31st May 2013
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
Nigeria bans same-sex marriages with 14-year prison term 33
5:55 PM — A bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years has been passed by lawmakers.
Scotland: Highland congregations threaten to leave Church of Scotland over gay ministers 12
5:06 PM — Two congregations in the Scottish Outer Hebrides have threatened to leave the Church of Scotland over the ordination of gay ministers.
New York: Memorial for gay man shot dead in Greenwich Village 3
3:45 PM — A memorial service has taken place in New York City for Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot dead earlier this month.
UK: Government moves equal marriage House of Lords vote to later next day 21
2:46 PM — Next week’s House of Lords vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will now take place on Tuesday in the daytime after supporters warned voting in the early hours could put the bill at risk.
Clare Balding takes aim at ‘uncool’ Lord Tebbit over his ‘lesbian queen’ remarks 43
1:28 PM — Clare Balding has criticised Lord Tebbit after he warned Britain could be ruled by a lesbian queen if equal marriage is legalised, she says the remarks are "insulting to every surrogate parent".
UK: Equal marriage rally to coincide with House of Lords debate 14
12:28 PM — Monday’s House of Lords second reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will coincide with a rally outside Parliament organised by equality campaigners.
Bishop of Salisbury: Opponents of equal marriage similar to supporters of ‘slavery and apartheid’ 29
11:29 AM — The Bishop of Salisbury has likened opponents of equal marriage to Christians who used the Bible to justify slavery and apartheid
29th May 2013
Brighton: Terrence Higgins Trust launches drug and addiction support group 6
7:13 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a support group in Brighton for gay and bisexual men who feel drug or alcohol use is badly affecting their lives.
US: Michele Bachmann will not seek re-election to Congress 27
7:02 PM — Anti-gay Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she will not run for another term in the US House of Representatives.
Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27
6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.
George Michael leaves hospital after car accident 4
5:19 PM — George Michael has left hospital nearly two weeks after suffering head injuries in a crash on the M1.
UK: Lesbian couple who suffered ‘cruel and malicious’ bullying win discrimination case 2
4:36 PM — A lesbian former chief executive and her partner have won a sexual orientation discrimination case against a company they both previously worked for.
Government tells press to ‘get on’ with reform following Lucy Meadows inquest 10
3:25 PM — The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has commented on the inquest into the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows and says it is now time for the press industry “to get on with setting up an independent, self-regulatory body.”
Scotland: Man convicted of assault at gay former council chief’s flat 1
1:13 PM — A man has been convicted of punching another man during an assault at gay former senior councillor Steven Purcell’s home in Glasgow.
Daily Mail defends transphobic Richard Littlejohn column despite criticism by Lucy Meadows’ coroner 29
11:40 AM — Following stinging criticism by coroner Michael Singleton, the Daily Mail has defended an article by Richard Littlejohn about transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows.
Trans Media Watch calls for press to end ‘character assassination’ of trans people 3
10:47 AM — Trans Media Watch has welcomed the coroner's remarks at the inquest into the death of Lucy Meadows.
28th May 2013
UK: Teacher Lucy Meadows was hounded by a transphobic press says coroner 20
7:19 PM — The coroner investigating the death of transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows says the media should be ashamed of themselves.
UK: Anti-gay Christians lose appeal at European Court of Human Rights 77
5:45 PM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn't work with gay couples, have lost their latest and final anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.