16th January 2014
Scottish parliamentary committee votes to remove spousal veto from equal marriage bill 3
11:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee has voted unanimously to pass an amendment by MSP Linda Fabiani in favour of removing the spousal veto from the country’s equal marriage bill.
15th January 2014
UK Foreign Secretary William Hague: I am disappointed and concerned by Nigeria’s new anti-gay laws 17
4:55 PM — Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan for approving a draconian anti-gay law.
UK: Cabinet Equalites Minister Maria Miller will attend Russia’s Winter Olympics 11
3:46 PM — Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, will attend next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, the government has confirmed.
Tory MP Edward Leigh defends judge who described equal marriage as the ‘wrong policy’ 23
2:35 PM — Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh has defended a high court judge who previously branded equal marriage the government’s “wrong policy”.
Queen to release new track featuring vocals of Freddie Mercury 5
1:40 PM — Brian May has spoken about releasing a new Queen track featuring the late Freddie Mercury.
EU foreign policy chief: Nigeria’s anti-gay law breaks the country’s own constitution 4
1:12 PM — The EU's foreign policy chief says Nigeria's anti-gay law breaks "fundamental human rights".
Chester man due in court next week over manslaughter of gay grandfather Ronald Hayes
12:00 PM — A 26-year-old man will appear in court next week charged with the manslaughter of a gay man in Chester.
Ofcom: Evander Holyfield’s anti-gay remarks cause most complaints for series so far 3
11:22 AM — Evander Holyfield’s anti-gay remarks on Celebrity Big Brother have so far attracted 98 complaints to Ofcom.
UK: Footballer accused of making anti-gay gesture has trial delayed due to appendix op
10:58 AM — A footballer accused of making a homophobic gesture to Brighton fans during a Championship match has been postponed because he has had his appendix removed.
14th January 2014
UN human rights chief condemns Nigeria’s ‘draconian’ anti-gay law 8
7:20 PM — The United Nations human rights chief has given her reaction to Nigeria's anti-gay law by describing it as unprecedented for its multiple violations of basic freedoms.
Lee Ryan’s mum: I had no idea that Lee was bisexual but I think it’s fantastic 5
6:06 PM — Lee Ryan’s antics in the Celebrity Big Brother house may be annoying for some – but his mum is proud of the singer for talking about his same-sex experiences.
Figures show 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year 4
5:16 PM — About 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year after equal marriage was legalised in May, the national statistics agency has said.
Labour MP: Government wrong to say banning gay ‘cure’ therapy could affect pro-gay counselling 10
4:06 PM — Labour MP Geraint Davies has criticised Health Minister Daniel Poulter for ruling out statutory regulation of psychotherapists - the Minister claims it would have "unintended consequences" for counsellors who are supporting gay people.
Watch: Vice documentary about homophobia in Russia 5
2:35 PM — The plight of LGBT Russians, who lives have been made far more difficult and dangerous due to the country’s anti-gay legislation, is the subject of a new film by Vice.
UK Government: Nigeria’s anti-gay law infringes upon fundamental human rights 6
1:27 PM — The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has criticised Nigeria for banning same-sex marriages and for further criminalising homosexuality.
Bristol: Police treating city centre assault on teen as homophobic crime
12:47 PM — Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a homophobic assault on a teenager in Bristol.
Russell Brand accused of homophobia after saying: ‘Shut up you Harry Potter poofs’ 89
12:19 PM — Russell Brand is facing calls to apologise after he used a homophobic slur during an address at the Cambridge Students' Union.
US Secretary of State blasts Nigeria’s ‘dangerous’ anti-gay law 2
11:41 AM — US Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Nigeria for banning same-sex marriages and for further criminalising homosexuality.
27 Nobel laureates join Ian McKellen to protest over Russia’s anti-gay laws 3
10:56 AM — British actor Sir Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have demanded that Russia's President Vladimir Putin repeals the country's homophobic legislation.
13th January 2014
Welsh First Minister: I was told speaking out against Uganda’s anti-gay laws could make things worse 28
5:53 PM — The First Minister of Wales has defended his visit to Uganda, despite the country’s recent decision to pass anti-gay legislation.