20th November 2009
Newspaper roundup: New EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton has strong gay rights record 15
1:26 AM — In a profile published for The Guardian, Caroline Davies argues that the new European Union's new High Representative For Foreign Affairs has a strong history of standing up for equality. In 2006 she was the first recipient of the Stonewall Politician of the Year award.
19th November 2009
Video: Gordon Brown records message for World AIDS Day 4
4:15 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day. In the message, Brown paid tribute to the gay community in the 1980s, which he said had "led the way" on HIV and AIDS campaigning.
17th November 2009
Lesbian mayor candidate in Houston ‘targeted by conservatives’ 3
5:12 PM — Annise Parker, the frontrunning candidate for Houston's mayor, is the subject of a campaign by a conservative group to discourage residents from voting from her. They fear a "gay takeover" of City Hall.
13th November 2009
Tories’ lesbian candidate just beats BNP in race for third place in Glasgow North East by-election 51
3:12 AM — Ruth Davidson, the Conservatives' lesbian candidate in the Glasgow North-East by-election, has just beaten British National Party (BNP)'s Charlie Baillie in the race for third place. The Labour candidate Willie Bain comfortably won the seat.
12th November 2009
Gay Labour group calls for government to return to gay hate laws 13
5:59 PM — A gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans group affiliated with the Labour Party has called on the government to continue trying to push through legislation to protect gays from homophobic hatred.
Free speech amendment will stay in homophobia law 98
2:36 PM — The government has admitted defeat over an amendment protecting free speech in homophobic hatred laws. The Ministry of Justice said it had to accept the House of Lords vote as the bill could no longer be delayed.
11th November 2009
Peter Mandelson attacks Sun coverage of Gordon Brown’s letter 29
12:09 PM — Gay First Secretary of State Peter Mandelson today tried to deflect the criticism of Gordon Brown for a poorly-spelled letter he sent to the mother of a man killed in Afghanistan.
10th November 2009
Lesbian Tory candidate to fight Glasgow by-election this week 16
3:42 PM — Ruth Davidson, the lesbian candidate selected by the Conservative Party to fight the Glasgow North East by-election, will find out on Thursday how successful her campaign has been.
New York governor David Paterson asks legislature to vote this week on gay marriage
12:12 PM — The New York legislature may vote this week on whether to allow same-sex marriage in the state. AFP reports that governor David Paterson called on the state's upper house yesterday to hold a special legislative session on the issue before Friday.
MPs vote against ‘free speech’ protection in gay hate law 40
12:08 PM — The House of Commons voted last night to reject an amendment which would protect free speech in a bill designed to protect gays and lesbians from homophobic hatred.
9th November 2009
Speaker John Bercow backs holding civil partnerships in parliament 2
7:41 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said he feels "very strongly" about allowing civil partnerships for gay couples to take place in parliament.
4th November 2009
Lesbian Annise Parker is frontrunner for Houston mayor 3
4:33 PM — Annise Parker, a lesbian woman, has emerged as the frontrunner in Houston's mayoral race. Houston, in Texas, is the fourth largest city in America and would be the largest to have an openly gay or lesbian mayor if Parker is successful.
2nd November 2009
Gay MP Chris Bryant to have civil partnership in parliament 33
12:43 PM — Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant has confirmed he is engaged to his partner and is hoping to hold his civil partnership ceremony in parliament.
30th October 2009
Boris Johnson meets with police chief to discuss the rise in homophobic crime 19
3:53 PM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has sought assurances from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that everything is being done to tackle the problem of homophobic attacks in the capital.
Glasgow council makes controversial appointment for LGBT centre 55
2:44 PM — Gay rights groups in Glasgow have spoken out against the controversial decision to hand over the running of the Glasgow LGBT centre to one of its senior councillors.
28th October 2009
Europe minister Chris Byrant mentions gay rights in death penalty speech 2
6:01 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay minister for Europe, mentioned executions of gay people in Iran while arguing for the need to press other countries to abolish the death penalty.
Pennsylvania senator changes mind on gay marriage 14
2:36 PM — Arlen Specter, the Democrat senator for Pennsylvania, has changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage. He had previously been in favour of the Defence of Marriage Act and a ban on the practice in his state.
23rd October 2009
Comment: Why I heckled Nick Griffin on Question Time 98
6:25 PM — Last night, one of the most effective voices to come out of the audience on Question Time was that of Beth Mellington-Pritchard. A lesbian in a civil partnership, she told BNP leader Nick Griffin that his feeling of revulsion was "mutual".
Nick Griffin claims former National Front leader offered him gay sex 44
3:42 PM — BNP chairman Nick Griffin has claimed that former National Front leader Martin Webster offered to have sex with him when he was 16. Webster has maintained for years that he and Griffin had a four-year affair, something Griffin has always denied.
Governor says gay marriage will be legal in New York 7
10:24 AM — New York governor David Paterson has said gay marriage will soon be legal in his state. He was speaking last night at a Manhattan dinner hosted by gay rights group Empire State Pride Agenda.