13th November 2013
HIV campaign disagrees with media link between David Dimbleby’s scorpion tattoo and gay men with HIV 9
12:57 PM — The decision of The Times, Metro and The Huffington Post to claim gay men use a scorpion and other “biohazard” symbols to indicate they are HIV positive has surprised gay men’s health charity, GMFA.
Uganda: Gay British banker ‘terrified’ ahead of porn trial 3
11:15 AM — A gay retired British banker, charged over possession of a video depicting a sexual act, is due to reappear in a Ugandan court next week.
12th November 2013
Poland: Giant rainbow set on fire by far-right thugs 16
5:02 PM — Far-right protesters have burnt a rainbow piece of artwork during an event to commemorate Poland's national independence in the capital Warsaw.
London: Founder of Christian Concern to take part in equal marriage debate 65
3:54 PM — The founder of Christian Concern, who has previously blasted the “militant homosexual lobby”, will be debating the arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales at The Law Society in central London this evening.
Brighton council to discuss plans to expand Pride festival
2:28 PM — Plans to expand Brighton’s annual LGBT festival with a possible proms-style Sunday concert will be debated by the city’s council this week.
Liverpool University was prepared to host cleric who says gays are ‘filthy’ 15
1:49 PM — The University of Liverpool has confirmed that it was prepared to allow an Islamic cleric with extreme anti-gay views to conduct a speech in front of students.
GLAAD appoints first transgender co-chair 2
1:01 PM — Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan has become the first transgender woman to serve as co-chair of US LGBT media advocacy group, GLAAD.
Manchester Pride vows to increase charitable donations following criticism 8
12:14 PM — Manchester Pride says it’s confident it will be able to increase donations made to LGBT charities following criticism by community figures that it’s simply not giving enough.
Ugandan President takes HIV test as part of prevention campaign 2
11:23 AM — The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has taken an HIV test in public, saying he wants all Ugandans to know their HIV status if the country is to reduce new infections.
Scotland: Government rebukes Tory leader and says equal marriage ‘proceeding on schedule’ 4
11:02 AM — The Scottish Government has hit back at claims that legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because of the Scottish National Party’s pro-independence campaign.
11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."
Russia: Man who shot LGBT activist in face avoids prison sentence 11
5:23 PM — A man who shot an LGBT rights activist in the face with a rubber bullet gun has been spared prison after a Russian court handed him a one-year suspended sentence.
LGBT community urged to mark 10-year repeal of Section 28 by wearing pink 4
3:59 PM — To commemorate 10 years since the repeal of Section 28 in England and Wales, campaigners are asking people all over the UK to wear pink “against prejudice” on Monday 18 November.
Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due to referendum 8
3:03 PM — Legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because the SNP government has diverted all resources to its pro-independence campaign, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has claimed.
Annie Lennox: Stigma is preventing people in Scotland from testing for HIV 4
2:24 PM — Singer Annie Lennox has commented on new research in Scotland showing nearly a quarter of people are unaware that a person living with HIV can live for more than 20 years.
David Furnish: The story of AIDS became a message about hope 4
1:38 PM — David Furnish wants people to watch ‘How to Survive a Plague’, a new film about the AIDS epidemic. He says we should never forget those who “stood up and fought” against apathy in the 1980s.
CPS denies ‘homophobic witch-hunt’ against men looking at ‘twink porn’ 24
12:50 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has denied claims that it has been targeting gay men for looking at legal adult pornography.
Shadow Foreign Secretary: Sri Lanka is ‘heading in the wrong direction’ on LGBT rights
12:01 PM — Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has criticised Sri Lanka’s record on LGBT rights ahead of a Commonwealth summit.
Kaleidoscope Trust: Commonwealth leaders are ‘turning a blind eye to homophobia’ 7
10:57 AM — A report by the Kaleidoscope Trust has accused Commonwealth leaders of turning a blind eye to widespread human rights abuses of LGBT citizens along with refusing to discuss the issue.
8th November 2013
Corrie star Antony Cotton recalls riots of 1969 in Stonewall Awards’ speech
7:01 PM — In his speech at last night’s Stonewall Awards, Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton invoked the spirit of the 1969 New York riots of which the British charity takes its name from.