16th December 2011
Christopher Hitchens dies after cancer battle, aged 62 38
1:21 PM — Atheist author and journalist Christopher Hitchens died last night, aged 62, at a hospital in Texas after suffering from pneumonia brought on by oesophageal cancer. In 2009, Hitchens, a vocal supporter of gay rights, revealed in his memoirs he had gay liaisons at Oxford with men who later became Tory politicians.
21st November 2011
Tory peers “planning to oppose” rules for civil partnerships on religious premises 144
12:27 PM — New rules allowing religious establishments to hold civil partnerships are reportedly criticised for not giving enough protection to those which do not want to hold ceremonies.
13th October 2011
Tory MEP Roger Helmer quits 50
3:09 PM — Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, who has been accused of homophobia, has resigned. Mr Helmer, who last year angered gay campaigners with a tweet about 'gay cure' therapy, said there are "far too many" areas of Conservative policy he can no longer agree with.
20th September 2011
Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157
5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.
1st February 2011
Tory MP says Gareth Thomas inspired him to come out 16
4:08 PM — Tory MP and deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas inspired him to announce he is gay. His sexuality was an open secret around Westminster but Mr Evans decided to come out fully in December.
27th January 2011
Ken Livingstone accused of hypocrisy for earning money from anti-gay Iran 23
1:51 PM — London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has been criticised for earning thousands of pounds for his work as a presenter for an Iranian TV channel.
Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46
11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.
26th January 2011
Tory MP removes blog comments about ‘gay lessons’ 17
10:35 AM — A Conservative MP who attacked gay-inclusive lessons as “ludicrous” has removed his blog post. Richard Drax, who represents South Dorset, had claimed that the lessons would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
25th January 2011
Tory MP says schools are imposing ‘questionable sexual standards’ on pupils 20
5:37 PM — Another Conservative MP has attacked plans to encourage schools to include references to gay people in maths, science and geography. South Dorset MP Richard Drax said the voluntary lesson plans were "ludicrous" and would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
New Tory MP: ‘There can’t be widespread discrimination if gays earn more than straights’ 50
3:57 PM — A new Tory MP who made headlines with his attack on "feminist bigots" has also questioned how the country can be "riddled with discrimination" if gay people earn more than their straight counterparts. Dominic Raab, the 37-year-old MP for Esher and Walton in Surrey, claimed that men should start "burning their briefs" in protest at the "raw deal" they get compared to women.
20th January 2011
Tory peer who said schools ‘promote homosexuality’ says Islamophobia is seen as socially acceptable 87
1:43 PM — Tory minister Baroness Warsi says Islamophobia is "socially acceptable" and has passed the "dinner party test". In a speech she is to give today at the University of Leicester, the peer will also warn against describing Muslims as "moderate" or "extremist".
17th January 2011
Updated: Tory gay group attacks MEP for gay therapy Tweet 49
1:47 PM — The Conservative Party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory, has criticised a Tory MEP for remarks about so-called 'ex-gay' therapy.
10th January 2011
Former Tory candidate to sue party after being sacked for views on homosexuality 40
10:38 AM — A teacher is to sue the Conservative Party after he was sacked as a general election candidate. Philip Lardner, who was selected to fight the North Ayrshire and Arran seat, was suspended from his job and dumped by the party after PinkNews.co.uk revealed he said that homosexuality is wrong and children should not be taught about it in schools.
30th December 2010
‘What did you expect?’- a poem by Chris Bryant MP 13
10:33 PM — Chris Bryant, the former minister for Europe and current shadow justice minister has penned a poem for UKUncut
19th November 2010
Tory councillor accused of homophobia to meet gay rights group 3
10:45 AM — A Tory councillor in Bristol who was accused of homophobia for criticising gay actor Ian McKellen's visits to schools is to meet gay rights group Stonewall.
11th February 2010
David Cameron criticised for ‘airbrushing his memory’ over gay adoption 98
6:23 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been criticised for denying he had ever voted against gay adoption. In an interview with Attitude magazine last week, Mr Cameron was asked about records which showed he voted to restrict marriage to married couples and bar gay couples from adopting children in 2002.
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.
29th January 2010
Gay MP and blogger in Twitter spat 37
6:47 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant and Tory blogger Iain Dale had a war of Tweets this afternoon over Tory leader David Cameron.
18th January 2010
Lib Dems attack Tory voting record on gay rights 38
1:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat party has attacked the "shameful" Tory record on voting for gay rights issues. According to research by the party, a quarter of David Cameron's shadow cabinet has voted against gay rights legislation.