29th November 2012
Leveson Report: Press has failed to respect the dignity of trans people 4
4:47 PM — Trans Media Watch (TMW), the charity that works to improve media coverage of transgender and intersex issues and had previously submitted testimony to his inquiry, has welcomed the publication of Lord Justice Leveson’s report into media standards.
Comment: UKIP and homosexuality – a gay member’s view 207
2:08 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Nicholas Dancer, a university student and member of UKIP says the party is not a bunch of “fruit cakes and loonies" and that Britain should leave the European Union if it wants to legalise equal marriage.
Comment: The dangers of social media 7
11:00 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, employment lawyer Anna Furness says the recent high profile legal case of Christian housing worker Adrian Smith, who was demoted by his employer for posting anti-equality remarks on Facebook, illustrates the potential dangers of social media for employees.
UK: HIV infection rate for gay men at record high 53
12:01 AM — New figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) that have been released in National HIV Testing Week and before Saturday’s annual World AIDS Day show that a record number of gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with HIV last year.
28th November 2012
London MP’s opposition to equal marriage branded ‘absolute disgrace’ by gay councillor 35
2:16 PM — Conservative MP David Evennett says he won’t be voting for equal marriage because he is a "strong supporter of traditional marriage".
Sun pays Louis Walsh £403,500 after wrongly accusing him of male sexual assault 10
12:16 PM — X Factor judge Louis Walsh has reached an out of court settlement with the Sun newspaper after it falsely accused him of carrying out a nightclub sexual assault on another man.
London: Pensioner fights to clear gay criminal record 31
11:19 AM — A 73-year-old man who has a criminal record for being in a gay relationship in the 1950s has applied to have his conviction removed.
27th November 2012
UK: Two men jailed for 2 years after anti-gay New Years Day attack 13
2:15 PM — Two men have been jailed for a homophobic attack in the Lincolnshire coastal town of Mablethorpe.
Peter Tatchell receives apology from UK publisher 11
1:10 PM — The parent company of Routledge, Taylor and Francis, has issued a public apology to Peter Tatchell over a factually incorrect article that had previously been published in its journal, Contemporary Politics.
UKIP ‘not against gay adoption’ says London chairman 89
11:09 AM — UKIP’s London Regional Chairman David Coburn has criticised the party’s candidate for the North Croydon By-election after he said gay couples adopting amounted to child abuse.
26th November 2012
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling vows to get tough on sex in prison 52
5:20 PM — Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is said to be planning a “crackdown” on sex in prisons, which would involve preventing prisoners in relationships from sharing jail cells.
UKIP By-election candidate: Gay people should not be allowed to adopt 124
4:35 PM — Winston McKenzie, the UK Independence Party’s candidate for the Croydon North By-election and former X Factor hopeful, believes gay people should not be allowed to adopt children.
London: Free home HIV testing launched for gay and bisexual men 27
4:20 PM — GMFA and the NHS have launched a trial lasting until March 2013 that will allow gay and bisexual men in London to have an HIV test without leaving the home.
Tory MP Sir Edward Garnier: Call civil partnerships marriages, but don’t change the law 78
1:00 PM — Sir Edward Garnier, the Conservative MP and former solicitor general, has told a constituent that gay couples in civil partnerships should feel free to describe their relationships as a marriage, although it should not require a change in the law.
Oxford Tory students claim they are being ‘persecuted’ after being called ‘haters of gays’ 83
11:19 AM — Tory students at Oxford University claim they are being persecuted and are demanding the same equal rights as gay people, those living with a disability and ethnic minorities.
25th November 2012
Yorkshire Tory MP: Same-sex marriage is being forced on churches 37
5:39 PM — Conservative MP for Dewsbury Simon Reevell has become the latest MP to suggest that churches will be forced to conduct same-sex marriages despite government assurances.
YouGov polling expert questions validity of anti-gay marriage results 26
4:46 PM — YouGov Associate Director Anthony Wells has criticised same-sex marriage polls that feature agree/disagree statements.
23rd November 2012
Source: 118 Tory MPs may vote against same-sex marriage 87
10:30 PM — The Daily Mail has reported that 118 Conservative MPs could potentially vote against government plans to legalise marriage rights for gay couples.
UK: Stonewall chief believes bishop vote helps David Cameron on same-sex marriage 5
9:26 PM — Stonewall's CEO has responded cautiously to claims the PM may fast-track equal marriage legislation. Ben Summerskill also believes this week’s Church of England vote on female bishops could affect the equal marriage campaign.
Chris Bryant accuses Russian officials of ‘smears’ and of circulating underwear photo 62
5:13 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has claimed he is the victim of a homophobic smear campaign by the Russian Embassy in London after a website published an old image of him wearing just his underwear.