21st January 2013
Labour MP Rob Flello: The government should not ‘re-write’ marriage 46
7:28 PM — Rob Flello, the Labour Shadow Justice Minister and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, says same-sex marriage is not "an issue of equality".
Olympic diver Chris Mears: I have made some good gay friends through Tom Daley 30
6:20 PM — Olympic diver Chris Mears says his friendship with fellow diver Tom Daley now means he has several gay mates.
Michael Winner’s regret at avoiding national service by pretending to be gay 9
4:39 PM — Michael Winner, whose death has been announced today, previously wrote in his autobiography of his regret at avoiding National Service by falsely claiming to be gay.
Video: Anti-abortion UK activist says ‘homosexuals are promiscuous’ and equal marriage will ‘confuse’ children 83
1:23 PM — The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children says the teaching of equal marriage in schools would lead to the “promotion” of gay lifestyles.
Bishop of Truro: I’m against same-sex marriage — maybe we could call it something else? 67
12:15 PM — The Bishop of Truro is against the idea of gay couples entering into marriages, although he has stressed the importance of maintaining a dialogue about the subject.
18th January 2013
Gay fashion designer John Galliano attempts to rebuild reputation 19
7:08 PM — Disgraced John Galliano is returning to the fashion industry with a temporary role at Oscar de la Renta's New York studio.
US: Judge tipped to allow San Francisco nudity ban 21
6:43 PM — Lawmakers in San Francisco narrowly approved the nudity ban after complaints regarding the city’s famous gay Castro district in November of last year.
Observer’s readers’ editor says ‘it was wrong’ to publish transphobic slurs 62
6:00 PM — The Observer’s readers’ editor, Stephen Pritchard, has issued his full response into the paper’s decision to publish a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
Peter Tatchell: More gay men are being forced to give police their DNA 28
4:22 PM — Peter Tatchell remains concerned by fresh reports of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
Press Complaints Commission to investigate Julie Burchill’s transphobic article 8
3:02 PM — The Press Complaints Commission is to launch an inquiry into the Observer's decision to publish a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
London: City Hall announces winner of gay pride bid 27
11:40 AM — London LGBT+ Community Pride has been awarded the right to run the capital’s main gay pride festival for the next five years.
17th January 2013
Yvette Cooper warns against ‘unfair’ police DNA targeting of gay men 15
6:43 PM — Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she is concerned by allegations of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
New York: Gay man accuses police officers of carrying out homophobic attack 7
6:00 PM — The New York City Police Department is launching an investigation into some of its own officers after a gay man claimed he was beaten up by cops.
Gareth Thomas: I previously took part in anti-gay jokes and prayed rugby could turn me straight 62
4:15 PM — Former Wales rugby star Gareth Thomas has revealed that he once took part in homophobic jokes with teammates in a bid to hide his sexuality
Italian PM Mario Monti opposes equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights 20
2:39 PM — Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay people.
Louisiana: Gay couple and friends assaulted at Barbra Streisand movie screening 17
11:24 AM — A Louisiana man says he and his partner were attacked at a movie cinema because of their sexual orientation.
Vatican criticises pro-gay European Court of Human Rights ruling 56
10:45 AM — The Vatican's foreign minister has criticised a pro-gay ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that affirms employers’ right to limit the expression of religious beliefs in the workplace when it conflicts with equality laws.
16th January 2013
Massachusetts: Pro-gay Episcopal bishop to step down
7:13 PM — The outspoken pro-gay bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts says he plans to retire in 2014.
US: Pro-gay pastor to give blessing at President Obama’s inauguration 2
5:50 PM — The pro-gay pastor of the Episcopal parish closest to the White House will give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration next week.
US: Gay solider Bradley Manning’s legal team to focus on delays at hearing 15
4:05 PM — A gay US Army private charged with sending US secrets to WikiLeaks is attending a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday and contends that lengthy delays have violated his right to a speedy trial.