3rd May 2013
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.
Rush Limbaugh: Jason Collins news ‘rammed down people’s throats’ 40
6:44 PM — US conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is not happy at the outpouring of support given to gay basketball player Jason Collins.
Coalition for Marriage: David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains the rise of UKIP 25
4:31 PM — The Coalition for Marriage says David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains why the Conservatives are expected to perform badly in Thursday’s local elections.
Scottish Conservatives ex-deputy leader: ‘Scotland’s equal marriage bill must safeguard religious liberties’ 22
2:34 PM — The former deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives says “it is essential that appropriate safeguards are put in place” to protect religious liberties as part of equal marriage reform in Scotland.
Sky Sports News host accidentally calls FIFA President Sepp Blatter ‘queer’ 11
1:25 PM — A Sky Sports News presenter was left embarrassed when he accidentally referred to FIFA President Sepp Blatter as “queer”.
Oxfordshire: Anti-gay marriage activists deliver petition to David Cameron’s constituency office 40
12:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have delivered a postcard petition signed by 288 people to David Cameron’s Witney constituency office in Oxfordshire.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw: ‘I’d like to eventually have children’ 4
11:24 AM — Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw says he was initially rejected by the station for work experience, and admits he would like to have children one day.
Rhode Island: Same-sex marriage bill heading for final vote 12
10:41 AM — With a final vote on Thursday, Rhode Island is poised to become the tenth US state to allow same-sex couples to marry
30th April 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Pride ban on Bradley Manning is anti-democratic’ 9
6:58 PM — Peter Tatchell has criticised the organisers of San Francisco Pride for allegedly revoking the nomination of Private Bradley Manning as Grand Marshal for this year’s event.