1st July 2009
Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson cleared over homophobic “abomination” comments 44
11:32 AM — Iris Robinson, the Democratic Unionist Party MP who described homosexuality as an "abomination", has been cleared of any wrongdoing over her comments.
24th June 2009
Prejudice against gays rising in Northern Ireland 16
10:57 AM — A survey has found rising levels of prejudice against gays in Northern Ireland. The research, conducted by the Equality Commission, found that 23 per cent of respondents said they would mind a gay, lesbian or bisexual person living next door, compared to 14 per cent three years ago.
22nd June 2009
Northern Ireland pastor calls homosexuality ‘an abomination’ 44
5:39 PM — The pastor of a Northern Ireland church has attacked homosexuality, saying it is associated with shortened lifespans and mental health problems and that people should change themselves.
2nd June 2009
64% of homophobic incidents in Northern Ireland are not reported 16
12:59 PM — One of the largest surveys on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Northern Ireland has revealed many have been the victim of homophobic abuse and violence.
15th May 2009
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson and husband tried to claim twice for same expenses bill 23
5:37 PM — Northern Ireland MPs Iris Robinson and her husband Peter tried to claim twice for the same £1,223 expenses bill on the same day.
9th April 2009
Belfast church to challenge ruling on ‘homophobic’ adverts 3
2:48 PM — A Belfast church has said it will go to the high court to contest a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church placed the adverts in the Belfast News Letter last summer.
8th April 2009
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson exposed over expenses 10
11:14 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who said gays were an "abomination" and compared homosexuality to paedophilia, has been exposed by a Sunday newspaper for claiming almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses with her husband.
27th March 2009
‘High number’ of gay and bisexual domestic violence victims in Northern Ireland 8
2:09 PM — The gay and bisexual community in Northern Ireland is suffering from disproportionate rates of domestic violence, an official report has claimed. The paper, published this week by the Northern Ireland Policing Board, concluded that a high percentage of those experiencing domestic violence are gay or bisexual men and women.
20th March 2009
Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69
3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.
6th March 2009
The 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics 45
4:27 PM — This year's list could only be headed by one person. The return of Peter Mandelson to frontline British politics was predicted by no-one.
16th February 2009
Speaker’s Conference will consider gay and lesbian representation
10:03 PM — A special House of Commons committee looking at ways to improve the numbers of women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities in Parliament will also look at gay representation.
No gays on Speaker’s conference but DUP preacher is appointed 7
12:06 PM — A special parliamentary committee that is examining ways of making the House of Commons more diverse has no gay members.
23rd January 2009
Interview: NUS president explains why pragmatism is the best politics 6
12:42 PM — On Tuesday, as Barack Obama was preparing to take control of the world's only superpower, change had come to Wolverhampton.
19th January 2009
Ulster TV legend reveals he was spat at after coming out 1
5:39 PM — Northern Ireland TV presenter Julian Simmons has revealed he has been a victim of homophobic abuse. In an interview with the Sunday Life, he said that he had been spat at in the street just days after coming out last summer.
16th January 2009
Police investigating homophobic MP Iris Robinson seek advice about prosection 6
4:37 PM — The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has confirmed that it has received a request for prosecutorial advice from police investigating whether a local MP's homophobic statements broke the law.
Ad standards body to rule on “no God” campaign next week 22
4:23 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority will decide next week whether to investigate complaints that a series of adverts on public transport which claim there is no God have breached the code of conduct.
7th January 2009
Ian Paisley to meet with standards agency about homophobic advert 8
12:30 PM — The former first Minister of Northern Ireland is to meet with the Advertising Standards Authority to discuss their ruling against an advert placed in a local paper by a Belfast church.
24th December 2008
Free Presbyterian minister backs Pope and claims we are all born straight 25
1:12 PM — A preacher from a church that refers to the Pope as the Anti-Christ has backed his stance on homosexuality and claimed all people are born heterosexual.
11th December 2008
Northern Ireland moves closer to a Bill of Rights 4
10:00 AM — The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has handed the British government its advice on the potential for a Bill of Rights for the province.
8th December 2008
Northern Ireland gets first sexual health promotion strategy 1
12:36 PM — The first ever Sexual Health Promotion Strategy and Action Plan for Northern Ireland has been published.