21st October 2011
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard may allow free vote on gay marriage 30
11:44 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard will allow Labor MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage, reports say. According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, government sources said she will state her position at some point next week.
14th October 2011
New Zealand Labour will allow gay couples to adopt 21
7:21 PM — New Zealand's Labour Party says it will push for gay couples to be allowed to adopt. It will modernise the law "to ensure the widest pool of suitable adults is lawfully available to provide care to children in need".
23rd September 2011
Ten Italian MPs accused of being ‘gay hypocrites’ 34
5:46 PM — Ten Italian MPs have been accused of being "gay hypocrites". A US-based blog named the politicians, who include right-wing MPs and members of Silvio Berlusconi's ruling party, and said they were secretly gay.
22nd September 2011
Pope faces hostility from gay groups in Germany 38
3:30 PM — Pope Benedict's first official visit to his homeland of Germany is expected to meet strong opposition today from up to 20,000 people, including gay rights campaigners, feminists, atheists and church abuse survivors.
9th February 2011
Ugandan asylum seeker wins case review 9
11:19 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker has won the right to stay in the UK until her case is reviewed. The 29-year-old lesbian says she will be killed if sent home because gay people are persecuted in Uganda.
9th November 2010
Video: Politicians join Stonewall ‘It Gets Better Today’ campaign 14
12:19 PM — Politicians from all of the main parties have added their support to a Stonewall campaign to support gay teenagers. The campaign is inspired by the US YouTube campaign It Gets Better and encourages people to record short videos of support.
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.
4th February 2010
Iris Robinson claimed £1,644 for a bed 26
12:28 PM — Shamed former MP Iris Robinson claimed £1,644.90 for a bed, a report of MPs' expenses revealed today. Mrs Robinson, a homophobic evangelical Christian, quit politics last month after her affair with a 19-year-old was exposed.
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.
11th January 2010
Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs 5
12:40 PM — A report from the Speaker's Conference has recommended a number of measures to encourage more gay people to stand as MPs. The suggestions include allowing gay MPs to have civil partnerships in Westminister and drawing up a code of conduct for campaigning.
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.