13th May 2011
Ian Paisley Jr says he has ‘grown up’ over anti-gay views 129
4:13 PM — Ian Paisely Jr says he has "grown up" since condemning homosexuality in an interview four years ago but still strongly disagrees with it. In 2007, the DUP MP said he was "repulsed" by homosexuality and that it "harm[s] society".
5th May 2011
Man acquitted of assault over reaction to gay bar ‘bottom touch’ 145
11:03 AM — A straight Derry man has been acquitted of assault after brushing off a man who touched his bottom in a gay bar. A judge said that Christopher Brendan Thompson had been "establishing his straight credentials" when he pushed his face into the face of the man who touched him.
3rd May 2011
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Gay voters back AV, huge drop in Lib Dem support 83
12:19 PM — A PinkNews.co.uk poll suggests that the UK's LGBT community will back the alternative vote system in Thursday's referendum. The results also showed a massive drop in support for the Liberal Democrats.
28th March 2011
Northern Ireland school is first to form gay-straight alliance 25
9:44 AM — A school in Northern Ireland is the first in the country to form a student gay-straight alliance. Teachers at Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle, County Down, hope the initiative will help tackle anti-gay bullying.
23rd March 2011
Homophobia widespread in Northern Ireland workplaces 61
5:36 PM — Homophobia is endemic in Northern Ireland workplaces, a report from a gay rights organisation says. According to the Rainbow Project, more than a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people have complained about homophobia at work but 70 per cent of these were not happy with how the issue was dealt with.
22nd March 2011
Judge overturns ban on homophobic church ad 412
11:40 AM — A judge has overturned an Advertising Standards Authority ban on a church advert which railed against gay sex. The ad, by the Sandown Free Presbyterian Church in Belfast, was published in 2008 and was called 'The word of God against sodomy'.
15th March 2011
Anti-gay former MP Iris Robinson won’t face charges over young lover’s business 28
10:58 AM — The Public Prosecution Service has said that former DUP MP Iris Robinson will not face charges over her role in helping her 19-year-old lover set up a business.
16th February 2011
Clerics furious at Londonderry gay sauna 47
2:35 PM — Protestant ministers in Londonderry are furious over a newly-opened gay sauna in the city. The Cage, on John Street, opened last week, although it does not yet have planning permission.
2nd February 2011
Anti-gay Iris Robinson fined for car crash 22
5:12 PM — The homophobic former DUP MP Iris Robinson has been fined £200 for causing a car crash. According to the Belfast Telegraph, she was also given three penalty points after admitting driving without due care and attention
10th January 2011
UUP leader Tom Elliott will meet gay community 4
3:35 PM — The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Tom Elliott, is to meet a gay rights organisation. He said in September that he would refuse to attend gay rights parades or GAA matches if elected leader of the party.
6th January 2011
Door staff attacked with knuckle-duster at Belfast gay club
1:37 PM — Three door staff at a Belfast gay club were taken to hospital yesterday after being attacked with a weapon believed to be a knuckle-duster. The staff - two women and one man - were treated for non-life-threatening head or facial injuries.
8th October 2010
Ben Bradshaw and Chris Bryant lose out on Shadow Cabinet places – but Angela Eagle succeeds 25
10:51 AM — The results of the shadow cabinet elections were published last night, revealing that three of the Labour's best-known out gay MPs did not make the final cut.
7th October 2010
Study suggests bisexuals get ‘bad deal’ in local government equality policies 35
2:05 PM — A research project undertaken by the University of Huddersfield on LGBT equalities and local government has found that a lack of understanding surrounding bisexuality in the workplace is leaving those who identify as such largely invisible.
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.
‘Young, white gay men’ are ‘contributing’ to spread of HIV infections in Europe says report 36
12:28 PM — According to new research published today, reckless sexual behaviour among a subset of young gay men is fuelling the HIV epidemic in Europe and the UK.
3rd September 2010
UUP contender Tom Elliott says he won’t attend gay pride marches 15
2:21 PM — A contender for the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party has said he would not attend gay pride marches or GAA games. Tom Elliott said it was a "personal issue".
31st August 2010
Londonderry’s first gay Pride parade a success 4
5:47 PM — The first ever Londonderry gay Pride parade took place in Northern Ireland last Saturday.
25th August 2010
Gay men ‘continue to top list’ in contracting STIs 14
10:25 AM — Figures released by the Health protection Agency (HPA) this morning have shown that the state of sexual health among the UK population is poor, with STI rates reaching record levels. The figures have also revealed that gay men are of partcular concern.
Latest figures from Health Protection Agency show poor sexual health among gay men
12:01 AM — According to new figures collected by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), almost half a million new cases of STIs were diagnosed in the UK last year - and according to the agency, gay men are among the most worrying groups.
26th July 2010
Ireland ‘has more work to do’ on gay rights, gay senator says 12
4:29 PM — Irish senator David Norris has said that both Northern Ireland and the Republic are "nearly there" on gay rights legislation.