10th July 2009
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.
Number of openly gay Tory MPs could treble 25
12:50 PM — The number of openly gay Conservative MPs could treble at the next general election, research has suggested. Currently, only Alan Duncan, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert and Gregory Barker, the MP for Bexhill and Battle are openly gay.
1st July 2009
US government formally apologises to fired gay astronomer 4
4:55 PM — A gay astronomer who was fired for his sexuality in 1957 has finally received a formal apology from the US government.
Government plans to insert ‘dual discrimination’ clause into Equality Bill
4:39 PM — The government has proposed a new 'dual discrimination' clause should be inserted into the Equality Bill to protect those who may suffer discrimination due to a combination of factors.
Obama tells gay activists: ‘Judge me by the promises I keep’ 11
12:33 PM — US president Barack Obama has addressed accusations he has been slow to keep his promises on gay rights.
Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson cleared over homophobic “abomination” comments 44
11:32 AM — Iris Robinson, the Democratic Unionist Party MP who described homosexuality as an "abomination", has been cleared of any wrongdoing over her comments.