18th January 2013
London charity raises awareness about coming out after Jodie Foster speech 1
9:10 PM — Following actress Jodie Foster's first public speech about her sexuality at the Golden Globes last Sunday, a London-based LGBT support group is reminding people that coming out can be difficult at any age.
London: Protesters demonstrate outside Guardian offices over transphobic Burchill article 18
3:32 PM — More than 100 transgender people and cisgender allies have taken part in a protest outside the central London offices of the Guardian and Observer newspapers over the publication of a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
Press Complaints Commission to investigate Julie Burchill’s transphobic article 8
3:02 PM — The Press Complaints Commission is to launch an inquiry into the Observer's decision to publish a transphobic article by Julie Burchill.
UK: Smartphones automatically block Pink News and other LGBT news sites 27
12:13 PM — Several mobile phone providers have blocked Pink News and other LGBT interest websites as part of the automatic settings that are programmed into smartphones.
London: City Hall announces winner of gay pride bid 27
11:40 AM — London LGBT+ Community Pride has been awarded the right to run the capital’s main gay pride festival for the next five years.
Comment: ‘Offended by marriage equality': the admission of a lost argument 102
10:51 AM — A number of MPs recently have stated they will oppose marriage equality because they don't want to 'offend' religious people. It is not merely anti-democratic, but anti-faith, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.
17th January 2013
UK: Cafe owner accuses gay campaigners of targeting him for a 2nd time over Uganda trip 14
8:05 PM — A cafe owner who denies accusations of homophobia, having attended an event in Uganda where there were anti-gay speakers present, claims to have closed his cafe for a second time due to the threat of further protests.
Yvette Cooper warns against ‘unfair’ police DNA targeting of gay men 15
6:43 PM — Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she is concerned by allegations of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore attacks PinkNews 87
1:55 PM — Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore has launched an outspoken attack on PinkNews after it published a story about the killing of a trans woman in Brazil.
BNP leader Nick Griffin allowed to attend Oxford University gay parenting debate 40
11:56 AM — The Oxford Union have announced that BNP leader Nick Griffin "will not be turned away" if he decides to attend a scheduled debate on gay parenting, despite Mr Griffin's official invitation being withdrawn.
16th January 2013
Manchester: Police apologise to gay former soldier over DNA sampling 28
5:05 PM — A former soldier who denounced the Greater Manchester Police for taking a DNA sample from him because of a consensual gay sex act in 1983 has received a formal apology.
UK: Accenture named most gay-friendly company by Stonewall 15
1:59 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its Top 100 Employers for 2013, with management consultancy firm Accenture topping the list.
Hampshire Constabulary Chief receives Stonewall ‘Champion of the Year’ award 1
1:33 PM — The Chief Constable for Hampshire's Constabulary has been named Stonewall's Individual Champion of the Year for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
London: Islington and Camden to host UK’s ‘biggest’ LGBT History Month celebrations 3
12:32 PM — Organisers in the London boroughs of Islington and Camden say February’s programme of events for LGBT History Month will be the largest in the UK.
Majority of MPs indicate that they will vote for same-sex marriage in England and Wales 31
8:13 AM — A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
15th January 2013
UKIP LGBT chairman: I support same-sex marriage — but it’s not important 71
5:44 PM — The deputy chairman of UKIP’s affiliated LGBT group is defending the party from accusations of homophobia and says he would never be kicked out of the party for supporting same-sex marriage.
UK: Hate crime charity criticises Julie Burchill for writing ‘transphobic hatred’ 9
4:14 PM — Hate crime charity Galop has become the latest LGBT organisation to criticise Julie Burchill for writing a highly offensive article about the trans community in last weekend’s Observer newspaper.
Government to remove ban on issuing insults 46
1:52 PM — A Lords amendment proposing to drop "insulting" behaviour from Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which has been used by lawyers to prosecute both homophobic religious preachers and gay rights campaigners, has won government approval.
UK: Defeat for anti-gay Christians at European Court of Human Rights 87
11:46 AM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn’t work with gay couples, have lost their anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights.
Peter Tatchell accuses police of homophobic witch hunt against gay men 37
10:41 AM — Police in Manchester, Northumbria, and the West Midlands, are visiting gay men convicted of consenting, victimless same-sex behaviour and demanding they provide DNA samples, according to Peter Tatchell.