28th February 2013
LGBT Catholic group blasts Pope Benedict XVI for ‘bigotry’ as he officially resigns as Catholic leader 41
7:22 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now "will simply be a pilgrim" starting his last journey on earth - although criticism of his homophobic legacy continues.
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
27th February 2013
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.
26th February 2013
Leader of South Africa’s Agang Party says being gay is ‘how God created us’ 8
6:44 PM — Mamphela Ramphele, the leader of South Africa’s new Agang Party, has made comments in which she supports LGBT rights and opposes homophobia.
Comment: The priorities of the LGBT community lie away from marriage 42
12:11 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT activist and SNP member Nathan Sparling says the UK Government has been putting too much of its focus on equal marriage – when the issue of health inequality has a far greater impact on the LGBT community.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson: I’m ‘appalled’ that sports stars can’t come out until after they retire 10
9:38 AM — The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, has spoken out on the importance of supporting athletes in coming out, and changing the sporting world in order to be more inclusive of LGBT people.
25th February 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s party considers u-turn on same-sex tax perks 7
6:00 PM — Leading members of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) are now considering a U-turn on policy on same-sex couples.
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
Gay rights campaigners react to Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation 68
12:53 PM — Gay rights groups have reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour with male priests.
22nd February 2013
Peter Tatchell recalls: The dirtiest, most violent & homophobic election in Britain 25
5:14 PM — Ahead of Sunday’s 30th anniversary, Peter Tatchell shares his memories of the south London Bermondsey by-election, arguably the “most homophobic” in living memory.
21st February 2013
Northern Ireland: Bereaved mother appeals for information on death of her gay son 8
7:09 PM — The family of a gay rights campaigner, who died in February 2012, have appealed for information about his last movements, particularly regarding a possible homophobic attack on him the morning of his death.
Russian Foreign Ministry to investigate US lesbian ex-wives who hid relationship to adopt child 8
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it will look into a custody case of a Russian child adopted by a US lesbian former couple who allegedly hid their marriage in order to adopt the child.
Comment: ‘Concern’ for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry 14
5:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Christopher Gen argues that "concern" for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry; he argues that this isn’t a ‘gay rights’ issue – it’s a human rights one.
Ghana’s president attempts to appease anti-gay critics of children’s minister 8
3:26 PM — Ghana’s President John Mahama has commented for the first time in the row over the country’s new children’s minister, with critics saying she is too sympathetic on the issue of homosexuality.
Comment: A day in the life of Peter Tatchell 28
11:50 AM — Britain's most famous human rights campaigner talks about his daily routine and how he has to go to bed with "a siren alarm, fire extinguisher and rope ladder" - every night.
19th February 2013
Comment: France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has become an equal marriage hero 3
4:47 PM — Writing for PinkNews, French student David Browne says France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira is now synonymous with the debate on gay rights in the country.
18th February 2013
Cameroon: Lawyer vows return to defending gay rights despite death threats to his children 5
8:27 PM — A Cameroonian lawyer who received threats that his children would be "sacrificed" for his defence of gay people has said he hopes to return to his work in Cameroon rather than seek safety with his family in the US.
15th February 2013
Comment: Will the media stop the pity for homophobes? 52
7:12 PM — As part of marking Tuesday’s Darwin Day, Adrian Tippetts celebrates the extinction of bad ideas in a PinkNews comment piece.
Belarus: Scare tactics and raids used on gay clubs after LGBT group’s registration rejected 4
11:07 AM — After an unsuccessful attempt to legally register an LGBT rights group, activists in Belarus say they are experiencing raids on gay clubs and other scare tactics.
14th February 2013
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather to face two days of protests by Labour for voting against equal marriage 69
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather is to face a weekend of protests by Labour in her north London constituency in response to her decision to vote against the same-sex marriage bill.