7th October 2013
Boris Johnson urges Tory activists to reselect gay MP Crispin Blunt 1
7:18 PM — Boris Johnson says he hopes gay MP Crispin Blunt is reselected as the 2015 Tory candidate for Reigate and has quashed speculation that he was eyeing up the seat for a possible return to Parliament.
Gay former adviser to Gordon Brown appointed Labour’s new election director 2
6:40 PM — Spencer Livermore, previously dubbed “The most powerful gay man in British politics” has been appointed Labour's General Election Campaign Director.
Gay Labour MP Stephen Twigg sacked as Shadow Education Secretary 4
4:38 PM — Stephen Twigg, one of the country’s most senior gay politicians, has been sacked in today’s reshuffle of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet.
Tory MP Helen Grant remains equalities minister but with extra responsibility for sport 4
3:44 PM — As part of today’s reshuffle, Conservative MP Helen Grant will remain as a junior equalities minister, but with the added responsibility of being Minister for Sport.
6th October 2013
Body found in a bag Manchester’s gay village canal
9:53 PM — Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that a body has been recovered from a canal in the heart of Manchester's gay scene.
4th October 2013
George Osborne compares equal marriage to the removal of slavery 37
5:33 PM — At this week’s Tory conference, Chancellor George Osborne told delegates that equal marriage “is a very powerful part of the Conservative story”.
Gay MP Nigel Evans to stand trial over sex charges in March 2014
3:18 PM — Nigel Evans, the former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, will stand trial in connection with charges of multiple sex offences in March 2014, it has been announced.
Comment: Drug use on the gay scene needs to be acknowledged in the fight against HIV 13
2:36 PM — Patrick Cash from QX writes that the correlation between drug use and gay men becoming HIV positive throughout much of London's scene is an example of a "syndemic".
Ministry of Justice to provide guidance on allowing gay weddings in shared churches 5
12:15 PM — As part of implementing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced a consultation on same-sex marriages taking place inside religious buildings owned by more than one faith group.
3rd October 2013
Number 10 rejects Daily Mail report that David Cameron told activists he regrets equal marriage 14
12:59 PM — Downing Street has denied claims made in the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron told senior Tory activists at a private meeting that he made a “terrible” mistake over equal marriage.
2nd October 2013
Boris Johnson: My glasses are “a bit Sir Elton John’ 9
7:01 PM — Boris Johnson says one of his aides disapproves of his choice of glasses because they resemble the style worn by gay pop legend Sir Elton John.
Interview: London Assembly Labour member Tom Copley on Boris, Tories and better sex ed 2
5:01 PM — Tom Copley became the youngest person ever to join the London Assembly when he was elected as a Labour member in 2012. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, the City Hall Labour housing spokesperson talks the Tories, Russia, holding Boris to account, and the need for better sex and relationship education in schools.
Labour shadow minister who spoke out against gays marrying quits post 17
3:07 PM — Labour MP Rob Flello, who strongly criticised the decision to legalise equal marriage earlier this year, has quit his job as shadow justice minister.
Islamic preacher who called for gays ‘to be thrown off mountain’ to speak at London conference 101
2:20 PM — Several anti-gay Islamic preachers are due to speak at a faith conference in north London this weekend, campaign group Hope Not Hate has said.
David Cameron praises gay tolerance in Tory conference speech 23
12:42 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron listed Britain’s acceptance of people who are gay as one of many reasons to be proud of the country in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
1st October 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seekers due to be deported to Pakistan 5
5:28 PM — Campaigners say several female asylum seekers, some of whom are gay, face imminent deportation to Lahore in Pakistan.
Gay former Tory mayor: Same-sex marriage act is a ‘silly and dreadful’ law 60
12:04 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, has described the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act as a “silly” and “dreadful” piece of legislation.
30th September 2013
George Osborne: Equal marriage is an example of a ‘modern reformed Conservative Party’ 29
3:11 PM — The Chancellor of the Exchequer briefly touched upon same-sex marriage as an example of a “modern reformed Conservative Party” during his conference speech in Manchester.
Football fans ejected after anti-gay chants in Brighton V Ipswich match 5
12:45 PM — Three Brighton and Hove Albion football fans were ejected from Ipswich’s Portman Road stadium at the weekend after trouble flared over homophobic taunts by rival fans.
Mayor of London supports gay arts festival 7
11:05 AM — Boris Johnson is supporting this year’s GFEST, the capital's LGBT arts festival for all.