4th October 2012
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.
Manchester: Funeral takes place for lesbian police officer
10:33 AM — The funeral of PC Fiona Bone has taken place at Manchester Cathedral.
3rd October 2012
Comment: The gay rights debate should avoid political point scoring 28
9:54 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, David Skelton, the deputy director of the influential Policy Exchange think-tank argues that discussion on LGBT issues should avoid descending into “party political tribalism”.
Comment: Some Tories are Gay Get Over It! 190
9:47 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt hits back at the recent criticism of her party.
Manchester: LGF pays tribute to fallen police officers
4:35 PM — Manchester’s Lesbian & Gay Foundation has praised the city’s police service as the funeral of PC Nicola Hughes, who was murdered alongside her lesbian colleague PC Fiona Bone last month, has taken place at Manchester Cathedral.
Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza should not be sent to the US, says UN adviser 24
1:07 PM — The UK government would be complicit in torture if it extradites anti-gay Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and his fellow terror suspects to the United States, a senior UN adviser has warned.
UK: Anti-equal marriage conference held in Blackpool 66
11:12 AM — The director of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) has attacked government proposals to legalise same-sex marriage at a conference in Blackpool.
2nd October 2012
Rowan Williams admits the Church of England may have caused ‘mental’ pain towards gay people 91
7:58 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, admits the Church of England’s attitude to gay relationships has often been harmful to people on the receiving end of its message.
UK: Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza in ‘poor health’ ahead of extradition 34
2:44 PM — Lawyers for Abu Hamza have asked the High Court for an injunction so they can carry out further medical tests on the radical anti-gay cleric.
Rupert Everett: Why do ‘queens’ want to go and get married in churches? 169
1:33 PM — Rupert Everett has told the Guardian – in another substantial rant – that he remains mystified on why same-sex couples would like to have religious marriage ceremonies.
UK: BACP warns against gay conversion therapy 16
12:09 PM — Britain's largest professional body of psychotherapists has warned its members against attempting to "convert" gay people, after discovering practitioners were still offering the "treatment".
1st October 2012
Sussex: Vicar has anti-gay ban lifted 17
7:49 PM — A gay vicar in Sussex who was banned from preaching by the Church of England has been told he can now resume work.
UK: Ban on night time civil partnerships lifted 23
12:43 PM — Gay couples will now be given greater freedom of choice as outdated time restrictions on civil partnership ceremonies are removed by the government.
UK: Law on quashing consensual gay sex charges comes into force 24
11:41 AM — From today men with historic convictions for consensual gay sex can apply to have them wiped, as the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 comes into law.
George Michael cancels tour over ‘anxiety’ fears 8
12:42 AM — In a statement on his website, the pop star said the cancellation of nine concerts "breaks my heart".
28th September 2012
Sussex: Police commissioner candidates to be quizzed on homophobic crime 14
4:34 PM — Those hoping to become the first elected police commissioner for Sussex are due to take part in a hustings event on homophobic crime.
Comment: Gay Tories: an oxymoron? 197
4:06 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour Party supporter Alex Glasner compares his party’s LGBT record with the Conservatives – ahead of next week’s Labour Party Conference.
Pete Townshend: I had a crush on Mick Jagger 19
1:45 PM — The Who's Pete Townshend has revealed that he once had a crush on Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
UK: Stonewall unveils awards shortlist 24
12:28 PM — Stonewall has announced the shortlists for its seventh annual awards ceremony to be held on 1 November 2012 at the V&A in London.
UK: Religious equal marriage opponents criticise Ed Miliband 61
10:49 AM — Several Christian organisations that are opposed to gay rights in the UK have criticised Labour leader Ed Miliband’s recent public intervention on equal marriage.