7th February 2014
David Starkey: Violence is required for rape, not just absence of consent 10
1:31 PM — Gay historian and broadcaster David Starkey says violence, not consent, should be the classification of rape.
Gay Tory becomes leader of Trafford Council, aged 26 8
12:16 PM — A gay Conservative in Trafford has become one of the youngest people to lead a council in Britain.
Labour MP Diane Abbott calls on UK to use ‘soft power’ against homophobia in Africa 4
11:47 AM — Diane Abbott says the UK Government is not doing enough to challenge LGBT rights violations across Africa.
Sochi Winter Olympics gets underway today 2
10:51 AM — With unprecedented scrutiny over Russia's anti-gay laws, the Winter Olympics in Sochi begins today.
6th February 2014
Gay former American Idol star announces bid for Congress 1
6:51 PM — Former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has announced his intention to run for Congress in his native North Carolina.
Sports Minister rejects Labour criticism of ‘embarrassing’ Olympic delegation 6
6:01 PM — Sports Minister Helen Grant tells PinkNews.co.uk that including gay celebrities in Britain's Olympic delegation to Sochi is a matter for the British Olympic Association.
Irish Senator warns against ‘dangerous, vicious elements’ within the gay community 47
3:45 PM — Senator Jim Walsh has warned against what he describes as “dangerous, vicious elements within the gay ideological movement” in Ireland.
Health charity: Extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men can prevent cancer 4
1:34 PM — Campaigners say offering HPV vaccinations to adolescent boys and gay and bisexual men could help stop cancer.
Mayor of North Down: Northern Ireland will have equal marriage within 10 years 9
12:31 PM — The Mayor of North Down, Andrew Muir, predicts Northern Ireland will legalise equal marriage within the next 10 years.
5th February 2014
Billie Jean King to miss Winter Olympic opening ceremony
6:59 PM — Retired Tennis champion Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill.
Lord Tebbit: Tim Yeo’s ‘dodgy’ support for equal marriage contributed to his downfall 23
4:36 PM — Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit says Tim Yeo's "dodgy" views, such as supporting equal marriage, contributed to his de-selection.
Sports Minister praises Man United and Chelsea for backing Football v Homophobia campaign
2:13 PM — Sports and Equalities Minister Helen Grant has praised several Premier League football clubs for joining the Football v Homophobia campaign.
UK: Labour councillor suspended following homophobic slur investigation
1:38 PM — A Labour councillor in Rochdale, who denies accusations of homophobia, has been suspended by his party.
Shadow Foreign Minister: The UK Government must challenge Russia on LGBT rights at the Winter Olympics 4
12:50 PM — Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalites, Maria Miller, has to raise the issue of LGBT rights when she travels to Sochi for the Winter Games.
Paul O’Grady to lead Downing Street protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws 6
12:03 PM — Broadcaster and comedian Paul O’Grady will attend tonight’s London rally against Russia’s anti-gay laws, organisers have announced.
4th February 2014
Hurrah for Scotland as years of campaigning leads to equal marriage victory! 36
10:01 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage has passed the Scottish Parliament in an historic final Stage Three vote.
Lib Dem MEP blasts Tories and UKIP for not backing LGBT roadmap 3
4:19 PM — Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has criticised Tory and UKIP MEPs for abstaining over European proposals to tackle LGBT discrimination.
Matthew McConaughey stars in new film about homophobic cowboy who dies from AIDS 3
3:55 PM — Matthew McConaughey has been talking about his latest film role, playing a homophobic cowboy who dies from an AIDS related illness.
French President condemned for shelving lesbian IVF rights 3
3:24 PM — Francois Hollande has been accused of caving in to homophobes after shelving legislation that would have legalised medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples.
Boris Johnson: It was right to tell The Guardian about ‘homophobic buses’ 5
2:07 PM — Boris Johnson has rejected claims that his 2012 decision to ban anti-gay adverts on the capital's buses was in order to gain votes and says it was right of his staff to notify The Guardian newspaper.