19th October 2009
SNP criticises UK government over gay and lesbian asylum seekers 39
3:19 PM — The Scottish National Party passed a resolution this weekend criticising the UK government for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans asylum seekers.
Iain Dale loses out on Tory candidature for Bracknell 9
12:22 PM — Gay political blogger Iain Dale has lost out on being selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Bracknell. He made it to the final seven but Phillip Lee was announced as the selected candidate on Saturday evening.
16th October 2009
Section 28 MP forced to stand down over expenses 51
10:41 AM — The MP responsible for creating Section 28 is being forced to stand down at the next election after claims he abused his expenses.
13th October 2009
Gay MP Chris Bryant promoted to Europe minister 11
11:48 AM — Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, has been promoted to the position of Europe minister. Previously a junior minister with responsibility for Africa and Asia, the gay politician replaces Glenys Kinnock.
11th October 2009
Video: Obama pledges the end of ‘Don’t ask Don’t tell” ban on openly gay military 14
9:07 PM — Last night, US President Barak Obama pledged to gay rights campaigners that he would end the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that bans gay people from being open about their sexuality while serving in the military.
9th October 2009
Gay marriage bill looks likely in Washington DC 6
5:03 PM — A Washington DC councilman has introduced a bill that will legalise gay marriage in the district. Nine of the 13 council members are listed as co-sponsors and DC mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign it.
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Gay support drops dramatically for Tories 93
3:14 PM — An exclusive PinkNews.co.uk survey of more than 600 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans readers has found that support has plummeted for the Conservative Party.
Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize 15
11:09 AM — US president Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize just nine months into his term. He was given the accolade for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
Polish MEP Michal Kaminski says he will attend gay Tory event next year 34
10:53 AM — Polish MEP Michal Kaminski, who has been accused of homophobia, has said he would consider supporting civil partnerships and will attend Conservative Pride next year.
8th October 2009
Schwarzenegger may veto Harvey Milk Day bill 15
4:52 PM — California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger may veto a bill proposing a special day of commemoration for gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Will you vote Conservative?
4:15 PM — Following David Cameron's speech this afternoon at the Conservative Party Conference, we want to know how our readers feel about the party.
Cameron praises civil partnerships but prepares to put Iain Duncan Smith in charge of families 65
2:54 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has cited civil partnerships for gay couples as a good thing. However, he said that former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith would lead the way in mending "broken society".
French culture minister urged to resign over sex with boys 7
11:34 AM — Frederic Mitterrand, the French culture minister, is facing calls for his resignation after writing in a 2005 autobiography about paying boys for sex.
7th October 2009
Mary Cheney pregnant with second child 1
5:44 PM — Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of former US vice-president Dick Cheney, is pregnant with her second child. She had her first baby, Samuel David, in 2007.
Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill says Tories are monitoring Polish allies’ homophobia 15
4:39 PM — Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill has said he has been reassured by the Conservative Party that it is checking past statements made by its European allies for homophobia. He also denied he had been "used" by Labour when he pulled out of a gay Tory event last night.
First official gay Tory party hailed a success despite Stonewall boycott 21
3:37 PM — Spirit Bar in Canal Street was packed to its 650-person capacity last night as the Conservative Party held its first-ever official gay event. As the Tory-themed cocktails flowed, there was much speculation at the absence of Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill.
Cameron: ‘Polish allies are not homophobic’ 59
2:17 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said that his party's allies in Europe are not homophobic. Yesterday, an open letter from celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Eddie Izzard and Ewan MacGregor urged Cameron to oppose the views of the Polish Law and Justice Party.
6th October 2009
Video: Stephen Fry says David Cameron has aligned himself with homophobes 33
7:06 PM — A letter signed by celebrities including Ewan MacGregor, Stephen Fry and Jo Brand has asked Tory leader David Cameron to oppose the views of his party's new European allies. Fry tonight told Channel 4 News that Mr Cameron had aligned his party with an "unpleasantly homophobic nationalistic party in Poland and sharing their whip in Europe."
Gay council chief accused of abusing authority over LGBT staff network 22
3:10 PM — An openly gay council leader in Aberdeen has been accused of abusing his authority to set up an LGBT staff network.