14th March 2012
Government to unveil consultation plans for equal marriage in England and Wales tomorrow 29
6:26 PM — Consultation plans for the UK government's introduction of civil marriage equality for gay couples are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
9th March 2012
Comment: Gay marriage slurs will not keep us from equality 32
11:41 AM — Sarah Ludford MEP writes that the "very fact that those opposed to same-sex marriage cannot have a reasoned debate about the issue just proves that they are bereft of any real arguments".
23rd February 2012
Downing Street hosts summit on homophobia and racism in football 14
11:44 AM — The Prime Minister hosted a summit yesterday aimed at tackling homophobia in football in a week which has seen the FA fine Ravel Morrison £7,000 for a homophobic tweet and the former Chelsea coach José Mourinho severely criticised for using a gay slur.
22nd February 2012
Comment: It’s time to put vulnerable people ahead of religious interests, Mr Gove 30
10:32 AM — For at least five years, no decision-maker in education could fail to be aware of the epidemic proportions of homophobic bullying in UK schools, Adrian Tippetts writes, and now it is time for serious action.
21st February 2012
Gove urged to clarify position on anti-gay texts in schools 61
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.
14th February 2012
Stonewall publishes draft marriage equality bill 58
5:39 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published a draft marriage bill which it says contains the provisions necessary to extend equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
14th April 2011
Government website asks: Should Equality Act be scrapped? 104
12:23 PM — A government website asks members of the public whether the Equality Act should be scrapped completely. Red Tape Challenge is designed to help ministers identify "burdensome" legislation and "pointless or outdated rules".
8th December 2010
Brighton MPs promise to halve undiagnosed HIV by 2015 4
5:29 PM — Brighton MPs Simon Kirby and Caroline Lucas have welcomed the Department of Health's decision to support a cross-party policy document on HIV prevention. The Halve It campaign aims to cut estimated undiagnosed HIV infections in half by 2015.
26th November 2010
Gay Labour group questions Cameron’s HIV support 22
11:22 AM — LGBT Labour has questioned David Cameron's message of responsibility for World AIDS Day. The Labour gay group countered that government cuts would "significantly squeeze" HIV funding and that "words of support for tackling HIV must be matched by action".
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.
Gove: We will work with Stonewall to tackle ‘growing’ anti-gay bullying 30
10:52 AM — Education secretary Michael Gove has said that the government will work with gay and anti-bullying charities to tackle homophobia in schools.
19th November 2010
Featherstone says government is ‘committed’ to tackling transphobia 11
5:17 PM — Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has said the government is committed to tackling hate crime against trans people. She was speaking ahead of Saturday's annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
17th November 2010
May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35
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.
12th November 2010
Delhi eunuchs to be given pensions 7
5:47 PM — All adult eunuchs in Delhi, India, will be given pensions of 1000 rupees (£14) per month in recognition of their low status, the local government has announced.
10th November 2010
Comment: Political parties should do more to attract LGBT people 10
6:00 PM — Local Tory councillor James Cottis feared coming out until this year but discovered that his constituents had already spotted him dancing in G-A-Y. He argues that all parties must do more to attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9
3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.
19th February 2010
Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62
11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".
16th February 2010
‘I support gay marriage’ says Nick Clegg as he answers PinkNews reader questions 32
7:17 PM — Last month, we invited PinkNews.co.uk readers to submit their questions to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The overwhelming subject mentioned was gay marriage, showing how important an issue this is for our readers. Other popular questions were on homophobic violence, faith schools and LGBT asylum seekers.
10th February 2010
Malawi minister says gays must ‘come out in the open’ 14
3:16 PM — A government minister in Malawi has said that gays must be more open - despite the fact they can be imprisoned for 14 years.
8th February 2010
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.