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  • 20th May 2011

    Gay MP says straight couples face discrimination over hymn Jerusalem 62

    Chris Bryant said he was fighting for the rights of straight couples

    3:04 PM — The hymn Jerusalem risks becoming "reserved for homosexual couples", a gay MP has claimed. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, claimed that church policy means straight couples are increasingly being banned from using William Blake's famous hymn at their weddings because clergy deem it is "not addressed to God".

  • Cardiff race equality chief accused of homophobia 69

    The footage was captured before last year's general election

    2:19 PM — Calls have been made to sack the chief of a Cardiff racial equality group after he was filmed making apparently homophobic comments. Mohammed Tufail, director of Cardiff and Vale Race Equality First, was recorded seemingly questioning a Muslim group for supporting a gay candidate.

  • 19th May 2011

    Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to the anti-gay bill 11

    Reports say Uganda's parliament will return to the anti-gay bill

    12:09 PM — Reports suggest that Uganda's new parliament will consider the notorious anti-homosexuality bill. The last parliament, which was dissolved last week, ran out of time to debate the draft legislation, which calls for the death penalty for some cases of gay sex.

  • 18th May 2011

    Anti-gay Republican Newt Gingrich showered in glitter 89

    Newt Gingrich was covered in glitter by a gay rights protester (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    11:45 AM — Anti-gay Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was covered in glitter by a gay rights campaigner at a book signing yesterday. Mr Gingrich and his wife Callista were in Minnesota for a dinner with the Minnesota Family Council when protester Nick Espinosa struck.

  • Lib Dem MP David Laws explains why he hid his sexuality 168

    David Laws said he regrets hiding his sexuality (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    10:43 AM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws has spoken frankly for the first time about his homosexuality. In an interview with the Times, the MP explained why he hid his sexuality and how he regrets setting a ban example to LGBT youngsters.

  • 17th May 2011

    Elton John meets David Cameron to discuss HIV rates 30

    Elton John met David Cameron to discuss HIV rates

    11:29 AM — Elton John has met with prime minister David Cameron to discuss the work of his HIV and AIDS charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The private meeting was held at Downing Street and John also met international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, whose department has worked with the EJAF on projects around the world.

  • 16th May 2011

    Donald Trump won’t run for US president 23

    Donald Trump won't run for the presidency

    6:11 PM — US billionaire and gay marriage opponent Donald Trump has announced he will not run for the Republican presidential nomination. In a statement today, he said he had a "strong conviction" that he could win the race and ultimately the presidency in 2012 but is not ready to leave the private sector.

  • Christian doctor wants drug advisor job back 175

    Dr Hans-Christian Raabe wants his job back

    4:55 PM — A Christian doctor who was sacked from his job as a government drugs advisor is launching a legal bid to get his job back. Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel in February because of papers he had written on homosexuality.

  • 13th May 2011

    Ian Paisley Jr says he has ‘grown up’ over anti-gay views 129

    Ian Paisley Jr said he still strongly disagrees with homosexuality

    4:13 PM — Ian Paisely Jr says he has "grown up" since condemning homosexuality in an interview four years ago but still strongly disagrees with it. In 2007, the DUP MP said he was "repulsed" by homosexuality and that it "harm[s] society".

  • 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.

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