1st July 2007
Bishop claims floods are punishment for gay rights 6
11:01 AM — The Rt Rev Graham Dow, the Bishop of Carlisle, has shocked the liberal wing of the Church of England by suggesting that the floods that have caused chaos and death across the UK were caused by God after he was provoked by the introduction of gay equality."This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused."
30th June 2007
Deputy Labour Leader called from Gay Pride to Cobra Meeting 5
11:50 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has today held an emergency meeting of the Cobra cabinet committee as a result of the attacks on Glasgow Airport.Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the House of Commons was summoned from London Pride to head towards Whitehall.
Rain fails to dampen London’s Pride 6
7:40 PM — Tens of thousands of people took to the rainy streets of London today to celebrate Pride.Torrential downpours throughout the afternoon did not dampen the enthusiasm of marchers and those who gathered in Trafalgar Square to watch top pop acts.The march started at 1pm and LGBT members of the Royal Navy, police, fire service and paramedics marched through the streets in uniform.
Pride QA: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2
12:01 AM — Ken, tell us about your first Pride.The very first lesbian and gay march I did, it was in the late 1970s and Tom Robinson was the lead speaker at Trafalgar Square.It was the first time I spoke on the plinth at Trafalgar Square.It was miserable grey day, late winter, early autumn. A grim, grim day.
29th June 2007
PM reshuffles his gay rights team
11:44 PM — Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has completed his government reshuffle, promoting the Junior Equalities Minister responsible for gay rights, Meg Munn to become Junior Minister at the Foreign Office.Her replacement has not yet been chosen from the new ministerial team at the Department of Communities and Local Government.Yesterday he moved Ruth Kelly to become Secretary of State for Transport.
Gay MP promoted to Health Minister 1
11:44 PM — Ben Bradshaw, an openly gay MP, has been promoted to become Minister of State at the Department of Health.It is a step up the ministerial ladder from his previous role at the Department of the Environment.Mr Bradshaw was also appointed as Minister for the South West as part of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's focus on regions within England.
Brown appoints his first lesbian minister
11:32 PM — Angela Eagle has been appointed as a minister in the British government.New Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made her Exchequer Secretary, a junior Treasury position.Her twin sister Maria, already a minister under Tony Blair, moves from the Northern Ireland Office to the Ministry of Justice.
Comment: Time to be a green gay
6:06 PM — A couple of months ago, Roseanne - of former 'Barr' and 'Show' fame - upset some of the gays across the pond with something she said on her radio show.During a cosy chat with a lesbian activist one afternoon, Rosie suggested that considering the magnitude of the issues the planet now faces, maybe it was time for us all to put our individual causes temporarily to one side, and stand together against the unprecedented crises' that threaten to overwhelm us all.
“Minister for gays” sorry she can’t come to Pride
5:15 PM — Hazel Blears has said she is sorry she will not be able to attend tomorrow's Pride events in London this year after her appointment yesterday as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.It has been confirmed that the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Minister for Women, Harriet Harman, will address revellers in Trafalgar Square.
Pride should go ahead as planned say police 5
4:15 PM — The organisers of Pride London met with the Metropolitan police this afternoon and were reassured that as things stand the parade and other events will be going ahead tomorrow as planned.Early this morning a car bomb left outside a nightclub failed to detonate. The club, Tiger, Tiger, is on Haymarket, a street which is part of the route for tomorrow's parade.This afternoon the police have closed Hyde Park and Park Lane while they investigate another suspicious vehicle.
Rowan Williams backtracks on gay bishop snub 2
1:13 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is reconsidering his decision to exclude an openly gay bishop from next year's Lambeth Conference.Many Anglicans wrote letters of complaint to the Archbishop about the exclusion of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.A response from Canon Flora Winfield from the International, Ecumenical and Anglican Communion Affairs was leaked to The Times.
Tales of the City author to appear at London Pride
12:54 PM — Gay icon Armistead Maupin is to take to the stage at tomorrow's London Pride event in Trafalgar Square.The author, whose Tales of the City books about gay life in 1970s and 80s San Francisco have been compared to the work of Dickens, is making a special trip to show solidarity with London's gay community.Mr Maupin's latest book, Michael Tolliver Lives, was published earlier this month.
Bomb on Pride route contained nails 5
12:19 PM — In a chilling reminder of the attack on Soho eight years ago, the Metropolitan police have confirmed that nails were packed with gas cannisters found in an abandoned car this morning.The vehicle was crashed and then abandoned on Haymarket in central London, part of the route for tomorrow's London Pride parade.There was concern that the entire Pride event, including performances in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, would have to be cancelled.
London’s gay community will march despite the bomb 5
11:35 AM — Organisers of the biggest gay parade in the UK have confirmed that it will go ahead tomorrow.The discovery of a car bomb on the route had cast doubt on whether the London Pride parade would go ahead.However, Metropolitan police sources have confirmed that Haymarket, a key part of the parade route, will be open tomorrow.
Pride organisers hopeful parade will go ahead 5
10:01 AM — Pride officials had an early start this morning, with Metropolitan Police officers phoning them before 6am to discuss the discovery of a suspected bomb on the parade route.The area is still closed off as officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue their investigations.It is unclear at this stage whether tomorrow's parade will go ahead.
Bomb found on London Pride route 5
8:51 AM — A car bomb discovered on the route of tomorrow's Gay Pride parade in London has been made safe, say police.The vehicle was parked on Haymarket, in the heart of the city's West End shopping and theatre district.Reports of a suspicious vehicle at around 2am led police to what they call a "potentially viable explosive device."
28th June 2007
Gay MP Nick Brown back in government 1
6:42 PM — Former Cabinet minister Nick Brown returns to government today under his friend, new Prime Minister Gordon Brown.The two men, along with Tony Blair, were first elected in 1983 and are close allies.In 1994 Nick Brown acted as campaign manager for Gordon Brown, and advised against the famous deal that saw the future Chancellor stand aside in favour of Mr Blair.
Outed Russian MP considers legal options 2
6:00 PM — Russian State Duma Deputy Alexander Chuev has told journalists he sent his complaint to the prosecution authorities in connection with the statements made by Moscow Pride organiser Nicolas Alexeyev about his homosexuality.Speaking on the talk show K baryeru last week Mr Alexeyev, who was convicted of a minor offence last month for his role in the banned Pride march, outed Mr Chuev.The MP is one of the most outspoken opponents of gay rights.
Ministry of Defence says sorry for expelling gays
5:34 PM — A military officer responsible for equality training has now issued an apology to the thousands of gay men and lesbians who were discharged from the British Armed forces because of their sexuality.Wing Commander Phil Sagar runs the armed forces joint equality and diversity training centre. He told BBC Radio 4: "Of course we're sorry for anyone who's suffered personal trauma."In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
Trade unions hold gay conference
5:30 PM — Several hundred lesbian and gay workers are gathering in central London over the next two days to debate a series of key equality issues at the annual TUC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender conference.Delegates attending the event at Congress House will hear speeches from TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber, Commission for Equality and Human Rights Chair Trevor Phillips and MP Angela Eagle.