2nd October 2013
David Cameron praises gay tolerance in Tory conference speech 23
12:42 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron listed Britain’s acceptance of people who are gay as one of many reasons to be proud of the country in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
6th September 2013
UK’s first transgender wrestler set to partake in first wrestling matches 7
5:11 PM — At 24 years of age Drew-Ashlyn Cunningham is set to become the UKs first transgender wrestler when she steps into the ring.
20th August 2013
The 41 Commonwealth Nations where being gay can land you in prison 15
11:35 AM — The Queen is the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, the international body that was created out of what was formerly the British Empire. The Commonwealth states that its core values are "democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity for all." However, freedom, peace and the opportunity for all are clearly denied to LGBT people in 41 of the 54 countries that are member states.
22nd April 2013
UK: Deputy Lib Dem leader ‘really disappointed’ at IPS rejection of trans and intersex inclusive passports 19
10:30 AM — Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes says he is “really disappointed” by the Identity and Passport Service’s decision to reject non gender-specific passports for trans and intersex people in Britain.
28th February 2013
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
13th December 2012
Laurence Watts’ 10 gay news events predictions for 2013 30
10:32 AM — Laurence Watts has unveiled his top ten LGBT predictions for 2013 - how many of them do you think will happen?
17th October 2012
UK ambassador apologises for calling Argentinians ‘gay’ 25
1:06 PM — Britain's ambassador to Chile has apologised for making a homophobic comment on Twitter.
12th March 2012
Poll: Australia leads Britain and US in support for equal marriage 23
5:45 PM — Australia is leading Britain and the US in its support for the implementation of equal gay marriage rights, a poll released today suggests.
24th February 2012
Interview: Darren Hayes on marriage, children and the mid-life crisis that shaped his new album 8
10:05 AM — Laurence Watts talks to Darren Hayes about music, Star Wars auditions and marrying his high school girlfriend before the realisation he was gay changed his life.
7th December 2010
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas says film will ‘help millions’ 15
1:58 PM — Gareth Thomas has revealed more about the film to be made of his life. The rugby player, who came out a year ago, remains the only top level out gay sportsman in Britain today and is to be the subject of a film by Mickey Rourke.
25th November 2010
Gay Lib Dem David Laws set to return to government ‘soon’ 18
3:46 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has indicated that David Laws will return to government soon. The Liberal Democrat MP resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury in May after it was revealed he had broken Commons rules by paying expenses to his secret boyfriend.
22nd November 2010
Peter Mandelson won’t rule out a return to politics 6
4:13 PM — Lord Mandelson has said he will not rule out a return to politics. The peer, who was considered the most powerful out gay man in Britain until Labour lost the general election, told Total Politics magazine that although he would not "sit by the telephone", he would not rule anything out.
19th November 2010
Video: Prime minister David Cameron tells bullied gay kids ‘things will get better’ 39
2:44 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has added his voice to a campaign to support bullied gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youngsters. Mr Cameron recorded a video message for gay charity Stonewall in which he urged bullied teens to talk to someone about their problems.
Ray Collins and Michael Bishop to become peers
2:02 PM — Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and businessman Michael Bishop, who are both gay, are to become peers. They were on the list of 54 new working peers announced by Downing Street today.
18th November 2010
Britain’s first out gay MP Chris Smith honoured 2
1:46 PM — Lord Chris Smith, who was Britain's first out gay MP, has been honoured by Islington council. The former Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, who came out 25 years ago, was awarded Freedom of the Borough.
16th November 2010
Poll finds gay people are coming out at a younger age 17
11:40 AM — A poll by gay rights charity Stonewall has found that the average age for gay and bisexual teenagers to come out is now 15. The online survey of 1,536 openly gay or bisexual people found that the age for coming out has steadily fallen over the last 20 years.
15th November 2010
Gay Northampton couple attempt to marry 17
3:55 PM — A gay couple in Northampton will attempt to marry tomorrow as part of a campaign to open up marriage and civil partnerships to both straight and gay couples.
8th November 2010
Gay arts festival GFEST begins today 1
6:35 PM — London's only LGBT arts festival begins today. GFEST will run for two weeks and features dozens of short films, exhibitions and performances by a range of artists.
5th November 2010
Tory MP Chris Grayling named Stonewall ‘bigot of the year’ 36
1:41 AM — Former shadow home secretary Chris Grayling was named 'Bigot of the Year' at Thursday night's Stonewall awards. Award winners included rugby player Gareth Thomas, The Times and actor John Partridge.
3rd November 2010
Lesbian activist awarded MBE 12
4:34 PM — A lesbian campaigner from Brighton has been awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Clare Dimyon, 45, was honoured for “services to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in central and eastern Europe”.