19th March 2013
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles: Birmingham Council shouldn’t ask about sexuality in its questionnaire on wheelie bins 22
12:49 PM — Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has criticised Birmingham Council for asking people to declare their sexuality in a survey about rubbish and wheelie bins.
Manchester: Man robbed and raped in city centre
11:55 AM — A 21-year-old man has been raped and robbed in Manchester's city centre, police have said.
UK: ‘TV actor sexually assaulted me to prove he was bisexual’ says teenager in court
10:56 AM — A teenage TV actor raped a 14-year-old boy to prove to his girlfriend he was bisexual, a central London court has heard.
18th March 2013
Rocky Horrow Show writer Richard O’Brien: ‘I’m 70% male, 30% female’ 20
6:49 PM — Writer of the Rocky Horror Show, Richard O’Brien, has said: “I believe myself probably to be about 70% male, 30% female,” calling himself the "third sex."
Anti-gay Islamic preacher Khalid Yasin prevented from attending University of East London event 81
5:12 PM — An Islamic preacher who endorses the execution of gay people has been prevented from attending an event at the University of East London (UEL) after it was cancelled.
100 Crystal Palace fans shout homophobic abuse in street ahead of Brighton game 9
4:22 PM — Sussex Police has promised to trace several Crystal Palace fans following a spate of homophobic incidents during Sunday’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Channel 4 News complaint made by gay ‘cure’ Christian therapist Lesley Pilkington rejected by Ofcom 6
2:51 PM — Ofcom has rejected a complaint made by a Christian therapist who was revealed to be offering gay conversion therapy in a Channel 4 investigation.
Assistant of gay artist David Hockney dies after becoming ill at star’s home 2
11:39 AM — An assistant of David Hockney has died after becoming unwell at the gay artist's home in East Yorkshire.
Anti-gay Tory MPs call on David Cameron to abandon modernising agenda in video 36
11:05 AM — Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage.
15th March 2013
Former Take That manager claims his bar alone owns the right to use the word ‘QUEER’ nationally 50
6:34 PM — Gay bars Queer Street and bar QUEER have taken their battle to use the word ‘queer’ in their names to the High Court.
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘The government has run out of ideas on sexual health’ 9
3:46 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott has dismissed the government’s new sexual health framework which is designed to lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Half of HIV prevention funding cut in London 91
1:41 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described the Department of Health’s new sexual health framework as a “starting point” – but warns it comes against a cut of around £1.2 million to the Pan-London HIV Prevention Programme.
Devon: Man jailed for stamping on head of stranger in homophobic attack 13
11:34 AM — A 20-year-old man in Devon has been jailed for stamping on a stranger's face in a homophobic attack.
UK: National AIDS Trust: ‘We are getting closer to a cure for HIV’ 10
10:57 AM — NAT says research out of France that shows 14 patients when treated early for HIV were able to stay off of antiretroviral drugs “is further evidence that we are getting closer to a cure for HIV.”
14th March 2013
Gay hair salon owner accused of vowing ‘to only employ fat, gay and lesbian stylists’ 16
6:40 PM — The gay owner of a chain of beauty salons in Sheffield has appeared in court accused of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal by a former employee.
Tory peer Lord True: ‘What happens if we have a lesbian Queen in a gay marriage who conceives using donor sperm?’ 72
1:32 PM — Conservative peer Lord True has suggested the law needs to be changed to prepare for a married lesbian Queen who conceives using donor sperm.
UK: Green Party LGBT group criticises UK Border Agency following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker Jackie Nanyonjo 16
10:47 AM — The Green Party’s LGBT campaign group has criticised the UK Border Agency for deporting a lesbian asylum seeker who died last Friday in Uganda - with campaigners staging a protest outside the Home Office at 12.30pm.
13th March 2013
UK: Protest planned outside Home Office following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker 53
1:15 PM — Campaigners are blaming the UK Border Agency for deporting an asylum seeker who has reportedly died in Uganda after she claimed she was at risk of homophobic persecution.
Friends of James Middleton say he’s not gay and doesn’t mind the rumours 24
11:25 AM — Friends close to James Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's younger brother, have dismissed rumours about his sexuality.
UK: Brighton Pride announces Fringe Festival plans 3
10:35 AM — The organisers of this year’s Brighton Pride have announced further details of the event including a change in management and participation in Brighton’s Fringe Festival.