13th November 2013
London: Activists stage protest outside Commonwealth HQ against ‘Commonwealth homophobia’ 5
5:56 PM — Campaigners have staged a protest outside the Commonwealth’s Secretariat building in central London against the presence of anti-gay laws in 80% of Commonwealth countries.
UK: Court told bisexual former Lib Dem MP’s phone hacked repeatedly
2:32 PM — The phone of bisexual former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten was hacked 10 times by a private investigator, the Old Bailey has heard.
London Council ‘alarmed’ by rising HIV infections 2
1:38 PM — A senior London councillor, representing boroughs across the capital, has described rising HIV infection rates in London as “alarming”.
12th November 2013
London: Founder of Christian Concern to take part in equal marriage debate 65
3:54 PM — The founder of Christian Concern, who has previously blasted the “militant homosexual lobby”, will be debating the arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales at The Law Society in central London this evening.
Brighton council to discuss plans to expand Pride festival
2:28 PM — Plans to expand Brighton’s annual LGBT festival with a possible proms-style Sunday concert will be debated by the city’s council this week.
Liverpool University was prepared to host cleric who says gays are ‘filthy’ 15
1:49 PM — The University of Liverpool has confirmed that it was prepared to allow an Islamic cleric with extreme anti-gay views to conduct a speech in front of students.
Manchester Pride vows to increase charitable donations following criticism 8
12:14 PM — Manchester Pride says it’s confident it will be able to increase donations made to LGBT charities following criticism by community figures that it’s simply not giving enough.
11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."
David Furnish: The story of AIDS became a message about hope 4
1:38 PM — David Furnish wants people to watch ‘How to Survive a Plague’, a new film about the AIDS epidemic. He says we should never forget those who “stood up and fought” against apathy in the 1980s.
CPS denies ‘homophobic witch-hunt’ against men looking at ‘twink porn’ 24
12:50 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has denied claims that it has been targeting gay men for looking at legal adult pornography.
9th November 2013
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8th November 2013
Baroness Stowell, Metro newspaper and writer Damian Barr win Stonewall Awards 7
6:35 PM — Communities Minister Baroness Stowell of Beeston, journalist Grace Dent and writer Damian Barr were among the winners at last night's annual Stonewall Awards in central London.
Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly 22
3:33 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was “shocked” by the legalisation of equal marriage for England and Wales – but has conceded that he will eventually be “quite comfortable” with the reform.
Shaun Woodward, MP who defected to Labour from the Tories over gay rights to stand down 7
2:03 PM — Labour MP Shaun Woodward, who was once sacked by William Hague from the Tory party front bench for backing a repeal of Section 28, is to step down from Parliament at the 2015 general election.
Stonewall accused of snubbing Liberal Democrats at awards ceremony 15
1:59 PM — Two senior Liberal Democrat peers have criticised Stonewall for allegedly snubbing their party’s involvement in the campaign for equal marriage, with Lord Rennard saying “the law was passed at Westminster in spite of Stonewall's initial and wrong headed opposition to it.”
Police in Chichester appealing for witnesses to homophobic assault outside kebab shop
12:26 PM — Police in Chichester have appealed for witnesses after a homophobic attack was carried out near a kebab shop.
7th November 2013
Islamic cleric who describes gays as ‘filthy’ cancels UK tour 23
4:52 PM — An east London Islamic organisation says it has cancelled a planned tour by a cleric who believes gay people are worse than “animals” and thinks consenting gay sex is as bad as “rape”.
PCC says Mirror entitled to publish story about judge visiting ‘gay brothel’ 4
4:06 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has ruled that an article published by the Daily Mirror headlined "Stuart Hall judge visited gay brothel" did not breach the Editors' Code of Practice.
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
6th November 2013
Man accused of killing Brighton gay man worked as rent boy
6:57 PM — The man accused of murdering a 62-year-old gay man in Brighton previously worked as a rent boy, a jury has heard.