1st July 2013
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.
26th June 2013
Australia’s first lesbian cabinet minister elected Senate leader 5
6:52 PM — Penny Wong has been elected unopposed as leader of the Australian Senate.
Boris Johnson opens Pride with joke about gay men taking their future husbands ‘up the Arcelor’ 30
6:06 PM — The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, praised the organisers of this weekend’s Pride in London festival on Tuesday evening, and also made a risqué joke about gay men taking their husbands up the "Arcelor" on their wedding day.
Ireland: Gay Senator David Norris reveals he has cancer 1
5:58 PM — Independent Senator David Norris who unsuccessfully stood for Ireland’s presidency in 2011 says he is undergoing treatment for cancer.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel pays tribute to gay troops in Pride speech
3:26 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has paid tribute to gay members of America’s armed forces in a speech to mark Pride month.
Vladimir Putin says anti-gay Russian laws are about ‘protecting children’ 30
2:04 PM — Vladimir Putin has once again denied claims that gay citizens are being persecuted in Russia following the passing of laws against ‘Homosexual propaganda’.
Another defeat for equal marriage in Northern Ireland in the Stormont Assembly 36
1:31 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted against recognising the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
Australia: Equal marriage campaigners welcome Julia Gillard’s decision to resign as prime minister 18
12:40 PM — Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has confirmed she will resign as Australia's prime minister in favour of Kevin Rudd.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard loses leadership ballot to equal marriage supporter Kevin Rudd 15
12:08 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has been ousted as leader of her party by Kevin Rudd.
25th June 2013
Gay asylum seeker gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee 5
6:11 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Senegal has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about his experiences of going through the system.