23rd June 2010
Syrian authorities crack down on gay men 6
12:40 PM — Syrian authorities have raided several different private gay parties over the last few weeks, arresting over 25 men during the most recent swoop.
President Obama vows to push ahead with gay rights agenda 5
11:47 AM — President Obama addressed an LGBT audience at the White House last night, assuring them that he is fully committed to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and to other issues including same-sex visitation rights in hospitals and the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
22nd June 2010
HIV charity concerned at disability allowance reforms 23
5:17 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity National AIDS Trust has said it is "very concerned" at a Budget announcement that Disability Living Allowance will be reformed. New and existing claimants for the support will be subjected to medical tests.
Homosexuality is ‘icky’, says Mike Huckabee 30
3:59 PM — Mike Huckabee, the Republican 2012 presidential candidate, has said he does not support gay marriage partly because of the "ick factor". The former Arkansas governor, who ran for the presidential nomination in 2008, has a long history of making homophobic remarks.
US to give gay workers more parental rights 1
11:29 AM — The US Labor Department is to give gay workers equal access to unpaid leave when caring for a newborn or loved one. It is expected to announce the change today, to bring medical leave for gay couples in line with rights given to straight couples.
21st June 2010
Obama could veto military gay ban bill over spending issue 7
1:24 PM — US president Barack Obama could veto a bill to lift the ban on out gay soldiers in the military if it contains spending provisions he opposes, his defence secretary said.
Former Tory gay head in affair with married MP’s lover 22
11:13 AM — A lesbian activist who founded a Tory gay group but defected to Labour has revealed how she had an affair with a married Tory councillor who also slept with a Tory MP.
18th June 2010
‘We need cultural change’ – Equality minister Theresa May writes for PinkNews.co.uk 25
12:28 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, home secretary and equality minister Theresa May says government has a "clear role" to tackle discrimination but business leaders, athletes and newspaper editors also have a part to play.
Theresa May says sportsmen and newspaper editors must ‘take action’ against homophobia 46
12:24 PM — Home secretary and equality minister Theresa May has said that cultural change is needed to overcome the last bastions of homophobia. Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Ms May said ensuring equality was "not a job for government alone".
17th June 2010
Trans woman judge hopes to make US history 8
1:48 PM — A trans woman hopes to make history by becoming the first trans person to be elected as a trial court judge in the United States. Victoria Kolakowski, 48, is the frontrunner candidate for superior court judge in Alameda County, California.
Gay Tory blogger Iain Dale to quit ‘youth-obsessed’ politics 6
11:34 AM — Iain Dale, the Conservative blogger, has said he will no longer attempt to become an MP. The 47-year-old, who will be 52 at the next election if parliament lasts five years, said older candidates are "very much the exception rather than the rule".
Listen to David Cameron’s speech on gay equality 5
10:54 AM — Listen to David Cameron's speech to the LGBT Pride reception last night.
16th June 2010
David Cameron promises to allow churches to hold civil partnerships 109
9:57 PM — Prime minister David Cameron hosted a reception for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in 10 Downing Street's rose garden on Wednesday evening. He promised the crowd the coalition government would change the law to allow religious buildings to host civil partnership ceremonies.
15th June 2010
French a ‘useless language’, gay shadow minister says 53
5:38 PM — Chris Bryant, the former Europe minister, has said French is a "useless" language. Mr Bryant, who is gay, was accused of "insulting" the French, but said he had already raised the issue with the country.
Coalition government urged to grant full marriage equality 54
1:28 PM — The question of allowing gay people full marriage equality is the litmus test for the new government, gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has argued. Prime minister David Cameron is to host a pre-Pride reception for the LGBT community tomorrow evening and is expected to give a short speech on the coalition government's promises to gay people.
14th June 2010
HIV charities ‘very concerned’ by threat to local funding 11
4:23 PM — HIV charities National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust have warned that vital HIV services may be cut in the government's plans to save money. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced in a written ministerial statement last week that the AIDS Support Grant will not be ringfenced this year.
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell rejected again from Downing Street 81
2:14 PM — This week's Pride reception at Downing Street will see gay charity heads, campaigners, businessmen and celebrities flock to shake new prime minister David Cameron's hand - but not the man who is arguably Britain's most famous gay rights campaigner.
10th June 2010
Exclusive: David Cameron to hold first gay reception in a Tory Downing Street 59
3:51 PM — Conservative prime minister David Cameron is to hold a reception for the LGBT community ahead of London Pride. The event will be held at Number 10 ahead of Pride Fortnight, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes elected Lib Dem deputy leader 8
10:56 AM — Simon Hughes has been elected as deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat party. The bisexual MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, 59, replaces Vince Cable, who stood down to focus on his new business secretary role.
9th June 2010
Diane Abbott on the Labour leadership ballot as nominations close 14
1:30 PM — Left-wing Labour backbencher Diane Abbott squeezed onto the starting line for the Labour leadership this afternoon just before nominations closed. She will contest four shadow cabinet members for the post - Ed Miliband, David Miliband, Ed Balls and Andy Burnham.