4th March 2010
‘Serious errors’ made when equality watchdog was set up 28
6:11 PM — The setting up of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was "patently flawed" and cost taxpayers almost £39 million, a Commons report said today.
Cameron promises equal parental leave for gay couples 32
11:09 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has promised that gay couples in civil partnerships will receive the same maternity and paternity leave as their straight counterparts.
3rd March 2010
‘Conscientious objection’ amendments to gay rights withdrawn 28
12:59 PM — Two amendments to the Equality Bill giving the right to "conscientious objections" to gay equality measures were withdrawn in the House of Lords last night.
2nd March 2010
John Perez sworn in as California Speaker 2
6:26 PM — Openly gay California Assembleyman John Perez was sworn in as Speaker yesterday. He was unanimously elected as Speaker by a caucus of his Democratic colleagues in December and takes over from incumbent Karen Bass to hold one of the most powerful political positions in the state.
Ulster Unionist candidate says he is not homophobic 15
5:36 PM — The Ulster Unionist Party candidate for South Antrim has said he is not homophobic and supports gay equality. Adrian Watson, an Ulster Unionist who is the mayor of Antrim, has been accused of homophobia in the past.
Gay leader of Glasgow council Steven Purcell steps down 6
12:21 PM — Steven Purcell, the Labour leader of Glasgow city council, has resigned after five years. The 37-year-old is said to be suffering from stress and will be replaced by his deputy, Jim Coleman, until a successor is elected.
1st March 2010
Christopher Hitchens had gay liaisons with Tories 25
5:44 PM — Atheist writer Christopher Hitchens has revealed he had several gay liaisons at Oxford with men who later became Tory politicians.
Labour and Tory gay groups support religious civil partnerships 15
5:25 PM — Affiliated gay groups in the Labour and Conservative parties have added their support to an amendment giving gay couples the right to religious civil partnerships.
28th February 2010
Video- David Cameron: ‘Conservatives are tolerant, compassionate and modern’ 35
6:22 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has delivered a key note speech at the party's spring forum in Brighton. Although he made no direct reference to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenered) issues, he did attempt to portray the party as modern, tolerant and compassionate.
26th February 2010
Surveys find new Tories are Thatcher’s children but support gay rights 188
2:40 PM — Two surveys of Conservative candidates have found that the majority support equal gay rights. Between a third and three-quarters said they supported giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals.
25th February 2010
Push to recognise British civil partnerships across Europe 25
8:07 PM — Foreign minister Chris Bryant said today that the British Foreign Office was encouraging other countries in the EU to recognise civil partnerships performed in the UK. He also said he did not believe aid should be cut to countries which fail to protect gays and lesbians.
Gay foreign minister Chris Bryant to wed in parliament next month 40
7:12 PM — Europe minister Chris Bryant has confirmed he will tie the knot with his partner in parliament next month. Mr Bryant is expected to become the first MP to take advantage of changes which mean gay MPs and their families can celebrate their ceremonies in the same way as heterosexuals.
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.
Gordon Brown promises gay people they ‘will not have to walk alone’ 51
10:50 AM — Prime minister Gordon Brown paid tribute last night to gay and lesbian members of the armed forces at a reception to mark the contribution of the LGBT community for Britain.
24th February 2010
Plaid Cymru launches LGBT group 15
12:41 PM — Welsh party Plaid Cyrmu has launched PlaidPride, an affiliated group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The party announced the new group at its spring conference in Cardiff last weekend.
23rd February 2010
Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46
12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".
22nd February 2010
Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13
5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
19th February 2010
US politician apologises for remarks on anal sex 43
5:17 PM — A New Hampshire politician has apologised for graphic remarks she made about anal sex. State representative Nancy Elliott made her comments during a judiciary committee hearing last week on proposals to repeal the state's gay marriage law.
Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62
11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".
17th February 2010
Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113
12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.