22nd June 2009
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
19th June 2009
President of Iran admits gays do exist in his country as 700-strong crowd protests in London 39
4:42 PM — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his opponents to pandering to the gay vote, despite previously saying gays do not exist in his country.
18th June 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for UK intervention after Gibraltar defeats equal age of consent 66
6:10 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for Foreign Secretary David Miliband to intervene after Gibraltar today voted to defeat a bill equalising the age of consent for gay men.
Bill to equalise age of consent in Gibraltar defeated 6
4:41 PM — A Private Members Bill aimed to equalise the age of consent for gay men in Gibraltar has been defeated in parliament. However, a gay group has argued that the wording of the bill meant it could not have been passed.
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 4
12:45 PM — Melissa Sue Robinson, a trans woman, is running in the mayoral election for Nampa, Idaho. Robinson is the founder of civil rights organisation the National Association for the Advancement of Transgendered Persons, which was established in Michigan in 2000.
Exclusive: British Foreign Office reacts to gay Iraqi killings 6
12:32 PM — The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a statement on the killings of gay men in Iraq, following strong condemnation of the reports from the US State Department last week.
Second ambassador in a week under fire for Pride support 10
11:20 AM — The British ambassador to Bulgaria has been criticised for his support of gay Pride. The attacks on Steve Williams follow criticism of British ambassador to Poland Ric Todd last week, when he gave gay groups a translated guide to LGBT rights.
17th June 2009
LGBT people urged to join Iran demonstration in London 18
3:45 PM — On the fifth day of violence and unrest in Iran following the country's elections, LGBT people are being urged to attend a demonstration calling for democracy and freedom.
15th June 2009
Obama’s highest-ranking gay official says DOMA and the military gay ban currently have no chance of being repealed 20
5:44 PM — John Berry, the highest-ranking gay in the Obama administration, has given an interview on the administration's stance on gay rights.
Doncaster mayor backs down over Pride funding cut 18
1:38 PM — The new mayor of Doncaster has backed down on his promise to cut funding for the town's annual Pride festival. Peter Davies, an English Democrat, had vowed to cut spending on the event, saying: "I don't think councils should be spending money on them [gays and lesbians] parading through town advertising their sexuality."
12th June 2009
Ann Widdecombe to stand as Commons Speaker 62
3:14 PM — Ann Widdecombe, the Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald, has announced that she will stand to become Speaker for the House of Commons.
11th June 2009
British ambassador to Poland criticised for ‘pushing’ gay rights 37
2:39 PM — The British ambassador to Poland has been told by the country's civil rights ombudsman he is "exceeding his authority" by promoting a gay Pride march due to take place in Warsaw this weekend. Ric Todd has also been accused by Catholic groups of "representing the 'homosexual lobby".
UKIP candidate compared homosexuality to paedophila 72
2:13 PM — The UKIP candiate for next month's by-election in Hove's Goldsmid ward was suspended from his job after comparing gays to paedophiles in 2007. Mike Mendoza, a presenter on talk radio station Talksport, was suspended for a week over his outburst.
New appointments in Government Equalities Office 2
10:50 AM — Maria Eagle has been promoted to minister of state at the Government Equalities Office (GEO), a step up from her previous position as parliamentary under secretary of state.
10th June 2009
New Doncaster mayor grilled over Pride funding cut 31
2:16 PM — The new mayor of Doncaster, who has vowed to cut funding for the town's annual Pride, has been forced to admit he has no idea how much revenue it generates. Peter Davies was grilled on his controversial policies in an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield on Monday.
9th June 2009
Video: BNP leader Nick Griffin pelted with eggs by angry crowd 20
5:36 PM — British National Party leader Nick Griffin was forced to abandon a press conference outside the Houses of Parliament earlier today when he was pelted with eggs by protesters.
BNP ‘to face legal challenges over discrimination’ 25
3:31 PM — The British National Party is likely to face a number of legal challenges relating to issues such as discrimination, employment law and even criminal offences, legal experts have said.
8th June 2009
Poll finds rising support for gay US troops 6
5:30 PM — A poll has found rising support for repealing the US ban on openly gay military personnel. The Gallup-conducted research found the biggest increases in support among conservatives and weekly churchgoers - up 12 and 11 percentage points respectively.
Supreme Court rejects challenge to military gay ban
4:47 PM — The Supreme Court has today rejected a challenge to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rule, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military.
BNP wins two seats in European elections 26
2:12 PM — The British National Party won two seats in last week's European elections, with one seat in the north-west going to party leader Nick Griffin. The other, in Yorkshire and the Humber, was won by Andrew Brons, a former National Front chairman.