11th February 2014
Telegraph columnist Cristina Odone: ‘Putin has made it impossible for me to be against gay marriage’ 16
2:42 PM — The former editor of The Catholic Herald, Cristina Odone, who previously described religious gay weddings as a “pantomime”, says she is no longer against marriage equality.
Blondie icon Debbie Harry snubs offer to play at Sochi because of anti-gay laws 5
1:42 PM — Pop legend Debbie Harry says her band could never play at the Sochi Winter Olympics due to Russia’s anti-gay laws
Irish gay couples plan to marry in England due to lack of equal marriage at home 2
12:36 PM — Several Irish same-sex couples are planning to marry in England because Ireland is yet to legalise equal marriage.
UK: Two men jailed for five and a half years over homophobic claw hammer attack 2
12:00 PM — Two Sussex men who threatened their victims with a claw hammer and made homophobic comments towards have been jailed.
Lord Coe: Boycotting Sochi would only make it harder to achieve social change 16
11:50 AM — Lord Coe says he’s against Olympic boycotts because they hurt the athletes and make it harder for campaigners to achieve their aims.
10th February 2014
Stonewall: Gay teens more likely to ‘sext’ than heterosexuals 3
6:53 PM — Stonewall says gay youngsters are more likely to send and receive sexually explicit material.
Spiked Editor Brendan O’Neill is against ‘gayness, the gay lifestyle and queer imperialism’ 56
4:43 PM — The editor of Spiked, who unsuccessfully urged Parliament to stop equal marriage, says “the gay issue” has become “central to the ramping up of the culture wars”.
US Attorney General says Justice Department will aggressively defend equal marriage 2
2:41 PM — US Attorney General Eric Holder says the US Government will recognise equal marriage regardless of individual states' position.
Speaker John Bercow to give evidence at rape trial of former deputy speaker Nigel Evans
1:39 PM — The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, is to be a prosecution witness during the trial of former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans.
UK: Man headbutted and left with bloody nose in gay bar attack
12:28 PM — Police are appealing for information regarding an altercation at a gay bar in Exeter.
Tom Daley inspires England defender Casey Stoney to come out as gay 2
11:10 AM — England captain Casey Stoney has revealed watching Olympic diver Tom Daley talk about his sexuality gave her the courage to publicly admit she is gay.
7th February 2014
Nick Clegg: Lib Dem ministers aren’t going to Sochi because of ‘appalling’ anti-gay laws 4
3:15 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says Liberal Democrat ministers will shun the Winter Olympics in Sochi due to Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
Russian LGBT activists arrested ahead of Winter Olympics opening ceremony 3
2:16 PM — Four LGBT rights activists in the Russian city of St Petersburg have been arrested.
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.