6th February 2014
Sports Minister rejects Labour criticism of ‘embarrassing’ Olympic delegation 6
6:01 PM — Sports Minister Helen Grant tells PinkNews.co.uk that including gay celebrities in Britain's Olympic delegation to Sochi is a matter for the British Olympic Association.
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I’m embarrassed the UK is not including gay people in its Olympic delegation 8
2:01 PM — Chris Bryant has condemned the government for failing to include any LGBT people in the Olympic delegation, and jokes President Putin should “stop wandering around” with his shirt off as he risks arrest.
13th January 2014
Iain Duncan Smith calls gay Labour MP Chris Bryant ‘a pantomime dame’ 30
5:46 PM — Openly gay Labour MP Chris Bryant has been referred to as a "pantomime dame" for the second time, this time by work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
12th December 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant jokes about gay play Tory Boyz in asking about civil partnership conversions 4
4:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant today jokingly used a link to a play about gay Conservatives to raise the question of why it is taking the Government possibly up until the end of 2014 to allow conversions from civil partnerships to marriage.
1st November 2013
Harriet Harman and John Prescott heap praise on Paris Lees in Question Time debut 16
11:37 AM — Paris Lees has received praise from across the political divide after becoming the first out transgender panellist to appear on Question Time.
31st October 2013
Paris Lees makes history as BBC Question Time’s first out trans panellist 20
5:24 PM — History will be made on BBC One tonight when Paris Lees becomes the first transgender panellist to appear on Question Time.
20th September 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant: Baroness Shirley Williams is ‘sickeningly homophobic’ 77
3:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has described Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Shirley Williams "sickeningly homophobic," following her appearance on BBC1's Question Time last night.
2nd September 2013
Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant blasted for saying gay asylum cases ‘will always be messy’ 7
9:51 AM — A top barrister has criticised Chris Bryant’s previous comments in defence of the Home Office from claims LGBT asylum seekers have been deported in recent years - and he says the Shadow Immigration Minister needs to be better briefed.
8th August 2013
Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy: The UK needs to raise the issue of gay rights in Russia at the G20 4
12:08 PM — Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Kerry McCarthy has told PinkNews the UK Government needs to use next month's G20 meeting to raise the issue of gay rights with Russia.
7th August 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I am in favour of UK gay bars boycotting Russian vodka 19
7:24 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant says he is in favour of gay bars in the UK boycotting Russian vodka.
5th July 2013
UK Government: We don’t deport LGBT asylum seekers and we never will 13
3:54 PM — The Home Office has defended the UK Border Agency from claims that LGBT asylum seekers have been deported back to countries such as Uganda where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
4th July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas: When I raise the issue of LGBT asylum with the government I come up against a brick wall 5
1:34 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas says the government must do more to ensure that the UK Border Agency does not deport LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Peter Tatchell: When it comes to LGBT asylum seekers, Labour’s Chris Bryant needs to know the facts 5
11:43 AM — Peter Tatchell is disputing claims made by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant, that the UK Border Agency has not deported gay asylum seekers in recent years.
3rd July 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Gambia this evening 6
11:40 AM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Gambia this evening.
30th June 2013
London: Senior gay Tory dismisses ‘hissy fit’ reaction to Boris Johnson’s ‘up the Arcelor’ joke 20
1:26 PM — The Leader of the Conservative Group in the Greater London Assembly has defended Boris Johnson from criticism over a controversial joke he made about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
27th June 2013
Boris Johnson apologises for ‘up the Arcelor’ gay pride gala dinner joke after criticism by Labour MPs 48
11:45 AM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has apologised for making a controversial joke at a gala dinner for Pride in London about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
10th June 2013
Buckingham Palace consulted in debate over same-sex marriages in Westminster chapel 12
6:12 PM — Buckingham Palace has been drawn into the debate around whether or not equal marriage ceremonies should take place at a chapel within the Palace of Westminster.
20th May 2013
Labour table civil partnership Manuscript Amendment in order to ‘rescue’ same-sex marriage bill 17
2:49 PM — Labour has launched a bid to protect the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, amid fears that a "wrecking amendment" extending civil partnerships to heterosexual couples could stall the legislation.
10th May 2013
Gay rights groups criticise National Lottery funding given to religious groups linked to online homophobia 9
11:54 AM — Gay rights organisations have called for National Lottery grants to be reviewed, after reports found that faith groups linked to online anti-gay literature had received the funding.
12th April 2013
London: Stonewall celebrity dinner raises £394,000 9
3:58 PM — Over 500 guests, including celebrities and politicians, attended Stonewall’s annual Equality Dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel last night.