19th March 2013
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles: Birmingham Council shouldn’t ask about sexuality in its questionnaire on wheelie bins 22
12:49 PM — Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has criticised Birmingham Council for asking people to declare their sexuality in a survey about rubbish and wheelie bins.
Manchester: Man robbed and raped in city centre
11:55 AM — A 21-year-old man has been raped and robbed in Manchester's city centre, police have said.
UK: ‘TV actor sexually assaulted me to prove he was bisexual’ says teenager in court
10:56 AM — A teenage TV actor raped a 14-year-old boy to prove to his girlfriend he was bisexual, a central London court has heard.
18th March 2013
Massachusetts: Pro-gay play deemed ‘blasphemous’ takes places at school without incident 2
5:54 PM — A controversial high school play has been performed without incident in Massachusetts, although anti-gay protesters turned up to picket outside.
Anti-gay Islamic preacher Khalid Yasin prevented from attending University of East London event 81
5:12 PM — An Islamic preacher who endorses the execution of gay people has been prevented from attending an event at the University of East London (UEL) after it was cancelled.
Beth Ditto arrested and charged with disorderly conduct 4
3:34 PM — Lesbian US singer Beth Ditto has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, police have said.
Channel 4 News complaint made by gay ‘cure’ Christian therapist Lesley Pilkington rejected by Ofcom 6
2:51 PM — Ofcom has rejected a complaint made by a Christian therapist who was revealed to be offering gay conversion therapy in a Channel 4 investigation.
50,000 sign online anti-homophobia in football petition following Nigerian coach’s anti-gay remarks
1:14 PM — Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition that calls on FIFA to take action against homophobia in football following the recent comments of a Nigerian women’s football coach.
John McCain: I won’t be changing my mind when it comes to opposing equal marriage 20
12:10 PM — John McCain says he doesn't think he'll be following the lead of fellow Republican Senator Rob Portman, who stunned so many last week when he announced his support for equal marriage.
Anti-gay Tory MPs call on David Cameron to abandon modernising agenda in video 36
11:05 AM — Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage.
15th March 2013
Dutch lesbian foster couple go into hiding with son after Turkish protests 11
6:45 PM — A Dutch lesbian couple has gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy's biological parents went on television in Turkey and said that they consider the pair morally unfit to take care of their child.
Highland Council: Civil registrars should not be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples 21
5:31 PM — Highland Council has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its proposed equal marriage bill by saying civil registrars should not be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘The government has run out of ideas on sexual health’ 9
3:46 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott has dismissed the government’s new sexual health framework which is designed to lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Scotland: Gay clergy row Aberdeen minister returns to former church 6
2:37 PM — An Aberdeen minister and his congregation who quit the Church of Scotland over the 2009 ordination of a gay minister are to be temporarily allowed back into their former church building.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Half of HIV prevention funding cut in London 91
1:41 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described the Department of Health’s new sexual health framework as a “starting point” – but warns it comes against a cut of around £1.2 million to the Pan-London HIV Prevention Programme.
Scotland: Court hears of lesbian couple attacked and called ‘dykes’ in street
12:31 PM — A lesbian mother has told a court she and her girlfriend were subjected to homophobic abuse by a gang of teenagers in a street.
Devon: Man jailed for stamping on head of stranger in homophobic attack 13
11:34 AM — A 20-year-old man in Devon has been jailed for stamping on a stranger's face in a homophobic attack.
UK: National AIDS Trust: ‘We are getting closer to a cure for HIV’ 10
10:57 AM — NAT says research out of France that shows 14 patients when treated early for HIV were able to stay off of antiretroviral drugs “is further evidence that we are getting closer to a cure for HIV.”
14th March 2013
California: Gay man viciously attacked in front of cousin 21
6:26 PM — A gay man is recovering after a violent homophobic attack in California – his younger cousin was close by at the time.
Church of Scotland to have meeting over gay clergy row 12
5:09 PM — The Church of Scotland is to meet to discuss a minister who left the Church, along with his congregation, over the ordination of a gay minister.