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  • 14th October 2011

    New Zealand Labour will allow gay couples to adopt 21

    New Zealand Labour says it will push for gay couples to be allowed to adopt

    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

    James Malliff has been suspended

    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

    Anna Grodzka will be Poland's first transgender MP

    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

    Gay men will be able to have the convictions deleted

    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

    Sean Maher said he could not be ashamed of his family (Photo: RavenU)

    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

    Ruth Davidson is tipped to win the contest

    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

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    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

    A Scottish SNP councillor was accused of calling a colleague a "poof"

    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

    Martin Callanan is the new head of the Conservatives in Europe

    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

    The couple say they will go to court over the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    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

    David Cameron recorded a message for gay teenagers

    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

    Labour general secretary Ray Collins is to become a Labour peer

    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

    Chris Windows has been suspended from the party

    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

    Australian MPs voted to canvass the public on gay marriage

    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

    James Cottis came out this year

    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

    Nikki Sinclaire claimed UKIP had been homophobic

    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

    Boo in his Daphne costume

    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

    A guest at the Wig Party (Photo: Chris Jepson)

    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

    Plaid Cyrmu launched PlaidPride.

    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

    A politician said gay men could kiss the race winner

    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.

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