010
Featherstone says government is ‘committed’ to tackling transphobia 11
5:17 PM — Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has said the government is committed to tackling hate crime against trans people. She was speaking ahead of Saturday's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Video: Prime minister David Cameron tells bullied gay kids ‘things will get better’ 39
2:44 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has added his voice to a campaign to support bullied gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youngsters. Mr Cameron recorded a video message for gay charity Stonewall in which he urged bullied teens to talk to someone about their problems.
Ray Collins and Michael Bishop to become peers
2:02 PM — Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and businessman Michael Bishop, who are both gay, are to become peers. They were on the list of 54 new working peers announced by Downing Street today.
Tory councillor suspended after being accused of homophobia 84
12:43 PM — A Bristol Tory councillor who criticised gay actor Ian McKellen’s visits to schools has been suspended by his party. Chris Windows, who represents Henbury ward, has agreed to be "voluntarily suspended", the Conservative Party said.
‘Shameful’ UN vote ‘may lead to more gay executions’ 28
11:06 AM — A United Nations panel’s decision to remove sexual orientation from an anti-execution resolution is “shameful” and may encourage murders of LGBT people, gay rights campaigners say.
Tory councillor accused of homophobia to meet gay rights group 3
10:45 AM — A Tory councillor in Bristol who was accused of homophobia for criticising gay actor Ian McKellen's visits to schools is to meet gay rights group Stonewall.