31st May 2013
Brighton: Gay businesses take part in HIV mouth swab project 1
5:42 PM — Mouth swabs are being taken from volunteers at gay venues in Brighton and Hove in order to gather new data about the way HIV is transmitted in the city.
Barnardo’s: House of Lords support for equal marriage ‘will have a positive effect for children’ 8
4:51 PM — Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie is urging peers in the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couple) Bill.
US: Bakery which refused service to lesbian brides caught offering divorce celebration cake 18
4:41 PM — Undercover reporters calling an Oregon bakery which refused service to a lesbian couple because of their religious beliefs found that they were willing to provide services to a host of other "controversial" ceremonies - including a divorce party, and a stem cell research celebration.
Tory Minister Helen Grant: Equality will not diminish my marriage, it strengthens the institution 17
12:07 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant writes exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk on why the government remains committed to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
29th May 2013
Brighton: Terrence Higgins Trust launches drug and addiction support group 6
7:13 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is launching a support group in Brighton for gay and bisexual men who feel drug or alcohol use is badly affecting their lives.
Australia: Removed Sydney rainbow crossing to be replaced with permanent installation 6
3:52 PM — A permanent installation is to be made in Sydney, following outrage when a rainbow crossing was removed in April, despite strong calls to leave it in place.
Government tells press to ‘get on’ with reform following Lucy Meadows inquest 10
3:25 PM — The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has commented on the inquest into the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows and says it is now time for the press industry “to get on with setting up an independent, self-regulatory body.”
Daily Mail defends transphobic Richard Littlejohn column despite criticism by Lucy Meadows’ coroner 29
11:40 AM — Following stinging criticism by coroner Michael Singleton, the Daily Mail has defended an article by Richard Littlejohn about transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows.
Trans Media Watch calls for press to end ‘character assassination’ of trans people 3
10:47 AM — Trans Media Watch has welcomed the coroner's remarks at the inquest into the death of Lucy Meadows.
US: First college men’s basketball player to come out: ‘You’ve got to be comfortable with who you are’ 5
2:08 AM — Following the lead of other professional athletes to come out and continue playing in a US professional team sport, a Kansas college men's basketball player, appears to have become the first to come out during a college career, and said: "If you are comfortable with yourself, you can do anything."
28th May 2013
UK: Teacher Lucy Meadows was hounded by a transphobic press says coroner 20
7:19 PM — The coroner investigating the death of transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows says the media should be ashamed of themselves.
English Defence League rally in London gay bar 144
6:07 PM — As part of their Bank Holiday weekend demonstrations, the English Defence League (EDL) arranged a rally in London's HalfWay to Heaven gay bar and were happy to find a "lot of lads" were present.
Denmark: Bid to rename square after late gay rights activist fails 3
4:56 PM — A bid to rename a square in Copenhagen after the deceased founder of one of the world's first gay rights groups, has failed, with city officials citing a 50-year-old pornography scandal as one of its reasons.
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
Robbie Rogers to gay athletes: Coming out is ‘not going to hurt your career’ 3
1:28 PM — Openly gay LA Galaxy football player Robbie Rogers, has sent a message of hope to gay athletes who may be hesitating to come out, as he said "it will not hurt your career".
New York: Teen charged following attack on gay rights activist 1
11:56 AM — A teenager has been charged in connection with an attack on gay rights activist Eugene Lovendusky in New York City.
Inquest for trans teacher Lucy Meadows resumes today 2
11:52 AM — An inquest has been re-opened into the death of school teacher Lucy Meadows, a trans woman whose gender transition was the subject of undue media scrutiny.
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.
Helen Mirren: The music at this gay festival is ‘too loud’ 5
10:48 AM — She kept her word and attended As One in the Park, a gay central London music festival at the weekend, but Dame Helen Mirren appeared to find the music “too loud.”
27th May 2013
NFL player: I have gay relatives, but am ‘not with’ those who support equal marriage 65
5:20 PM — A former teammate of NFL player and equal marriage advocate Chris Kluwe, has spoken out to say that he does not support equal marriage, despite having gay relatives.