25th January 2013
London: Former volunteer antisocial behaviour mediator found guilty of abusing lesbian couple and sticking finger up woman’s nose 20
1:30 PM — A former volunteer antisocial behaviour mediator from Croydon has been found guilty of shouting abuse at a lesbian couple in a school playground and sticking her finger up the nose of a woman who tried to intervene.
Yvette Cooper: I’m glad to be supporting the government’s same-sex marriage bill 10
1:16 PM — Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow home secretary, has welcomed the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
London: Police make fifth arrest in connection with anti-gay ‘Muslim Patrol’ probe
12:44 PM — A fifth person has been arrested after a gang claiming to be Islamic vigilantes tormented members of the public, which included hurling homophobic abuse at a young man.
Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert: Today is a landmark moment for LGBT equality 9
11:46 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Gilbert says the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is a cause for celebration.
Government publishes same-sex marriage bill for England & Wales 51
10:48 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been published.
Maria Miller: Teachers won’t be forced to promote same-sex marriage but they must not discriminate or offend 22
9:35 AM — Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities has attempted to dampen fears that teachers could face action for telling children they oppose same-sex marriages.
24th January 2013
Comment: A call for tolerance between London’s Muslim and LGBT communities 220
3:18 PM — In light of recent events in east London, Wais Islam, a former Tower Hamlets Labour councillor, says it’s important to remember the area belongs to people of all ethnicities, sexual orientations and religions.
Peter Tatchell welcomes ACPO response over police DNA sampling of gay men 4
12:59 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed a decision by the Association of Chief Police Officers to issue Chief Constables with new guidelines after it was revealed gay men were being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
London: ‘Muslim Patrol’ homophobia YouTube victim urged to contact police
11:22 AM — A man subjected to homophobic abuse in east London by a group of men who said it was a “Muslim area” is being urged to contact the Metropolitan Police.
23rd January 2013
Comment: The boundaries of tolerance 20
7:03 PM — Don't be fooled by the victim narrative of religious lobby groups, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews. In a society of competing ideas, cultures and aspirations, individual liberty is sacrosanct.
Essex: Gay father and businessman calls for UK surrogacy reform 38
6:28 PM — Barrie Drewitt-Barlow from the British Surrogacy Centre says gay couples would benefit from a change in UK law in order to commercialise the sector.
UK: National AIDS Trust calls for the NHS to provide earlier HIV treatment 26
4:54 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is calling on the NHS to allow people with HIV to start treatment early in order to protect their sexual partners.
Kent bisexual councillor says he will step down following homophobia investigation 17
3:34 PM — A councillor in Kent at the centre of a row about alleged homophobia has announced he is stepping down at the next election.
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: Gay people have told me they ‘don’t want to get married’ 73
10:51 AM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has restated his opposition to equal marriage and has once again said: “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
22nd January 2013
London: Two men arrested in connection with anti-gay ‘Muslim area’ video
8:01 PM — Two men have been arrested after video surfaced of a group shouting homophobic abuse at a man in east London.
Comment: Is London’s gay scene self-harming through sex and drug use? 105
6:56 PM — David Stuart from Antidote comments for PinkNews on a recent report concerning the increased use of crystal meth throughout London’s gay scene.
Video: East London man suffers anti-gay abuse from ‘Muslim Patrol’ gang 254
12:59 PM — Video has surfaced of a group shouting homophobic abuse at a man in East London.
21st January 2013
Labour MP Rob Flello: The government should not ‘re-write’ marriage 46
7:28 PM — Rob Flello, the Labour Shadow Justice Minister and MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, says same-sex marriage is not "an issue of equality".