23rd March 2012
Stonewall unveils Facebook Timeline of key gay events since 1989 4
1:40 PM — Stonewall had relaunched its Facebook page utilising the new timeline facility to record key moments for the gay community's struggle for equality since its foundation in 1989.
7th March 2012
Francis Maude: Tories must back equal marriage or risk becoming ‘unelectable’ 111
12:47 PM — Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is expected to warn today that the Tories must modernise and approve measures including equal marriage or risk being seen as 'unacceptable and unelectable'.
13th June 2011
Knighthood for Section 28 backer Brian Souter 109
11:27 AM — Brian Souter, the Stagecoach co-founder who gave £1 million to a 2000 campaign to uphold Section 28, has been honoured with a knighthood. The 57-year-old businessman has not spoken out against gay rights in 11 years but almost 2,500 people have signed a petition calling for the honour to be rescinded.
24th May 2011
Tennessee governor signs bill to wipe out gay legal protection 70
6:09 PM — The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill which gay rights campaigners say will wipe out all any laws which protect LGBT people from discrimination. Governor Bill Haslam signed the law yesterday. It bans cities and municipalities from making their own anti-discrimination ordinances and bans any area from having stronger protections than are available at state level.
21st May 2011
Tennessee Senate approves ‘don’t say gay’ bill 629
12:08 AM — Tennessee’s Senate has passed a bill that proposes to introduce a ban of discussing homosexuality within schools. The bill, approved by 5 votes to 4 at the Senate will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.
9th May 2011
Gay MP Nigel Evans ‘in denial’ when he voted for Section 28 75
11:42 AM — Gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans says he was in denial and going through a "neanderthal phase" when he voted for Section 28. The MP for Ribble Valley, who came out last year, backed the legislation to ban mention of homosexuality in schools and once voted against lowering the age of consent for gay men.
28th April 2011
Anger over Tennessee’s ‘don’t say gay’ bill 195
11:04 AM — The US Senator who introduced a bill to ban discussion of homosexuality in schools says he has received hundreds of angry letters from parents around the world. Republican Stacey Campfield's bill, if approved, will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.
21st April 2011
Tennessee Senate panel approves school gay ban bill 66
1:52 PM — A Senate education panel in Tennessee has approved a bill to prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools. The legislation, known as the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, was introduced by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield, who has been pushing for the law for several years.
1st March 2011
Tennessee proposes bill to ban gay awareness in schools 9
2:47 AM — Republicans in Tennessee are proposing a bill that would prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools.
7th September 2010
New book to examine history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party 10
1:24 PM — A book detailing the history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party and how its attitudes to it have changed over the decades is to be published by Biteback Publishing next year.
27th August 2010
Breaking news: Tory minister Crispin Blunt reveals he is gay 85
5:43 PM — Tory justice minister Crispin Blunt admitted he is gay and has separated from his wife.