14th July 2010
Gay asylum decision was ‘absurd’, says Ann Widdecombe 70
2:34 PM — Former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe has attacked a judge's decision to allow two gay asylum seekers the right to stay in the UK. She wrote that the men, from Iran and Cameroon, "seem to have wanted to come here merely so that they can be overt about their lifestyles".
First out gay Tory peer joins House of Lords 21
11:30 AM — Guy Black, the former director of the Press Complaints Commission, took his seat in the House of Lords yesterday. The 45-year-old is believed to be the first openly gay Tory life peer.
13th July 2010
Hawaii governor who vetoed civil unions compares them to incest 28
5:11 PM — Linda Lingle, the Hawaii governor who vetoed a civil unions bill last week, has compared them to condoning incest. The bill had passed both houses and would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
Parliament report: Two small victories for trans activists 8
4:12 PM — Trans activists were celebrating a double victory last week. A rather clumsy proposal to “help” the transgendered by outing them was kicked into touch. Meanwhile, one member of the coalition government hinted publicly that it might be time to remove gender entirely from official documents, unless it was genuinely necessary.
Tory councillor cleared of homophobia over ‘limpwristed boys’ remark 48
11:10 AM — A Conservative councillor who made a remark on Facebook about "limpwristed boys" has been cleared of homophobia. Denis Knowles, a councillor for Seacombe in the Wirral, made the comment in March after spotting gay Labour activists handing out leaflets for lesbian Labour MP Angela Eagle.
12th July 2010
Glasgow gay centre: funding axed and boss suspended after financial inquiry
5:51 PM — The boss of a Glasgow gay centre has been suspended from the Labour party after evidence of serious financial irregularities was uncovered. The Castro centre, headed by Labour councillor Ruth Black and her partner Jeanie McDougall, has also had its council funding of £50,000 suspended, meaning it is likely to close down.
7th July 2010
Interview: Labour leadership frontrunner David Miliband speaks to PinkNews.co.uk 21
5:41 PM — David Miliband is tipped to win the Labour leadership this year. His brother Ed is in second place, while the other contenders trail behind. We interviewed him this afternoon to find out why he believes the gay community should back his leadership bid, if he agrees with full marriage equality and why he enthusiastically supports the Pope's UK visit.
Comment: What exactly is the coalition government’s stance on gay marriage? 42
4:53 PM — To some, the difference is negligible. To others, the word 'marriage' is the only way they want to see their relationships recognised in law. Civil partnerships were a fantastic milestone for gays and lesbians but it is clear now they are not good enough.
5th July 2010
Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11
5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.
Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws may face police investigation 6
3:08 PM — David Laws, the former cabinet minister, may face a police fraud investigation into his expenses claims. A Sunday newspaper said his utility, telephone and other bills are under scrutiny.
3rd July 2010
Equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government will consult on gay marriage and civil partnerships 22
5:34 PM — Liberal Democrat MP and equality minister Lynne Featherstone has said that the government will consult with a range of stakeholders on progressing civil partnerships and gay marriage.
Lynne Featherstone MP hints that religious same-sex unions may be a step closer 6
3:47 PM — The equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has been reported as saying religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples could soon become a reality.
Margot James celebrates first Pride as MP 3
3:01 PM — Margot James, recently elected MP for Stourbridge said she had been coming to Pride since 1980. This is her first Pride as an MP. Ms James, who is the Conservative party’s first openly lesbian MP told PinkNews.co.uk: “It's so accepting, welcoming and enthusiastic. People used to look at you like you were a freak. Now it's like a carnival”.
Exclusive: Boris Johnson fully supports gay marriage and plans to run again for mayor 43
2:28 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told PinkNews.co.uk that he supports gay marriage and wants to be mayor again for Worldpride, which London will be hosting in 2012.
Breaking: Boris Johnson kicks off Gay Pride with call for gay marriage 8
1:22 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson kicked off this year’s London Gay Pride festival, marching under the banner of the Gay Liberation Front.
2nd July 2010
Equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government is ‘100% committed to gay rights’ 22
4:50 PM — Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat junior equality minister, has said the coalition government is "100 per cent" committed to "full" LGBT equality.
1st July 2010
Glasgow gay centre linked to Steven Purcell tipped to close
3:54 PM — A Glasgow LGBT centre may close within the next week after alleged financial irregularities came to light. The Castro Centre was at the heart of claims that former Glasgow city council leader Steven Purcell was involved in corruption.
30th June 2010
Australia’s new prime minister Julia Gillard confirms she’s against gay marriage 30
2:54 PM — Julia Gillard, the new prime minister of Australia, has confirmed she does not support gay marriage. Speaking today, she told the Austereo show that Labor policy on the issue would remain the same while she was prime minister.
Anti-gay former MP Iris Robinson questioned by police
2:34 PM — Iris Robinson, the former Northern Ireland MP who had an affair with a 19-year-old, has been questioned by police investigating her financial affairs.
28th June 2010
Updated: Appointment of anti-gay bishop at top Scots university sparks calls for funding boycott 14
6:18 PM — Dr Tom Wright, the Bishop of Durham, who has spoke out against the appointment of gay clergy and same-sex unions, has been appointed to a top academic post at the School of Divinity at St Andrews University, Scotland's most distinguished and ancient academic institution.