13th December 2011
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense” 64
12:38 PM — The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage. Loree Rudd said: "I couldn't work for a party that had endorsed homosexuals marrying."
9th December 2011
50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85
1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.
7th December 2011
Elio Di Rupo, Europe’s second openly gay government leader sworn in 27
9:28 AM — Elio Di Rupo has been named the new, openly gay, Prime Minister of Belgium, after the country went a year and a half without a government. He will become the second openly gay head of government in Europe.
24th November 2011
Comment: Tom Brake MP on securing and defending religious civil partnerships 34
2:39 PM — Tom Brake MP, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equality, talks about protecting new rules on civil partnerships on their passage through Parliament.
UK Government criticises proposed anti-gay Russian law 14
11:03 AM — In a statement, released on Wednesday, an FCO spokesperson said: “The message of this law, that homosexuality is unacceptable, let alone in any way similar to a crime like paedophilia, is wrong".
Trans woman will be first to stand for Scottish council elections 12
10:01 AM — Carol Mapley, the Labour Party's National Transgender Officer in Scotland, will be the first trans person to contest an elected seat in the country.
15th November 2011
Campaigners: Australian PM should represent the 71% of her supporters who want gay marriage 29
2:45 PM — Equal marriage supporters say Julia Gillard should reflect the beliefs of nearly three quarters of her voters, as the prime minister reaffirms her opposition to such a move.
8th November 2011
Religious party leader: “Rise up” against “cultural domination of the Gaystapo” 225
2:14 PM — Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig, said it is "1938" and the "only right response" is to "forcefully confront" gay rights movement leaders.
Poland’s first gay and trans MPs to be sworn in 16
11:54 AM — Anna Grodzka is believed to become the first sitting trans MP anywhere in the world when she is sworn in with Robert Biedron today.
4th November 2011
Lesbian politician Ruth Davidson elected leader of the Scottish Conservative Party 99
7:11 PM — Ruth Davidson MSP has been elected as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party. Her election makes her the first openly lesbian or gay leader of a major British political party.
24th October 2011
SNP condemns gay blood ban 51
3:21 PM — The Scottish National Party has approved a motion condeming the blood donation ban on gay men. Delegates at the party's conference in Inverness backed a motion which said that new rules allowing gay men to donate blood if celibate for a year are not good enough.
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".
13th October 2011
Update: Christian Tory councillor suspended for anti-gay tweet 118
9:58 AM — A Christian Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire has been suspended for comparing gay marriage to bestiality. Party bosses took quick action against James Malliff.
10th October 2011
Transgender woman set to become Polish MP 16
1:29 PM — A transgender woman is expected to become the first trans person in Poland to be elected as an MP. Anna Grodzka, 57, of Krakow, believes she will be the world's only sitting transgender MP if elected for the Palikot Movement party.
3rd October 2011
Government moves to wipe gay sex convictions 46
6:05 PM — The government has tabled amendments to remove convictions of gay men convicted of now-legal sex acts. The promise to remove such criminal records announced by the Conservative Party before last year's election.
27th September 2011
Party of Five star Sean Maher comes out 34
11:48 AM — Party of Five star Sean Maher has revealed he is gay. The 36-year-old actor said he was told by his agent to hide his sexuality and try sleeping with women.
9th September 2011
Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson launches campaign to lead Scottish Tories 27
2:38 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson has launched her bid to lead the Scottish Conservative Party. The 32-year-old was only elected in May but is tipped to win the leadership contest.
29th November 2010
Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14
4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.
26th November 2010
SNP councillor accused of ‘gay slurs’ towards colleague 5
5:00 PM — An SNP councillor may be expelled from his party after claims he made homophobic remarks to a colleague. Alan O’Brien, a member of the Nationalist opposition in North Lanarkshire, has been the subject of a number of complaints.
24th November 2010
New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27
2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.