9th April 2013
Sussex: Survey shows many LGBT residents feel isolated and equality undermined by austerity
3:35 PM — A new survey shows the majority of LGBT people in East Sussex feel isolated and believe the government’s austerity policies are hindering moves towards equality.
X Factor singer Rylan Clark deletes Margaret Thatcher tweet 21
1:37 PM — X Factor singer Rylan Clark has deleted a tweet in tribute of Margaret Thatcher, after being reminded of her role in introducing Section 28 and her general disdain for gay rights.
Ugandan asylum seeker freed from Bedfordshire detention centre
11:52 AM — A Ugandan female asylum seeker, who campaigners claim was raped by her father, has been freed from a detention centre in Bedfordshire.
Simon Cowell: ‘I couldn’t care less if people think I’m gay’ 12
11:01 AM — Simon Cowell has once again commented about speculation concerning his sexuality by saying he "couldn't care less" if people think that he’s gay.
6th April 2013
Lord Carey: I will continue to oppose plans to ‘redefine’ marriage 58
7:41 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has said he will continue to oppose plans to "redefine" marriage, and says that doing so does not detract from his support for government policies on ending poverty.
5th April 2013
Actor Alan Cumming blasts Jeremy Irons for his ‘ignorant’ anti-gay marriage views 38
1:19 PM — Scottish actor Alan Cumming has criticised Jeremy Irons after he suggested equal marriage in Britain could lead to fathers marrying their sons.
Former Essex councillor denies resignation was linked to gay ‘porn’ discovered on council laptop 4
11:22 AM — A Liberal Democrat councillor in Newport has denied that his recent resignation was linked to a row earlier this year over his council-owned laptop, which was found to be storing explicit gay porn images.
Jim Davidson banned from performing at Kent theatre over his anti-gay views 15
10:48 AM — Jim Davidson has been told he cannot perform at a theatre in Kent because of his homophobic views.
4th April 2013
UK: Hate crime charity welcomes Greater Manchester Police’s decision to record attacks on subculture groups 8
2:37 PM — Stop Hate Crime UK has welcomed Greater Manchester Police’s decision to recognise attacks on members of subcultures, such as goths, punks and emos, as hate crimes.
Jeremy Irons: Same-sex marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons for tax purposes 163
11:07 AM — British actor Jeremy Irons says equal marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons.
Greater Manchester Police to treat crimes against goths and punks as seriously as homophobia 12
10:27 AM — Greater Manchester Police is to become the first force in the country to recognise alternative subculture – such as “goths, emos, punks and metallers” as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
3rd April 2013
Greater London Authority ranked a dismal 278th in Stonewall Equality Index 14
6:06 PM — A Freedom of Information request has revealed the Greater London Authority (GLA) was ranked 278th for this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – falling from second place in 2008.
UK: Government think tank gives cautious response to Border Agency reforms
5:22 PM — The Institute for Government has commented on the decision to scrap the UK Borders Agency – which handles claims made by asylum seekers fleeing homophobic persecution.
Spectator columnist: ‘Katie Price demeans marriage more than gay marriage ever could’ 38
4:11 PM — With her latest marriage to a 26-year-old stripper, Conservative writer and commentator Douglas Murray says Katie Price “demeans marriage more than gay marriage ever could.”
2nd April 2013
The Saturdays: ‘Girls are hotter than men’ 9
6:54 PM — The Saturdays say they are not gay but “check women out more than men”.
Surrey: Man cleared over bus gas poison plot 13
5:21 PM — A man who claimed he became HIV positive as a result of sexual abuse by a “homosexual paedophile gang” has been cleared of planning to carry out a poison gas attack.
Comment: Equal marriage campaigners should rein in their egos and go back to the grassroots 19
3:47 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward says equal marriage campaigners should focus on convincing neighbours and their local MPs to support the measure with traditional lobbying methods – rather than relying on online activism.
London: NUJ to host debate on homophobia and transphobia in the media 4
2:32 PM — The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) is hosting a debate on homophobia and transphobia in the media, later this month.
NUT urges for sex education to be made statutory in order to tackle homophobic bullying 8
12:20 PM — The government’s decision to maintain sex education as a non-statutory subject has been criticised by the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers.
1st April 2013
Vice chair of Christians in Parliament urges Lord Carey to focus on global poverty and not on attacking equal marriage 10
3:55 PM — Lord Carey has been criticised for his outspoken attack on David Cameron’s commitment to gay equality by Lord Bates, of Christians in Parliament.