6th July 2013
Gymnast Louis Smith: I’d go for Will Smith if I were gay because he’s very family orientated 23
8:09 PM — Artistic gymnast Louis Smith has spoken during an interview to say that he think it is easier for gay gymnasts to come out than other sports, and that he would go gay for Will Smith.
US: LGBT groups call for Capital One to drop Alec Baldwin as spokesman over homophobic tweets 17
7:50 PM — A coalition of LGBT rights activists have called on credit card provider Capital One to sack actor Alec Baldin as its spokesman, as he sent a string of homophobic tweets to a British journalist last week.
Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 13
7:36 PM — A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.
Belfast City Hall celebrates Pride in the only part of the UK where gays will be banned from marrying 19
2:51 PM — The City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was lit up in rainbow colours last night to coincide with the start of Pride, but it will be the only of the UK's capital cities where same-sex couples will be banned from marrying once the law changes in Westminster and Edinburgh.
Northern Ireland: MLAs participate in fiece debate around LGBT issues 2
12:56 PM — Intense debate was seen earlier this week at Belfast’s Europa Hotel on Tuesday when politicians participating in the panel at an annual Belfast Pride Talks Back event were taken to task on issues affecting LGBT people.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow: My support for LGBT rights is ‘legitimate and essential’ 5
12:43 PM — In his third visit to Belfast as House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow told the audience of Amnesty’s annual Belfast Pride lecture that although Northern Ireland is “considerably behind” when it comes to LGBT rights, “if it’s won through in the rest of the kingdom it will prevail in Northern Ireland”.
Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick publicly comes out as gay 4
2:13 AM — Michelle Hardwick, an actress best know for her role in soap Emmerdale, has spoken out publicly for the first time to say that she is gay.
Education Secretary Michael Gove: Using ‘gay’ as an insult is ‘outrageous and medieval’ 21
1:51 AM — The Education Secretary Michael Gove, has spoken at a conference on equality in education, to condemn the use of the word "gay" as derogatory, saying it is "outrageous and medieval".