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.
11th January 2010
Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs 5
12:40 PM — A report from the Speaker's Conference has recommended a number of measures to encourage more gay people to stand as MPs. The suggestions include allowing gay MPs to have civil partnerships in Westminister and drawing up a code of conduct for campaigning.
8th January 2010
Equalities minister Harriet Harman fined for careless driving 7
2:46 PM — Harriet Harman, the minister for women and equality, has been fined £350 for driving without due care and attention. She was also ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, along with receiving three penalty points on her driving licence.
23rd October 2009
Exclusive: Met police accused of ‘watering down’ lesbian and gay liaison officers as hate crime rises 15
12:20 PM — Updated 6:30pm. The Metropolitan Police Service has been accused of watering down LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) liaison officers in London at a time of increased reports of homophobic hate crime.