3rd July 2013
Letter warns Queen that equal marriage bill will be ‘nothing short of catastrophic’ to the UK 40
5:07 PM — Four business directors on the Isle of Man have written to the Queen in the hope she will refuse to give the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its Royal Assent.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Latest bone marrow transplant development ‘by no means a workable’ HIV cure 5
3:07 PM — Two cancer patients have been taken off their HIV medication after bone marrow transplants seemed to clear the virus from their bodies, but campaigners say it is “by no means a workable cure.”
UK: Health minister to pursue ‘as a matter of urgency’ extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men 8
1:14 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has secured a concession from the Public Health Minister Anna Soubry that it is unfair that the vaccination programme against the Human Papillomavirus is not currently available for teenage boys.
Crowd-funding campaign for naked rowers to take off their clothes to fight homophobia takes off 5
12:04 PM — A crowd-funding campaign for the men’s rowing team at Warwick University for its latest calendar to raise funds to fight homophobia through sports has taken off spectacularly, exceeding its target of £5,000.
2nd July 2013
Obituary: Michael Brown – a long-standing gay activist 17
5:20 PM — David Solomon pays tribute to gay activist and close friend Michael Brown, who has died at the age of 81.
Church of England postpones internal debate on allowing civil partnership ceremonies 6
2:16 PM — Discussions to allow civil partnership ceremonies in Anglican churches appear to have been dropped ahead of Friday's Synod meeting.
Boris Johnson quizzed on LBC over his ‘up the Arcelor’ gay pride gala dinner joke 32
10:47 AM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has been grilled by a listener about a controversial joke he made last week at a gay pride gala dinner.
1st July 2013
Lesbian former army officer becomes president of Unison 6
3:13 PM — Unison, one of Britain's largest trade unions, has elected its first openly gay woman as its new president.
David Cameron confirms tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships 22
12:15 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron says the government will bring forward proposals for a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners.
Labour welcomes LGBT consultation but says government could be doing things now 8
11:28 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that she welcomes the government’s decision to start a consultation on the future of LGBT policy in the autumn.
Newly out bisexual Tory MP has mixed voting record on equal rights 41
11:25 AM — Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, who came out as bisexual at the weekend, voted against the Equality Act in 2007, but did support the same-sex marriage bill at second and third reading.
30th June 2013
London: Senior gay Tory dismisses ‘hissy fit’ reaction to Boris Johnson’s ‘up the Arcelor’ joke 20
1:26 PM — The Leader of the Conservative Group in the Greater London Assembly has defended Boris Johnson from criticism over a controversial joke he made about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
Divorced Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski reveals he has a boyfriend 25
12:54 PM — Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski has revealed that, following his separation from his wife in 2011, he has been dating a man.
28th June 2013
Ivan Massow: The gay scene is ‘obsessed’ with destructive drugs and sex leading to HIV 137
5:29 PM — Gay millionaire and prominent Tory supporter Ivan Massow says today’s gay scene seems “obsessed” with “drugs” and “sex” resulting in an empty world of hedonism
Blackburn: Family charged with attempted kidnap of lesbian
3:40 PM — A woman and five of her children have appeared in court charged with the attempted kidnap of a woman who was in a same-sex relationship with one of her daughters.
Maria Miller: I want PinkNews readers to tell me the biggest issues facing the LGBT community 84
3:07 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Culture Secretary Maria Miller says she is "proud" that equal marriage legislation is on track to becoming law. She also reveals a public consultation on where the government should focus its efforts next on LGBT policy will begin this autumn.
Ed Miliband: ‘The terrible death of Lucy Meadows shows the trans community still face prejudice’ 9
1:16 PM — Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband says he is “delighted” to be supporting this weekend’s Pride in London event, but adds the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows shows more needs to be done to end prejudice in society.
David Cameron: ‘I am proud of what this government has done on equal marriage’ 37
12:10 PM — Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader David Cameron says he is proud of the work that his government has done to secure equal marriage.
David Cameron: Gay and lesbian young people will see that they are truly equal after marriage law changes 18
11:34 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron says implementing equal marriage means gay and lesbian students “will be able to see that Parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else’s love.”
Boris Johnson: Take pride in London’s LGBT vibrancy and fight to tackle the homophobia that still exists 7
9:42 AM — Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, argues that while London is a tolerant city, more needs to be done to tackle homophobia in the workplace and schools.