25th December 2012
Feature: The top 15 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2012 6
12:59 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important UK stories of the last twelve months. This year has been an exceptional one for LGBT news in the UK so we've decided to extend the number of stories to 15!
24th December 2012
UK: PM attempts to appease anti-gay Christians by quoting Bible in Christmas message 42
1:48 PM — Commentators believe this year’s Christmas message by the prime minister is being seen as a way of trying to appease socially conservative Christians.
18th December 2012
UK: Gay Tory group writes to 303 Tory MPs in plea to support same-sex marriage 9
2:04 PM — The Conservative Party’s LGBT group has written to all 303 Tory MPs calling on them to support equal marriage rights for gay couples.
10th December 2012
Boris Johnson: ‘Whack through marriage equality now’ 34
9:43 PM — Boris Johnson has again affirmed his support for marriage equality, as the debate over legalising equal marriage in the UK heats up, saying that the government should "whack through" the legislation.
Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages 20
10:36 AM — Sir John Major has thrown his support behind same-sex marriages in religious settings and says David Cameron’s backing of the reform is “genuine”.
9th December 2012
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
21st November 2012
London: G-A-Y to stage HIV testing event for World AIDS Day 14
1:31 PM — G-A-Y hopes to break last year’s world record for the number of HIV tests carried out in 8 hours as part of next month’s World AIDS Day.
19th November 2012
Boris Johnson announces support for national HIV campaign 47
1:59 PM — London Mayor Boris Johnson is backing a major HIV testing campaign in the run up to World AIDS Day on 1 December.
16th November 2012
UK: Christian man refuses to drive bus because of Stonewall gay rights poster 123
3:23 PM — Stonewall has criticised a Yorkshire bus driver after he allegedly refused to operate a bus because it displayed an advert for the gay rights charity on its exterior.
24th October 2012
Boris Johnson launches bidding process for capital’s Pride event 7
3:26 PM — London Mayor Boris Johnson is inviting non-profit community based organisations to submit bids to run and develop Pride in the capital over a five year period under a grant agreement worth up to £500,000.
22nd October 2012
London: Low turnout for hate crime vigil 32
12:13 PM — Organisers of Saturday’s London Vigil against Hate Crime say they were left disappointed at the low turnout but believe it was still a success.
11th October 2012
Comment: ‘Tory support for gay rights is a victory for Labour’ 40
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s London Assembly Member Tom Copley, responds to Ben Howlett’s claims that the Labour Party has lost its LGBT crown.
10th October 2012
Boris Johnson: “Why on earth would we deny marriage to anyone?” 48
2:26 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched another robust defence of the government’s policy on equal marriage.
21st September 2012
London: Gay former Tory AM Brian Coleman arrested over assault allegation
4:35 PM — Brian Coleman, the former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, has been arrested on suspicion of common assault.
20th September 2012
London Assembly launches World Pride inquiry 4
3:32 PM — As part of its investigation, the Greater London Authority Oversight Committee will look at the role of the organisers, Boris Johnson’s involvement in World Pride and the impact on London’s reputation of scaling back the event.
Video: Culture Secretary Maria Miller comes @Out4Marriage and defends record 39
1:24 PM — The new Culture Secretary Maria Miller has once again signalled her full backing to the coalition’s policy on equal marriage by recording a video for the Out4Marriage campaign.
12th September 2012
London Assembly passes motion in support of equal marriage 15
5:42 PM — The London Assembly has become the latest local body in England to throw its weight behind the government’s plan to legalise civil marriage for same-sex couples.
22nd August 2012
Lord Ashcroft: most Tory voters are pro-marriage equality 29
1:27 PM — Lord Ashcroft has looked into the Conservative Party's voter polls in order to calibrate the varied reaction to Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to legalise marriage equality.
20th August 2012
Poll suggests churchgoers less likely to vote Tory in light of PM’s support for marriage equality 34
2:23 PM — A new poll suggests that many churchgoers in the UK are increasingly unlikely to vote Tory owing to David Cameron's promise to legalise marriage equality prior to the next election.
Video: Boris Johnson comes @Out4Marriage and says marriage is a ‘happy state’ 53
1:31 PM — The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has become the most high-profile Tory in the country to release a video message in support of the global campaign for equal marriage.