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.
16th February 2010
‘I support gay marriage’ says Nick Clegg as he answers PinkNews reader questions 32
7:17 PM — Last month, we invited PinkNews.co.uk readers to submit their questions to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The overwhelming subject mentioned was gay marriage, showing how important an issue this is for our readers. Other popular questions were on homophobic violence, faith schools and LGBT asylum seekers.
Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament 17
2:57 PM — The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public. Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year.
15th February 2010
Documentary maker admits the mercy killing of his gay lover 74
11:43 PM — A British broadcaster has admitted the mercy killing of his same sex partner in a programme broadcast this evening by the BBC. Nottingham based film maker Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC's 'Inside Out: East Midlands': "I killed someone once... He'd been my lover and he got Aids."
Tory councillor suggests gay and black candidates are ‘there to tick boxes’ 24
12:19 PM — A local Tory activist and councillor has complained over a shortlist of a gay man, three women and two ethnic minority men, apparently suggesting they were included to "tick boxes".
12th February 2010
European Parliament says candidate countries must offer gays protection 17
6:33 PM — The European Parliament has said that Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey must prove they can offer "genuine protection" to gay people in order to join the European Union.
11th February 2010
David Cameron criticised for ‘airbrushing his memory’ over gay adoption 98
6:23 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been criticised for denying he had ever voted against gay adoption. In an interview with Attitude magazine last week, Mr Cameron was asked about records which showed he voted to restrict marriage to married couples and bar gay couples from adopting children in 2002.
10th February 2010
Gay rights activist to challenge Hazel Blears 30
11:37 AM — A gay rights activist and member of OutRage! has been selected to challenge Labour MP Hazel Blears for her Salford and Eccles constituency seat.
9th February 2010
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.
Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell ‘disappointed’ with FA decision 11
3:46 PM — Peter Tatchell of the LGBT rights group, OutRage! claims today that the FA’s decision to cancel the screening of an anti homophobia film, “Has thrown the Football Association’s commitment to tackling homophobia into disarray”
David Cameron makes hijab joke to gay magazine 50
1:26 PM — Conservative leader David Cameron had to backtrack over a joke he made in an interview with popular gay magazine Attitude. In an hour long interview with the Tory leader, tipped to become Britain’s next Prime Minister, Cameron was questioned about being inclusive of minority groups.
Judge overseeing Prop 8 trial ‘outed’ by US media 9
12:19 PM — Vaughn Walker, the Chief US District Judge overseeing the Proposition 8 trial, has been outed by a leading American newspaper.
8th February 2010
Browne: Being gay in business “was simply unacceptable” 12
3:20 PM — In his first major interview since being ‘outed’ by a Sunday newspaper, former BP CEO Lord Browne has spoken about the difficulties that gay men face in business. In a wide ranging interview with The Sunday Times, the 61 year old spoke openly about his years in the closet and how he has used his experiences to help others.
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.
Tory Councillor defends ‘Queen team’ jibe 48
1:42 PM — Conservative Councillor Keith Parker has refused to back down on comments made at a scrutiny board meeting, despite admitting referring to gay men as the “queen team.”