8th April 2014
Church of Norway votes against allowing priests to marry gay couples 39
1:17 PM — The Church of Norway has voted not to allow same-sex couples to be married by its priests in a close run vote.
Pope urges ‘sexual responsibility and chastity’ in order to fight HIV 28
12:18 PM — Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV.
Jeremy Hunt: Lifting the lifetime gay blood ban is a matter for Northern Ireland 5
11:43 AM — Lifting Northern Ireland’s lifetime ban on gay men giving blood is a matter for the province, UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated.
Tory MP says Maria Miller has not been sacked because she’s a woman 9
10:58 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities Maria Miller has been kept in post because she’s a woman, a Conservative backbencher has said.
7th April 2014
Writer at lesbian dating app Dattch blasts OKCupid for campaign against anti-gay marriage Firefox CEO 71
6:28 PM — A journalist at Dattch, the dating app aimed specifically at lesbian and bisexual women, says the CEO of Firefox should not have lost his job over his anti-equal marriage stance.
UK: Campaigners welcome legislation of HIV self-testing kits 1
5:18 PM — The ban on home HIV testing kits in the UK has been lifted.
Court told MP Nigel Evans was an ‘old fool’ but not a rapist
4:24 PM — Nigel Evans may be guilty of "over-friendly and inappropriate behaviour" while drunk, but not sexual assault, the MP’s defence lawyer has said.
Alliance Party: Northern Ireland Health Minister is a disgrace for wasting public money on a homophobic blood ban 4
3:20 PM — Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party has slammed Health Minister Edwin Poots for continuing his "crusade" against lifting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in the province.
Chemsex and gay men: Has the issue been overblown? 23
12:35 PM — PinkNews interviews David Stuart, substance use lead at London’s 56 Dean Street sexual health clinic, on whether chemsex could be increasing HIV transmission among gay and bisexual men.
Andy Burnham: Why is Jeremy Hunt supporting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland? 10
11:41 AM — Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has called on UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to explain his position on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland.
UK: Health Minister warns doctors against referring gay parents for ‘cure’ therapy 5
10:57 AM — Health Minister Norman Lamb has written to NHS England asking for assurances that GPs are not referring gay people for conversion therapy.
4th April 2014
Labour MP: Ministers are ignoring the problem of gay conversion therapy 8
6:19 PM — The government rules out the statutory regulation of psychotherapists in order to guard against gay-to-straight conversion therapy, leading to criticism from Labour.
US: Trans student told she can’t use women’s toilet at college 29
4:26 PM — A transgender student in North Carolina says a campus security officer asked her for identification to verify her gender after she exited the women’s toilet.
Sandi Toksvig collects OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace 5
3:32 PM — Sandi Toksvig has collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace just days after renewing her vows with her civil partner in front of 2,000 people.
Gay blogger Andrew Sullivan: I’m disgusted the gay community has forced Brendan Eich to quit Firefox 223
2:38 PM — Andrew Sullivan says he’s appalled at the resignation of Firefox CEO Brendan Eich, who quit yesterday following a backlash over his appointment due to his previous financial support for anti-equal marriage campaigners
UK academic: HIV vaccine research ‘to reach defining moment’ by 2020 5
1:44 PM — A leading academic predicts the next six years will determine whether developing an effective HIV vaccine is within the grasp of scientists.
Newspaper editor: Printing this picture of a gay couple kissing caused readers to shun my paper 29
12:45 PM — A local newspaper editor says placing a photo of two men kissing on the front of his paper resulted in a drop in sales.
Los Angeles: Gay men urged to get vaccinated against meningitis following outbreak 1
11:22 AM — Officials in LA have urged gay and bisexual men to get vaccinated against meningitis following several deaths.
Scotland: Man who murdered wife said she was a ‘cheating lesbian whore’ 5
10:50 AM — A husband who stabbed his wife to death after discovering she had an affair with another woman has been found guilty of murder.
3rd April 2014
Ann Widdecombe: Nigel Evans is ‘truthful, considerate, kind and gentle’
7:09 PM — Testimonials from a whole series of Westminster figures, including former MP Ann Widdecombe, have been read out in court at the trial of former deputy speaker Nigel Evans.