4th July 2013
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Brazil: Gay ‘cure’ bill withdrawn before vote in Parliament 8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A politician in Brazil who proposed legislation that would allow psychiatrists to treat homosexuality as a disease has withdrawn the bill.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.
Church of England postpones internal debate on allowing civil partnership ceremonies 6
2:16 PM — Discussions to allow civil partnership ceremonies in Anglican churches appear to have been dropped ahead of Friday's Synod meeting.
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.