22nd May 2013
US: Boy Scouts of America to vote on whether to allow gay members 3
6:48 PM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is today to convene a two-day meeting, of 1,400 local leaders, in order to consider allowing gay members into the organisation.
Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, but they can only donate if celibate for five years 24
6:36 PM — Officials in Canada say men who have not had sex with other men within the last five years will be allowed to donate blood as part of new guidelines.
Russia: Council of Europe demands protection for gay pride rallies 5
5:14 PM — The head of the Council of Europe has asserted that Russia must allow demonstrations by LGBT people, and that it should protect the rights of citizens wishing to hold public rallies.
21st May 2013
Maria Miller: The time for equal marriage has finally come 12
7:59 PM — In her address to the Commons, shortly before MPs passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), Culture Secretary and Equalities Minister, Maria Miller said “now is the time” for equal marriage.
Amendments to equal marriage bill on transgender rights withdrawn at request of Equality Minister 19
6:50 PM — Equality Minister Helen Grant asked for amendments on rights for trans people in same-sex couples to be withdrawn in today's House of Commons debate on the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.
London: Gay sauna denies hosting ‘bareback’ sex parties 40
5:52 PM — The owner of a gay sauna in north London has denied claims that his business was prepared to host a “Bareback Party” and “Raw Heat Pig Party”.
Boris Johnson calls on Tories to unite and for the government to ‘get on with legalising equal marriage’ 11
1:50 PM — Boris Johnson has called on the government to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill signed into law as soon as possible.
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award
12:52 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay earlier this month to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, has received a courage award from leading gay-straight alliance organisation GLSEN.
New York: Thousands of protesters condemn murder of ‘gay angel Mark Carson’ 6
11:51 AM — Thousands of people marched in Manhattan on Monday to denounce a rise in violence against LGBT people, and in particular the brutal shooting on Saturday of Mark Carson.
Boris Johnson, Martina Navratilova and Clare Balding to take part in Pride London festival 3
11:42 AM — Organisers of this year’s Pride in London have confirmed that the event will go ahead, with London Mayor Boris Johnson hosting a special Gala dinner at Claridge’s on 25 June.
Manager: Fined and suspended mixed martial arts fighter ‘doesn’t feel remorse’ for homophobic tweet 20
2:12 AM — The manager of a mixed martial arts fighter who was fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for a tweet in which he referred to a fellow fighter as a "fag", has said he is not remorseful for the slur.
20th May 2013
Video: President Obama tells all-male college ‘Be the best husband to your boyfriend’ 7
6:01 PM — US President Barack Obama delivered a highly inclusive commencement address to students graduating from the all-male Morehouse College this weekend.
Brittney Griner: University basketball coach told me not to come out 1
5:42 PM — Recently out, openly lesbian US basketball star Brittney Griner, has spoken out to say that her college basketball coaches asked her not to come out, in case it damaged the reputation of the team for prospective recruits.
China: 18-year-old IDAHOT activist detained for 12 days
2:32 PM — It has emerged that one of four LGBT marchers detained in the Chinese city of Changsha following Friday's IDAHOT events remains in prison, and has been sentenced to 12 days in jail.
David Burrowes: I oppose all ‘dilutions’ of marriage 12
1:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes has once again voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, and has revealed he will not be voting for an amendment to the bill allowing opposite-sex couples to have civil partnerships either.
Yvette Cooper: ‘David Cameron must show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into Tory wrangling’ 4
1:21 PM — Shadow Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, Yvette Cooper, says she hopes “David Cameron will show confidence and not allow the equal marriage bill to get sucked into another vortex of bitter Tory wrangling.”
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: ‘Equal marriage is now a litmus test for David Cameron’ 5
11:48 AM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a huge test for David Cameron.
Church of Scotland set to debate ordination of gay clergy 3
10:49 AM — The Church of Scotland is due to debate today whether it will continue to allow the ordination of lesbian and gay ministers. Around 850 ministers will take part in the annual General Assembly in Edinburgh this week.
Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt: ‘David Cameron is going through a fire with his colleagues in order to deliver equal marriage’ 5
10:41 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, says David Cameron has shown “fantastic leadership” on equal marriage. The MP also comments on today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and Philip Hammond’s recent criticism.
19th May 2013
China: IDAHOT activists detained in two cities 4
6:44 PM — LGBT activists marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in two Chinese cities were detained by police.