8th July 2013
Live Blog: House of Lords debates Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 1
3:10 PM — Coverage of today's debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) - as part of its report stage in the House of Lords.
Travel: The best value summer festivals and events in Benidorm
2:32 PM — Benidorm remains one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations welcoming more than 1.5 million UK visitors, growing year on year. With a friendly vibe in a stunning Mediterranean setting, the resort not only hosts some of Europe’s best summer festivals, but they are great value options too.
Annual LGBT pride festival takes place in Cologne 2
1:43 PM — Tens of thousands took to the streets of Cologne at the weekend as part of Germany's annual LGBT Pride celebrations.
US: Campaigners call to boycott upcoming film ‘Ender’s Game’ over anti-gay controversy 17
12:30 PM — An online campaign is urging people to boycott the upcoming release of "Ender's Game," a film based on the work of a notoriously anti-gay novelist, who last year described same-sex attraction as a “reproductive dysfunction”.
Plaid Cymru: Latest figures on anti-gay bullying in Welsh schools ‘probably the tip of the iceberg’ 4
11:12 AM — More than 70 cases of homophobic bullying have been recorded in schools across south-east Wales, but Plaid Cymru says the true figure could be even higher.
7th July 2013
US: Offense over Pride banner could result in Louisiana city limit on types of flags flown 53
9:12 AM — A lawmaker in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana has said he is drafting a proposal to limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property, after being contacted by a war veteran who was offended by a rainbow flag in a park.
6th July 2013
Gymnast Louis Smith: I’d go for Will Smith if I were gay because he’s very family orientated 23
8:09 PM — Artistic gymnast Louis Smith has spoken during an interview to say that he think it is easier for gay gymnasts to come out than other sports, and that he would go gay for Will Smith.
Belfast City Hall celebrates Pride in the only part of the UK where gays will be banned from marrying 19
2:51 PM — The City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was lit up in rainbow colours last night to coincide with the start of Pride, but it will be the only of the UK's capital cities where same-sex couples will be banned from marrying once the law changes in Westminster and Edinburgh.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow: My support for LGBT rights is ‘legitimate and essential’ 5
12:43 PM — In his third visit to Belfast as House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow told the audience of Amnesty’s annual Belfast Pride lecture that although Northern Ireland is “considerably behind” when it comes to LGBT rights, “if it’s won through in the rest of the kingdom it will prevail in Northern Ireland”.
Education Secretary Michael Gove: Using ‘gay’ as an insult is ‘outrageous and medieval’ 21
1:51 AM — The Education Secretary Michael Gove, has spoken at a conference on equality in education, to condemn the use of the word "gay" as derogatory, saying it is "outrageous and medieval".
5th July 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury: Church opposition to equal marriage was ‘overwhelmed’ by equality supporters 74
7:16 PM — Making his first speech to the General Synod of the Church of England as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has admitted that the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage was "utterly overwhelmed" by those who support equality for same-sex couples.
California passes bill protecting Trans students despite claims teenagers will be molested in bathrooms 5
4:57 PM — California lawmakers have passed a bill allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and gain membership of sports teams according to their gender identity.
Association of Teachers and Lecturers says free schools will make it harder to fight homophobia 7
4:45 PM — Discrimination is becoming harder to challenge as more schools become academies and free schools independent of local control, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has warned.
Labour leader Ed Miliband visits school praised for its fight against homophobic bullying 4
4:34 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has visited a school praised for its work on homophobic bullying to discuss the issue with students and parents.
London gay bar poster featuring Prince Harry topless goes viral 6
4:32 PM — A poster used during Pride in London by the gay bar Manbar, featuring a topless photograph of Prince Harry, has gone viral, after having appeared on several international websites.
Late gay rights hero Michael Brown pledged to ‘just keep going’ in his last ever interview 7
2:18 PM — Speaking to GT (Gay Times) in his last ever interview, the late, long-time gay rights activist Michael Brown, speaks of being one of the longest standing gay activists, highlights generational rifts in the gay community and says he would carry on campaigning.
Lithuania: Court overturns ban on Baltic Pride 4
1:57 PM — Campaigners have welcomed a decision to reverse this month’s ban on Baltic Pride in Lithuania.
Head of civil registrars warns against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying gay couples 12
12:36 PM — The National Panel for Registration has warned Culture Secretary Maria Miller against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples.
Mixed martial arts fighter says UFC boss would ‘have fighters sucking dick’ if he were gay 19
1:58 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has again become embroiled in controversy after one of its fighters said the company's boss would force the fighters to perform sex acts on him, if he were gay, when commenting on the power he possesses over the organisation.
4th July 2013
UN warns failure of Asian government to abolish anti-gay laws is undermining fight against HIV 2
6:20 PM — UN-AIDS Steven Kraus director has urged governments in Asia to eliminate anti-gay laws that hinder the battle against HIV.