13th February 2013
New York police launch probe after three gay men found strangled 8
11:48 AM — The New York Police Department (NYPD) is investigating the recent strangulation deaths of three gay men in the city.
Associated Press updates its style guide on whether to call married gay couples ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ 24
10:49 AM — Same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships should not be classified as “husband” and “wife” according to the Associated Press’ style guide – unless they already use the terms.
12th February 2013
Michael Gove seeks to reassure Tory equal marriage critics in front of committee 13
7:20 PM — Education Secretary Michael Gove has again sought to reassure critical Conservative MPs that the government’s same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales poses no threat to teachers who disagree with the reform.
Stonewall boss: Civil partnerships haven’t reduced homophobia so we need equal marriage 33
5:19 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall says his charity’s support for equal marriage stems from the failure of civil partnership legalisation to reduce homophobia in British society.
Labour MP Chris Bryant criticises Culture Secretary Maria Miller for saying marriage is the ‘gold standard’ 35
3:40 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has taken offence after Culture Secretary Maria Miller said marriage was the “gold standard” – with the MP claiming it devalued his own civil partnership.
Manchester: Dale Cregan pleads guilty to murdering Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes
2:52 PM — Dale Cregan has now pleaded guilty to murdering two police officers - one of whom was planning to enter into a civil partnership.
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.