13th June 2013
UK: Jailed women in sexual ‘fraud’ case freed by Court of Appeal 22
1:05 PM — An 18-year-old woman jailed for three years on the grounds of obtaining the sexual consent of another woman “by fraud” has been freed by the Court of Appeal after serving 82 days in prison.
Former Talksport presenter furious after being branded a ‘homophobic radio z-lister’ 14
12:04 PM — Former Talksport broadcaster Mike Mendoza has launched a furious rebuke on his Facebook page after he was confronted at a market by a man accusing him of being homophobic.
Tory Lord Mawhinney tables ‘traditional marriage’ amendment for equal marriage bill 62
11:12 AM — Lord Mawhinney has tabled a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, urging for heterosexual marriages to be lawfully described as “traditional marriage”.
12th June 2013
Lord Dear proposes new amendment to equal marriage bill concerning ‘traditional marriage’ 60
4:14 PM — Lord Dear is proposing a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill), protecting those who believe marriage is “the union of one man and one woman for life to the exclusion of all others.”
Rylan Clark: I’ve had Twitter trolls say ‘get cancer and die’ you ‘gay fag’ 15
1:52 PM — Rylan Clark says he’s been subjected to a flurry of vile abuse on Twitter – ahead of his new presenting job on Big Brother.
MPs who voted against the Clause 20 sex education amendment 11
1:10 PM — Tuesday’s vote on amending the Children and Families Bill to include statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education, making it mandatory for teachers to inform students about same-sex relationships, was voted down on party lines.
Labour’s Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons 51
12:14 PM — A Labour amendment for mandatory sex and relationship education in schools failed to get the support of enough MPs last night and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson confirmed PSHE would remain a non-statutory subject.
11th June 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with Pope Francis 29
7:11 PM — United in their opposition towards equal marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will meet Pope Francis for the first time later this week.
MPs await Commons debate on sex education amendment 6
3:33 PM — MPs in support of a Labour amendment for more comprehensive sex and relationship education in schools hope they’ll be enough parliamentary time to allow for a debate and vote.
Mother of murdered gay teen Michael Causer hopes to raise £1 million in order to open LGBT hostel 10
1:24 PM — The mother of gay teenager Michael Causer who was killed in 2008 says she hopes to raise £1 million in order to open a hostel for vulnerable LGBT young people aged between 16-25.
Daily Mail’s Andrew Pierce: I’m called a ‘homophobe’ and ‘Uncle Tom’ for opposing equal marriage 103
12:18 PM — As part of a feature for the BBC News website entitled “The gay people against gay marriage” Daily Mail columnist Andrew Pierce says his opposition to equal marriage means he’s denounced by his critics as a “homophobe and Uncle Tom”.
10th June 2013
National AIDS Trust welcomes Labour’s call for LGBT inclusive sex education 5
6:14 PM — The chief executive of the National AIDS Trust has welcomed calls by the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper for statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in schools and says it could help in the fight against ever rising HIV infections.
Pride in London line-up announced with ex-Doctor Who actor Andrew Hayden-Smith to co-host 7
5:53 PM — Pride in London has announced its line-up of entertainment for the main day of the festival on Saturday 29 June with Andrew Hayden Smith co-hosting the event .
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen: Equal marriage is the last straw, Cameron has to go 35
5:07 PM — Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen says Prime Minister David Cameron’s championing of equal marriage "has fuelled the rise of UKIP" and he has asked for a no confidence vote.
UK: Man accused of raping trans charity worker to face new trial after jury fail to reach verdict
4:02 PM — A man accused of raping a trans woman more than 10 years ago in north London will face a second trial after the jury in his first trial were unable to reach a verdict.
Yvette Cooper: Young gay men face ‘huge mental health problems’ and we need stronger LGBT inclusive sex education 22
2:08 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education a statutory requirement in order to address the health challenges faced by LGBT students.
Police investigate explosion at gay MP’s constituency office 3
11:57 AM — Lincolnshire Police has launched an investigation following a minor explosion at the constituency office of gay Conservative MP Nick Boles.
Baroness Knight: The gays are still good at antiques and Section 28 was right 61
10:53 AM — Baroness Knight shows no sign of looking to curb her bizarre attempts at making platitudes towards the gay community following her comments during the House of Lords equal marriage debate.
7th June 2013
Comment: Equal marriage will boost the economy 14
10:27 PM — Paul Donovan, global economist at UBS, writes on the economic benefits of legalising equal marriage and says opponents are "Luddites".
Michael Portillo: The Tories are nowhere near as divided on equal marriage as the Churches 21
7:53 PM — In his regular appearance on BBC’s This Week, former Conservative MP Michael Portillo said the real divisions on equal marriage lie not within his old party – but in both the Anglican and Catholic churches.