20th May 2013
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.
London: Gay couple threatened with death in violent late night homophobic assault 143
4:24 PM — The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating a vicious homophobic attack on a gay couple in south London, with one of the attackers saying “stay down faggot.”
Georgia: LGBT and anti-‘gay propaganda’ activists face off in mob aftermath
10:52 AM — One day after violence at an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) rally in Georgia, supporters and opponents of LGBT rights gathered at the scene.
US: Boy Scouts vote on gay members set for 23 May
12:11 AM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have revealed that a decision on whether to allow openly gay scouts to be members will be held on Thursday 23 May, after a drawn-out period of deliberation which has revealed deep divisions on the issue.
New York: Police say man shot in Greenwich Village was victim of homophobic hate crime 1
12:01 AM — The shooting of a man in New York City's Greenwich Village early on Saturday has been called an anti-gay hate crime by the police commissioner.
18th May 2013
Finland’s pro-equality ‘Marry Me’ places 24th in Eurovision final 27
11:27 PM — Finland's pro-equal marriage Eurovision entry placed 24th in tonight's final with 13 points.
Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur 5
3:50 PM — A mixed martial arts fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been fined a substantial amount, and suspended for three months, for tweeting the word "fag".
Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally 5
2:23 PM — Georgia's Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishili has condemned violence against a peaceful LGBT rally yesterday in Tbilisi, and called for tolerance, respect, and the right to freedom of expression for all.
17th May 2013
Italian Chamber of Deputies President: ‘Macho culture reduces gay people to caricatures’ 8
6:43 PM — In a speech on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy affirmed that promoting LGBT rights "does not mean stripping them from others".
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for tweeting the word ‘fag’ 3
6:12 PM — An Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts fighter has been suspended after he tweeted defending a fellow fighter who lost his bonus as a fine for smoking marijuana, in which he included the word "fag".
Sunderland Football Club flies rainbow flag in support of IDAHOT 4
5:50 PM — Sunderland Association Football Club has flown a rainbow flag in favour of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), and the city's mayor has celebrated the decision.
Scotland: Trans woman threatened with ban from shopping centre for using ladies’ toilets 38
5:35 PM — A transgender woman has claimed she was threatened with being banned from a shopping centre, after someone complained about her using the ladies' toilets.
National AIDS Trust: ‘Passing equal marriage will help in the fight against the UK’s HIV epidemic’ 5
5:21 PM — The National AIDS Trust is repeating its call to legalise equal marriage “as an important step to challenging the homophobia which fuels the UK's HIV epidemic”.
Foreign Office: LGBT rights is at the heart of our foreign policy 1
4:26 PM — On International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, PinkNews.co.uk spoke to the Deputy Head of the British Mission in Croatia about the importance of LGBT rights in the Foreign Office's work abroad.
Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters 20
4:09 PM — A rally in the Georgian city of Tbilisi to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), has been taken over by a violent mob of thousands who chased down demonstraters, forcing police to evacuate gay rights supporters.
Comment: LGBT rights in Europe: La vie en rose? 3
3:16 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for the European Parliament Giles Goodall assesses the nature of LGBT rights across Europe.