11th July 2013
Vicar says homosexuality can be given up like ‘cigarettes’ and police are being ‘manipulated’ by gays 117
11:29 AM — The Rev Peter Ratcliff has defended US Christian preacher Tony Miano, who was arrested earlier this month in Wimbledon for making a homophobic street sermon.
10th July 2013
Geoffrey Howe’s wife Baroness Howe demands government provides equal survivor benefits for gay couples 15
7:24 PM — Baroness Howe of Idlicote has pleaded with the government to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex couples, invoking the spirit of the US Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defence of Marriage Act in her argument.
Diva magazine launches campaign against ‘lesbophobia’ 10
5:55 PM — The editor of Diva magazine, Jane Czyzselska, has launched a new campaign against “lesbophobia”.
Court of Appeal refuses to lengthen ‘lenient’ sentence of man who burnt gay teenager to death 36
4:41 PM — The Court of Appeal has refused to alter a three and a half year sentence handed down to Jordan Sheard, the killer of gay teenager Steven Simpson.
UK: Gay couple say ‘it was right’ to take discriminatory Christian B&B owner to court 12
1:26 PM — Following Tuesday's Court of Appeal ruling, a gay couple from Cambridgeshire who were refused a room at a guest house say it was important to make a stand against discrimination.
Justice Secretary defends whole-life sentence given to the murderer of 4 gay men 18
12:36 PM — A European Court decision against a whole-life sentence issued to Peter Moore, who murdered four gay men in 1995, has been criticised by the Justice Secretary.
Northern Ireland Health Minister spends £40,000 of public money appealing against pro-gay adoption ruling 18
11:39 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has used £40,000 of public money in a legal campaign to prevent same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children.
Elton John praises Pope Francis as he’s named ‘Man of the Year’ by Vanity Fair 47
10:53 AM — Sir Elton John says Pope Francis “is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity”.
9th July 2013
Lord West: Gay members of the armed forces suffered ‘degrading treatment’ in the 90s 41
5:01 PM — A former First Sea Lord says he was “shocked and appalled” at the way gay people were once treated in the armed forces.
Elton John to undergo surgery for appendicitis and cancels shows 4
4:20 PM — Sir Elton John has been forced to cancel a headline performance in Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
National Secular Society welcomes Court of Appeal ruling against anti-gay Christian B&B owner 16
3:31 PM — National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling against a Christian guest house owner who refused to allow a gay couple to share the same bed.
Leeds Prison praised for teaching inmates about LGBT History Month 5
2:40 PM — Leeds Prison has become the first in the UK to be recognised with a leading diversity award after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons praised the institution for its LGBT staff training.
UK: Murderer of 4 gay men told life sentence breaches his human rights 136
1:35 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled the whole life tariff given to Peter Moore, the man who killed four gay men in 1995, breaches his human rights.
Colin Murray leaves Radio 5 Live weeks after Clare Balding was ridiculed on his show 5
12:45 PM — Colin Murray is leaving Radio 5 Live just weeks after the BBC had to apologise for homophobic jokes made on his show about presenter Clare Balding.
UK: Anti-gay Christian B&B owner loses latest appeal 47
11:50 AM — A Christian guest house owner who was found to have discriminated against a gay couple has lost her case at the Court of Appeal, but can now take it to the Supreme Court.
Terrence Higgins Trust: ‘Very few’ gay men will ever bug chase for HIV 78
11:11 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust says “very few” gay men will ever bug chase for HIV – the charity has commented to PinkNews.co.uk about the subject following a report in a national tabloid.
8th July 2013
Amendment to allow registrars to opt out of marrying gay couples defeated in Lords 19
7:12 PM — An amendment to allow civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples has been defeated in the House of Lords.
Baroness Williams compares registrars refusing same-sex marriages to those opposing totalitarian regime 54
6:42 PM — Liberal Dem Baroness Williams says civil registrars should be allowed to refuse to provide marriages for same-sex couples in the same as those who opposed totalitarian regimes.
National AIDS Trust: New HIV risks for gay men who inject steroids and tanning agents 20
5:53 PM — A significant increase in the number of gay men injecting substances and people injecting image and performance-enhancing drugs could lead to increasing levels of HIV, the National AIDS Trust has warned in a new report.
YouGov poll: 59% of Tory activists ‘totally oppose’ equal marriage 12
5:06 PM — A new YouGov poll of more than 800 Conservative Party activists shows 59% totally oppose legislation to allow for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.