5th September 2012
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.
Sussex Police: 40 arrests made during Brighton Pride 23
2:53 PM — Police have also defended their crowd tactics after complaints that they had "kettled" members of the LGBT campaign group, Queers Against the Cuts in Saturday's parade.
Schools are getting better at tackling anti-gay bullying, says Brighton charity 4
2:06 PM — With students across the UK returning to school for the start of the new term this week, Allsorts, the Brighton-based LGBT youth project, is raising awareness of homophobic and transphobic bullying.
Poland moves towards introducing civil partnerships 23
1:00 PM — Poland’s ruling centre-right party, Platforma Obywatelska (PO), has announced that it will introduce legislation allowing gay couples to have civil unions.
Tatchell: PM urged to repeal ‘insults’ ban 42
10:17 AM — Peter Tatchell has urged David Cameron to reform Section 5 of the Public Order Act - which in the past has been used by lawyers to prosecute homophobic religious preachers and gay rights campaigners.
Hertfordshire: HIV charity faces imminent closure due to council funding axe 71
9:36 AM — An HIV charity that serves west Hertfordshire could be forced to close its doors in a matter of weeks because it can no longer afford to stay in operation.
In Photos: UK Brighton Pride 2012 24
9:14 AM — Brighton’s annual gay pride took place at the weekend, with thousands attending the main Preston Park event. Even though X Factor winner Alexandra Burke ended up being a no show, Brighton-based DJ Norman Cook (Fatboyslim) certainly knew how to please the crowds.
1st September 2012
Exclusive: Alexandra Burke shocks fans by ‘snubbing’ Brighton Pride 81
9:17 PM — X Factor winner Alexandra Burke has sensationally pulled out of performing at this year’s Brighton Pride event. The pop diva was due on stage at the Girls on Top tent at 6pm on Saturday, where thousands of revellers were eagerly waiting her arrival.