19th December 2013
Lib Dem peer: If BBC’s neutrality allows poppies on-screen it must allow AIDS ribbons too 2
1:03 PM — Baroness Barker has become the latest politician to criticise the BBC’s apparent double standards in reprimanding Graham Norton for wearing a red ribbon for World AIDS Day – whilst allowing other presenters to promote singular charitable causes.
UK: Judge who criticised equal marriage receives official warning over conduct 17
11:48 AM — A High Court judge who was previously warned against making public criticism of equal marriage legislation has now been disciplined for saying that married couples “have statistically a far greater chance of remaining intact than a cohabiting couple”.
US: Reality TV actor Phil Robertson suspended indefinitely for anti-gay rant in GQ magazine 19
10:49 AM — US reality star Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from his TV show for questioning in an interview to GQ why gay men would prefer “a man’s anus” over a vagina.
18th December 2013
UK Equalities Minister due to attend Sochi Winter Olympics 4
7:22 PM — PinkNews has learnt Equalities Minister Helen Grant is highly likely to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi and that there is a strong possibility her boss, Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller, may also attend.
Terrence Higgins Trust: The BBC has lost the argument in banning World AIDS Day ribbons 9
5:53 PM — Lisa Power, the policy director of Terrence Higgins Trust, has criticised the BBC’s decision to incorrectly label the red ribbon as a “charitable symbol”, in its defence against Graham Norton for wearing the ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
Lib Dem equal marriage critic Simon Hughes appointed Minister for Justice 18
3:19 PM — Former deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes is to join the government as a Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice.
Thatcher cabinet minister: BBC should apologise for World AIDS Day red ribbon debacle 10
2:14 PM — Lord Deben, who served as Conservative Party Chairman and Agriculture minister under Margaret Thatcher, says the BBC should apologise for annoying “the very people who are its staunchest supporters” over its decision to defend reprimanding Graham Norton for wearing a ribbon for World AIDS Day.
London: Lecturer who compared gay teachers to the Ku Klux Klan sacked from college 27
1:19 PM — A lecturer at an east London college who compared gay teachers to the Ku Klux Klan and admitted that he loathed Sir Elton John for his “over-burdensome gayism” has been sacked.
Union criticise ‘heavy-handed’ BBC decision to ban Graham Norton from wearing AIDS ribbon 3
12:37 PM — The National Union of Journalists says the decision of the BBC to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show was "heavy-handed".
Teen health charity calls on BBC to review guidelines following Graham Norton AIDS ribbon row 5
11:38 AM — The CEO of young people's sexual health charity Brook has criticised the BBC’s decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
Obama won’t attend Russian Winter Olympics in Sochi but will send gay inclusive delegation 14
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama has named two gay sports stars as part of America's delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia - but in a significant move has confirmed that he will not be attending the event himself.
17th December 2013
Campaigners remember Chelsea Manning on 26th birthday 3
6:52 PM — Vigils have taken place in London, Philadelphia and Germany for Chelsea Manning on her fourth birthday behind bars.
Star of BBC sitcom denies calling PinkNews reader a ‘Batty man’ on Twitter 26
6:34 PM — An actress who starred in the BBC One sitcom The Wright Way and played a lesbian character in the show has strenuously denied making homophobic comments on Twitter and says her account was hacked.
Video: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Martina Navratilova back Free & Equal campaign 1
4:45 PM — A United Nations campaign group has released a video featuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and NBA star Jason Collins speaking on the importance of defending LGBT rights.
Former Europe minister: David Cameron should not travel to Sochi because of Putin’s ‘gay-bashing’ policies 10
2:08 PM — The former Labour minister Denis MacShane has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to personally boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in protest at President Vladimir Putin’s “rank homophobia”.
Chester: Suspects arrested in connection with gay man’s death rebailed by police
12:52 PM — Two men arrested in connection with the death of a 63-year-old gay man in Chester have been rebailed until next week.
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
Uganda: Former national football team coach arrested for allegedly having gay sex with player 2
11:07 AM — The former head of Uganda’s national football team has reportedly been arrested for breaking the country’s laws against same-sex sexual activity.
16th December 2013
Killer of Brighton gay man jailed for 18 and-a-half years
7:17 PM — A South African national has been jailed for 18 and-a-half years for killing a gay man in Brighton.
Trial of UK man held in Uganda for breaking anti-gay laws adjourned until 2014 6
6:59 PM — The case of a British man charged in Uganda after images of him having sex with a man were published in a newspaper has been adjourned for a third time.