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.
17th March 2013
Westminster chapel could host equal marriage ceremonies 7
9:39 PM — A chapel within the Palace of Westminster may be changed in order to allow equal marriage ceremonies, as part of a proposal by Labour MP Chris Bryant.
12th February 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant criticises Culture Secretary Maria Miller for saying marriage is the ‘gold standard’ 35
3:40 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has taken offence after Culture Secretary Maria Miller said marriage was the “gold standard” – with the MP claiming it devalued his own civil partnership.
1st February 2013
Chris Bryant jokes: Underwear photographs got me a greater majority as an MP 12
3:06 PM — Labour MP, Chris Bryant, joked at a debate around the Leveson Inquiry that photographs of him in his underwear taken from a gay dating profile and published by the tabloid press actually helped his majority in his constituency seat.
23rd November 2012
Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smears’ and of circulating underwear photo 62
5:13 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has claimed he is the victim of a homophobic smear campaign by the Russian Embassy in London after a website published an old image of him wearing just his underwear.
19th October 2012
Attorney general apologises for suggesting gay people are a bit ‘weird’ 41
2:06 PM — The Conservative frontbencher Dominic Grieve has been accused of using “language of the 19th century” during an Oxford Union debate with the Labour MP Chris Bryant.
16th October 2012
UK: Labour MP Chris Bryant to introduce ten minute equal marriage bill 63
4:03 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant’s decision to introduce a ten minute rule bill on equal marriage in the House of Commons has been described as the “first shot” in the parliamentary battle for marriage equality.
14th September 2012
Russian PM calls for the release of Pussy Riot 13
12:38 PM — Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the LGBT-supporting feminist punk band Pussy Riot to be freed.
3rd September 2012
Marcus Collins serenades crowds at Cardiff Mardi Gras 8
3:49 PM — For the first time the organisers of Cardiff Mardi Gras held a parade through the city on Saturday.
21st August 2012
Lawyer: Pussy Riot “may face physical harm and violence” 6
11:14 PM — The defence lawyer for the Russian feminist punk bank, Pussy Riot, has said he is concerned for the wellbeing of the group who were jailed last week.
18th May 2012
Chris Bryant: Tory MP’s response to equal marriage enquiry ‘as cruel as it was offensive’ 129
11:52 AM — A Conservative MP's response to an enquiry about equal marriage has been called 'cruel and offensive' in its treatment of couples who are unable to have children by gay Labour MP Chris Bryant and 'truly shocking' by a constituent.
16th January 2012
Chris Bryant attacks Church of England ‘silliness about homosexuality’ 34
1:30 PM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has criticised the Church of England, writing that it “needs to forget its silliness about homosexuality” and its teaching that "homophobia is immoral” and “it’s fine and dandy to be gay just so long as you don’t do anything about it.”
13th January 2012
Chris Bryant MP describes House of Commons ‘gay bar’ 27
1:01 PM — The gay MP for Rhondda was speaking about Parliamentary representation yesterday when he said the current number of gay MPs meant the Palace of Westminster's Strangers Bar sometimes reminded him of Soho.
12th July 2011
Video: Chris Bryant tries to get Kay Burley to apologise to him live on Sky News 165
9:22 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay former Labour foreign office minister and victim of phone hacking, attempted to elicit an apology live on air for an interview conducted by Sky News presenter Kay Burley last year.
8th July 2011
Gay MP Chris Bryant claims NI boss Rebekah Brooks sneered at his sexuality 131
1:47 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the News of The World, claims that News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks sneered at him for being gay the last time they met.
20th May 2011
Gay MP says straight couples face discrimination over hymn Jerusalem 62
3:04 PM — The hymn Jerusalem risks becoming "reserved for homosexual couples", a gay MP has claimed. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, claimed that church policy means straight couples are increasingly being banned from using William Blake's famous hymn at their weddings because clergy deem it is "not addressed to God".