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December 11, 2014

But will PM David Cameron listen?

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing further divides in his Conservative party over the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

Anti-gay backbenchers have said in a letter they are 'alienated' Tories have little chance of winning the next General Election in May 2015.

The letter has been sent as dozens of gay couples have already this week converted their civil partnerships to marriages under the new UK government laws.

December 10, 2014

'I'm running for parliament to represent disabled and transgender people'

Emily Brothers yesterday (9 December) came out as one of the first transgender politicians to run for the UK parliament.

The Labour candidate for Sutton and Cheam lost her sight to glaucoma as a child and is a long-time disability rights campaigner.

'I have today spoken publicly about my transgender background and hope that in some way this helps contribute to better understanding of diversity,' she wrote on her website.

Party leader Ed Miliband said he was 'so proud to have Emily Brothers as a Labour candidate.'

December 4, 2014

The former leader of the Liberal party, who was involved in one of the biggest political scandals of the 1970s, has died following a battle against Parkinson's Disease

Following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease, former UK politician Jeremy Thorpe died today at the age of 85.

Thorpe became leader of the Liberal party in 1967. He was forced to resign as party leader in 1976 when details began to emerge of his relationship with a former male model and actor, Norman Scott.

Scott announced that the two men had been lovers for two years in the early 1960s, beginning their relationship in 1961 when homosexual activity was still illegal in the UK.

December 2, 2014

And what are the party’s real LGBTI policies?

A series of spoof Twitter accounts have been used to discredit British political party, UKIP, and make them seem even more homophobic.

That is the core of an angry claim from UKIP today (2 December).

It comes after an account claiming to be their official Twitter voice published tweets attacking equal marriage and suggesting World AIDS Day was a good reason for tightening border controls.

November 5, 2014

Two men were beaten up for singing songs from the musical Wicked

An LGBTI choir will perform on Manchester's trams to 'reclaim the city' after two gay men who were attacked last weekend.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, and Jake Heaton, 19, were beaten up by a gang of 15 men after singing songs from the musical Wicked on the Metrolink.

November 2, 2014

David Little, the UKIP candidate for Dover, Kent, says the image is satirical, but the local MP says that the illustration has drawn complaints

A candidate standing to be a British MP for UKIP has drawn criticism after posting a cartoon image on his Facebook page that refers to London as being full of ‘cosmopolitan poofters’ and Africa as ‘Bongo Bongo Lands’.

David Little is standing in next year’s General Election in Dover, Kent for UKIP (UK Independence Party).

He posted an image on his Facebook page of a ‘UKIP Map of the world’. The original image was drawn by cartoonist Martha Richler (aka Marf) for the website politicalbetting.com

October 24, 2014

Actor, gay rights leader and humanitarian: Politicians and celebrities mourn

Paul Cottingham, the partner of Lord Michael Cashman, died yesterday (23 October).

Cottingham worked with a number of organizations aiming to further gay rights in the UK, such as the Kaleidoscope Trust.

He entered into a civil partnership with the former Labour MEP Cashman, his partner of over 20 years, on 11 March 2006.

And he died after a long period of illness, cancer, last night.

Alistair Stewart, acting executive director of the Kaleidoscope Trust, told GSN: 'It's with great sadness that we heard the news about Paul today.

October 10, 2014

The rightwing, eurosceptic party UKIP continues to gain ground in the UK with the election of its first MP, Douglas Carswell, to Parliament

Rightwing political party UKIP is celebrating gaining its first MP in the British Parliament this morning, following a by-election yesterday in the constituency of Clacton, Essex.

New MP Douglas Carswell was previously Clacton-On-Sea’s Conservative MP. However, in August he defected from the Conservatives to UKIP, triggering a by-election in which he re-stood as a UKIP candidate.

October 2, 2014

Former leader of the anti-gay British National Party was forced to leave for causing 'disunity by deliberately fabricating a state of crisis'

Nick Griffin was forceably expelled from the British National Party, it was announced last night.

The former leader of the far-right political party and ex-MEP, who believes gay marriage 'kills' children and two men kissing is 'creepy', was told to leave for 'trying to cause disunity'.

He has been accused of harassing members of BNP staff, allegedly making physical threats in at least one case, and of 'bringing the party into disrepute'.

September 23, 2014

Leader of the Labour party announces Lord Michael Cashman will be the party's special envoy on LGBTI rights

Ed Miliband has promised a huge LGBTI role if he is elected prime minister.

The leader of the Labour party in the UK announced at the party conference that he will create a role that will promote equality all over the world.

Michael Cashman, a gay former Member of European Parliament until he stepped down this year to take a place in the House of Lords, would become that ambassador.

September 19, 2014

Gay actor, who was a pro-independence campaigner, moves forward after the results reveal Scotland will stay part of the UK

Gay actor Alan Cumming may be a little bruised after being part of the minority who wanted Scotland to become independent.

But that didn't stop him from masterfully shutting down a Twitter troll.

'Most satisfying thought of the evening: @Alancumming must be in agony. #bettertogether,' they said.

Cumming quickly responded: 'Bravo, asshole.'

The pro-independence campaigner also had a message for people who voted yes, saying they should continue fighting for the maximum devolution powers promised to them by Westminster.

September 19, 2014

First Minister resigns after the country votes to stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland that helped to pass same-sex marriage, is to step down.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after he lost the independence vote. The nation voted 55% against breaking up the union, and 45% were in favor of independence.

He said: 'For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.'

Salmond was an early supporter of same-sex marriage.

September 12, 2014

The outspoken reverend and politician, who led a campaign to Save Ulster From Sodomy, has died aged 88

Ian Paisley, one of the most controversial figures in Northern Irish politics, has died at the age of 88.

Paisley’s political career lasted over 40 years. He led the Democratic Unionist Party for 37 of those years. He was known for his outspoken views on Northern Ireland politics, religion and morality.

July 22, 2014

Over 150 human rights speakers have joined together to condemn the homophobic laws that exist in four fifths of the Commonwealth

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has demanded the Commonwealth scraps its anti-gay laws.

The politician said it was ‘shameful’ world-class athletes would not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of homophobic legislation.

Of the 53 Commonwealth states, 42 have laws that criminalize LGBTI people.

‘Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,’ Bercow said.

July 18, 2014

Jack Renshaw refuses to see the argument - that being gay is completely natural - staring at him in the face

The leader of British National Party Youth, the most anti-gay rights party in the UK, is a little barking mad at the moment.

Jack Renshaw, who believes ‘militant homosexuals’ are ‘destroying British families’, has launched an attack on his dog for ‘licking the penises of other male dogs’.

In a post taken from his Facebook account, Renshaw said: ‘I wish my dog would stop licking the penises of other male dogs.

‘I love you, Derek (my dog) – but – don’t challenge my principles because my principles will likely win.’

May 25, 2014

Dave Small is under investigation from his own party, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), as his homophobic Facebook rants against 'poofs and dykes' were revealed the day he won a seat under UKIP

A UK councillor has come under fire for homophobic comments posted on Facebook, revealed on the day he won a seat in local elections.

Dave Small won a seat for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Redditch Borough Council on Friday 23 May.

Just hours after, newspaper the Redditch Standard revealed his Facebook rants about gay people and immigrants.

May 16, 2014

UKIP politician John Sullivan allegedly said he would shoot one gay person to see if 99 others would decide to be straight

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has been forced to defend yet another of his politicians for their homophobic views.

The right-wing Eurosceptic leader was taken to task during an interview with LBC presenter James O’Brien this morning (16 May).

The radio host asked the political leader about a councillor John Lyndon Sullivan after a screengrab of one of his alleged Facebook posts from February went viral earlier today.

It is no longer on his profile, so we cannot confirm whether Sullivan wrote the status.

May 14, 2014

Eight straight, white teens attempt to recruit other youth into the homophobic BNP

A horrific new video from the far-right British National Party youth was revealed this week.

The raft of straight-faced white youths offers disturbing rhetoric when they decide who is to blame for Britain’s demise.

The three-minute clip uploaded to YouTube asks: ‘Who is responsible for the ongoing attempt to irradiate the British culture and British identity?’

They blame, among other groups, ‘cultural Marxists’ and ‘profiteering Zionists’.

May 4, 2014

Homophobic jokes and insults on Twitter cost 2 candidates their careers as one resigns and the other is suspended

In as many days, 2 UK political candidates have left their respective parties after their homophobic Twitter messages were unearthed.

David Bishop, a Tory candidate who hoped for election in Brentwood South, Essex, had to step down from his position after his anti-gay and racist tweets were revealed.

On 13 April, Bishop retweeted this message: ‘How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?’

He was also exposed as tweeting anti-Islamic messages.

‘#Islam 'the religion of peace' & rape’ he tweeted on 27 April.

April 6, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith said Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s support for gay marriage is partly to blame for the expenses row backlash from ‘bitter’ Conservative MPs

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith claimed calls from Conservative MPs for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked in the wake of her recent expenses row are partly due to her support for equal marriage.

Miller, the minister responsible for the same-sex marriage bill that came into force last weekend, wrongly claimed £90,000 for her tax-payer funded second home in Wimbledon, which was also home to her parents.

April 1, 2014

According to a new poll, the British leader of the 'fourth party' UK Independence Party who opposes same-sex marriage is seen as 'sleazy'

More men than women would like to go on a date with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a new poll has revealed.

The survey put the right-wing leader to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and head of the Liberal Democrats in opposition ahead of a TV debate on 2 April.

Farage has refused to support same-sex marriage in the UK, saying he prefers gay couples to only have access to civil partnerships.

Clegg, on the other hand, was one of the most vocal supporters for equal marriage.

March 17, 2014

A woman phoned the police complaining that the bodyguard had made a homophobic comment to her

British National Party Nick Griffin’s body was arrested over accusations of anti-gay abuse at the weekend.

Martin Reynolds, 46, was taken into police custody following a fundraising event for the far-right party on Saturday night (15 March).

The BNP opposes same-sex marriage, adoption by gay couples and leader Griffin has described gay people as ‘poofs’ and ‘creepy’.

Merseyside Police confirmed officers were called after a woman complained a man made a homophobic comment to her.

March 14, 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has written an open letter calling for sport to do more to welcome open LGBTI athletes

A gay prime minister would be accepted in the UK, according to Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband.

The Labour and Liberal Democrat leader have said they were confident the British public would be able to judge him or her on their abilities, not their sexual orientation.

In an open letter, Prime Minister David Cameron also said more gay role models were needed in the world of sport.

Asked by readers of a British gay publication, Clegg replied: ‘Yes and why not?

March 13, 2014

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples should be able to unite in matrimony. England and Wales couples will be able to marry on 29 March

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March).

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: 'I am delighted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has now received Royal Assent.