4th October 2013
Comment: Drug use on the gay scene needs to be acknowledged in the fight against HIV 13
2:36 PM — Patrick Cash from QX writes that the correlation between drug use and gay men becoming HIV positive throughout much of London's scene is an example of a "syndemic".
Ministry of Justice to provide guidance on allowing gay weddings in shared churches 5
12:15 PM — As part of implementing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced a consultation on same-sex marriages taking place inside religious buildings owned by more than one faith group.
3rd October 2013
Number 10 rejects Daily Mail report that David Cameron told activists he regrets equal marriage 14
12:59 PM — Downing Street has denied claims made in the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron told senior Tory activists at a private meeting that he made a “terrible” mistake over equal marriage.
2nd October 2013
Boris Johnson: My glasses are “a bit Sir Elton John’ 9
7:01 PM — Boris Johnson says one of his aides disapproves of his choice of glasses because they resemble the style worn by gay pop legend Sir Elton John.
Interview: London Assembly Labour member Tom Copley on Boris, Tories and better sex ed 2
5:01 PM — Tom Copley became the youngest person ever to join the London Assembly when he was elected as a Labour member in 2012. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, the City Hall Labour housing spokesperson talks the Tories, Russia, holding Boris to account, and the need for better sex and relationship education in schools.
Labour shadow minister who spoke out against gays marrying quits post 17
3:07 PM — Labour MP Rob Flello, who strongly criticised the decision to legalise equal marriage earlier this year, has quit his job as shadow justice minister.
Islamic preacher who called for gays ‘to be thrown off mountain’ to speak at London conference 101
2:20 PM — Several anti-gay Islamic preachers are due to speak at a faith conference in north London this weekend, campaign group Hope Not Hate has said.
David Cameron praises gay tolerance in Tory conference speech 23
12:42 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron listed Britain’s acceptance of people who are gay as one of many reasons to be proud of the country in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
1st October 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seekers due to be deported to Pakistan 5
5:28 PM — Campaigners say several female asylum seekers, some of whom are gay, face imminent deportation to Lahore in Pakistan.
Gay former Tory mayor: Same-sex marriage act is a ‘silly and dreadful’ law 60
12:04 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, has described the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act as a “silly” and “dreadful” piece of legislation.
30th September 2013
George Osborne: Equal marriage is an example of a ‘modern reformed Conservative Party’ 29
3:11 PM — The Chancellor of the Exchequer briefly touched upon same-sex marriage as an example of a “modern reformed Conservative Party” during his conference speech in Manchester.
Football fans ejected after anti-gay chants in Brighton V Ipswich match 5
12:45 PM — Three Brighton and Hove Albion football fans were ejected from Ipswich’s Portman Road stadium at the weekend after trouble flared over homophobic taunts by rival fans.
Mayor of London supports gay arts festival 7
11:05 AM — Boris Johnson is supporting this year’s GFEST, the capital's LGBT arts festival for all.
29th September 2013
‘Historical same-sex wedding’ held in Bedfordshire – ahead of the first ceremonies slated for next year 6
10:57 AM — A local Bedfordshire paper has reported that the council town of Bedford "made history" this weekend by hosting its first ever same-sex marriage ceremony, despite laws passed in July having not yet come into effect.
27th September 2013
London Assembly Member Tom Copley: Tesco Gay Best Friend inflatable doll ‘reinforces stereotypes’ 13
7:11 PM — Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, London Assembly Member Tom Copley has said that the "Gay Best Friend" doll previously listed on the Tesco website reinforces stereotypes about gay men.
UK: Bisexual man to jump out of plane naked for charity 29
7:07 PM — A North Staffordshire bisexual man is planning to do a naked parachute in order to raise money for charity.
Tesco ‘very sorry’ for displaying ‘offensive G*y Best Friend’ inflatable doll on website 25
1:14 PM — Tesco has apologised for appearing to sell an inflatable “Gay Best Friend” doll on its website and for allowing the word 'gay' to be censored.
Stonewall: Tesco’s inflatable gay doll ‘is like trying to sell ice to Eskimos’ 29
12:43 PM — The chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall has criticised supermarket giant Tesco for apparently selling an inflatable “Gay Best Friend” doll.
Tesco sells inflatable ‘Gay Best Friend’ doll 48
11:43 AM — A day after Tesco was forced to withdraw two Halloween outfits after they were criticised for stigmatising people with mental health issues – PinkNews has learnt the retail giant has been selling an inflatable “Gay Best Friend” doll.
26th September 2013
Tory MP Crispin Blunt faces re-selection challenge because association members ‘don’t want a gay MP’ 14
4:36 PM — Tory MP Crispin Blunt says he's "disappointed" to have been forced to reapply as the Conservative candidate for his parliamentary seat of Reigate in Surrey.