5th July 2013
Head of civil registrars warns against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying gay couples 12
12:36 PM — The National Panel for Registration has warned Culture Secretary Maria Miller against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams tables ‘opposite sex marriage’ amendment to equal marriage bill 66
11:16 AM — Baroness Williams has tabled a new amendment urging for a legal separation between same-sex marriages and opposite sex marriages.
4th July 2013
Oregon: Five teenagers sentenced for attacking young gay man in a park 4
6:48 PM — Five teenagers in the US state of Oregon have been sentenced for attacking a 24-year-old gay man in a park.
UN warns failure of Asian government to abolish anti-gay laws is undermining fight against HIV 2
6:20 PM — UN-AIDS Steven Kraus director has urged governments in Asia to eliminate anti-gay laws that hinder the battle against HIV.
Russian politician who urged for gays to be whipped in public to be investigated 4
5:30 PM — A human rights group in Russia has asked prosecutors to look into the homophobic comments of a politician who urged for the Cossack community to flog gay people in public squares.
Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore: Will equal marriage lead to people marrying dogs? 63
4:10 PM — Former Telegraph editor Charles Moore has made another attack on the same-sex marriage bill, saying: “I wonder if the law will eventually be changed to allow one to marry one’s dog.”
31 years ago today Terry Higgins died from AIDS 51
2:53 PM — Today marks 31 years since the death of Terry Higgins, the first person in the UK to be confirmed to have died with AIDS.
Green MP Caroline Lucas: When I raise the issue of LGBT asylum with the government I come up against a brick wall 5
1:34 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas says the government must do more to ensure that the UK Border Agency does not deport LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Peter Tatchell: When it comes to LGBT asylum seekers, Labour’s Chris Bryant needs to know the facts 5
11:43 AM — Peter Tatchell is disputing claims made by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant, that the UK Border Agency has not deported gay asylum seekers in recent years.
3rd July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas tables amendment for equal survivor benefits for gay couples 21
6:41 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has tabled an amendment to the Pensions Bill, which would give equal provision of survivor benefits for same-sex couples.
Letter warns Queen that equal marriage bill will be ‘nothing short of catastrophic’ to the UK 40
5:07 PM — Four business directors on the Isle of Man have written to the Queen in the hope she will refuse to give the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its Royal Assent.
Brazil: Gay ‘cure’ bill withdrawn before vote in Parliament 8
4:24 PM — A politician in Brazil who proposed legislation that would allow psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a disease has withdrawn the bill.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Latest bone marrow transplant development ‘by no means a workable’ HIV cure 5
3:07 PM — Two cancer patients have been taken off their HIV medication after bone marrow transplants seemed to clear the virus from their bodies, but campaigners say it is “by no means a workable cure.”
MEPs condemn transphobic police crackdown in Greece 14
2:06 PM — MEPs are worried by reports Greek police have started to systematically harass transgender women.
UK: Health minister to pursue ‘as a matter of urgency’ extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men 8
1:14 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has secured a concession from the Public Health Minister Anna Soubry that it is unfair that the vaccination programme against the Human Papillomavirus is not currently available for teenage boys.
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Gambia this evening 6
11:40 AM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Gambia this evening.
Labour MP Chris Bryant defends UK Border Agency over claims it has deported gay asylum seekers 23
11:39 AM — Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant has robustly defended the Home Office and the UK Border Agency from claims that LGBT asylum seekers have been deported by officials in recent years.
2nd July 2013
US: Abuse charges against gay former Sesame Street puppeteer Kevin Clash dropped 10
6:25 PM — Three lawsuits brought by men who claimed former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash had sexually abused them when they were underage have been thrown out by a judge.
Greece: Gay rights campaigners appalled as health minister sanctions forced HIV tests 41
4:25 PM — Greece's new health minister has reintroduced a measure to allow the police to carry out forced HIV tests.
Singapore’s first out gay politician urges for repeal of anti-gay laws 4
3:13 PM — Singapore’s first openly gay politician says he is hopeful that the state will eventually abolish laws banning homosexuality.