12th February 2013
Stonewall boss: Civil partnerships haven’t reduced homophobia so we need equal marriage 33
5:19 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall says his charity’s support for equal marriage stems from the failure of civil partnership legalisation to reduce homophobia in British society.
11th February 2013
Peter Tatchell: A Pope who opposed human rights 11
4:56 PM — Peter Tatchell, who previously made a documentary about Pope Benedict XVI, believes the Catholic leader will be remembered for his "irresponsible" attitude to condoms and ignorance about HIV.
8th February 2013
Gay Cameroon asylum seeker assaulted by private security team at Heathrow Airport 9
5:59 PM — An asylum seeker from Cameroon, who has previously been persecuted due to his sexuality in his home country, claims he was assaulted by private security at Heathrow Airport.
Ghana: Justice Minister-designate opposes gay rights 6
1:25 PM — The Justice Minister-designate for Ghana has said that the constitution should be interpreted as criminalising homosexuality, despite her colleague's claims that gay people have rights.
Comment: I am surprised and disappointed at Sarah Teather for voting against marriage equality 42
10:25 AM — Natalie Grazin, a gay Jewish mother in north London, has shared with PinkNews a letter she has written to Liberal Democrat MP and former Children’s minister Sarah Teather, who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, earlier this week.
7th February 2013
Russian appeals court supports decision to drop gay ‘propaganda’ case against Madonna 3
3:27 PM — Appeals court officials in Russia have upheld a previous ruling rejecting a $10.5 million lawsuit filed against Madonna for allegedly promoting LGBT rights in the country.
4th February 2013
Ghana: Anti-gay critics say new children’s minister will ‘promote homosexuality’ 8
5:49 PM — Ghana's new children's minister has been accused of supporting gay rights by her critics even though she denies stating that homosexuality should be legalised.
Ian McKellen: ‘Gay rights are advancing, but life is worse than ever for some gay people’ 16
12:44 PM — Upon receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster, Ian McKellen praised work done by politicians to protect the rights of LGBT people, but said that the situation was "worse than ever" in some places.
31st January 2013
Wyoming fails to pass domestic partnership rights for gay couples 13
3:59 PM — A bill to extend domestic partnership rights to gay couples in the US state of Wyoming has been defeated.
29th January 2013
Comment: The power of online activism & social media in the fight for LGBT equality 12
1:38 PM — Murray Lipp, administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA,’ discusses his experience in maintaining America’s largest independent national equal marriage page on Facebook.
US: Anti-gay conservative groups appalled that Boy Scouts may drop homophobic ban 12
11:45 AM — Equality campaigners have welcomed an announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that it may drop its national ban on gay members – although evangelical conservatives have criticised the move.
28th January 2013
Married priest switches from Episcopals to Catholicism over gay rights and gives up sex with his wife 54
3:06 PM — A former Episcopal has given up sex with his wife, permanently as part of his conversion to become a Catholic Priest. John Cornelius who was an Episcopal priest for twenty years, quit two years ago over the church's positive approach towards homosexuality.
25th January 2013
Comment: The same-sex marriage bill isn’t the end of the journey towards gay rights 53
6:51 PM — Chris Ashford, Reader in Law and Society at the University of Sunderland analyses the Marriage (Same sex Couples) Bill for PinkNews and argues that despite first appearances, it isn't the final piece of the jigsaw to achieving gay equality.
Comment: Religious opponents of equality should follow the Unitarian Church and agree to marry gay couples 21
6:22 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches hopes that other faith groups will follow his organisation's lead and agree to marry gay couples.
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Polish Parliament rejects three bills to extend rights to gay couples 27
2:17 PM — Three draft laws which would have recognised unmarried couples, including same-sex ones, and offered legal rights to inheritance, medical information and alimony, have been voted against in the Polish Sejm today.
24th January 2013
US: Campaigners call on President Obama to legally protect LGBT workers 1
5:36 PM — Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
Egypt: Campaigners say life has gotten worse for gay people since the Arab Spring 11
12:11 PM — Despite the hopes of gay people who took part in the 2011 revolution, the climate in Egypt seems to be increasingly homophobic, a human rights group has warned.
21st January 2013
Obama: ‘Our journey is not complete until gay people are given equal rights’ 25
5:46 PM — Speaking at his inauguration, President Barack Obama made a speech which said "our journey is not complete" until equal rights for gay people is reached, and referred to the importance of the Stonewall riots in terms of moves towards equality.
19th January 2013
Gay activist arrested and beaten in Honduras gay bar raid 4
2:30 PM — A leading gay rights campaigner in Honduras was arrested and assaulted in a raid on a bar frequented by LGBT people, reports suggest.