19th August 2013
UK Government: No schools should be reintroducing Section 28 37
6:46 PM — The Department for Education has confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that it's investigating claims that scores of schools have polices in place targeting the "promotion" of homosexuality.
BHA identifies 45 schools that continue to have Section 28-like policies 14
6:02 PM — The British Humanist Association says it has identified at least 45 schools that either replicate language banning the “promotion” of homosexuality in the classroom or are “unhelpfully vague on the issue.”
Labour Shadow Minister Stephen Twigg: ‘Michael Gove must stop schools from resurrecting Section 28′ 18
3:48 PM — Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg says he is alarmed by reports that some schools may have Section 28-style language in their sex education policies.
Manchester: Football fans gather for anti-homophobia conference 2
12:13 PM — An international conference on homophobia in football has taken place in Manchester.
17th August 2013
Free Schools reintroduce Section 28 style ban on ‘promotion’ of gay issues 61
3:36 PM — Two British schools have recently come under criticism for reintroducing terminology from Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Section 28 by banning the "promotion of homosexuality" in classrooms.
16th August 2013
Downton Abbey star Tom Cullen takes part in sexy photo shoot for Attitude 3
7:02 PM — Downton Abbey's newest cast member Tom Cullen has been snapped looking hot and sexy on the cover of September's edition of gay magazine Attitude.
Conservative LGBT group chairman: ‘Equal marriage is putting life back into the Tory Party’ 26
3:44 PM — Rather than creating a permanent exodus, equal marriage has helped drive new activists to the Conservative Party, the chairman of LGBTory has claimed.
Lib Dem Baroness Barker: I regret that Parliament failed to make the marriage bill trans inclusive 6
2:55 PM — Speaking to Diva magazine, gay Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker says it's wrong that trans people still require their spouse’s consent before they can have their gender legally recognised.
The Queen: Monarch of 11 countries where being gay can land you in prison 107
1:35 PM — While the anti-gay laws in Russia have garnered a lot of International attention in recent weeks, it is still legal to be gay in the country. However, in other parts of the world, where The Queen is Head of State, gay people can be jailed for same-sex activity.
15th August 2013
Alan Carr: ‘I used to hang around hairdressers to find gays’ 12
5:51 PM — TV star Alan Carr says he hung around hairdressers to “find gays” in his native Northampton as a teenager because it was the only way he could locate like-minded friends.
Rowan Williams: My gay friends think I let them down as Archbishop of Canterbury 79
4:47 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams admits he regularly questioned whether he had let gay and lesbian people down during his time in post.
14th August 2013
Peter Tatchell: What is it with football and homophobia? 24
2:05 PM — With the imminent return of the UK football Premier League season, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell asks if we are any closer to witnessing the arrival of another openly gay British professional footballer.
South London: Gay men to be offered free HIV home sampling kits when returning home from clubs 41
11:39 AM — Gay and bisexual men heading home from a night out in south London are for the first time to be offered free home sampling kits to find out their HIV status.
13th August 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas: I am disappointed David Cameron has not taken a stronger stand against Russia’s anti-gay laws 13
2:16 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has written to Foreign Office Minister David Lidington expressing her “deep concerns” at Russia’s anti-gay legislation and says Britain should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics - unless its moved from Russia.
12th August 2013
London: Police investigate homophobic attack on Piccadilly line tube train
4:48 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses following a violent homophobic attack onboard a tube train in west London.
Wales: Man taken to hospital after chemical leak at gay sauna 5
1:50 PM — A man has received hospital treatment after inhaling chemical fumes at a popular Newport sauna on Sunday.
Exclusive: Brian Paddick: ‘Putin can ignore us unless we do things that hurt the Russian economy’ 15
1:24 PM — Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk, Brian Paddick suggests hurting Russia’s economy is the only way of taking effective action against the country’s homophobic censorship laws..
Kaleidoscope Trust: Hate attacks have increased in Russia since the passing of anti-gay laws 16
11:42 AM — The Kaleidoscope Trust says there’s been an increase in violence against LGBT people in Russia following the passing of anti-gay legislation.
10th August 2013
Stephen Fry tells PinkNews: ‘The way to stop a tyrant like Putin is to inconvenience him’ 55
10:23 PM — In a PinkNews exclusive interview, Stephen Fry says greater pressure needs to be placed on Russia regarding its position on LGBT rights and he's urging people to “mock” President Putin.
Comment: A gay man writes about anxiety and depression caused by religious homophobia 34
12:34 PM — Gary Powell shares his experience with PinkNews.co.uk of growing up gay in the 1980s and how encountering fundamentalist Christianity sent him on a downward spiral.