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July 23, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will tell the world that the UK will bring up gay rights in every meeting and press governments around the world to change their homophobic laws

The UK government will deliver a stark warning to homophobic nations in the Commonwealth, saying it will pressure countries to change their anti-gay laws.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games the UK will fight for gay rights around the world.

Out of 53 countries in the Commonwealth, 42 of them criminalize homosexuality.

In his speech at Pride House, a space set up to promote diversity at the Games, the Liberal Democrat leader will say the Commonwealth core values are ‘clear’.

May 23, 2014

Senior police officer turned politician Brian Paddick has revealed he was in an abusive relationship

Brian Paddick, a British politician who was once the most senior gay openly cop in the country, was in love with an abusive partner who threatened to kill him.

The former Liberal Democrat for London Mayor, who is now Lord Paddick, sitting in the UK’s upper chamber of parliament, was speaking at an event for LGBTI domestic abuse organization Broken Rainbow last night (22 May).

He told the charity’s supporters that while he was still a senior police officer, he was in an abusive relationship.

March 28, 2014

Look back on the battle to get same-sex marriage legalized in England and Wales as the first couples prepare to walk down the aisle

The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight.

After years of tireless campaigning from the LGBTI community, same-sex couples in England and Wales will finally be able to say ‘I Do’.

Queen Elizabeth II signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) last year in July, but it took several months before couples could register their intention to marry.

March 25, 2014

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says 29 March 2014 will go down in history as the first gay couples in England and Wales marry for the first time

The first gay weddings in the UK, to be held on 29 March, will be a day the ‘nation never forgets’, according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

One of the biggest supporters of same-sex marriage, the Liberal Democrat leader made the remarks while answering a question today (25 March).

‘Will my Right Honourable Friend join with me in sending our best wishes and congratulations to those same-sex couples across our country who will get married this Saturday for the first time,’ Stephen Gilbert, the Liberal Democrat for St Austell and Newquay asked.

December 20, 2013

Liberal Democrat LGBT website isn’t sexed up but it is victim of online blocking by British internet service provider

British internet service provider, TalkTalk has decided LGBT LD – the Liberal Democrats’ official LGBT site – is pornographic, and not suitable for children.

Embarrassingly for TalkTalk, the block came to light after a Liberal Democrat councilor complained about another ‘porn’ filter – stopping people seeing the innocent and essential gay counseling and support service, London Friend.

October 31, 2013

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is 'very happy' to look at pardoning the World War II who committed suicide after being convicted of homosexuality

The lower house of UK parliament will vote on pardoning gay World War II hero Alan Turing.

John Leech, the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, confirmed the bill honoring the computer genius will be voted on in the House of Commons.

He said: ‘Commons Leader of House confirms to me that Government will not oppose my Alan Turing Pardon Bill on 29 November.’

The vote comes on the heels of it flying through the UK parliament’s upper house.

October 17, 2013

British Prime Minister praises Turing who broke German codes during World War II and tells the Commons his prosecution for gay sex was ‘completely wrong’

British Prime Minister David Cameron will ‘look at’ giving a pardon to World War II hero Alan Turing who was later persecuted for being gay.

Cameron made the commitment at the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session when quizzed by openly-gay Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) Stephen Gilbert.

Turing was a mathematics genius who worked as a codebreaker during the war, famously breaking the Enigma Code so the Allies could read Nazi communications.

September 11, 2013

Clegg tells UK LGBT heroes and celebrities including film star Hugh Grant everyone should speak out ‘loud and clear’ against gay abuses in Russia

The British public wanted same-sex marriage equality and politicians followed their lead, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

The Liberal Democrat leader made the comments at a reception celebrating the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act for England and Wales which has now been signed by the Queen and will allow gays and lesbians to wed from next year.

He admitted it had been a ‘long and sometimes bumpy’ journey down the aisle, but argued the new law would help make Britain better.

July 1, 2013

Nearly 90 now support the bill, with First Minister Alex Salmond, all Cabinet ministers, the leaders of each of the three opposition parties, and every Liberal Democrat also in favor

The majority of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) support same-sex marriage, giving a much-needed boost to the recently revealed legislation.

Using polling evidence from recent years, The Equality Network suggests more than two thirds politicians support the bill.

There are now 89 MSPs who have stated their support, including the First Minister Alex Salmond, all Cabinet ministers, the leaders of each of the three opposition parties, and every Liberal Democrat.

Only 11 MSPs have said they oppose the bill, with 29 undecided.

June 26, 2013

Stars and politicians attend Pride in London Gala Dinner to raise money for community events

Mayor of London Boris Johnson rubbed shoulders with 200 people from the worlds of business, showbiz and politics at the Pride in London Gala Dinner last night (25 June).

The inaugural dinner at Claridge’s was to raise money to run the pride festival in the UK capital which will culminate in a parade, rally and party this Saturday (29 June).

April 15, 2013

John Leech MP will highlight a report pointing out the levels of homophobic abuse suffered by Brighton fans

A British member of parliament will highlight the importance of fighting against homophobia in football in the House of Commons today (15 April).

March 12, 2013

General Medical Council to look at 39 cases brought to them by trans campaigners against medical professionals. Claims include sexual abuse and damaging treatment

Britain’s General Medical Council (GMC) is to investigate 39 cases where doctors and other medical professionals are accused of misconduct or mistreatment of transgender patients.

Speaking at the Trans Health Matters Conference, hosted by LGBT Consortium, this afternoon, Helen Belcher, a member of the UK Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity and GSN contributor, will provide significant new insight into how trans individuals experience healthcare.

February 23, 2013

Writing for GSN, veteran gay and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell remembers his campaign to become a member of the British parliament 30 years ago

A senior Liberal Democrat politician was involved in a secret dirty tricks unit that organized an anonymous, illegal, homophobic smear campaign against the Labour candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election. That candidate was me, Peter Tatchell.

The allegation comes from a former Liberal Party insider, Liverpool city councillor Steve Radford. Appalled by his party’s tactics, he has decided to speak out.

February 8, 2013

Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert speaks to GSN about why he wants to open up civil partnerships to heterosexuals

A Liberal Democrat member of parliament has put forward two amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) bill.

After the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill by 400-175, it now goes onto a committee stage.

While only 19 MPs are in the committee, others can put forward suggestions.

Julian Huppert, the Lib Dem MP for Cambridge, is supporting opening up civil partnerships for straight people, and allowing humanist weddings in England and Wales.

February 7, 2013

British MPs have voted for gay marriage. But the next stages of the Bill may prove to be a bumpy road through the comitttee stages and the House of Lords

When the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill stormed through the House of Commons on Tuesday (5 February), England and Wales moved a giant step closer to recognizing equal marriage.

The House of Commons vote passed with a majority of 225, with Prime Minister David Cameron and other major party leaders Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg voting in favor.

But despite the support from Members of Parliament (MPs) the bill still has some way to go before it becomes law.

It is now set to be scrutinised line-by-line in the committee stage by a cross-party group of MPs.

February 5, 2013

Mike Freer, Ben Bradshaw, and Margot James are among the few making their voices heard as gay people in the House of Commons

Gay members of parliament have spoken out on equal marriage in the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill today (5 February).

Put forward by culture secretary and equalities minister Maria Miller, the House of Commons is debating the bill before the vote later tonight.

Stephen Williams, a Liberal Democrat who was the first openly gay MP to serve Bristol, said: ‘I was born when homosexuality was still a criminal offense.

January 14, 2013

Former equalities minister Lynne Featherstone calls for Julie Burchill and Observer editor to be fired over transphobic article

Former equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has called for Observer editor John Mulholland and writer Julie Burchill to be sacked following the publication of a transphobic column.

'Julie Burchill rant against transgender community is absolutely disgusting – a bigoted vomit for which the Observer should sack her', tweeted the International Development Minister.

After her initial comment, the Liberal Democrat MP tweeted: 'If this was a different group I think there would be even more outrage sadly'.

December 7, 2012

Documents leaked today show what the UK government is planning for gay marriage in England and Wales.

Gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales are a step closer to being able to legally marry after government plans for marriage equality were leaked today (7 December).

They suggest Prime Minister David Cameron will allow same-sex marriage in churches and other religious buildings – if the religious authorities involved want to bless them.

December 7, 2012

UK Deputy Prime Minister has responded to the leak that revealed the government plans for marriage equality in England and Wales

UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has responded to the leak that revealed the government’s proposals for gay marriage in England and Wales.

As reported by Gay Star News earlier today, the leak reveals the Conservative leader David Cameron will allow same-sex marriage in churches and other religious buildings, provided if the leaders wish to bless them.

September 26, 2012

GSN looks at the controversy some gay politicians have caused and why honesty is usually the best policy

Gay politicians and the media have always had a turbulent relationship.

Many politicians try, usually unsuccessfully, to hide their lifestyle from the press fearing some members of the electorate will consider their sexuality when casting their vote.

After all, as research conducted by the Universities of Exeter and Iowa has shown, candidates considered to be better looking than their rivals have a better chance of being elected.

September 19, 2012

Despite voting against, or being absent for, every major LGBT rights bill, Maria Miller has backed marriage equality

UK Equalities Minister Maria Miller is arguing that allowing same-sex couples to marry will save the institution in modern Britain.

Miller said when marriage equality is legalized; it will be a new milestone in Britain’s heritage ‘of freedom and fairness’.

September 13, 2012

British Communities Minister Eric Pickles has said faith groups need an opt-out from gay marriage, leading experts to believe the government may allow religious same-sex weddings

Eric Pickles, Britain's Communities Secretary, has hinted a proposed marriage equality bill in England and Wales will enable churches and faith based organizations to solmenise same-sex marriage.  

He did this by stating churches and faith-based organizations should have legal protections to ensure they cannot be forced by the European Court of Human Rights to marry gay couples if they do not wish to do so.

September 4, 2012

Analysts believe moving equalities ministry may make same-sex marriage equality bill more likely in near future but new minister under question for poor gay voting record

The British minister with overall responsibility for equality, including LGBT diversity, has been changed in the cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Cameron’s reorganization today (4 September) is the first major rejig of the government since the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition took power in 2010.

July 25, 2012

New legislation may give the late Alan Turing, the mathematician which helped the Allies win World War II, a pardon for his gay sex conviction

Alan Turning, the father of computing and World War II hero, may be pardoned for his 1952 conviction for having sex with another man thanks to Britain’s House of Lords.

Turing helped crack the Enigma code, helping the Allies understand German communications and ultimately win the Second World War.

But in 1952 he was convicted for ‘gross indecency’ with another man by a British court and accepted treatment with female hormones – also known as chemical castration – as an alternative to prison.