20th November 2013
Scottish Lib Dem leader: Today’s equal marriage vote will be ‘historic’ for Scotland 3
12:38 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has described today’s vote on equal marriage in the Scottish Parliament as an “historic day for equality in Scotland”.
Broadcaster and gay rights campaigner Ray Gosling dies, aged 74 7
12:09 PM — The journalist, broadcaster and gay rights campaigner, Ray Gosling, has died.
Scotland prepares for historic parliamentary vote on equal marriage 4
11:23 AM — The Scottish Parliament will later hold a crucial debate and vote on Scotland’s equal marriage legislation.
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance to remember all killed by transphobic violence 2
10:59 AM — Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) is taking place today with vigils and memorial events across the UK and around the world.
19th November 2013
Tory Chairman Grant Shapps asks Miliband about links to Paul Flowers 10
7:01 PM — Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband over revelations gay former Co-op banking chairman Paul Flowers resigned from Bradford Council in 2011 after "inappropriate but not illegal adult content" was found on a computer he used.
Minister says Tories must ‘shout’ about things like equal marriage to win 2015 majority 6
6:23 PM — The Conservative Party cannot secure a majority unless it wins around new voters by “shouting from the rooftops” about its support for policies such as equal marriage, Minister for Planning Nick Boles has said.
Paul O’ Grady ‘feeling better’ following angina attack 2
5:00 PM — Television and radio presenter Paul O’ Grady says he’s feeling “a lot better” after being admitted to hospital with a suspected attack of angina.
Paul Flowers steps down from Terrence Higgins Trust’s board of trustees amid drug revelations 2
3:26 PM — Following revelations about his private life, former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers has stepped down from his role on the board of trustees at Terrence Higgins Trust.
Church of England working with Stonewall to combat homophobic bullying 25
1:59 PM — The Church of England has announced it will work with Stonewall to tackle homophobic bullying in its schools.
X Factor winner James Arthur quits Twitter after homophobic row 8
1:09 PM — X Factor star James Arthur has left Twitter following criticism for using homophobic language against another artist in a “rap feud”.
Scottish education minster: I support civil partnerships but not same-sex marriage 41
12:34 PM — Scotland’s Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, says he will vote against equal marriage in Wednesday’s key vote, saying he favours the “traditional” definition of marriage.
Co-op boss quits amid ex-chairman’s ‘drug-fuelled gay orgy’ claim 2
12:02 PM — The Co-op Group chairman, Len Wardle, has resigned following revelations about its former banking chairman, Paul Flowers, who was exposed by a man he met on Grindr for allegedly using and dealing in hardcore drugs.
Gay daughter of Dick Cheney tells sister: ‘You’re wrong to oppose equal marriage’ 7
11:06 AM — Former US Vice President Dick Cheney's two daughters are locked in an open and very personal feud over equal marriage.
18th November 2013
London to hold annual Transgender Day of Remembrance 4
6:48 PM — The ninth annual remembrance event in London for those murdered and driven to death for being transgender will be held on Wednesday.
Former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire: ‘I was accepted as a lesbian in UKIP’ 4
4:20 PM — MEP Nikki Sinclaire says she was “accepted as a lesbian in UKIP” – despite having won a discrimination case against the party in 2010.
Gay former Co-op Bank chairman planned ‘two day, drug-fuelled gay orgy’ and used crystal meth 31
2:33 PM — The former Co-operative Bank chairman who oversaw its near collapse has been caught buying and using drugs such as crystal meth, ketamine, crack cocaine and boasting of how plans for a party were “turning into a two day, drug fuelled gay orgy.”
Barnardo’s: 58% of Welsh children have witnessed homophobic bullying 6
1:24 PM — Barnardo’s has called on schools across Wales to make sure they are implementing anti-bullying polices after a survey showed 58% of Welsh children have witnessed homophobic bullying.
LGBT activsts protest against Uganda’s anti-gay laws outside London commission
12:54 PM — A protest has taken place outside Uganda’s High Commission in central London opposite Trafalgar Square over the plight of gay men facing potential imprisonment for breaking the country’s anti-gay laws.
Stonewall launches ‘Gay. Let’s get over it’ anti-homophobic bullying campaign 13
12:11 PM — Stonewall has launched a new campaign to tackle homophobic language in schools, with the slogan “Gay. Let’s get over it”.
15th November 2013
Russell Brand: David Cameron is a posh ‘w***er’ who doesn’t worry about gay rights 50
6:54 PM — Comedian Russell Brand has made an expletive-laden rant about David Cameron and George Osborne, dubbing them “posh w***ers” and has suggested they are indifferent to gay rights.