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.
23rd November 2010
Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 5
3:52 PM — A straight couple who were barred from having a civil partnership say they will fight the ban in court. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, of Bristol, said they were disappointed to have been rejected by Bristol register office because they are straight but hope that their attempt would help change the law.
19th November 2010
Video: Prime minister David Cameron tells bullied gay kids ‘things will get better’ 39
2:44 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has added his voice to a campaign to support bullied gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youngsters. Mr Cameron recorded a video message for gay charity Stonewall in which he urged bullied teens to talk to someone about their problems.
Ray Collins and Michael Bishop to become peers
2:02 PM — Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and businessman Michael Bishop, who are both gay, are to become peers. They were on the list of 54 new working peers announced by Downing Street today.
Tory councillor suspended after being accused of homophobia 84
12:43 PM — A Bristol Tory councillor who criticised gay actor Ian McKellen’s visits to schools has been suspended by his party. Chris Windows, who represents Henbury ward, has agreed to be "voluntarily suspended", the Conservative Party said.
18th November 2010
Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4
12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.
10th November 2010
Comment: Political parties should do more to attract LGBT people 10
6:00 PM — Local Tory councillor James Cottis feared coming out until this year but discovered that his constituents had already spotted him dancing in G-A-Y. He argues that all parties must do more to attract lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
5th November 2010
Lesbian MEP accuses UKIP of homophobia 14
5:39 PM — A lesbian MEP for the West Midlands claims that UKIP discriminated against her on the grounds of her sexual orientation. Nikki Sinclaire was elected as a UKIP MEP last year but fell out with the party in January when she refused to sit with its EFD allies in the European Parliament.
Mum’s defence of cross-dressing 5-year-old becomes internet hit 46
3:03 PM — A US mother has become an internet hit for defending her decision to let her son dress as a girl for Halloween. Missouri blogger Sarah wrote: "He's gay. Or he’s not. I don’t care. He is still my son."
3rd November 2010
Parties raise tens of thousands of pounds for HIV charities 9
4:37 PM — Two London events have raised tens of thousands of pounds for National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust. THT's Supper Club raised £95,000, while the Wig Party raised £45,000 for NAT.
24th February 2010
Plaid Cymru launches LGBT group 15
12:41 PM — Welsh party Plaid Cyrmu has launched PlaidPride, an affiliated group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The party announced the new group at its spring conference in Cardiff last weekend.
19th February 2010
Amsterdam winners may get kisses from gay men, not girls 16
6:39 PM — A left-wing party in Holland has suggested that winners of a cycle race should swap the traditional celebration of kisses from attractive girls for kisses from gay men.
17th February 2010
Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113
12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.
15th February 2010
Tory councillor suggests gay and black candidates are ‘there to tick boxes’ 24
12:19 PM — A local Tory activist and councillor has complained over a shortlist of a gay man, three women and two ethnic minority men, apparently suggesting they were included to "tick boxes".
4th February 2010
David Cameron refuses to call Polish allies homophobic 87
11:29 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has defended his party's European alliances with the Polish Law and Justice Party but has refused to call them homophobic, saying the Liberal Democrats also have anti-gay allies.
20th January 2010
Lesbian UKIP MEP barred from standing for re-election 18
5:04 PM — A lesbian UKIP MEP who left the party's European grouping has been told she cannot stand for election under her party. Nikki Sinclaire, an MEP for the West Midlands, was told she had broken party rules.
14th January 2010
Lesbian UKIP MEP leaves European group 7
3:20 PM — A lesbian MEP for the UK Independence Party has left the group her party joined in the European Parliament. Nikki Sinclaire announced this week that she was leaving the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group.
13th January 2010
Nick Clegg calls for faith schools to focus on homophobic bullying 16
1:16 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that faith schools must focus on homophobic bullying. He said his party would make it a requirement for faith schools to teach that homosexuality is normal.
12th January 2010
Iris Robinson’s teen lover ‘faked testicular cancer to end affair’ 20
3:13 PM — The 19-year-old lover of Iris Robinson falsely told her he was suffered from testicular cancer to get out of the relationship, it has been claimed.
11th January 2010
Cameron sets out commitment on tax breaks for civil partners 26
4:16 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said he will give gay couples in civil partnerships the same tax benefits his party will give to married couples.