26th February 2013
Rugby star Ben Cohen tells MPs that more needs to be done to combat homophobia in sport 9
7:20 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has told MPs at a parliamentary event that sport has a huge role to play in reducing anti-gay bullying.
Manchester University society shut down after anti-gay Muslim video expose 33
6:06 PM — A society at the University of Manchester has closed after a student secretly filmed an extremist Muslim saying gay people should be killed – with a complaint then received by police.
UK: Gay hate Islamic preacher to visit Reading University 66
4:47 PM — An Islamic cleric, who has called for gay people to be punished with death, is due to visit Reading University on Thursday.
John Bercow wrongly outs rugby star Ben Cohen in gay gaffe 22
4:05 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons was left red-faced after accidently referring to rugby star Ben Cohen as “openly gay” – even though the former player has a wife and is straight.
British Gay Catholic journalist claims ‘half of all Catholics priests are gay’ 67
1:37 PM — A gay British Catholic journalist and former Dominican friar has reiterated claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to stand down this Thursday was partly over his concerns regarding clerical misconduct.
Comment: The priorities of the LGBT community lie away from marriage 42
12:11 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT activist and SNP member Nathan Sparling says the UK Government has been putting too much of its focus on equal marriage – when the issue of health inequality has a far greater impact on the LGBT community.
Huddersfield: Gay man suffers broken nose and teeth in random attack
11:22 AM — A gay man has sustained facial injuries in a suspected homophobic assault in Huddersfield.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson: I’m ‘appalled’ that sports stars can’t come out until after they retire 10
9:38 AM — The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, has spoken out on the importance of supporting athletes in coming out, and changing the sporting world in order to be more inclusive of LGBT people.
25th February 2013
Boris Johnson to face legal challenge from Christian group over ‘ex-gay’ bus ads 33
5:04 PM — The Mayor of London will appear in court on Thursday to face representatives of Christian groups which claim he denied their free speech by pulling an ad for gay cure therapies from London buses.
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
Comment: The loss of Robbie Rogers should shame football into action 6
3:43 PM — Fears for the wellbeing of an out gay footballer may be overrated, but Robbie Rogers' retirement shows we've been spectators to bigotry and stupidity for too long, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.co.uk
April will be crunch time for Pride in London says chairman 17
2:20 PM — The chair of London LGBT+ Community Pride has explained the challenges facing this year’s event in an interview with PinkNews.co.uk
Gay rights campaigners react to Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation 68
12:53 PM — Gay rights groups have reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, who has been accused of inappropriate behaviour with male priests.
Anti-gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien quits post following allegations of inappropriate behaviour 122
11:19 AM — Britain’s most senior anti-gay Catholic leader, who at the weekend was reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several male priests - has resigned from his post.
Thistle apologise to gay couple forced to take twin room at London hotel 39
10:53 AM — A gay couple claim that a receptionist at a Thistle hotel refused to let them stay in a double room.
23rd February 2013
Italy: British murder suspect thought to have targeted victims via gay chat rooms
9:43 PM — A man from London has been arrested in connection with the murder of a tour guide and the attempted killing of another man in Italy – with police sources indicating he met both victims through gay chat rooms.
22nd February 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: Gay people should not be allowed to marry but straight Catholic priests can 94
6:58 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic, who is staunchly opposed to allowing gay couples to marry, has adopted a new position concerning male priests and hetrosexual marriage.
Peter Tatchell recalls: The dirtiest, most violent & homophobic election in Britain 25
5:14 PM — Ahead of Sunday’s 30th anniversary, Peter Tatchell shares his memories of the south London Bermondsey by-election, arguably the “most homophobic” in living memory.
Ann Widdecombe: Christians against same-sex marriage in Britain should protest on the streets 97
3:31 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has urged Christian opponents of equal marriage to stage street protests and has said: "I am very sad that it is a Conservative-led Government driving this legislation through".
Interview: BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts shares her Big Brother coming out story
12:57 PM — BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts has been interviewed by PinkNews’ Scott Roberts about a documentary she is presenting this weekend on the subject of coming out.