7th January 2013
Gaydar announces closure of flagship Soho bar 22
1:59 PM — Just days after shutting its radio station, Q Soft Consulting, the owners of dating website Gaydar, have announced the closure of its central London bar, Profile.
Radio DJ sanctioned for saying The Wanted star was ‘gay’ to fear polka dots 23
12:15 PM — Manchester’s Key 103 radio station has been disciplined by Ofcom after one of its breakfast show presenters made a homophobic comment during an interview with boyband The Wanted.
David Cameron: We haven’t made it clear enough that churches won’t be forced to marry gay couples 31
11:28 AM — David Cameron has reaffirmed his commitment to same-sex marriage but said that the Government hasn't communicated the changes very well to those who fear changes being imposed on churches.
Primate of Kenya warns Church of England against ordaining gay bishops 32
11:11 AM — The Primate of Kenya has condemned the Church of England for dropping its prohibition on gay clergy becoming bishops, providing they are in celibate or in celibate civil partnerships.
5th January 2013
UK: Mother tells employment tribunal of her depression after her husband came out as gay 27
12:09 PM — A mother-of-two told an employment tribunal that she became depressed and had to stop working after her husband of twelve years told her was gay and brought his boyfriend to the family home.
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.