14th November 2013
Luxembourg to become first country to have gay prime minister and gay deputy PM 12
2:00 PM — Luxembourg is tipped to become the first country in the world to have both an openly gay prime minister and deputy prime minister.
Irish President meets with trans activists at official residence 8
12:39 PM — The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has met with trans campaigners in a landmark occasion.
Manchester: Lesbian couple sue NHS after hospital prevented them from accessing IVF 12
11:58 AM — A lesbian couple in Manchester are taking legal action against the NHS after claiming they were turned down for fertility treatment because they are in a same-sex relationship.
13th November 2013
UK Parliament to debate gay ‘cure’ therapies next week 29
6:36 PM — A Westminster Hall Debate in the House of Commons on gay conversion therapy will take place on Wednesday 20 November, it has been announced.
London: Activists stage protest outside Commonwealth HQ against ‘Commonwealth homophobia’ 5
5:56 PM — Campaigners have staged a protest outside the Commonwealth’s Secretariat building in central London against the presence of anti-gay laws in 80% of Commonwealth countries.
BBC to produce film showing how gay campaigners supported the miners in 1984 5
4:29 PM — The BBC is making a drama based on a true story about a group of gay and lesbian activists who raised money to support the miners in 1984.
US: Man justifies attack on lesbian sister by saying her relationship goes against Islam 31
3:30 PM — A Muslim man in Nebraska has been charged with assault after he allegedly attacked his own sister and said her same-sex relationship was a disgrace to their family.
UK: Court told bisexual former Lib Dem MP’s phone hacked repeatedly
2:32 PM — The phone of bisexual former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten was hacked 10 times by a private investigator, the Old Bailey has heard.
London Council ‘alarmed’ by rising HIV infections 2
1:38 PM — A senior London councillor, representing boroughs across the capital, has described rising HIV infection rates in London as “alarming”.
HIV campaign disagrees with media link between David Dimbleby’s scorpion tattoo and gay men with HIV 9
12:57 PM — The decision of The Times, Metro and The Huffington Post to claim gay men use a scorpion and other “biohazard” symbols to indicate they are HIV positive has surprised gay men’s health charity, GMFA.
Uganda: Gay British banker ‘terrified’ ahead of porn trial 3
11:15 AM — A gay retired British banker, charged over possession of a video depicting a sexual act, is due to reappear in a Ugandan court next week.
12th November 2013
Poland: Giant rainbow set on fire by far-right thugs 16
5:02 PM — Far-right protesters have burnt a rainbow piece of artwork during an event to commemorate Poland's national independence in the capital Warsaw.
London: Founder of Christian Concern to take part in equal marriage debate 65
3:54 PM — The founder of Christian Concern, who has previously blasted the “militant homosexual lobby”, will be debating the arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales at The Law Society in central London this evening.
Brighton council to discuss plans to expand Pride festival
2:28 PM — Plans to expand Brighton’s annual LGBT festival with a possible proms-style Sunday concert will be debated by the city’s council this week.
Liverpool University was prepared to host cleric who says gays are ‘filthy’ 15
1:49 PM — The University of Liverpool has confirmed that it was prepared to allow an Islamic cleric with extreme anti-gay views to conduct a speech in front of students.
GLAAD appoints first transgender co-chair 2
1:01 PM — Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan has become the first transgender woman to serve as co-chair of US LGBT media advocacy group, GLAAD.
Manchester Pride vows to increase charitable donations following criticism 8
12:14 PM — Manchester Pride says it’s confident it will be able to increase donations made to LGBT charities following criticism by community figures that it’s simply not giving enough.
Ugandan President takes HIV test as part of prevention campaign 2
11:23 AM — The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has taken an HIV test in public, saying he wants all Ugandans to know their HIV status if the country is to reduce new infections.
Scotland: Government rebukes Tory leader and says equal marriage ‘proceeding on schedule’ 4
11:02 AM — The Scottish Government has hit back at claims that legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because of the Scottish National Party’s pro-independence campaign.
11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."