18th June 2012
Barnardo’s chief ‘incensed’ by idea straight marriage is best environment to raise children 29
2:15 PM — The chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's has said she is 'incensed' by arguments that marriage should be reserved for straight couples as they 'automatically' provide the best environment for bringing up a child.
London: Funding boost for older people living with HIV 7
12:51 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust has received £200,000 to support 250 older people living with HIV in London, as the over-50s continue to be the fastest-growing group of people living with HIV in the UK.
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
Report: Police training on HIV ‘outdated and stigmatising’ 18
11:38 AM — A National AIDS Trust review of how police approach HIV suggests many constabularies in the UK have procedures based on unfounded concerns regarding transmission, which can fuel 'scaremongering' and 'mistreatment' for people living with the virus, the charity said.
Man searched at airport on suspicion of paedophilia ‘because he had a camera and a boyfriend’ 132
10:29 AM — A gay man was stopped at Gatwick airport last year by a Border Force officer who suspected he was 'involved in paedophilia' because he had a camera and a boyfriend, a report into controls at the airport has revealed.
17th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Health minister retains ban on gay people donating blood, faces growing criticism 120
8:49 PM — The health minister of Northern Ireland has decided to retain the current ban on gay people donating blood, citing two works of research which he claims strengthened his position.
Party whip withdrawn from Lord Maginnis over homophobic remarks 30
7:39 PM — The leader of Ulster Unionist Party has withdrawn the party whip from Lord Maginnis over his homophobic remarks.
Poll: Record 64 percent support for equal marriage in Scotland 72
9:00 AM — A new survey of Scottish people suggests that almost two in three support equal marriage, with only one in four expressing opposition, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.
Anglican Mainstream: Gays marrying will lead to children being taught about ‘eating human faeces’ 180
8:59 AM — Writing about her letter to her MP, Dr Lisa Nolland, lay minister and blogger for Anglican Mainstream, has claimed that legalising same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught risky sexual practises in school, including "eating human faeces".
16th June 2012
General Mills opposes ban on equal marriage, angers anti-equality groups 17
10:43 PM — The international food giant, General Mills, has publicly declared it opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage in Minnesota, and has consequently angered anti-equality groups in the state.
Video: President Obama’s speech for LGBT Pride Reception 9
10:11 PM — During a reception to mark LGBT pride month, President Obama tells gay and trans supporters that he will have a 'friend' and 'fellow advocate' in him as long as he remains at the White House.
April Ashley awarded an MBE for services to trans rights 21
9:48 PM — Actress and human rights campaigner, April Ashley, who was the first Briton to be openly identified as having undergone a gender realignment surgery, has been awarded an MBE for services to transgender equality.
Home Office Minister Nick Herbert: Churches should be allowed to marry gay couples 39
10:53 AM — Nick Herbert the Minister for Policing at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice has said that churches that wish to solemnise marriages of gay couples should be allowed to do so. He said the Church of England's current position has made him feel “distant” from his own faith.
15th June 2012
New York: Fifth grade student’s pro-equality speech censored 30
11:41 PM — A fifth-grade student in New York who wanted to deliver a speech for marriage equality had his opportunity censored, but later reinstated due to immediate backlash, US media organisations say.
Singer Cheryl Cole supports equal marriage 16
10:50 PM — The British singer Cheryl Cole has added her support to the growing chorus of voices that have called for the introduction of marriage equality in the UK.
Video: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton marks LGBT pride month 3
10:22 PM — In another step demonstrating the Obama administration's self-professed commitment to gay and trans rights, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released a video to mark LGBT pride month.
Google marks LGBT pride through a rainbow curtain underneath search-bars 5
9:28 PM — The search giant Google is marking LGBT pride this year by displaying its search results with a rainbow-patterned curtain underneath its search bars.
Kent: Return of councillor who left malicious voicemail for bisexual colleague ‘an insult’ 26
8:14 PM — A bisexual councillor in Kent has said it is 'shocking' that a Conservative colleague who told him he hoped he would 'get Aids' will rejoin his party's team following a six-month suspension.
Video: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praises gays in the military 9
3:05 PM — In a video released to mark Pride month, the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praised the contribution of gay men and women in the forces both before and after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
French blood donation ban for gay men to be lifted ‘in coming months’ 57
2:01 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France is due to be lifted 'in the coming months'.