22nd July 2014
Mike Freer becomes Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Boles 1
4:10 PM — Out Tory MP Mike Freer has become the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Boles, the Minister tasked with implementing same-sex marriage.
17th June 2014
Gay MP Mike Freer appointed as Tory Vice Chair 3
5:38 PM — Openly gay MP Mike Freer has been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party with a remit for equalities.
10th June 2014
London to get its own rainbow crossing in time for Pride 7
2:17 PM — Authorities have announced that London is to get its own rainbow crossing ahead of Pride in London this year.
13th April 2014
US: University chancellor hits back at Republican’s claims of ‘glorifying’ gays 8
7:43 PM — A University Chancellor has hit back at the claims of a Republican politician who claimed that the institution was promoting 'a glorification of same-sex orientation'.
10th April 2014
Justice Minister Chris Grayling invites trans groups to share their views on spousal veto 15
7:14 PM — The Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling, has invited trans groups to write to him with testimony surrounding the spousal veto included in the same-sex marriage legislation for England and Wales.
1st April 2014
MPs demand Health Minister tightens up safeguards against gay ‘cure’ therapy 19
6:52 PM — A cross-party group of 15 MPs have sent a joint letter to Health Minister Norman Lamb calling on him to do more to address the problem of gay-to-straight conversion therapy.
29th March 2014
Tory MP Mike Freer: Being able to feel equal through same-sex marriage is priceless 9
5:30 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Conservative MP Mike Freer states the importance of same-sex marriage in that it allows same-sex couples to feel equal, at last.
10th March 2014
Tory MP Mike Freer: New Look’s gay discount issue shows we still need to be vigilant about equality
4:24 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has welcomed the decision by retailer New Look to change its discount policy to include the partners of gay staff, but says that it highlights that discrimination still needs to be challenged.
Following PinkNews investigation, New Look drops gay partner discount ban 2
3:23 PM — Retail giant New Look has dropped a policy which excluded the partners of gay employees from using a staff discount, after a PinkNews investigation revealed that it may have been in breach of the Equality Act 2010.
9th March 2014
Lib Dem peer Baroness Barker condemns New Look discount policy as ‘old fashioned discrimination’ 6
12:32 PM — Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker is the latest politician to criticise retail giant New Look for its discount policy which is possibly in breach of the Equality Act 2010 by "indirectly discriminating" against gay couples.
8th March 2014
Tory MP Mike Freer glad New Look will ‘review’ potentially ‘discriminatory’ discount policy
12:05 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has said he is hopeful that New Look will change its policy on staff discounts, in order to include allow gay couples to use it, should they wish.
31st January 2014
Polling giant Ipsos MORI ignores couples in civil partnerships like ‘whether or not they eat meat’ 8
12:00 PM — The second largest market research company in the UK, Ipsos MORI, still runs polls which do not give respondents the option to indicate that they are in a civil partnership, nine years after they were introduced in the UK.
3rd December 2013
Parliament holds first reception to honour the Jewish LGBT community 5
12:32 PM — The first ever Jewish LGBT event was held in Parliament yesterday, hosted by Mike Freer MP, who noted positive changes within the Jewish community around issues such as equal marriage.
20th November 2013
UK Government rules out banning therapists from providing gay ‘cures’ on cost grounds 18
6:28 PM — Health Minister Norman Lamb has told MPs that gay-to-straight conversion therapy is “utterly abhorrent” but that the government remains opposed to the statutory regulation of psychotherapists on the grounds of cost.
19th November 2013
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation sets up working group on extending HPV vaccine to gay men 14
1:54 PM — The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has agreed to set up a working group on possibly offering HPV vaccinations to adolescent boys and gay and bisexual men.
7th November 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer receives Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year 1
4:20 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has been honoured with the Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year.
4th November 2013
Marriage tax allowance to benefit 420,000 London married couples and civil partners 9
7:51 PM — The marriage tax allowance which will take effect from 2015, will allow 420,000 Londoners, both gay and straight, to claim a transferrable tax allowance.
25th October 2013
Video: PinkNews award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year 1
2:30 PM — Here is the video for Speech of the Year at the inaugural PinkNews Awards hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Video: PinkNews award for Business Network of the Year
1:22 PM — Here is the video for Business Network of the Year at the inaugural PinkNews Awards hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons on Wednesday.
In Photos: The PinkNews Awards 2013, hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons
1:03 PM — The inaugural PinkNews Awards were hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, on Wednesday in the Speaker’s House of the Palace of Westminster. The following pictures showcase some of the most important and exciting moments of the evening.