14th July 2009
MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin 19
6:49 PM — On the day that BNP MEPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons took up their seats in the European Parliament, a Democratic Unionist MEP refused to sit next to them.
Bill Clinton says gays should be able to marry 10
6:31 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he is now "basically" in favour of gay marriage. During his term, he opposed equal rights for gay couples and introduced the Defence of Marriage Act.
Former minister Patricia Hewitt says gay rights and diversity ‘not part of who Gordon Brown is’ 13
2:55 PM — Amidst the criticism recently heaped on Gordon Brown by female ministers, former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has claimed that gay rights and the women's liberation movement passed the prime minister by.
13th July 2009
Peter Tatchell criticises Stonewall over Equality Bill 18
2:09 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has attacked Stonewall over its support of the government's Equality Bill, saying the legislation is "discriminatory".
10th July 2009
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes consulting lawyer over News of the World phone hack 12
7:48 PM — The bisexual senior Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has confirmed that he is consulting with his solicitor after his phone was hacked by the News of the World. The saga relating to The Guardian’s allegations that the News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling newspaper operated a complex programme of hacking into celebrities mobile phone voicemail and paid off some of the victims has continued for another day.
Conservatives’ grouping with homophobic Polish party ‘will give them more power’ 20
5:21 PM — The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.
9th July 2009
House of Lords votes to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 64
4:10 PM — The House of Lords has voted to keep an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
8th July 2009
Polish Law and Justice Party confirms it’s still homophobic despite joining forces with the Tories in Europe 17
5:51 PM — A Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) MEP has refuted statements made by former Tory leader William Hague that the party has changed its views on gay rights.
Massachusetts senator reveals he’s gay 8
4:42 PM — Massachusetts senator Stan Rosenberg has revealed he is gay in an Independence Day editorial. Writing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette last weekend, he quietly revealed his sexuality about halfway down his column.
Calgary minister ‘stripped of responsibility’ after funding Pride event 6
2:21 PM — The Toronto tourism minister has reportedly been stripped of her responsibility for a major funding programme because she granted financial support for the city's annual Pride week.
6th July 2009
Comment: How very dare he! Woolas claims UK fair on LGBT asylum 10
5:56 PM — In a shameless piece of bandwagon climbing, immigration minister Phil Woolas has published a piece on LabourList claiming that his department is fair on LGBT asylum. He says he is “proud” that people were at Saturday’s London LGBT Pride march who have won asylum.
4th July 2009
Gay Tory MP attacks new expenses story 3
6:05 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has attacked the Daily Telegraph over the latest story on his expense claims. According to the newspaper, Duncan claimed £63,000 by "flipping" a mortgage to a property he had owned outright for ten years.
Gay Tory MPs miss London Pride 13
11:57 AM — Gay Conservative MPs Alan Duncan and Nick Herbert will not attend London Pride today. Instead, shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is not even gay, will attend in their place. He is to make a speech at Trafalgar Square this afternoon.
Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant writes to ambassadors attacked over LGBT rights 4
10:17 AM — Openly gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant has extended his support to two British ambassadors who were criticised for their support of gay rights.
3rd July 2009
Exclusive: Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan calls Labour’s homophobia accusations ‘a sick scare story’ 31
5:03 PM — Gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has responded to attacks from Labour MPs who called the opposition party 'homophobic'.
Poll finds 62 per cent of Tory candidates support equal rights for gays 24
4:12 PM — A poll of 144 Conservative Party candidates has found that just under two-thirds support giving same-sex couples the same rights as straight married couples.
Gay politicians pitch for your votes 12
1:52 PM — Leading Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs took part in a special Pride London event at the National Portrait Gallery last night.
Exclusive: Equality minister Harriet Harman warns gay voters ‘should not be fooled’ by Cameron’s Section 28 apology 37
10:10 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, leader of the House of Commons and minister for equality Harriet Harman has echoed gay Labour MPs' views that the Conservative Party is homophobic.
Openly gay Labour ministers accuse Tories of homophobia 18
9:24 AM — Just days after Conservative leader David Cameron apologised for Section 28, openly gay Labour ministers have attacked the opposition for being homophobic.
2nd July 2009
Exclusive: Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant welcomes Delhi court decision on decriminalising homosexuality 3
8:22 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the openly gay Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant has welcomed the Delhi High Court's judgement that homosexuality should be decriminalised.