30th December 2009
Gay blogger Iain Dale expresses support for Iris Robinson 38
11:15 AM — Iain Dale, the gay Tory blogger, has expressed sympathy for Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson, who announced this week she was standing down.
29th December 2009
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson stands down due to mental illness 117
11:07 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called gays an "abomination" and mentally ill, has announced she is standing down from politics due to depression.
2nd October 2009
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson turns down gay play invite 25
11:05 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson has declined an invite to see a play about anti-gay discrimination. The politician, who has called homosexuality "an abomination", is one of the stars of the show, as her voice is being used as part of the storyline.
11th September 2009
Belfast church allowed judicial review on ‘homophobic’ ads 23
2:20 PM — A Belfast church has been granted a judicial review on a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church appealed the decision in the high court.
8th September 2009
Gay man ‘reported to police’ for questioning MP Iris Robinson’s views 38
11:51 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called homosexuality an "abomination", reportedly had a constituent questioned by police after he challenged her views.
3rd August 2009
Christian protesters fail to halt Belfast Pride 12
12:13 PM — A 70-strong group of Christian protesters were present at Belfast Pride yesterday but were mainly ignored by the 6,000 revellers marching the streets.
28th July 2009
No restrictions for Belfast Pride 13
11:33 AM — Belfast Pride will not be subject to any restrictions when the parade marches through the city this Saturday. The Parades Commission said it had received assurances from organisers over the "stewarding of the parade and the general conduct of the participants".
27th July 2009
Man claims he was ‘raped and beaten’ by gay lover
3:36 PM — A man has claimed he was repeatedly beaten and raped by his former lover, who threatened to reveal his sexuality. The High Court heard on Friday that the alleged victim was forced to stand in a freezing shower and was repeatedly attacked.
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.