6th September 2012
Australian PM cancels speech over Christian gay ‘smoking’ row 23
11:59 AM — Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pulled out from attending a Christian lobby conference after its head suggested smoking was healthier than an LGBT lifestyle.
US medical body changes advice on circumcision 146
10:50 AM — The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has changed its policy on the procedure and is no longer opposed to the routine circumcision of male new born babies.
Michelle Obama addresses gay Democrats at party convention 9
10:20 AM — US First Lady Michelle Obama has addressed a group of LGBT Democratic party members at a lunch event sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign in Charlotte.
5th September 2012
Tributes to Featherstone, but concern for UK equal marriage policy following reshuffle 19
6:20 PM — The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has paid tribute to Lynne Featherstone, the UK Government’s former equalities minister, who was moved from the post in yesterday’s reshuffle.
Questions over new UK equalities minister’s gay voting record 46
2:12 PM — Conservative MP for Basingstoke Maria Miller, who was appointed yesterday by David Cameron as culture secretary and has direct responsibility for the newly moved Government Equalities Office (GEO), is under the spotlight after a number of activists noted her questionable voting record on LGBT equality.
Australian Christian lobbyist: Gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry because they are more likely to smoke 62
12:48 PM — The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) appears to have come up with a whole new reason for why Australia should be against equal marriage.
Brighton: AIDS memorial targeted during city’s pride weekend 19
11:28 AM — Brighton’s AIDS memorial was left in a sorry state after it was vandalised during the city’s recent gay pride festival.
UK Catholic Bishop says equal marriage is a ‘gathering storm’ for Christians 76
11:06 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, has launched another attack on the government’s plans to introduce equal marriage.
UK Border Agency halts deportation of lesbian asylum seeker bound for Cameroon 4
10:08 AM — A lesbian asylum seeker who fears for her life managed to avoid being flown back to her native country at the start of last weekend after she was escorted off a plane for causing a disturbance.
4th September 2012
Lynne Featherstone moved from equalities role in UK Government reshuffle 48
7:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is to leave her post as the government’s equalities minister. It has been reported that she will move to a new role at the Department for International Development, while the Home Office will loose responsibility for the equalities agenda in government.
Salmond: Equal marriage debate is ‘good’ for Scotland 20
6:09 PM — A bill to legalise marriage for same-sex couples has been formally included in today’s legislative agenda for the new term of the Scottish parliament.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert resigns from government 27
4:36 PM — It’s understood the 49-year-old was not happy with being moved to a different job.
US: Suspected murderer of transgendered woman gains new lawyer 1
3:58 PM — In Washington DC, a 55-year-old man accused of stabbing a transgender woman in the face back in February has been assigned a new defence lawyer.
Gay Lib Dem MP returns to government in cabinet reshuffle 51
2:41 PM — David Laws is returning to government as the children's minister after spending more than two years on the backbenches.
Minnesota: Bishop urges Catholics to support equal marriage ban 26
12:52 PM — The archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is asking Catholics in the US state of Minnesota to vote in favour of a pending constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Celebrity Big Brother’s Julian Clary receives homophobic abuse on Twitter 28
11:44 AM — According to Unreality TV, derogatory terms words including “freak”, “faggot” and “arse bandit” have all been posted by trolls to the star's official Twitter account in the past few days.
Fatboy Slim: Supporting equal marriage is a ‘no brainer’ and I talk about the issue with my son 10
10:01 AM — DJ Norman cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, has launched a scathing attack on “reactionary, rightwing, homophobic idiots and religious zealots” for opposing plans to introduce marriage equality in the UK.
3rd September 2012
Cornwall: Catholic school fails to distance itself from anti-gay row 27
6:10 PM — St Michael’s Catholic free school in Truro is the UK’s first government-funded Catholic free secondary and in a recent meeting, a member of the public said the school would not teach gay “nonsense”.
John Travolta had six-year affair with me, says male pilot 27
4:17 PM — Hollywood actor John Travolta is continuing to face accusations that he’s been having sexual relationships with men, this time from a 62-year-old Californian pilot.
Marcus Collins serenades crowds at Cardiff Mardi Gras 8
3:49 PM — For the first time the organisers of Cardiff Mardi Gras held a parade through the city on Saturday.