31st December 2013
Blackpool: Gay nightclub owner receives MBE for services to the LGBT community 9
11:39 AM — A gay nightclub owner in Blackpool has been recognised with an MBE in the New Year Honours list.
Sandi Toksvig: I am honoured to have received an OBE 10
10:41 AM — Comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig says she is “honoured” to be recognised with an OBE in the New Year Honours list.
30th December 2013
Surrey Police defends record amid rise in homophobic crime 5
7:05 PM — A rise in reported homophobic crime in Surrey has alarmed LGBT community activists - with the county's police force defending its record.
Comment: The word Gay 17
5:53 PM — Journalist Patrick Cash writes on why it is not acceptable to use gay as an insult.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: The government was ‘crass and clumsy’ on same-sex marriage 27
4:23 PM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has described the government’s handling of the same-sex marriage law for England and Wales as “rather crass and clumsily” executed.
Ugandan central London High Commission to face protest over anti-gay law 3
2:28 PM — A protest is due to take place on 8 January outside the Ugandan High Commission in London's Trafalgar Square, over the Ugandan Parliament's decision to pass its Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Home Office: Homophobic crime down but transphobic crime up across England and Wales 10
11:57 AM — Figures released this month by the Home Office show there has been a fall in the number of homophobic crimes recorded in England and Wales.
29th December 2013
Gay playwright Alan Bennett: ‘Margaret Thatcher was a seriously flawed human being’ 23
2:04 PM — Gay playwright Alan Bennett has blasted Tory MPs who excuse the actions of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, calling her a "seriously flawed human being" whose lack of humour shut her off from humanity.
Coca-Cola publishes photos of gay rights activists against its Sochi 2014 sponsorship 30
1:35 PM — Coca-Cola has published photos online of a group of gay rights activists who recently interrupted its Christmas advertising campaign with a surprise demonstration against the company's decision to sponsor the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
England Women’s football captain: ‘I’d like to see a day when male players aren’t afraid to come out’ 10
12:43 PM — The captain of the England Women’s football squad has said she would like to see the day when men's football can be just as accepting of gay players as women's football, emphasising the need for fans of the sport to "get some perspective."
27th December 2013
UK: Tory councillor to stand down because of David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage 37
3:53 PM — A councillor in Essex says Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage in England and Wales is a key reason why he will be standing down at the next election.
UK: Man charged in connection with manslaughter of gay grandfather
11:03 AM — A man has been charged in connection with the manslaughter of Ronald Hayes, a gay grandfather who was fatally assaulted near a gay bar in Chester.
26th December 2013
Sports stars Tom Daley and Ben Cohen wear ‘gay icon’ aprons for Christmas 15
1:27 PM — British Olympic diving star Tom Daley and former England rugby player Ben Cohen have both appeared on social media wearing 'gay icon' aprons in their Christmas photos.
24th December 2013
Lib Dem MP John Leech: ‘Alan Turing’s contribution to Manchester was enormous’ 4
6:23 PM — Manchester Withington MP John Leech says he’s delighted that Alan Turing has received a royal pardon and has thanked all of those who helped in the campaign.
Richard Dawkins: The decision to pardon Alan Turing will send a signal to the world 14
3:18 PM — Professor Richard Dawkins has welcomed the posthumous royal pardon granted to gay scientist Alan Turing and says it will “send a signal to the world which needs to be sent”.
Comment: Alan Turing’s pardon is absolutely correct. The reason for it isn’t 14
2:31 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward welcomes the decision to pardon Alan Turing, but says the state still has not formally acknowledged that it was wrong to have people for their sexuality in the first place.
Shadow Justice Secretary: Decision to pardon Alan Turing ‘is a truly fitting tribute’ 7
11:05 AM — Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan says the decision to pardon Alan Turing "is a truly fitting tribute" - considering the shameful way he was treated for being gay.
23rd December 2013
Video: Family of killed Brighton gay man urge victims of domestic violence to tell someone 1
5:00 PM — The family of a Brighton gay man who was killed by his lover have urged victims of domestic violence not to stay silent.
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.
Norwich pub landlords beaten and abused by anti-gay mob
10:10 AM — A gay couple who run a pub in Norwich said they were punched and kicked by a gang of 15 men recently, in an abuse they have called a homophobic hate crime.