18th December 2013
UK Equalities Minister due to attend Sochi Winter Olympics 4
7:22 PM — PinkNews has learnt Equalities Minister Helen Grant is highly likely to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi and that there is a strong possibility her boss, Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller, may also attend.
Lib Dem equal marriage critic Simon Hughes appointed Minister for Justice 18
3:19 PM — Former deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes is to join the government as a Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice.
Thatcher cabinet minister: BBC should apologise for World AIDS Day red ribbon debacle 10
2:14 PM — Lord Deben, who served as Conservative Party Chairman and Agriculture minister under Margaret Thatcher, says the BBC should apologise for annoying “the very people who are its staunchest supporters” over its decision to defend reprimanding Graham Norton for wearing a ribbon for World AIDS Day.
17th December 2013
Feature: The importance of trans literature for children and young adults 12
3:26 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, author and lecturer B.J. Epstein explains why it's important that children can benefit from trans characters in literature.
Former Europe minister: David Cameron should not travel to Sochi because of Putin’s ‘gay-bashing’ policies 10
2:08 PM — The former Labour minister Denis MacShane has called on Prime Minister David Cameron to personally boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in protest at President Vladimir Putin’s “rank homophobia”.
Chester: Suspects arrested in connection with gay man’s death rebailed by police
12:52 PM — Two men arrested in connection with the death of a 63-year-old gay man in Chester have been rebailed until next week.
16th December 2013
Killer of Brighton gay man jailed for 18 and-a-half years
7:17 PM — A South African national has been jailed for 18 and-a-half years for killing a gay man in Brighton.
London: Council reject police proposal for gay pub to close earlier 6
6:42 PM — Councillors in east London have rejected a police request for a reduction in the opening hours of a popular gay bar.
Former Culture Secretary: BBC must review guidelines following Graham Norton AIDS ribbon row 15
2:50 PM — Former Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has written to BBC Director General Lord Hall over the decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing a ribbon for World AIDS Day, and says the corporation is not being consistent with its own guidelines.
UK: Trans police officer loses discrimination case against force 8
1:52 PM — A transgender police officer who sued her force after she allegedly had to “out” herself over a police radio system has lost her case at an employment tribunal.
13th December 2013
London: Anti-gay lecturer had ‘no formal qualifications’, claims ex-colleague 16
6:33 PM — Fresh allegations have been made against a senior lecturer at one of London’s biggest colleges who was suspended last month after audio emerged of him comparing gay teachers to the Ku Klux Klan.
National Secular Society: ‘Religion is more important to Baroness Warsi than gay people’ 26
4:21 PM — The National Secular Society has criticised the reasons given by Baroness Warsi for abstaining in this summer’s House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales.
Christian Concern: Don’t ban gay ‘cure’ therapy as it helps vulnerable people 79
3:28 PM — The founder of Christian Concern has criticised a Labour MP for publishing a Private Members’ Bill aimed at banning gay-to-straight conversion therapy.
Comment: Are titles a gay rights (or feminist) issue? 21
2:13 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Daniel Monk says it's time to remove the gender bias in titles, meaning Sir Elton's John's civil partner, David Furnish, would be eligible for an honorary title, and the same would apply for the female spouse of a civil partner who receives a title.
BBC: We won’t change our rules, presenters cannot wear red ribbons on World AIDS Day 44
12:44 PM — The BBC has formally rejected calls to allow its presenters to wear red ribbons on World AIDS Day.
Brighton Pride announces campaign theme for 2014 festival as ‘Freedom to Live’
11:59 AM — Organisers of Brighton Pride have announced Freedom to Live will be the umbrella theme for the city's Pride festival in 2014.
12th December 2013
Labour calls on Director General to update BBC guidelines after Graham Norton disciplined for wearing AIDS ribbon 14
6:48 PM — The Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS has written to BBC Director General Lord Hall over the decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing an HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon on his Friday night chat show.
Labour MP Chris Bryant jokes about gay play Tory Boyz in asking about civil partnership conversions 4
4:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant today jokingly used a link to a play about gay Conservatives to raise the question of why it is taking the Government possibly up until the end of 2014 to allow conversions from civil partnerships to marriage.
Exclusive: Tory minister Baroness Warsi: I was ‘on the wrong side of history’ on gay rights 79
1:44 PM — Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Warsi has defended her decision to abstain in this summer's House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, adding that she is "still on a journey" when it comes to issues of gay equality.
10th December 2013
Quakers ‘delighted’ same-sex marriages in England and Wales can take place from end of March 8
5:25 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, say they are “delighted” by today’s announcement that the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales can take place from 29 March 2014.