25th June 2010
New gay Tory MP pays tribute to Alan Turing 21
4:06 PM — Newly-elected Tory MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, made his first speech in the House of Commons last night in which he spoke of the heroic life and tragic early death of gay mathematician and wartime code-breaker Alan Turing.
25th February 2010
Liverpool policeman James Parkes ties the knot 12
11:08 AM — James Downey-Parkes, the Liverpool policeman who was beaten in a homophobic assault in October, has had a civil partnership.
Gordon Brown promises gay people they ‘will not have to walk alone’ 51
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.
16th February 2010
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
Man still has to declare 51-year-old buggery conviction 65
11:51 AM — A gay man who was convicted of buggery 51 years ago is fighting to clear his name and have the conviction removed from his criminal record.
29th January 2010
Gay MP and blogger in Twitter spat 37
6:47 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant and Tory blogger Iain Dale had a war of Tweets this afternoon over Tory leader David Cameron.
21st January 2010
Ugandan MP says he may amend anti-gay bill 6
5:52 PM — The MP who tabled Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill has said he may amend parts of it. David Bahati had previously refused to change provisions which would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment on gays, saying they would protect the "traditional family".
18th January 2010
Author of Uganda’s gay execution bill to attend prayer breakfast with Obama 25
11:22 AM — David Bahati, the MP who authored Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, is expected to attend a prayer breakfast with US president Barack Obama.
14th January 2010
Bercow hopes for Westminster civil partnerships before May 9
7:12 PM — Speaker John Bercow said today that he hopes civil partnerships for gay MPs will be held in parliament in the next few months.
MP suggests UK should cut aid to Uganda over anti-gay bill 16
7:01 PM — A former Foreign Office minister has called for an audit into aid money granted to countries which "promote homophobia", such as Uganda.
MPs sign motion to condemn Uganda’s gay execution bill 8
1:05 PM — Twenty MPs have signed an early day motion to attack Uganda's plans to introduce the death penalty for gays. The motion was tabled by Labour MP Harry Cohen and calls for the British government and European Union to press Uganda not to proceed with the law.
13th January 2010
Ugandan president Museveni distances himself from anti-gay bill 10
8:36 PM — Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni said yesterday that the country must take into consideration its foreign policy interests when debating an anti-homosexuality bill.
5th January 2010
Anti-gay hate preacher’s march may be banned 85
12:11 PM — An attempt by an anti-gay Muslim preacher to hold a march in a British town may be blocked by home secretary Alan Johnson. Islam4UK, headed by Anjem Choudary, plans to march through Wootton Bassett, a town famous for honouring soldiers killed abroad.
30th December 2009
The gay highs and lows of 2009 13
7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.
22nd December 2009
Ugandan President threatens to reject homophobic bill 28
3:00 PM — The President of Uganda has threatened to veto the a controversial new bill that could see homosexuals sentenced to the death penalty or lifetime imprisonment. US newspaper DC Agenda claims that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to US secretary of state for African affairs Jonnie Carson on two separate occasions that he would reject the bill currently making its way through parliament.
21st December 2009
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33
12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
18th December 2009
Ugandan parliament to debate anti-gay bill today 15
12:40 PM — Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill will be discussed in the country's parliament today. It is thought that this debate will follow a second reading and a vote will be taken in January after a third reading.
15th December 2009
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
Elton John: ‘Gordon Brown doesn’t understand AIDS problem’ 16
10:27 AM — Gay singer Elton John has said he cannot guarantee the Labour Party his vote. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph's Mandrake column at his AIDS Foundation Winter Ball, the star said he did not feel Brown had grasped the "extent" of the rise in HIV infections.
7th December 2009
Gay Tory candidate selected to challenge Hazel Blears 229
11:48 AM — A gay Conservative candidate has been selected to challenge Hazel Blears for her Manchester seat. Matthew Sephton is the chairman of the party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory.