21st February 2013
Frank Ocean: It was ‘glorious’ to win my first BRIT Award 11
6:38 PM — Bisexual R&B singer Frank Ocean has described winning his first BRIT Award as “glorious” and says that he felt as though he was skydiving.
US: Gay porn star arrested for masturbating on equipment at fire station 27
5:03 PM — A gay porn actor has been arrested and charged after he was found masturbating on equipment at a fire station in Louisville, Kentucky.
Laura Bush asks to be removed from same-sex marriage advert 10
4:07 PM — Former first lady Laura Bush has asked an organisation to remove a video clip of her from an advert promoting same-sex marriage – with the group having failed to ask for her permission.
Ghana’s president attempts to appease anti-gay critics of children’s minister 8
3:26 PM — Ghana’s President John Mahama has commented for the first time in the row over the country’s new children’s minister, with critics saying she is too sympathetic on the issue of homosexuality.
Study: 75% of US bullied LGBT gym class students feel unable to tell a teacher 3
1:16 PM — Research by a gay support group in the US has found more than a quarter of LGBT student athletes report being harassed or assaulted while playing on a school sports team.
UK: News giant Reuters announces support for same-sex marriage bill 7
11:06 AM — International news and media giant Thomson Reuters, which runs the Reuters news agency, is throwing its weight behind the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
20th February 2013
Comments featuring the word ‘gay’ mysteriously disappear off Gillette UK’s Facebook page 46
5:36 PM — Men’s shaving and grooming giant Gillette has launched an investigation after a PinkNews reader complained that non-offensive comments featuring the word “gay” were being erased from the company’s UK Facebook page.
US: Hepatitis C in HIV positive gay men at an all-time high 6
4:54 PM — Researchers at the Fenway Institute in Boston have discovered hepatitis C among HIV positive gay men in the US is at an all-time high.
UK: Islam Channel TV presenter said homosexuality was an ‘evil action’ 20
2:19 PM — Evidence has emerged of a presenter on the Islam Channel previously describing homosexuality as an "evil action” – with Ofcom subsequently warning the TV station of the need to take “great care” when “discussing sensitive issues such as sexual orientation”.
Registrars should not have to marry gay couples says Tory MP David Burrowes 76
1:07 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes, who last week accused PinkNews of “fomenting hostility” against the opponents of equal marriage, also believes registrars should not have to marry gay couples.
UK: Equalities minister writes to Iain Duncan Smith after HIV positive man left feeling ‘ashamed’ at job centre 65
11:19 AM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has written to Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith after a gay HIV positive man in her Maidstone constituency was left humiliated by staff at a job centre.
19th February 2013
Israel: HIV cases among gay men up 55% since 2005 3
5:27 PM — Figure show the number of gay men become HIV-positive in Israel has increased by 55% since 2005.
University of Manchester Student Union Executive launches investigation over anti-gay Muslim recording 80
3:57 PM — The University of Manchester's Student Union Executive has launched an investigation after a student secretly filmed an extremist Muslim saying gay people should be killed.
Manchester: Bisexual asylum seeker taxi driver jailed for raping men 12
1:18 PM — A bisexual asylum seeker from Algeria, who preyed on men in Manchester's Gay Village, has been jailed for seven years and ten months after pleading guilty to charges of rape.
Rylan Clark excites fans with saucy photo and says he wants Olly Murs’ X Factor job 7
12:21 PM — Rylan Clark, who has made no secret of his desires for his next TV gig, has been teasing fans with a steamy naked photo.
Derren Brown dismisses claims that he would like to turn a gay man straight for a TV stunt 14
10:54 AM — Illusionist Derren Brown has denied reports that he plans to use his powers of suggestion to change people's sexuality by saying it "wouldn't work."
Organisers say Pride in London 2013 could be cancelled 27
9:09 AM — The new organisers of the capital’s summer gay pride event have warned that unless they can secure enough funding and logistical help from volunteers – it may be axed for this year.
18th February 2013
Leader of Plaid Cymru: MPs should not vote against equal marriage simply over the size of their postbag 8
6:30 PM — The leader of Plaid Cymru is not impressed by those MPs who voted against this month’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill simply on the basis of the amount of negative letters they received.
Peter Tatchell praises Muslim MPs for supporting equal marriage and blasts anti-gay fatwas 15
5:36 PM — A small number of Islamic clerics, who have been issuing fatwas against the decision of several Muslim MPs to vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill, have been criticised by Peter Tatchell.
Michigan: Man apologises to police for ‘sucking on a dildo’ whilst driving 10
2:20 PM — Police in the US state of Michigan have arrested a man for “sucking on a dildo” whilst driving his car.