2nd July 2013
Germany’s Lower House of Parliament approves equal tax breaks for civil partnerships 6
12:14 PM — The Lower House of Germany’s Parliament has approved a measure to equalise tax breaks for couples in civil partnerships.
South Africa: Lesbian found murdered and sexually mutilated east of Johannesburg 17
11:22 AM — A 26-year-old lesbian has been found murdered and also sexually mutilated in South Africa, reports say.
Boris Johnson quizzed on LBC over his ‘up the Arcelor’ gay pride gala dinner joke 32
10:47 AM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has been grilled by a listener about a controversial joke he made last week at a gay pride gala dinner.
1st July 2013
Scotland: 89 MSPs support equal marriage 24
3:31 PM — At least 89 MSPs support equal marriage, according to latest figures.
Hugh Jackman: I’m not gay, why do people keep asking that? 37
1:57 PM — Hugh Jackman has once again commented on gossip surrounding his sexuality by saying it’s “silly”.
UN condemns Nigeria’s Parliament for passing anti-gay law 11
1:37 PM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned Nigeria’s Parliament for passing a law that further criminalises homosexuality.
World Health Organisation issues new HIV treatment guidelines 5
12:41 PM — The World Health Organisation (WHO) is introducing new guidelines about the treatment of HIV in the developing world.
David Cameron confirms tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships 22
12:15 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron says the government will bring forward proposals for a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners.
Labour welcomes LGBT consultation but says government could be doing things now 8
11:28 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that she welcomes the government’s decision to start a consultation on the future of LGBT policy in the autumn.
Newly out bisexual Tory MP has mixed voting record on equal rights 41
11:25 AM — Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, who came out as bisexual at the weekend, voted against the Equality Act in 2007, but did support the same-sex marriage bill at second and third reading.
30th June 2013
London: Senior gay Tory dismisses ‘hissy fit’ reaction to Boris Johnson’s ‘up the Arcelor’ joke 20
1:26 PM — The Leader of the Conservative Group in the Greater London Assembly has defended Boris Johnson from criticism over a controversial joke he made about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
28th June 2013
Ivan Massow: The gay scene is ‘obsessed’ with destructive drugs and sex leading to HIV 137
5:29 PM — Gay millionaire and prominent Tory supporter Ivan Massow says today’s gay scene seems “obsessed” with “drugs” and “sex” resulting in an empty world of hedonism
David Cameron: Gay and lesbian young people will see that they are truly equal after marriage law changes 18
11:34 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron says implementing equal marriage means gay and lesbian students “will be able to see that Parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else’s love.”
27th June 2013
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged to ban gay conversion therapy 7
6:58 PM — Labour MP Geraint Davies has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging for him to consider a complete ban on gay conversion therapy from being provided by psychotherapists.
UK: Government to tackle legal high drug use in LGBT community 3
4:44 PM — The government says it’s committed to tackling the use of legal highs in Britain’s LGBT community, as part of a wider campaign by the Home Office to raise awareness about the impact of legal highs.
Amnesty: Baltic Pride must be allowed to take place in Lithuania 1
3:44 PM — Amnesty International says a cancelled Pride march in Lithuania must be allowed to take place.
TUC: Government is undermining its good work on equal marriage with austerity 14
2:50 PM — TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady says the government is undermining its good work on equal marriage by axing vital workplace protections for LGBT people.
Sunderland: Homophobic attack report may have been false, say police
1:07 PM — Police investigating last week's reported homophobic crime attack on two women in Sunderland say the incident may have been falsely reported.
Video: Scottish Government says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage 4
12:28 PM — Scotland's Health Secretary Alex Neil has released a video on behalf of the Scottish Government to mark the introduction of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament.
Boris Johnson apologises for ‘up the Arcelor’ gay pride gala dinner joke after criticism by Labour MPs 48
11:45 AM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has apologised for making a controversial joke at a gala dinner for Pride in London about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.