12th July 2013
TUC and Unison urge government to ban gay conversion therapy as petition heads to Parliament 5
10:39 AM — More than 40 different LGBT groups along with trade union organisations the TUC and Unison have called on the government to ban gay conversion therapy.
10th July 2013
Labour MP Ben Bradshaw: Exeter church ‘banned same-sex couple from worship’ 30
11:57 AM — A same-sex couple were refused permission to worship in a church in Exeter, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has told the House of Commons.
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
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
Labour MP Chris Bryant defends UK Border Agency over claims it has deported gay asylum seekers 23
11:39 AM — Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant has robustly defended the Home Office and the UK Border Agency from claims that LGBT asylum seekers have been deported by officials in recent years.
1st July 2013
Labour welcomes LGBT consultation but says government could be doing things now 8
11:28 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that she welcomes the government’s decision to start a consultation on the future of LGBT policy in the autumn.
27th June 2013
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged to ban gay conversion therapy 7
6:58 PM — Labour MP Geraint Davies has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging for him to consider a complete ban on gay conversion therapy from being provided by psychotherapists.
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.
19th June 2013
Gay ‘cure’ therapy NHS ban motion gains cross-party support 5
2:13 PM — Several MPs are supporting an Early Day Motion against gay conversion therapy.
12th June 2013
MPs who voted against the Clause 20 sex education amendment 11
1:10 PM — Tuesday’s vote on amending the Children and Families Bill to include statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, making it mandatory for teachers to inform students about same-sex relationships, was voted down on party lines.
11th June 2013
MPs await Commons debate on sex education amendment 6
3:33 PM — MPs in support of a Labour amendment for more comprehensive sex and relationship education in schools hope they’ll be enough parliamentary time to allow for a debate and vote.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
22nd May 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes accuses David Lammy of ‘playing the race card’ in equal marriage debate 40
2:04 PM — Ahead of last night’s vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, former Labour minister David Lammy was accused of “playing the race card” by staunch equal marriage critic David Burrowes.
Diane Abbott: ‘Momentous’ equal marriage bill will improve the lives of so many 8
12:47 AM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott made an impassioned speech in the lead up to the vote on the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, following its third reading today, in which she described it as "a momentous piece of legislation".
20th May 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘MPs should vote for heterosexual civil partnerships’ 31
1:47 PM — Peter Tachell notes the popularity of straight civil partnerships in the Netherlands in saying MPs should vote for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples in England and Wales.
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
15th May 2013
Labour MP Angela Eagle urges LGBT community to cast their votes for 2013 World Pride Power List
6:20 PM — Shadow leader of the House of Commons, Angela Eagle, says she’s proud to be supporting this year’s World Pride Power List.
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘Crisis of masculinity is leading to the normalisation of homophobia’ 21
4:12 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott believes British men are facing a “crisis of masculinity” brought on by economic anxiety, which is contributing to the “normalisation of homophobia”.
26th April 2013
Yvette Cooper: ‘Parliament does not have enough openly gay and lesbian MPs’ 9
6:06 PM — Labour's Yvette Cooper has called on British businesses and the world of politics to do more to celebrate diversity and not merely to “tolerate” LGBT staff.