17th September 2011
UK equalities minister Lynne Featherstone officially announces gay marriage policy 126
6:10 PM — Following last night's announcement that the government will introduce legislation to allow gay civil marriage before the end of this parliament, the minister responsible, Lynne Featherstone, said that the current system of gay civil partnerships and straight marriage is “ not only discrimination, but is not fair.”
16th September 2011
Government proposes introducing gay marriage after Cameron intervention 75
9:13 PM — A government consultation on the process for allowing gay couples to marry will take place next March, PinkNews.co.uk understands that prime minister David Cameron is "emphatically" in favour of the change.
15th March 2011
Comment: Equality minister Lynne Featherstone on the drive to tackle homophobia in sport 51
4:36 PM — As a Liberal Democrat in government, fighting for a more equal society is my driving force and I am lucky to be in a position as minister for equalities to be able to do so much. But sometimes you are reminded that simple government diktat doesn’t change much.
16th February 2011
Government is ‘painfully slow’ on gay marriage says Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill 33
11:58 PM — Responding to news that ministers will hold a consultation on giving gay couples the right to civil marriage, chief executive Ben Summerskill it would have to start now for changes to be implemented by in this parliament. Stonewall only added gay marriage to its campaigning objectives last October, eight months after the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg declared his support for a change in the law.
13th February 2011
British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84
9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.
13th January 2011
Public bodies asked to find out about gay and trans staff 17
2:05 PM — Large public employers are being encouraged to find out how represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are in their organisations. As part of the Equality Act, all public bodies will be required to publish information about the diversity of their staff from April but the government will not set diversity targets.
10th January 2011
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for progress on gay marriage 46
4:20 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for progress on gay marriage by the end of this year. Speaking on Saturday on the tenth anniversary of the equal age of consent, he said that there was more to do on marriage equality.
26th December 2010
Government to begin process to erase convictions for historic gay sex offences 23
2:08 AM — The government is to set to begin the process to introduce legislation to wipe convictions for historical gay sex offences within days. The policy was first announced during the general election campaign by prime minister David Cameron in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.
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.
8th November 2010
Gay arts festival GFEST begins today 1
6:35 PM — London's only LGBT arts festival begins today. GFEST will run for two weeks and features dozens of short films, exhibitions and performances by a range of artists.
25th October 2010
2,000 join London vigil against hate crime 13
12:01 PM — Two thousand people braved the wind and rain to join a London vigil to remember victims of hate crime on Saturday evening. The crowd assembled in Trafalgar Square and heard speeches by equality minister Lynne Featherstone and Stuart Milk, the nephew of murdered US gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
3rd July 2010
Lynne Featherstone MP hints that religious same-sex unions may be a step closer 6
3:47 PM — The equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has been reported as saying religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples could soon become a reality.
17th December 2009
BBC ditches ‘Should homosexuals be executed?’ debate title after complaints 43
12:54 AM — Following outrage across the web, the BBC has renamed a premoderated debate on its 'Have Your Say' website from "Should homosexuals face execution?" to "Should Uganda debate gay execution?" Politicians from all the main parties have expressed revulsion at the BBC's handling of the debate.