8th December 2009
Gay Labour councillor loses legal challenge over underage sex 28
11:06 AM — A Labour councillor who was arrested in a Belfast hotel room in 2007 with his 17-year-old boyfriend has failed in a bid to bring a legal challenge against police. Steven Bayes, 47, was found with his boyfriend Dale Martin, who was 17 when he was arrested.
7th December 2009
Gay Tory candidate selected to challenge Hazel Blears 229
11:48 AM — A gay Conservative candidate has been selected to challenge Hazel Blears for her Manchester seat. Matthew Sephton is the chairman of the party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory.
6th December 2009
Equality and Human Rights Commission to collate sexuality status from across government databases 17
4:57 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is to collate sexuality data given to hospitals and other surveys in order to gain a greater understanding of the inequity that lesbian, gay bisexual or trangendered (LGBT) people may be suffering.
5th December 2009
Guardian: Uganda is unjust and infamous 36
2:05 PM — In a strongly worded leader column, The Guardian condemns Uganda's proposed law that could sentence gay people to death or leave them facing lengthy prison sentences. The newspaper says that Sweden is right to suggest that aid to the country should be cut if the law is passed.
4th December 2009
New York Senator ‘never promised to support gay marriage’ 13
6:03 PM — One of the eight Democrat Senators who voted against gay marriage in New York this week said he had never promised he would support it. Joseph Addabbo, of Queens, admitted he had received donations from gay rights activists but said he made no promises to them.
Gay man bids to become California Assembly Speaker 1
4:55 PM — John Perez, an out gay man, is vying to become the Speaker of the California Assembly. He would become the first openly assembly leader in America's history if elected.
New Jersey Senate to vote on gay marriage next week
12:10 PM — The US state of New Jersey's Senate will consider the question of gay marriage next week, just days after New York's lawmakers voted to reject it.
3rd December 2009
Anger at New York Democrats who voted against gay marriage 18
6:43 PM — Several hundred people marched in New York last night to protest against a Senate vote barring gay marriage in the state. They rallied in Time Square and read out the names of the eight Democrats who voted against the bill.
Swedish minister suggests aid funding could be cut over Uganda’s anti-gay bill 12
4:01 PM — Swedish development assistance minister Gunilla Carlsson reportedly suggested that her country could cut aid funding in Uganda as a result of a proposed law on homosexuality.
Peter Tatchell: The Equality Bill is less than equal 16
2:27 PM — Way back in 1983, when I stood as the Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election, I proposed the idea of a single, comprehensive anti-discrimination law, to guarantee equal treatment and protection for everyone. At the time, this proposal was dismissed as "ultra left," as too radical and daring. Three decades later, however, it is close to reality.
2nd December 2009
Equality Bill to be debated today in House of Commons 17
12:15 PM — The Equality Bill has reached the report stage and will be debated in parliament today. This stage follows four weeks of debate by a committee and will allow the House of Commons to consider further amendments.
1st December 2009
Carwyn Jones appointed as Welsh Labour leader
7:40 PM — Carwyn Jones has been named as the new Labour leader in Wales, replacing incumbent Rhodri Morgan. The 42-year-old Welsh Assembly member for Bridgend is currently the leader of the House and has been a favourite to win the role.
Tories to reward couples in marriages and civil partnerships 97
11:10 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron signalled yesterday that civil partnerships would be rewarded in the same way as marriages. He said that the Tories would change the tax system in order to give benefits to those in relationships recognised by the state.
30th November 2009
Trans recognition laws to come before Irish parliament 15
5:27 PM — New laws to give greater legal recognition to trans people will come before the Irish parliament (Dail) next year. They have been proposed by the Green Party, who say that people should be able to chose which gender they want to be legally recognised by.
Rupert Everett vows to leave Britain if Cameron becomes prime minister 45
12:58 PM — Gay actor Rupert Everett has said he will leave the UK if the Tories win the next general election because they are too posh.
David Cameron’s World AIDS Day message 2
11:06 AM — Tory leader David Cameron said that a new effective strategy was needed to tackle HIV infections in the UK and abroad. He promised to ring-fence public spending for tackling the disease and suggested pharmacies could offer HIV testing in the same way as America.
Tory leader David Cameron promises ‘big push’ to curb HIV infections 39
10:56 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron today promised to ring-fence spending money for tackling HIV and organise a new campaign to change attitudes to the disease.
28th November 2009
Gordon Brown raises anti-gay laws with Ugandan president 24
12:32 AM — The prime minister has raised Uganda's controversial proposed laws on homosexuality with the country's president at the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Trinidad. Gordon Brown told Yoweri Museveni that he was opposed to laws that could result in the execution of gays.
27th November 2009
Australian gay marriage ‘could lead to incest and polygamy’, religious figures say 35
6:48 PM — Marriage equality rights in Australia could lead to legal recognition of incest and polygamy, critics have said. A Senate inquiry yesterday recommended that gay marriahe should not be legalised, although the government has allowed civil union ceremonies to remain in the ACT.
EXCLUSIVE: London mayor Boris Johnson ‘determined’ to tackle homophobic hate crime 38
3:03 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he is determined to tackle the problem of homophobic hate crime in the city. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Johnson said that there was a "nasty undercurrent" of hate crimes against gay people and detailed police plans to help stamp it out.