11th April 2013
Former Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold: I won’t dance on Thatcher’s grave but she made gay people feel ‘marginalised’ 24
11:59 AM — As a gay woman former BBC Radio 4 newsreader Alice Arnold says celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher is inappropriate, although admits she celebrated her exit from Downing Street in 1990.
London: Gay men’s health charity GMFA faces uncertain future after funding cut 15
10:52 AM — GMFA has spoken of its shock at the news it will no longer receive funding for its London HIV information services.
10th April 2013
Crystal Palace Football Club Foundation says it will deal with homophobic fans 3
7:00 PM — Crystal Palace Football Club’s official foundation has commented on accusations that a number of the club’s fans have been taking part in homophobic chanting during matches.
Ed Miliband: Gay people were left ‘stigmatised’ by Margaret Thatcher’s Section 28 20
6:00 PM — Ed Miliband has joined his political rivals in paying tribute to Margaret Thatcher, but says her support for Section 28 caused gay people to be “stigmatised”.
London Tory MEP welcomes progress in North Cyprus gay ban repeal 6
3:41 PM — Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has welcomed the latest developments in decriminalising homosexuality in the northern part of Cyprus.
9th April 2013
UK: Lesbian asylum seeker due to be deported to Uganda on Wednesday 19
7:10 PM — An asylum seeker who claims she is at risk of homophobic persecution is due to be deported to Uganda on Wednesday evening.
Sussex Police tipped to become the next force to record attacks on subculture groups 2
5:45 PM — Sussex Police could become the next force in the country to recognise alternative subculture as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
Sussex: Survey shows many LGBT residents feel isolated and equality undermined by austerity
3:35 PM — A new survey shows the majority of LGBT people in East Sussex feel isolated and believe the government’s austerity policies are hindering moves towards equality.
X Factor singer Rylan Clark deletes Margaret Thatcher tweet 21
1:37 PM — X Factor singer Rylan Clark has deleted a tweet in tribute of Margaret Thatcher, after being reminded of her role in introducing Section 28 and her general disdain for gay rights.
Ugandan asylum seeker freed from Bedfordshire detention centre
11:52 AM — A Ugandan female asylum seeker, who campaigners claim was raped by her father, has been freed from a detention centre in Bedfordshire.
Simon Cowell: ‘I couldn’t care less if people think I’m gay’ 12
11:01 AM — Simon Cowell has once again commented about speculation concerning his sexuality by saying he "couldn't care less" if people think that he’s gay.
6th April 2013
Lord Carey: I will continue to oppose plans to ‘redefine’ marriage 58
7:41 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has said he will continue to oppose plans to "redefine" marriage, and says that doing so does not detract from his support for government policies on ending poverty.
5th April 2013
Actor Alan Cumming blasts Jeremy Irons for his ‘ignorant’ anti-gay marriage views 38
1:19 PM — Scottish actor Alan Cumming has criticised Jeremy Irons after he suggested equal marriage in Britain could lead to fathers marrying their sons.
Former Essex councillor denies resignation was linked to gay ‘porn’ discovered on council laptop 4
11:22 AM — A Liberal Democrat councillor in Newport has denied that his recent resignation was linked to a row earlier this year over his council-owned laptop, which was found to be storing explicit gay porn images.
Jim Davidson banned from performing at Kent theatre over his anti-gay views 15
10:48 AM — Jim Davidson has been told he cannot perform at a theatre in Kent because of his homophobic views.
4th April 2013
UK: Hate crime charity welcomes Greater Manchester Police’s decision to record attacks on subculture groups 8
2:37 PM — Stop Hate Crime UK has welcomed Greater Manchester Police’s decision to recognise attacks on members of subcultures, such as goths, punks and emos, as hate crimes.
Jeremy Irons: Same-sex marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons for tax purposes 163
11:07 AM — British actor Jeremy Irons says equal marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons.
Greater Manchester Police to treat crimes against goths and punks as seriously as homophobia 12
10:27 AM — Greater Manchester Police is to become the first force in the country to recognise alternative subculture – such as “goths, emos, punks and metallers” as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
3rd April 2013
Greater London Authority ranked a dismal 278th in Stonewall Equality Index 14
6:06 PM — A Freedom of Information request has revealed the Greater London Authority (GLA) was ranked 278th for this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index – falling from second place in 2008.
UK: Government think tank gives cautious response to Border Agency reforms
5:22 PM — The Institute for Government has commented on the decision to scrap the UK Borders Agency – which handles claims made by asylum seekers fleeing homophobic persecution.