12th February 2013
UK: Same-sex marriage bill to face scrutiny from Commons committee by MPs with mixed views on equality 24
1:58 PM — The Public Bill Committee of the House of Commons – made up of MPs who both have spoken against and in favour of LGBT equality – begins the task of scrutinising the government’s equal marriage bill this afternoon.
Indiana: Homophobic students and parents seek to ban gay classmates from attending prom 24
12:42 PM — A school in the US state of Indiana is in the spotlight after some students and parents urged for gay people to be banned from attending a prom.
East London gay pub faces uncertain future 15
12:00 PM — London’s gay community is being urged to help save a popular gay bar from the threat of closure.
London: Serial thief who targeted gay men banned from every Soho public toilet 23
11:36 AM — A thief who preyed on gay men in London for more than a decade has been banned from every public toilet in Soho.
Uganda: British producer of gay play deported from country 3
11:21 AM — UK theatre producer David Cecil, who was charged with breaking Uganda’s laws in relation to his play featuring a gay storyline has been deported from the country.
11th February 2013
UK: Muslim TV stations criticised by Ofcom for airing hate speech 39
6:55 PM — Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, has criticised several Muslim community stations after they allowed Islamic extremists to issue hate speech – in one case – calling for the murder and torture of gay people.
Ohio: Mayor resigns after calling police officer ‘queer’ 9
6:15 PM — The mayor of a small southeastern Ohio community has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer "queer" in front of his colleagues.
Analysis: Who is the favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI? 26
2:53 PM — Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson is a strong contender to become the next Pope – but would he be less of a homophobe than the current incumbent?
Pope Benedict XVI to resign over ill health 98
11:22 AM — The world’s most senior anti-gay Catholic has announced that he’s stepping down due to ill health.
Frank Ocean snubbed by Chris Brown at Grammy Awards 7
11:02 AM — Frank Ocean and Chris Brown still appear to be enemies after the latter refused to join his showbiz pals in giving a standing ovation to the bisexual R&B singer at last night’s Grammy Awards.
Kent: Bisexual councillor receives death threat letter 6
10:31 AM — A bisexual Kent councillor has received yet more homophobic abuse; this time a hand-written death threat letter.
8th February 2013
Ellen DeGeneres criticises Boy Scouts of America for stalling on removing anti-gay ban 4
6:28 PM — Ellen DeGeneres is the latest celebrity to urge the Boy Scouts of America to change its anti-gay policy.
Gay Cameroon asylum seeker assaulted by private security team at Heathrow Airport 9
5:59 PM — An asylum seeker from Cameroon, who has previously been persecuted due to his sexuality in his home country, claims he was assaulted by private security at Heathrow Airport.
Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality 48
5:12 PM — The Conservative Party’s candidate for this month’s Eastleigh by-election denies saying Labour did more for “immigrants, the gays, the bloody foxes” than children with special needs.
Gay husband of Facebook co-founder announces plan to run for US Congress 16
3:12 PM — Sean Eldridge, the gay husband of Facebook founder Chris Hughes, has announced plans to run for the US Congress in 2014.
Uganda: British producer of gay play faces deportation 5
2:04 PM — UK theatre producer David Cecil, who was charged with breaking Uganda’s laws in relation to his play featuring a gay storyline, faces deportation from the country.
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
Scotland: Church minister and worshippers leave Church of Scotland in gay clergy row 34
11:23 AM — The minister of a church in Aberdeen and its members have quit the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy and have decided to set up in a hotel instead.
7th February 2013
Gordon Brown’s spokesman reveals why he didn’t take part in same-sex marriage vote 25
5:18 PM — A spokesman for Gordon Brown has exclusively explained to PinkNews.co.uk why the Labour MP and former PM was not present in the Commons for Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill).
Russian appeals court supports decision to drop gay ‘propaganda’ case against Madonna 3
3:27 PM — Appeals court officials in Russia have upheld a previous ruling rejecting a $10.5 million lawsuit filed against Madonna for allegedly promoting LGBT rights in the country.