29th May 2013
Daily Mail defends transphobic Richard Littlejohn column despite criticism by Lucy Meadows’ coroner 29
11:40 AM — Following stinging criticism by coroner Michael Singleton, the Daily Mail has defended an article by Richard Littlejohn about transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows.
Trans Media Watch calls for press to end ‘character assassination’ of trans people 3
10:47 AM — Trans Media Watch has welcomed the coroner's remarks at the inquest into the death of Lucy Meadows.
28th May 2013
UK: Teacher Lucy Meadows was hounded by a transphobic press says coroner 20
7:19 PM — The coroner investigating the death of transgender primary school teacher Lucy Meadows says the media should be ashamed of themselves.
English Defence League rally in London gay bar 144
6:07 PM — As part of their Bank Holiday weekend demonstrations, the English Defence League (EDL) arranged a rally in London's HalfWay to Heaven gay bar and were happy to find a "lot of lads" were present.
UK: Anti-gay Christians lose appeal at European Court of Human Rights 77
5:45 PM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn't work with gay couples, have lost their latest and final anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
Inquest for trans teacher Lucy Meadows resumes today 2
11:52 AM — An inquest has been re-opened into the death of school teacher Lucy Meadows, a trans woman whose gender transition was the subject of undue media scrutiny.
Helen Mirren: The music at this gay festival is ‘too loud’ 5
10:48 AM — She kept her word and attended As One in the Park, a gay central London music festival at the weekend, but Dame Helen Mirren appeared to find the music “too loud.”
25th May 2013
Labour MP Diana Johnson: It’s now time for Parliament to tackle the issue of gay conversion therapy 36
12:45 PM — With marriage equality on its way, Labour MP Diana Johnson and Tom Stephens both write for PinkNews.co.uk on why ending gay-to-straight conversion therapy should be Parliament’s next priority.
UK: Man jailed for attack on lesbian couple in Hartlepool takeaway 7
12:33 PM — A man has been jailed for an unprovoked attack on a lesbian couple, in which he punched and headbutted the two women in a takeaway in Hartlepool.
Birmingham Pride kicks off with Peter Tatchell leading Equal Love carnival 4
11:54 AM — Birmingham Pride festivities begin today at noon with an 'Equal Love' themed carnival march and will continue over the Bank Holiday weekend.
24th May 2013
Friend of George Michael slams car accident suicide rumours as ‘absurd’ 12
5:49 PM — One of George Michael's closest friends has blasted reports suggesting the star threw himself out of a moving car at 70mph last week in a bid to end his own life
Tory MP Richard Drax: The equal marriage bill is ‘intolerant legislation’ 42
4:37 PM — Conservative MP Richard Drax has complained of the lack of “tolerance” towards “the millions who believe that ‘marriage’ can only be between a man and a woman.”
UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive ‘fag’ birthday card 162
1:54 PM — The mother of a PinkNews.co.uk reader has spoken of her disgust after coming across an allegedly homophobic greeting card sold in a branch of Card Factory in Essex.
Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week 7
12:30 PM — Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg both intend to demonstrate the government's commitment to equality by allowing the rainbow flag to fly from the Cabinet Office during Pride week in the capital.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle defends voting against equal marriage 41
11:29 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birtwistle has defended voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and has cited opposition from a local mosque.
23rd May 2013
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I’ve not come out strongly against same-sex unions, but we don’t do them 60
5:55 PM — Speaking to Sir David Frost, the Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, has rejected a suggestion that he had “come out strongly” against same-sex unions.
Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16
4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party
Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote 18
3:23 PM — MP Sarah Newton, also a deputy chair of the Conservative Party, is defending herself from claims she broke a promise to her constituents after abstaining in this week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Sir Gerald Howarth: ‘I should have used ‘militant’ rather than ‘aggressive’ to describe homosexuals 66
2:06 PM — Responding to a letter from a PinkNews.co.uk reader, Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth says he should have used the word “militant” rather than “aggressive” when describing parts of the “homosexuality community.”