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  • 13th May 2011

    US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72

    Uganda may debate the bill today

    10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."

  • 12th May 2011

    Gay MP David Laws apologises for expenses claims 215

    David Laws will be suspended for seven days (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    12:39 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws has apologised for his expenses claims after he was found to have wrongly claimed £40,000 in rent paid to his boyfriend. He will also be suspended for seven days.

  • Scotland loses one lesbian MSP, gains another 3

    Ruth Davidson becomes Scotland's second lesbian MSP

    11:43 AM — Ruth Davidson, a former BBC journalist, has become Scotland's second openly lesbian MSP. While Ms Davidson was elected for the Glasgow region, Liberal Democrat MP Margaret Smith, who is also a lesbian, lost her seat to the SNP's Colin Keir.

  • 11th May 2011

    David Laws faces suspension over expenses claims 34

    David Laws will reportedly be suspended for seven days (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    1:57 PM — Gay Liberal Democrat MP David Laws will reportedly be suspended for seven days for breaking expenses rules. Sky News reports that the MP, who claimed he was trying to keep his sexuality secret, will also have to apologise to the House of Commons.

  • Civil partnership for gay Tory MP Nick Boles 79

    Nick Boles had a "quiet" civil partnership in March

    11:39 AM — Conservative MP Nick Boles has tied the knot with his partner. The 45-year-old had a "quiet" civil partnership ceremony with his partner Shay Meshulam in Camberwell in March.

  • 10th May 2011

    Foreign secretary William Hague says Britain is lobbying Uganda over anti-gay bill 57

    William Hague said the UK was continuing to lobby Uganda

    6:39 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague says that the UK is continuing to urge Uganda not to pass a bill that could see gay people executed. The bill may be discussed further tomorrow.

  • New York governor begins tour to highlight gay marriage 2

    New York may be next to allow gay marriage

    5:29 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has kicked off a state tour to highlight his legislative agenda for 2011. Marriage equality is one of the priorities, along with a property tax and ethics reform.

  • California Senate approves equal benefits bill 3

    The bill will encourage equality, gay groups say (Photo: Jyri)

    3:41 PM — The California Senate has narrowly approved a bill to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees. Democrat Senator Christine Kehoe's bill says that state agency contracts will only be awarded to companies who offer the equal benefits.

  • David Laws guilty of a series of expenses rule breaches 14

    David Laws was reportedly found guilty of breaking rules (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    3:09 PM — Former Cabinet minister David Laws has been found guilty of a series of breaches of parliamentary expenses rules. The Liberal Democrat MP was chief secretary to the Treasury for just days last May. He resigned when it was revealed he had paid £40,000 in expenses to his boyfriend who was also his landlord.

  • Gay Labour MP David Cairns dies 22

    David Cairns has died at the age of 44

    12:27 PM — David Cairns, the Labour MP for Inverclyde, has died at the age of 44 after a short illness. The former Scotland minister had been suffering from acute pancreatitis and died in hospital last night.

  • 9th May 2011

    Gay MP David Laws may be reprimanded over expenses 36

    David Laws may be reprimanded for his expenses (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    2:33 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws is expected to be reprimanded over his expenses claims when a parliamentary standards report is published this week. The former chief secretary to the Treasury's return to government may be hampered by the verdict, reports said.

  • Gay activists’ petition against Ugandan ‘kill gays’ bill 30

    An earlier protest against the bill (Photo: Brett Lock)

    12:55 PM — Gay rights campaigners hope to collect enough signatures to ask Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to refuse to sign an anti-homosexuality bill. The legislation, in its current form, calls for harsher punishments for homosexuality. For "aggravated" case, such as those involving disabled people, those with HIV or minors, it calls for the death penalty.

  • Gay MP Nigel Evans ‘in denial’ when he voted for Section 28 75

    Nigel Evans said he went through a "neanderthal phase"

    11:42 AM — Gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans says he was in denial and going through a "neanderthal phase" when he voted for Section 28. The MP for Ribble Valley, who came out last year, backed the legislation to ban mention of homosexuality in schools and once voted against lowering the age of consent for gay men.

  • 6th May 2011

    MP claims Foreign Office is ‘playing avoidance game’ over Bradley Manning 26

    Bradley Manning has been transferred to another jail

    5:52 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague is playing an "avoidance game" over a gay US soldier accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, an MP has claimed.

  • Activists call for gay marriage progress after SNP win 53

    SNP leader Alex Salmond supports gay marriage

    5:28 PM — The SNP are to form Scotland's first ever majority government after their victory in yesterday's election. The party, which has promised a consultation on marriage equality, won a surprise majority with 65 seats in the 129-seat parliament.

  • 5th May 2011

    Government ‘still not collecting data on gay asylum claims’ 6

    The UK Border Agency says it is reviewing data collection

    4:17 PM — The UK government has admitted that it is still not collecting data on the number of people who claim asylum or are refused on the basis of their sexual orientation. Ministers promised last year that they would protect gay asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution.

  • Muslim area sent fake gay election leaflets 201

    The leaflets were apparently distributed in a Muslim area

    3:32 PM — Homes in a largely Muslim area of Leicester have been sent fake election leaflets about the Liberal Democrats' gay rights policies.

  • Chelsea Clinton urges straight people to back gay marriage 25

    Chelsea Clinton supports gay marriage

    1:53 PM — Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton, has spoken out in support of gay marriage. Speaking at a New York benefit for charity Friendfactor, she said that straight people should join the fight for equal rights.

  • Analysis: LGBT rights and the Scottish election 12

    Scottish parliament elections take place today

    10:13 AM — With everything to play for in today's Scottish election, the issue of LGBT rights has never been hotter. Four of the five main parties have mentioned it in their manifestos and numerous individual politicians are pledging their commitment to reform. Jennie Kermode reports.

  • 3rd May 2011

    PinkNews.co.uk poll: Gay voters back AV, huge drop in Lib Dem support 83

    The poll found support for AV

    12:19 PM — A PinkNews.co.uk poll suggests that the UK's LGBT community will back the alternative vote system in Thursday's referendum. The results also showed a massive drop in support for the Liberal Democrats.

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