28th February 2013
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.
Huddersfield: Gay man suffers broken nose and teeth in random attack
11:22 AM — A gay man has sustained facial injuries in a suspected homophobic assault in Huddersfield.
25th February 2013
Louisiana Governor: The Republican Party doesn’t need to support same-sex marriage in order to win back power 42
6:45 PM — The Republican Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal says his party does not have to drop its opposition to equal marriage in order to win elections.
Sir Elton John’s son Zachary guest of honour at HIV/AIDS celebrity fundraiser 1
5:50 PM — Sir Elton John and David Furnish welcomed some of Hollywood's biggest names to their 21st Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party last night – but it was the couple’s two-year-old son who was the guest of honour.
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
April will be crunch time for Pride in London says chairman 17
2:20 PM — The chair of London LGBT+ Community Pride has explained the challenges facing this year’s event in an interview with PinkNews.co.uk