17th January 2013
UK: Cafe owner accuses gay campaigners of targeting him for a 2nd time over Uganda trip 14
8:05 PM — A cafe owner who denies accusations of homophobia, having attended an event in Uganda where there were anti-gay speakers present, claims to have closed his cafe for a second time due to the threat of further protests.
Yvette Cooper warns against ‘unfair’ police DNA targeting of gay men 15
6:43 PM — Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says she is concerned by allegations of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore attacks PinkNews 87
1:55 PM — Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore has launched an outspoken attack on PinkNews after it published a story about the killing of a trans woman in Brazil.
BNP leader Nick Griffin allowed to attend Oxford University gay parenting debate 40
11:56 AM — The Oxford Union have announced that BNP leader Nick Griffin "will not be turned away" if he decides to attend a scheduled debate on gay parenting, despite Mr Griffin's official invitation being withdrawn.
16th January 2013
Manchester: Police apologise to gay former soldier over DNA sampling 28
5:05 PM — A former soldier who denounced the Greater Manchester Police for taking a DNA sample from him because of a consensual gay sex act in 1983 has received a formal apology.
UK: Accenture named most gay-friendly company by Stonewall 15
1:59 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its Top 100 Employers for 2013, with management consultancy firm Accenture topping the list.
Hampshire Constabulary Chief receives Stonewall ‘Champion of the Year’ award 1
1:33 PM — The Chief Constable for Hampshire's Constabulary has been named Stonewall's Individual Champion of the Year for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
London: Islington and Camden to host UK’s ‘biggest’ LGBT History Month celebrations 3
12:32 PM — Organisers in the London boroughs of Islington and Camden say February’s programme of events for LGBT History Month will be the largest in the UK.
Majority of MPs indicate that they will vote for same-sex marriage in England and Wales 31
8:13 AM — A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
15th January 2013
UKIP LGBT chairman: I support same-sex marriage — but it’s not important 71
5:44 PM — The deputy chairman of UKIP’s affiliated LGBT group is defending the party from accusations of homophobia and says he would never be kicked out of the party for supporting same-sex marriage.
UK: Hate crime charity criticises Julie Burchill for writing ‘transphobic hatred’ 9
4:14 PM — Hate crime charity Galop has become the latest LGBT organisation to criticise Julie Burchill for writing a highly offensive article about the trans community in last weekend’s Observer newspaper.
Government to remove ban on issuing insults 46
1:52 PM — A Lords amendment proposing to drop "insulting" behaviour from Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which has been used by lawyers to prosecute both homophobic religious preachers and gay rights campaigners, has won government approval.
UK: Defeat for anti-gay Christians at European Court of Human Rights 87
11:46 AM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn’t work with gay couples, have lost their anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights.
Peter Tatchell accuses police of homophobic witch hunt against gay men 37
10:41 AM — Police in Manchester, Northumbria, and the West Midlands, are visiting gay men convicted of consenting, victimless same-sex behaviour and demanding they provide DNA samples, according to Peter Tatchell.
14th January 2013
UK: Anti-gay marriage group uses MP’s photo without permission 13
6:56 PM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used a Conservative MP's photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
Exclusive: MPs to vote on same-sex marriage bill before Valentine’s Day 40
5:48 PM — PinkNews understands that MPs will debate and vote on the government’s equal marriage plans for England and Wales before next month’s Valentine’s Day.
Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore apologises for ‘Brazilian transsexual’ remark 28
4:44 PM — Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore has returned to Twitter and apologised for some of her controversial comments about the trans community.
UK survey: Half of people wrongly think you can get HIV from being bitten or spat at 17
1:31 PM — Nearly half of people in the UK still don't understand how HIV is contracted, according to the National AIDS Trust.
Tory ‘love cheat’ MP says same-sex marriage makes it ‘difficult to promote Christian values’ 53
12:45 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, says legalising equal marriage would make it “difficult to promote Christian values in parliament.”
Lynne Featherstone: Sack Julie Burchill and Observer editor for ‘disgusting’ transphobic rant 38
10:54 AM — Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the editor of the Observer and columnist Julie Burchill to be sacked over a transphobic article.