17th December 2010
Labour council candidate harassed rival with anti-gay abuse 13
2:18 PM — A Labour council candidate has admitting bombarding his openly gay rival with homophobic abuse. David Bradley, 29, of Bristol, sent 33 text messages to Ed Bramall, 33, calling him "creepy" and "vile".
16th December 2010
William Hague criticised by gay campaigners 20
6:11 PM — Foreign secretary William Hague has been criticised by gay rights activists for failing to answer their questions. The minister took part in a Twitter question and answer session earlier today but declined to answer some questions on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights.
UK parliament gets first LGBT network 6
5:32 PM — Lords, MPs and parliament staff will soon have a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network. The group, named ParliOut, will be launched next week with Speaker John Bercrow as its president.
Video: House of Representatives votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ gay military ban 11
1:37 AM — The House of Representatives has for the second time passed a bill to overturn the US's military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy that bans military personnel from being openly gay.
15th December 2010
Youth Parliament member suspended over gay porn pictures
2:43 PM — A gay member of the UK Youth Parliament website has been suspended after allegedly posting explicit pictures of himself on the internet.
Video: Former president Jimmy Carter says America ready for gay president 9
9:59 AM — Jimmy Carter, who served as president of the United States of America between 1977 and 1981, has told the BigThink project that his country is ready for a gay president.
14th December 2010
US will seek to have gay protection measure returned to UN resolution 5
1:50 PM — The United States said on Friday that it would seek to have a reference to gays and lesbians returned to a UN resolution condemning violence. Last month, a UN vote removed mention of gays and lesbians from a resolution which condemns extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings.
Gay Tory Iain Dale quits blogging 4
11:59 AM — Tory commentator Iain Dale has announced he will stop blogging. Mr Dale, who is in a civil partnership, said he hated the "backbiting" and "character assassination" of the blogging world.
10th December 2010
US Senate blocks repeal of gay military ban 20
10:49 AM — The US Senate yesterday blocked legislation to end the ban on out gay troops. Senators voted 57-40 - three votes short of the 60 needed - to pass military funding legislation which included a repeal measure.
9th December 2010
Gay rights ally Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral to be picketed by anti-gay church 26
5:57 PM — The funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, former wife of United States vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, will be picketed by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. Mrs Edwards, a lawyer and author, died yesterday at the age of 61 after a six-year battle with cancer.
8th December 2010
Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4
5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.
7th December 2010
Video: Gay MP Nick Herbert accidentally swears in House of Commons 15
1:42 AM — The openly gay justice minister, Nick Herbert, accidentally used the most offensive swear word in the English language in the House of Commons yesterday. It came just hours after two BBC presenters accidentally used the same word in reference to the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt.
3rd December 2010
Poland gets first out gay elected official 28
4:25 PM — Krystian Legierski has become Poland's first openly gay elected official. The nightclub owner, entrepreneur and LGBT rights activist won a seat on Warsaw city council last month.
Government says it will work to make companies ‘more gay-friendly’ 27
1:48 PM — The coalition government says it will commission research into why workplaces are not more LGBT-friendly and work with firms to "improve equality". The pledge is in the new equality strategy, unveiled yesterday by equalities minister Lynne Featherstone.
2nd December 2010
Kenyan prime minister denies saying gays should be arrested 3
1:37 PM — The prime minister of Kenya claims he never said that gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga was recorded discussing homosexuality at a rally last Sunday but says he was misquoted.
Illinois senate approves civil unions 7
10:16 AM — The Illinois senate has given a green light to civil marriage legislation by 32-24 votes. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, making Illinois the fifth US state to allow civil unions.
1st December 2010
Video: David Cameron calls for an end to stigma related to HIV and AIDS 11
11:54 PM — In a video for message for World AIDS Day, the prime minister, David Cameron has called on the media and faith groups to help tackle the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.
Tory MP takes HIV test for World AIDS Day 7
7:51 PM — A Conservative MP had a 15-minute HIV test at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday evening to encourage more people to take up testing. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, has a constituency with one of the largest estimates of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.
Virginia politician says airport patdowns are ‘part of the homosexual agenda’ 62
4:58 PM — A politician in the US state of Virginia has caused bemusement by claiming that airport security patdowns are "part of the homosexual agenda". Republican Eugene Delgaudio is known for his strong views against homosexuality.
30th November 2010
Labour leader Ed Miliband’s World AIDS Day message 5
1:18 PM — I want to pay tribute to all those people who have worked so hard to raise awareness and take action on HIV and AIDS. The work you do brings hope to people in Britain and all over the world. But we have to continue that fight; we cannot become complacent – HIV and AIDS are too real and too widespread to give up.