17th December 2013
Chester: Suspects arrested in connection with gay man’s death rebailed by police
12:52 PM — Two men arrested in connection with the death of a 63-year-old gay man in Chester have been rebailed until next week.
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
Uganda: Former national football team coach arrested for allegedly having gay sex with player 2
11:07 AM — The former head of Uganda’s national football team has reportedly been arrested for breaking the country’s laws against same-sex sexual activity.
16th December 2013
Killer of Brighton gay man jailed for 18 and-a-half years
7:17 PM — A South African national has been jailed for 18 and-a-half years for killing a gay man in Brighton.
Trial of UK man held in Uganda for breaking anti-gay laws adjourned until 2014 6
6:59 PM — The case of a British man charged in Uganda after images of him having sex with a man were published in a newspaper has been adjourned for a third time.
London: Council reject police proposal for gay pub to close earlier 6
6:42 PM — Councillors in east London have rejected a police request for a reduction in the opening hours of a popular gay bar.
Tory Vice Chair: BBC ban on Graham Norton’s AIDS ribbon is ‘extraordinary’ 13
5:58 PM — The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has tabled a parliamentary question for Culture Secretary Maria Miller over the BBC’s “extraordinary” decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing a red ribbon on his chat show for World AIDS Day.
Former Culture Secretary: BBC must review guidelines following Graham Norton AIDS ribbon row 15
2:50 PM — Former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has written to BBC Director General Lord Hall over the decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing a ribbon for World AIDS Day, and says the corporation is not being consistent with its own guidelines.
UK: Trans police officer loses discrimination case against force 8
1:52 PM — A transgender police officer who sued her force after she allegedly had to “out” herself over a police radio system has lost her case at an employment tribunal.
Australian Senator who linked equal marriage to polygamy calls on pro-equality minister to resign 18
12:57 PM — Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has called on former Liberal leader and current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop publicly advocating equal marriage or resign from government.
France: President Francois Hollande to snub Russian Winter Olympics 8
11:43 AM — French President Francois Hollande has become the most high profile leader to snub the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
13th December 2013
Why can BBC presenters promote Comic Relief but not World AIDS Day? 36
7:49 PM — The BBC is refusing to explain the difference in allowing presenters to promote Comic Relief by wearing red noses – and not allowing presenters to promote World AIDS Day by wearing red ribbons.
London: Anti-gay lecturer had ‘no formal qualifications’, claims ex-colleague 16
6:33 PM — Fresh allegations have been made against a senior lecturer at one of London’s biggest colleges who was suspended last month after audio emerged of him comparing gay teachers to the Ku Klux Klan.
National Secular Society: ‘Religion is more important to Baroness Warsi than gay people’ 26
4:21 PM — The National Secular Society has criticised the reasons given by Baroness Warsi for abstaining in this summer’s House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales.
Christian Concern: Don’t ban gay ‘cure’ therapy as it helps vulnerable people 79
3:28 PM — The founder of Christian Concern has criticised a Labour MP for publishing a Private Members’ Bill aimed at banning gay-to-straight conversion therapy.
BBC: We won’t change our rules, presenters cannot wear red ribbons on World AIDS Day 44
12:44 PM — The BBC has formally rejected calls to allow its presenters to wear red ribbons on World AIDS Day.
Brighton Pride announces campaign theme for 2014 festival as ‘Freedom to Live’
11:59 AM — Organisers of Brighton Pride have announced Freedom to Live will be the umbrella theme for the city's Pride festival in 2014.
Australian Prime Minister: Gay couples who married in the ACT knew their marriages could be annulled 27
11:19 AM — Prime Minister Tony Abbott says same-sex couples who married in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) knew there was a possibility their marriages would be annulled.
12th December 2013
Labour calls on Director General to update BBC guidelines after Graham Norton disciplined for wearing AIDS ribbon 14
6:48 PM — The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS has written to BBC Director General Lord Hall over the decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
Damian Lewis apologises for ‘fruity actor’ jibe at Ian McKellen 9
4:13 PM — Actor Damian Lewis has apologised to Sir Ian McKellen for saying he did not want to end up like a "fruity actor" who is known for playing wizards.