4th July 2014
Russell T Davies: Why aren’t there gay characters in Star Wars? 45
6:07 PM — Queer as Folk creator Russell T Davies has claimed there are "vast empires" of shows where gay people don't exist.
UK: Police release CCTV footage of Birmingham Pride attack 4
4:56 PM — Police have released CCTV footage of an attack at Birmingham Pride, and have appealed for help to find a suspect.
Consultation launched into tackling hate crime in London 3
12:52 PM — A consultation has been launched into how to tackle hate-crime in the capital city.
Julie Bindel: You can choose to be gay – I chose to live my life as a lesbian 109
12:35 PM — Feminist writer Julie Bindel has claimed that gay and lesbian people can choose to be attracted to people of the same sex.
UK: Only one in eight teachers trained to deal with homophobic bullying 4
12:06 PM — Just one in eight teachers are trained to deal with homophobic bullying in schools, a poll has found.
RuPaul: I’m ready for a UK version of Drag Race 14
11:00 AM — Drag artist RuPaul has backed a British version of reality show RuPaul's Drag Race.
3rd July 2014
Poll: Majority of teachers think they are banned from talking about LGBT issues 8
3:25 PM — The majority of primary school teachers in London think they are banned from talking about LGBT issues in the classroom, research shows.
Labour leaders pay tribute to Stonewall founder and Labour politician Michael Cashman 2
2:13 PM — Tony Blair was among several Labour figures to pay tribute to Michael Cashman at a party marking his contribution to politics and LGBT rights.
Tony Blair: Equal marriage was a rare moment of unity in British politics 32
2:12 PM — Tony Blair tells PinkNews that same-sex marriage “was probably one of the few times” when the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour “agreed on anything.”
Priest calls on Church of England to marry gay couples 11
11:58 AM — A priest in Worcester has questioned why the Church of England opposes same-sex marriage and says "nothing short of equality is equality."
Fee to be waived for couples converting a civil partnership to a marriage 64
11:08 AM — Sajid Javid has confirmed that couples in civil partnerships will face no additional costs in converting their union to a marriage - providing it is done within a 12-month period.
2nd July 2014
Katy B: I’m not gay, but everyone thinks I am 3
6:20 PM — Singer Katy B has said that people constantly assume she is a lesbian, because she has lesbian friends.
UK: Bisexual asylum seeker’s deportation flight to Jamaica cancelled 21
4:59 PM — A bisexual man who was due to be deported this morning learnt that his flight had been cancelled last night.
UK: High Court judge probes London ban of ‘ex-gay’ bus ad
1:24 PM — A High Court judge is this week investigating accusations that Boris Johnson banned a bus ad from an 'ex-gay' group for political reasons.
1st July 2014
Jim Davidson: I’m not homophobic, gay actor Victor Spinetti was one of my closest friends 16
5:41 PM — Comedian Jim Davidson says he’s not homophobic and cites his former friendship with the late Victor Spinetti.
Rupert Everett: Being gay was a huge issue throughout much of my career 17
1:53 PM — British actor Rupert Everett says for much of his career being gay seemed like something that would limit his future.
UK: Homophobic murderer on the loose after escape from open prison 5
1:51 PM — A man who committed murder outside a Birmingham pub in a brutal homophobic attack is evading police after an escape from HM Spring Hill, an open prison in Buckinghamshire, on Sunday.
Tony Blair pays tribute to former MEP Michael Cashman by saying #ThanksMichael 9
12:39 PM — Tony Blair has paid tribute to Michael Cashman, one of Britain’s leading gay politicians, following his retirement as an MEP.
Blue are coming to Brighton for Pride 1
11:55 AM — Duncan James and his fellow bandmates will perform at this summer’s Brighton Pride, organisers confirm.
Public Health England: ‘Gay men disproportionately affected by ill-health’ 12
11:04 AM — Gay and bisexual men are disproportionately affected by poor sexual health, mental health challenges and the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco, Public Health England says.