4th January 2013
UK: Preacher who promotes anti-gay hatred offers student retreats for £120 62
5:55 PM — A homophobic Islamic preacher, who describes being gay as a “criminal act” and “evil,” is offering students the chance to go on a retreat with him.
Church of England drops opposition to gay bishops- so long as they’re celibate 103
4:01 PM — The Church of England has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy becoming bishops.
UK: Killer escapes psychiatric hospital and heads for gay bar drag show 23
2:09 PM — A convicted killer who went on the run after escaping from a secure psychiatric hospital has been found in a Newcastle gay bar.
Comment: A story about politics, friendship and equal marriage by a schoolboy 19
12:34 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Matthew Davies, a young college student in rural Hampshire explains how he previously felt unable to tell his friends to support equal marriage – until now.
3rd January 2013
Jim Davidson to miss Celebrity Big Brother
4:55 PM — Jim Davidson, known for making several homophobic comments over the years, will not be appearing in the new series of Celebrity Big Brother, following his arrest.
Tory MP: Shelve same-sex marriage plans because it will drive away ethnic minorities 54
3:41 PM — Conservative MP Mark Pritchard has called on his party to “shelve” government plans to introduce equal marriage because it is unlikely to attract the votes of ethnic minorities.
David Walliams: I’m happy to be camp but I hate the way I look 6
2:35 PM — David Walliams, 41, has spoken out about his dislike of his appearance. Despite previous psychiatric help, Walliams suggests that his changeable characteristics rescued his sanity.
Tory MP: Gay couples are being treated ‘equally’ – so there’s no need for same-sex marriage 86
1:53 PM — Following a meeting with community religious leaders, Conservative MP John Stevenson says he remains opposed to equal marriage.
GaydarRadio to stop broadcasting 27
11:53 AM — GaydarRadio, the UK’s largest station for the LGBT community, has announced it is leaving the radio business after more than ten years on air.
Dr Christian Jessen reveals torment of online bullying and false sex claims 8
10:58 AM — Doctor Christian Jessen, the gay presenter of Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies series, has spoken of his anger at Twitter trolls who are trying to damage his reputation.
Catholic gay rights campaigner criticises Archbishop Nichols over ban on gay masses 27
10:24 AM — The director of public affairs at gay rights charity Stonewall - who is also a Catholic - has criticised the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols for banning gay-friendly masses.
2nd January 2013
Former EastEnders actor John Partridge wants ‘hot new gays’ in the soap 20
2:35 PM — Former EastEnders actor John Partridge is appealing for the soap to feature “hot new gays” now that he has left Albert Square.
Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols bans gay masses in Soho 116
12:19 PM — The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols has announced that masses throughout Soho in central London, designed specifically for gay people, are to end.
Tory MP Henry Smith: I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m no homophobe 135
10:11 AM — Conservative MP Henry Smith claims he’s “no homophobe” after encountering criticism to his opposition to equal marriage.
1st January 2013
Comment: A lesson on equal marriage for the Archbishop of Westminster by a gay teacher 69
7:43 PM — Gay teacher Richard Queripel explains in an open letter to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales how wrong he is to use the teaching of marriage in schools as an argument against allowing same-sex couples to get married.
31st December 2012
UK: Pride couple leave Canterbury and say Norfolk is more gay-friendly 33
8:10 PM — The couple behind a community gay pride organisation in Kent have decided to move to Norwich where they say greater progress is being made towards LGBT equality.
Jim Davidson: I once had sex with a ladyboy — so I’m not homophobic 67
1:15 PM — Ahead of his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, Jim Davidson has sought to play down accusations of being a homophobe by stating that he once had oral sex with a Thai “ladyboy”.
Comment: The leadership of the Catholic Church are hate-fuelled bigots 116
12:29 PM — In light of today’s dramatic announcement that Pope Benedict XVI intends to step down – let us point you to this PinkNews comment piece by Adrian Tippetts – published at the end of last year about the Catholic Church’s leadership.
29th December 2012
Catholic Church: Children will be damaged by gay couples marrying in Britain 188
9:53 PM — A letter to be read to worshipers in Roman Catholic Churches across Birmingham will say that the Government has not considered the damage to be done to children by allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales as well as Scotland.
28th December 2012
Transgender Big Brother star Luke Anderson: I want to start a family 55
7:55 PM — Big Brother 2012 winner Luke Anderson says he hopes to start a family in the new year.