21st November 2013
National AIDS Trust: GPs are failing to test gay men for HIV 15
1:47 PM — The National AIDS Trust has warned that too many doctors are failing to offer HIV tests for gay and bisexual men.
HIV infections among gay men in England at highest ever level 31
11:19 AM — New figures released today by Public Health England show HIV infections among gay and bisexual men at a record high.
20th November 2013
UK Government rules out banning therapists from providing gay ‘cures’ on cost grounds 18
6:28 PM — Health Minister Norman Lamb has told MPs that gay-to-straight conversion therapy is “utterly abhorrent” but that the government remains opposed to the statutory regulation of psychotherapists on the grounds of cost.
Police search home of gay former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers 5
3:23 PM — Police have searched the Bradford home of Paul Flowers, the gay former Co-op bank chairman who continues to face intense public scrutiny about his private life.
Matthew d’Ancona: ‘Homophobic dinosaurs in the Tory party are far from being extinct’ 7
2:36 PM — Journalist Matthew d’Ancona says the fact that MP Crispin Blunt was forced to undergo a reselection process because a minority of Tory activists in his constituency had a problem with his sexuality should alarm Tory modernisers.
Broadcaster and gay rights campaigner Ray Gosling dies, aged 74 7
12:09 PM — The journalist, broadcaster and gay rights campaigner, Ray Gosling, has died.
19th November 2013
Tory Chairman Grant Shapps asks Miliband about links to Paul Flowers 10
7:01 PM — Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband over revelations gay former Co-op banking chairman Paul Flowers resigned from Bradford Council in 2011 after "inappropriate but not illegal adult content" was found on a computer he used.
Daily Telegraph’s Brendan O’Neill: ‘Gay now means rubbish – get over it’ 106
6:28 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill has denied that derogatory uses of the word "gay" are homophobic, saying that youth culture has altered the word so it now means "rubbish, or pathetic, or lame."
Minister says Tories must ‘shout’ about things like equal marriage to win 2015 majority 6
6:23 PM — The Conservative Party cannot secure a majority unless it wins around new voters by “shouting from the rooftops” about its support for policies such as equal marriage, Minister for Planning Nick Boles has said.
Paul O’ Grady ‘feeling better’ following angina attack 2
5:00 PM — Television and radio presenter Paul O’ Grady says he’s feeling “a lot better” after being admitted to hospital with a suspected attack of angina.
MP Crispin Blunt: I’m proof that grassroots Tories are happy to have a gay MP 5
4:23 PM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt writes exclusively for PinkNews on what it feels like to be overwhelmingly reselected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reigate – in a campaign that was forced upon him by a small minority who had a problem with his sexuality.
Out on the Street London summit talks ‘return-on equality’ for LGBT friendly businesses 11
3:51 PM — The second inaugural Out on the Street Europe summit is currently underway in London, this year focusing on how LGBT issues relate globally to corporate leadership and employment.
Paul Flowers steps down from Terrence Higgins Trust’s board of trustees amid drug revelations 2
3:26 PM — Following revelations about his private life, former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers has stepped down from his role on the board of trustees at Terrence Higgins Trust.
Church of England working with Stonewall to combat homophobic bullying 25
1:59 PM — The Church of England has announced it will work with Stonewall to tackle homophobic bullying in its schools.
Co-op boss quits amid ex-chairman’s ‘drug-fuelled gay orgy’ claim 2
12:02 PM — The Co-op Group chairman, Len Wardle, has resigned following revelations about its former banking chairman, Paul Flowers, who was exposed by a man he met on Grindr for allegedly using and dealing in hardcore drugs.
Russell T Davies to explore ‘modern gay sex lives’ in two new drama series 4
11:39 AM — Queer As Folk and Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies is to return to Channel 4 to launch two new drama series on the contemporary sex lives of gay men.
18th November 2013
London to hold annual Transgender Day of Remembrance 4
6:48 PM — The ninth annual remembrance event in London for those murdered and driven to death for being transgender will be held on Wednesday.
Comment: Young people tell us the age of consent should stay at 16 8
5:44 PM — Responding to comments made by the president of the Faculty of Public Health, Simon Blake, the CEO of Brook, says most youngsters believe the age of consent should not be lowered.
Former UKIP MEP Nikki Sinclaire: ‘I was accepted as a lesbian in UKIP’ 4
4:20 PM — MEP Nikki Sinclaire says she was “accepted as a lesbian in UKIP” – despite having won a discrimination case against the party in 2010.
Gay former Co-op Bank chairman planned ‘two day, drug-fuelled gay orgy’ and used crystal meth 31
2:33 PM — The former Co-operative Bank chairman who oversaw its near collapse has been caught buying and using drugs such as crystal meth, ketamine, crack cocaine and boasting of how plans for a party were “turning into a two day, drug fuelled gay orgy.”