27th June 2013
Boris Johnson apologises for ‘up the Arcelor’ gay pride gala dinner joke after criticism by Labour MPs 48
11:45 AM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has apologised for making a controversial joke at a gala dinner for Pride in London about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
26th June 2013
Boris Johnson opens Pride with joke about gay men taking their future husbands ‘up the Arcelor’ 30
6:06 PM — The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, praised the organisers of this weekend’s Pride in London festival on Tuesday evening, and also made a risqué joke about gay men taking their husbands up the "Arcelor" on their wedding day.
Tory MP Mike Freer: Gay people are being short-changed when it comes to pensions equality 8
11:22 AM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says it's wrong that gay couples continue to be treated unequally in the area of survivor's benefits.
25th June 2013
Gay asylum seeker gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee 5
6:11 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Senegal has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about his experiences of going through the system.
Sunderland: Teen arrested following homophobic attack in chip shop
4:52 PM — Northumbria Police say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack in Sunderland.
Ex-Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova: ‘Gay men still feel oppressed on court’ 5
4:19 PM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova says gay men still feel oppressed on court – and many are still in the closet.
Government: Marriage to be recognised in the tax system for gay and straight couples 10
3:47 PM — Treasury Minister David Gauke says the government is "firmly committed" to recognising marriage in the tax system – a move which would benefit those in civil partnerships, heterosexual and same-sex marriages.
Stephen Fry thanks public for ‘warm and caring’ support following suicide revelation 14
12:51 PM — Stephen Fry has thanked the "warm, caring majority" who contacted him after he revealed he had attempted suicide last year.
Sunderland: Two women suffer homophobic attack by gang of youths 3
12:19 PM — Police are appealing for information after a homophobic attack in Sunderland.
24th June 2013
Metro Charity launches ‘Fck Equal’ new HIV campaign 9
4:54 PM — The Metro Centre, the south-east London-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has launched a new HIV awareness campaign for gay and bisexual men.
Lord Alli withdraws his pensions amendment to the equal marriage bill 26
3:57 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli’s amendment to equalise pension provision for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits has been withdrawn.
Nick Clegg: ‘I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building’ 9
1:27 PM — Nick Clegg has spoken of his pride at having the rainbow flag soaring above his office in Whitehall and says “I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building and above parliaments across the world - maybe Russia, Uganda or Yemen.”
Liberty: Pensions inequality remains in marriage bill 9
12:30 PM — The Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, writes on how there remains one obstacle to full marriage equality in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Coalition for Marriage: ‘Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have unfairly dominated the equal marriage debate’ 61
10:58 AM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Coalition for Marriage spokesperson Dr Sharon James says Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have been given “a disproportionate amount of time” in the debate for equal marriage at the expense of “mainstream Christian people”.
Gay Tory MP Conor Burns: ‘Lady Thatcher did not have a problem with gay people’ 55
10:26 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Conor Burns lifts the lid on his extraordinary friendship with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and says it’s wrong to believe she had homophobic views.
21st June 2013
Lord Stoddart urges for potential withdrawal from European Court due to equal marriage bill 56
5:58 PM — Former Labour MP Lord Stoddart says the UK must be prepared to leave the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) if it comes into conflict with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.
British Museum launches LGBT history guide as part of Pride in London festival 3
3:17 PM — The British Museum has launched a new guide focusing on elements of LGBT history to tie in with the Pride in London festival.
UK: Gay man cleared of sexual assault having touched female police officer’s bottom in gay bar 43
2:30 PM — A gay man from Middlesbrough who touched a female police officer’s bottom in a gay bar because he thought it was a joke has avoided a custodial sentence.
UK: Anti-gay Christian B&B owner takes case to Court of Appeal 69
12:57 PM — A Christian guest house owner who was found to have discriminated against a Cambridgeshire gay couple has taken her case to the Court of Appeal.
Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an ‘adulterer’s charter’ 87
11:24 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has accused the government of creating an “adulterer’s charter” as part of its equal marriage reforms.