19th June 2012
Lord Maginnis warns withdrawal of whip over anti-gay comments was ‘a gross mistake’ 24
2:00 PM — Lord Maginnis has described the Ulster Unionist Party's decision to withdraw the party whip from the former MP as a 'gross mistake' and said he should 'examine his position'.
Ofsted report: Schools should do more to tackle anti-gay language 36
12:40 PM — An Ofsted report into school approaches to bullying has suggested teachers do not always feel able to tackle issues like homophobic bullying and derogatory language and that most schools are not 'sharp' enough on their analysis of bullying behaviour.
Gay former footballer to tweet on Ukraine’s anti-gay bill during England game
11:45 AM — Gay former professional footballer Marcus Urban will be tweeting with AllOut.org at this evening's Ukraine-England match to highlight the draft anti-gay law currently being considered by the former country's legislature.
18th June 2012
Scotland: Marriage poll defended after Catholic spokesman’s ‘distortion’ claim 32
5:30 PM — Polling agency Ipsos-MORI and the Equality Network have defended a poll showing record levels of support for marriage equality in Scotland after a spokesman for the Catholic Church said it was ‘distorted’.
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
Barnardo’s chief ‘incensed’ by idea straight marriage is best environment to raise children 29
2:15 PM — The chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's has said she is 'incensed' by arguments that marriage should be reserved for straight couples as they 'automatically' provide the best environment for bringing up a child.
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
Report: Police training on HIV ‘outdated and stigmatising’ 18
11:38 AM — A National AIDS Trust review of how police approach HIV suggests many constabularies in the UK have procedures based on unfounded concerns regarding transmission, which can fuel 'scaremongering' and 'mistreatment' for people living with the virus, the charity said.
Man searched at airport on suspicion of paedophilia ‘because he had a camera and a boyfriend’ 132
10:29 AM — A gay man was stopped at Gatwick airport last year by a Border Force officer who suspected he was 'involved in paedophilia' because he had a camera and a boyfriend, a report into controls at the airport has revealed.
15th June 2012
Kent: Return of councillor who left malicious voicemail for bisexual colleague ‘an insult’ 26
8:14 PM — A bisexual councillor in Kent has said it is 'shocking' that a Conservative colleague who told him he hoped he would 'get Aids' will rejoin his party's team following a six-month suspension.
Video: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praises gays in the military 9
3:05 PM — In a video released to mark Pride month, the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praised the contribution of gay men and women in the forces both before and after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
French blood donation ban for gay men to be lifted ‘in coming months’ 57
2:01 PM — The ban on the donation of blood by men who have sex with men in France is due to be lifted 'in the coming months'.
Leeds: Anti-gay radio sermon was likely to incite crime, regulator rules 55
12:36 PM — Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has ruled that a sermon on a local radio station in Leeds was 'likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime' against the gay community.
Dubai: Scottish man jailed for public gay sex to be released 23
11:15 AM — A Scottish man jailed for having gay sex in a public place in Dubai is to be released after his sentence was heavily reduced on appeal.
Denmark: Equal marriage laws for gay couples come into effect today 44
10:23 AM — Denmark's new laws allowing gay couples to marry in the state church have come into effect today.
Ontario approves trans discrimination protections 5
9:31 AM — Lawmakers in the Canadian province of Ontario voted to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of gender identity this week.
14th June 2012
Out4Marriage: Ban on religious same-sex marriages may breach human rights laws 14
4:17 PM — In its official submission to the Government's consultation on introduce equal civil marriage for same sex couples, Out4Marriage has called on the Government to allow religious institutions to solomise ceremonies should they wish to do so, arguing that a ban would be in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The organisation also called for same spouses of someone receiving an honour to be given a courtesy title.
Law Society backs equal marriage, says faiths will not be forced to marry gay couples 108
1:58 PM — The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has lent its support to equal marriage rights for gay couples and called for faiths to be allowed to perform gay weddings if they so choose, saying the European Court of Human Rights has shown it is 'not going to force religious groups to conduct same-sex marriages'.
Russian state radio interview with ‘gay cure’ therapist breached UK standards 16
12:52 PM — Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has ruled that an interview with Christian therapist Lesley Pilkington on Russian state radio in which the presenter referred to homosexuality as a 'disorder' to be 'cured' and decried 'aggressive homosexual propaganda' breached the Broadcasting Code when it aired in the UK.
Updated: Occupy London protesters could ‘vaporise’ gay cruising on Hampstead Heath 132
11:42 AM — A group of anti-capitalist Occupy London protesters took up residence on Hampstead Heath this week and defended the camp, saying it would improve the area by driving out the men who meet there for sex.