20th August 2013
Tory Commons Education Committee Chair calls for updated guidance on Section 28 11
11:52 AM — Commons Education Committee Chairman Graham Stuart has called for updated guidelines following revelations scores of schools have polices in place targeting the “promotion” of homosexuality.
Exclusive: Comedian Susan Calman speaks out for equal marriage in Scotland
10:47 AM — Susan Calman is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.
19th August 2013
UK Government: No schools should be reintroducing Section 28 37
6:46 PM — The Department for Education has confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that it's investigating claims that scores of schools have polices in place targeting the "promotion" of homosexuality.
BHA identifies 45 schools that continue to have Section 28-like policies 14
6:02 PM — The British Humanist Association says it has identified at least 45 schools that either replicate language banning the “promotion” of homosexuality in the classroom or are “unhelpfully vague on the issue.”
Isle of Man: Douglas Council given civil partnerships licence 7
4:51 PM — Douglas Borough Council has become the Isle of Man's first local authority to receive approval to hold civil partnerships ceremonies for same-sex couples.
Labour Shadow Minister Stephen Twigg: ‘Michael Gove must stop schools from resurrecting Section 28′ 18
3:48 PM — Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg says he is alarmed by reports that some schools may have Section 28-style language in their sex education policies.
Mirror columnist Carole Malone criticised for her ‘ignorant’ views on HIV positive NHS staff 16
2:09 PM — Medical experts including Doctor Christian Jessen have criticised journalist and broadcaster Carole Malone for suggesting the public have a right to know the HIV status of a doctor.
Manchester: Football fans gather for anti-homophobia conference 2
12:13 PM — An international conference on homophobia in football has taken place in Manchester.
Producers of Alan Turing film reject criticism of project 19
11:48 AM — The producers of a biopic on the life of gay scientist Alan Turing have hit back at criticism of the project and say they are working closely with members of the Turing family in order to make movie as accurate as possible.
Mirror columnist Carole Malone: ‘Patients should know if their doctor is HIV positive’ 88
10:44 AM — Sunday Mirror columnist Carole Malone has criticised a decision to lift the ban preventing HIV health care staff from performing certain medical procedures.
16th August 2013
Conservative LGBT group chairman: ‘Equal marriage is putting life back into the Tory Party’ 26
3:44 PM — Rather than creating a permanent exodus, equal marriage has helped drive new activists to the Conservative Party, the chairman of LGBTory has claimed.
Lib Dem Baroness Barker: I regret that Parliament failed to make the marriage bill trans inclusive 6
2:55 PM — Speaking to Diva magazine, gay Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker says it's wrong that trans people still require their spouse’s consent before they can have their gender legally recognised.
Venezuelan politician accuses opposition leader of taking part in public oral sex in anti-gay rant 4
1:26 PM — A politician in Venezuela unleashed a homophobic tirade in the country’s Parliament earlier this week describing an opposition leader as a “f****t”.
Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva: My anti-gay comments have been ‘misunderstood’ 73
11:27 AM — Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she may have been "misunderstood" when she made comments in defence of her country's anti-gay laws.
British heptathlete Louise Hazel tells anti-gay Russian pole vaulter: ‘There’s no place for homophobia in sport’ 13
11:27 AM — British heptathlete Louise Hazel has criticised Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva after she spoke out in support of Russia's anti-gay laws.
15th August 2013
Barbados: Columnist and retired school teacher says ‘AIDS is punishment’ and ‘anus made for exit only’ 101
7:21 PM — A columnist and retired school teacher in Barbados says “AIDS” is “punishment” for engaging in gay sex.
Alan Carr: ‘I used to hang around hairdressers to find gays’ 12
5:51 PM — TV star Alan Carr says he hung around hairdressers to “find gays” in his native Northampton as a teenager because it was the only way he could locate like-minded friends.
Rowan Williams: My gay friends think I let them down as Archbishop of Canterbury 79
4:47 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams admits he regularly questioned whether he had let gay and lesbian people down during his time in post.
Puerto Rican gay boxer Orlando Cruz to marry boyfriend 5
3:21 PM — Puerto Rican professional boxer Orlando Cruz is to marry his long term boyfriend José Manuel after proposing on Facebook.
Former NBA player John Amaechi: ‘The Winter Olympics shouldn’t even be in Russia’ 21
2:28 PM — Retired basketball star John Amaechi has told Gaydio the 2014 Winter Olympics “shouldn't even be in Russia” – but that a boycott of the Games isn’t practical as it would hurt the athletes.