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  • 21st February 2012

    Gove urged to clarify position on anti-gay texts in schools 61

    Gove is being urged to clarify when and why students can be shown anti-gay texts (Photo: US Embassy London)

    12:12 PM — Michael Gove's reported response to an enquiry about homophobic leaflets being shown to schoolchildren in Lancashire has prompted confusion over when pupils can legally be shown anti-gay texts.

  • 17th February 2012

    Equality chief: Religious are not above the law 125

    Phillips said views should be left "at the door of the temple"

    10:11 AM — The chair of the UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission has said religions must defer to the public laws of the state. Trevor Phillips said the religious should leave their views "at the door of the temple" and be governed by public law when providing public services.

  • 16th February 2012

    Brett Ratner to helm pro-gay film campaign for GLAAD 4

    Ratner apologised 'unreservedly' for his comment last year (Photo: Flickr user Ash90291)

    2:00 PM — Brett Ratner will produce and direct a GLAAD video campaign to promote equality for gay and trans people following his use of a disparaging term in a press conference last year.

  • 27th January 2012

    184 MEPs support gay rights manifesto 11

    184 MEPs signed the pledge, promising support for LGBT rights

    2:05 PM — 184 MEPs, including the President of the European Parliament came together on Wednesday to sign a pledge in support of LGBT rights, following a two-day long awareness event.

  • 19th January 2012

    Study doubts Santorum view that lesbian parents “rob children” 26

    Rick Santorum (phot: Flikr user gageSkidmore)

    3:01 PM — A new study provides a counter-argument to Rick Santorum, who suggested that children of lesbian parents were "worse off than children with a father in prison."

  • 16th January 2012

    Canada to fill ‘gap’ on gay marriage 10

    The Justice Minister said the government was not "reopening the debate"

    11:50 AM — The Canadian Justice Minister has reassured thousands of gay couples who have married in his country that their unions will be recognised there, but admitted there is a "legislative gap" in the rules on foreign nationals' marriages.

  • 2nd September 2011

    Councils to be banned from asking residents if they are gay or transgender 67

    Councils will be barred from asking 'intrusive' questions

    4:36 PM — Local councils will be banned from routinely asking residents about their sexual orientation, transgender status, religion and race. Local government secretary Eric Pickles said that the surveys, typically sent out with responses to residents' queries about local services, were "unnecessary and "intrusive".

  • 12th January 2011

    Shot pro-gay congresswoman given ‘101%’ chance of survival 6

    Gabrielle Giffords is expected to survive

    11:28 AM — A pro-gay US congresswoman shot in the head by a gunman is expected to survive. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, Arizona, was shot on Saturday as she held a meeting in a shopping centre.

  • 8th December 2010

    Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22

    Rev Jackson said gays and lesbians were "America's newest second-class citizens".

    11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.

  • Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’ 8

    Gay couples should be allowed to marry, Rev Jackson said.

    11:48 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson's speech to gay rights supporters outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco.

  • 29th November 2010

    Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.

  • 17th November 2010

    Interview: Shadow equality minister Fiona Mactaggart 14

    Fiona Mactaggart is the Labour MP for Slough

    9:05 PM — PinkNews.co.uk meets shadow equality minister Fiona Mactaggart to discuss homophobic bullying, coming out and why politicians should be honest about their sexuality.

  • May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35

    Home Secretary Theresa May scrapped the public body equality duty

    12:56 PM — Schools will be given new powers to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying and measures to delete historic sex convictions will be in the Freedom Bill, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today. She also said that an equality duty on public bodies would be scrapped.

  • 3rd November 2010

    US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13

    Gay groups say pro-gay candidates fared well

    2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.

  • 1st November 2010

    Bishops say gay rights laws damage Christian freedoms 60

    Senior clerics said that there was a clash of rights

    12:20 PM — Leading Church of England bishops have claimed that equality laws mean gay rights are being "privileged" over the rights of Christians. The figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt, said that gay rights supporters are able to "suppress all disagreement or disapproval and 'coerce silence'."

  • Gay and trans campaigners cancel Stonewall awards protest 12

    The demonstration has been cancelled

    10:39 AM — A demonstration planned for the Stonewall awards this Thursday has been cancelled. Around 100 people were expected to protest outside the ceremony in central London over the gay charity's stance marriage equality and because it does not lobby for trans issues.

  • 28th October 2010

    Campaigners welcome Stonewall’s support of gay marriage 16

    Campaigners welcomed Stonewall's support of marriage equality

    11:42 AM — Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed Stonewall's support of civil marriage for gay couples. The charity announced yesterday that after surveying its supporters, it would add the issue to its campaigning objectives.

  • 27th October 2010

    Stonewall says it will campaign for gay marriage 50

    Stonewall said it was "pleased" to be widening its campaign objectives

    3:10 PM — Gay lobbying charity Stonewall says it will campaign for lesbian and gay couples to have civil marriages in the UK. The charity has come under pressure in recent months from several of its co-founders and other gay campaigners to widen its remit on the issue.

  • 19th October 2010

    Most Scottish people support gay marriage 15

    Many gay campaigners say civil partnerships are not good enough

    5:00 PM — The majority of Scottish people are in favour of allowing gay couples to marry, a poll suggests. According to an Angus Reid poll conducted for the Green Party, 58 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of full marriage equality.

  • 25th February 2010

    Gordon Brown promises gay people they ‘will not have to walk alone’ 51

    Gordon Brown hosted an LGBT reception

    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.

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