29th February 2012
Humanists blast ‘ridiculous’ MP report on faith and gay equality 18
11:26 AM — The British Humanist Association has criticised the MP-led Christians in Parliament report which backs ‘reasonable accommodations’ from equality legislation as being 'not at all grounded in any reality'.
28th February 2012
MPs’ report on ‘undue limitation of Christian belief’ questioned 86
1:03 PM — An MP-led report by the new Christians in Parliament group which recommends 'reasonable accommodations' from equality legislation to lift the 'undue limitation of belief' it says is experienced by religious people in public life has been cautiously questioned.
24th February 2012
Labour MP charged after ‘head-butting’ gay Tory in Commons bar
11:23 AM — Labour MP Eric Joyce has been suspended and charged by police on allegations he head-butted openly gay MP Stuart Andrew in a House of Commons bar, months after Andrew spoke to the House about being the victim of an attack.
22nd February 2012
David Lammy cuts tie with equal marriage opponents who funded interns 14
4:53 PM — Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy has cut ties with the Christian Action Research and Education which co-launched the anti-marriage equality Coalition for Marriage petition and supported a 'gay cure' conference.
David Burrowes ‘faced death threat’ over equal marriage opposition 98
4:19 PM — Conservative David Burrowes is among a number of MPs backing the new Coalition for Marriage petition to opposite marriage equality for gay couples, but says he has received a death threat as a result of his views.
21st February 2012
Gove urged to clarify position on anti-gay texts in schools 61
12:12 PM — Michael Gove's reported response to an enquiry about homophobic leaflets being shown to schoolchildren in Lancashire has prompted confusion over when pupils can legally be shown anti-gay texts.
13th January 2012
Chris Bryant MP describes House of Commons ‘gay bar’ 27
1:01 PM — The gay MP for Rhondda was speaking about Parliamentary representation yesterday when he said the current number of gay MPs meant the Palace of Westminster's Strangers Bar sometimes reminded him of Soho.
26th November 2010
Five arrested in Met raids for anti-gay and transphobic crimes 2
2:45 PM — Five people in London were arrested on suspicion of homophobic and transphobic crimes yesterday as part of a series of dawn raids. A total of 247 people were arrested in connection with hate crimes in yesterday's Met police operation.
25th November 2010
Gay Lib Dem David Laws set to return to government ‘soon’ 18
3:46 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has indicated that David Laws will return to government soon. The Liberal Democrat MP resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury in May after it was revealed he had broken Commons rules by paying expenses to his secret boyfriend.
24th November 2010
Archbishop asks Anglicans to keep unity over gay bishops 11
11:15 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has asked Anglicans worldwide to pledge to maintain unity over gay bishops and same-sex marriage.
5th November 2010
Comment: When did gay men stop fighting HIV? 48
4:34 PM — Scott Roberts argues that campaigners angry about the gay blood ban are missing the bigger picture and that the gay community should be enraged at the continuing gulf of health inequality around HIV and AIDS.
28th May 2010
Declassified government files from early 1970s reveal gay issues in civil service 6
6:06 PM — A government file dating from 1974 has been released by the National Archives in Kew, south-west London. Titled "Guidance to Departments About the Employment of Homosexuals in the Public Service" it includes minutes from a 1974 meeting reviewing the rules on promoting "practising homosexuals" to senior civil service posts.
17th February 2010
Inquest hears Alexander McQueen hanged himself 1
1:02 PM — The inquest opened into the death of Alexander McQueen heard today that the fashion designer had hanged himself. McQueen, 40, was found hanging in a wardrobe by his cleaner at his Mayfair home on Thursday February 11th, ten days after his mother died.
16th February 2010
Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament 17
2:57 PM — The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public. Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year.
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".
3rd February 2010
Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117
11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.
28th January 2010
Carol Ann Duffy to host ‘poetry Live Aid’ for Haiti 5
5:15 PM — Carol Ann Duffy, the first bisexual poet laureate, is to host a 'poetry Live Aid' fundraiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Duffy, who was given the post last year, has organised Saturday's event at Westminster's Central Hall with 21 other poets.
27th January 2010
David Cameron says children should be taught about gay relationships 71
12:04 PM — Tory leader David Cameron told a recent meeting on education that schoolchildren should be taught about gay relationships and equality.
14th January 2010
Bercow hopes for Westminster civil partnerships before May 9
7:12 PM — Speaker John Bercow said today that he hopes civil partnerships for gay MPs will be held in parliament in the next few months.
Homophobic Iris Robinson resigns from parliament 25
11:34 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson resigned from Westminster yesterday after it was revealed last week that she had solicited loans for her 19-year-old lover.