7th May 2013
Gran Canaria gay hangout the Yumbo Centre hit by serious fire 2
10:26 AM — Fire has damaged several venues at the Yumbo Centre, home to several LGBT clubs, bars and shops in the resort of Playa del Ingles on Gran Canaria.
3rd May 2013
UK: Government tells PinkNews no need for Queen’s Speech to mention equal marriage bill 70
7:19 PM — With Parliament already dealing with the issue, there is no need for the Queen to mention same-sex marriage in next week’s speech, a Downing Street source has confirmed to PinkNews.
Rhode Island Bishop warns Catholics against attending gay weddings because it may ‘harm their relationship with God’ 60
6:52 PM — The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic Diocese has criticised the state’s decision to legalise equal marriage.
Doncaster: Mayor who tried to cut Pride funding voted out of office 8
6:03 PM — Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies, who previously tried to cut funding for the town’s annual gay pride event, has been voted out of office.
UKIP candidate who published homophobic and biphobic flyers defeated in Staffordshire contest 22
4:01 PM — UKIP candidate David Nixon, who distributed leaflets claiming legalising same-sex marriage would lead to explicit “Homosexual Sex Education”, has failed to be elected as the councillor for Stone Rural in Staffordshire.
Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson: ‘I’m shocked to be up for sexiest male in the soap awards and I want to win it for gay people’ 5
2:49 PM — Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson says he’s “shocked” to have made the sexiest male category in this year’s British Soap Awards.
Ms Dynamite, Stooshe, Alison Moyet & Paloma Faith to perform at Brighton Pride 3
1:42 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have unveiled several key acts for this year’s event, including the original Sugababes line-up.
London: Gay former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman fined for assaulting female cafe owner 13
12:50 PM — Gay former Conservative London Assembly Member Brian Coleman has admitted attacking a woman as she filmed him parking illegally in north London.
UK: Labour gay couple become council leader and civic mayor in Hartlepool 5
12:03 PM — A gay couple in Hartlepool are making history by becoming the first civil partnership in the country to hold the positions of council leader and civic mayor.
UKIP candidate who said ‘exercise’ in schools can prevent homosexuality fails to win seat in election 75
11:06 AM — UKIP candidate John Sullivan who claimed regular physical exercise in schools can “prevent homosexuality” has failed to be elected as a councillor for Newent in Gloucestershire.
2nd May 2013
Canada: Residents complain at property agent’s decision to distribute homophobic leaflets 18
6:42 PM — A Canadian property agent has been criticised for distributing leaflets that attack same-sex marriage and gay parents.
Rupert Everett swears on ITV’s Loose Women as he mentions HIV scare story 10
5:54 PM — Rupert Everett accidentally swore on live television earlier on Thursday as he re-told the story of how he was convinced he had contracted HIV during the 1980s.
US: Anti-gay pastor Greg Laurie to lead National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon 5
4:43 PM — LGBT campaigners say a pastor who has preached against equal marriage shouldn't be allowed to lead today’s National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
London: Barking & Dagenham LGBT Network alarmed over increase in anti-gay crime 10
3:17 PM — A rise in reported homophobic crime in the east London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has alarmed LGBT community activists.
New Jersey: Lesbian detective seeks $2.5 million in damages in homophobic discrimination claim 4
2:05 PM — A New Jersey lesbian detective claims a supervisor sexually harassed her by making homophobic comments and is seeking $2.5 million in damages.
UK: Islamic Cambridge lecturer apologies for describing homosexuality as ‘ugly’ and calling gay people ‘ignorant’ 78
12:54 PM — A Cambridge lecturer has apologised for describing homosexuality as an “inherent aberration” and sinful.
UK: Trans woman former councillor hopes to become Brighton MP 7
12:13 PM — Brighton and Hove could return the UK’s first ever openly transgender MP at the next general election.
Lance Bass: ‘At least one member of One Direction is probably gay’ 12
11:24 AM — In a TV interview where he was asked about One Direction, Lance Bass says it can be even harder for a gay boy band member to be open about their sexuality compared to a sports star.
1st May 2013
Ohio: Catholic bishop defends sacking of lesbian teacher 22
7:17 PM — Bishop Frederick Campbell said that maintaining the Catholic values of the institutions under his guidance explained why Carla Hale had to go.
Gay actor Russell Tovey: ‘It might be more of a risk for me to play a gay character’ 28
7:01 PM — Russell Tovey says he believes his career is unique because he always plays straight characters.