1st March 2013
Anti-gay marriage Tory candidate Maria Hutchings loses Eastleigh by-election to pro-equality Lib Dem 25
8:31 AM — Tory Maria Hutchings, who is against same-sex marriage, has been defeated in the Eastleigh by-election by Lib Dem Mike Thornton, a supporter of marriage equality.
28th February 2013
LGBT Catholic group blasts Pope Benedict XVI for ‘bigotry’ as he officially resigns as Catholic leader 41
7:22 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now "will simply be a pilgrim" starting his last journey on earth - although criticism of his homophobic legacy continues.
Video: Kate Middleton hoax radio station rebrands itself as 2Gay FM for Sydney Mari Gras 2
6:55 PM — The radio station whose DJs made a hoax call to a British nurse who ended up committing suicide is temporarily renaming itself to mark Sydney Mari Gras.
London: Christian group tells High Court ‘gay cure’ bus advert ban threatens democracy 50
3:36 PM — A Christian group has told the High Court that a ban on bus adverts which claimed gay people can be "cured" of their sexuality was a "deep threat" to democracy.
Guardian Journalist Julie Bindel: Morrissey is wrong to say gay men are never violent 52
2:33 PM — Guardian columnist Julie Bindel has dismissed Morrissey’s claims about gay men and wars, saying they can be as "fascist and racist" as hetrosexuals.
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
Rugby star Ben Cohen due to make an appearance at Student Pride 2013 in Brighton 1
12:16 PM — Rugby icon Ben Cohen is just one of several celebrities due to make an appearance at this weekend's National Student Pride in Brighton.
Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan speculates the Pope could be gay 80
11:34 AM — Catholic gay blogger Andrew Sullivan has claimed that the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI may be secretly gay.
Legal challenge by Christian group against Boris Johnson’s decision to ban ‘ex-gay’ bus ads begins at High Court 30
10:27 AM — London Mayor Boris Johnson's refusal to run anti-gay adverts on buses in the capital is being challenged at the High Court today.
27th February 2013
Reading University cancels anti-gay Islamic preacher visit amid violent protest fears 76
6:35 PM — Homophobic cleric Abu Usamah at-Thahabi will no longer be visiting the University of Reading tomorrow after the event he was due to attend was cancelled because of fears of violent protests.
Archbishop who smeared gay Labour MP David Cairns takes over in temporary role from Cardinal O’Brien 42
5:43 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, who last year was criticised for making offensive remarks about the late gay Labour MP David Cairns, has been given a new role in the wake of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation.
Rugby star Ben Cohen: ‘I think there is a bit of a witch hunt to find a gay footballer’ 9
3:41 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has exclusively told PinkNews.co.uk that he believes the continuous media debate surrounding the absence of an openly gay professional footballer in the UK can amount to a "witch hunt".
Tory MOD minister Mark Francois says he’s committed to equality in the armed forces — despite voting against same-sex marriage 8
2:29 PM — Conservative Defence Minister Mark Francois says the government is committed to LGBT equality in the armed forces after it was pointed out only 1 MOD minister voted in favour of the same-sex marriage bill.
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
26th February 2013
Rugby star Ben Cohen tells MPs that more needs to be done to combat homophobia in sport 9
7:20 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has told MPs at a parliamentary event that sport has a huge role to play in reducing anti-gay bullying.
Manchester University society shut down after anti-gay Muslim video expose 33
6:06 PM — A society at the University of Manchester has closed after a student secretly filmed an extremist Muslim saying gay people should be killed – with a complaint then received by police.
UK: Gay hate Islamic preacher to visit Reading University 66
4:47 PM — An Islamic cleric, who has called for gay people to be punished with death, is due to visit Reading University on Thursday.
John Bercow wrongly outs rugby star Ben Cohen in gay gaffe 22
4:05 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons was left red-faced after accidently referring to rugby star Ben Cohen as “openly gay” – even though the former player has a wife and is straight.
British Gay Catholic journalist claims ‘half of all Catholics priests are gay’ 67
1:37 PM — A gay British Catholic journalist and former Dominican friar has reiterated claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to stand down this Thursday was partly over his concerns regarding clerical misconduct.