16th November 2009
EHRC to ask MPs to include gay census question 19
11:26 AM — The Equalities and Human Rights Commission will ask MPs this week to include a question in the 2011 census on sexual orientation. The government has previously ruled out the question, saying it would be too controversial.
Stephen Fry wins gay humanist award 6
11:07 AM — Gay broadcaster Stephen Fry has won an award for his services to humanism and gay rights. The star was presented with the honour on Saturday by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.
13th November 2009
Newspapers: Guardian columnist meets civil partnership pioneer 5
3:00 PM — The Guardian's Hugh Muir writes today about his lunch with civil partnership pioneer Ian Burford and says it's a pity the Christian registrar Lillian Ladele who refuses to conduct gay nuptials hasn't met him.
Court of Appeal ruling on Lillian Ladele expected by Christmas 21
11:12 AM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples, will hear whether her Court of Appeal bid has been successful before Christmas.
Tory leader David Cameron supports Stonewall’s anti-gay bullying campaign 37
10:20 AM — David Cameron has given his support to a Stonewall campaign to tackle homophobic bullying. National Anti-Bullying Week will be held next week and the gay charity has launched an ad campaign featuring the slogan 'Some people are gay. Get over it!'.
Tories’ lesbian candidate just beats BNP in race for third place in Glasgow North East by-election 51
3:12 AM — Ruth Davidson, the Conservatives' lesbian candidate in the Glasgow North-East by-election, has just beaten British National Party (BNP)'s Charlie Baillie in the race for third place. The Labour candidate Willie Bain comfortably won the seat.
12th November 2009
Gay Labour group calls for government to return to gay hate laws 13
5:59 PM — A gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans group affiliated with the Labour Party has called on the government to continue trying to push through legislation to protect gays from homophobic hatred.
Survey: Win £50 and help us and our advertisers understand you better 13
3:40 PM — This survey has now closed due to the Guardian only wishing to have 200 responses per publication that they will be selling advertising for The Guardian will be partnering with PinkNews.co.uk, Europe's leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) news service to sell some of the advertising space on PinkNews. Ahead of this, The Guardian are keen to know more about our readers, what they like about PinkNews as well as what they dislike.
Free speech amendment will stay in homophobia law 98
2:36 PM — The government has admitted defeat over an amendment protecting free speech in homophobic hatred laws. The Ministry of Justice said it had to accept the House of Lords vote as the bill could no longer be delayed.
Straight couple want civil partnership 37
11:12 AM — A straight couple from London are demanding to be allowed a civil partnership because they do not believe in marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle believe everyone, gay or straight, should be allowed to chose whether to marry.
Lords vote again for ‘free speech’ protection in homophobic hate bill 73
11:00 AM — The House of Lords voted again yesterday to include an amendment protecting 'free speech' in a bill designed to protect gays and lesbians from homophobic hatred, although one peer, Lord Smith, warned it could lead to homophobic attacks.
11th November 2009
Worcester to celebrate first gay Pride festival 6
7:01 PM — The city of Worcester is to hold its first Pride festival in 2010. Organisers say the free event is scheduled for June 26th at Pitchcroft Racecourse.
Welsh DJ claims he has had death threats for being gay 8
6:13 PM — Welsh radio star Chris Needs has revealed that he has been the target of death threats after revealing his sexual orientation.
Peter Mandelson attacks Sun coverage of Gordon Brown’s letter 29
12:09 PM — Gay First Secretary of State Peter Mandelson today tried to deflect the criticism of Gordon Brown for a poorly-spelled letter he sent to the mother of a man killed in Afghanistan.
10th November 2009
Survey to find out more about over-50s and HIV 3
4:25 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and Age Concern are carrying out a survey into the experiences of people with HIV who are over 50.
Ian McKellen helps raise £15,000 for homeless young gays and lesbians 4
3:56 PM — Celebrities such as Ian McKellen, Boy George and Kristian Digby helped raise more than £15,000 for the Albert Kennedy Trust on Sunday evening.
Lesbian Tory candidate to fight Glasgow by-election this week 16
3:42 PM — Ruth Davidson, the lesbian candidate selected by the Conservative Party to fight the Glasgow North East by-election, will find out on Thursday how successful her campaign has been.
Liverpool hosts first gay Pride festival in over a decade 8
1:34 PM — The city of Liverpool will host its first Pride festival in more than ten years, it has been announced. The date for Liverpool Pride 2010 will be August 7th, a date organisers say will not clash with any other gay festivals.
MPs vote against ‘free speech’ protection in gay hate law 40
12:08 PM — The House of Commons voted last night to reject an amendment which would protect free speech in a bill designed to protect gays and lesbians from homophobic hatred.
9th November 2009
Speaker John Bercow backs holding civil partnerships in parliament 2
7:41 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said he feels "very strongly" about allowing civil partnerships for gay couples to take place in parliament.