10th July 2013
Elton John praises Pope Francis as he’s named ‘Man of the Year’ by Vanity Fair 47
10:53 AM — Sir Elton John says Pope Francis “is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity”.
9th July 2013
Lord West: Gay members of the armed forces suffered ‘degrading treatment’ in the 90s 41
5:01 PM — A former First Sea Lord says he was “shocked and appalled” at the way gay people were once treated in the armed forces.
Elton John to undergo surgery for appendicitis and cancels shows 4
4:20 PM — Sir Elton John has been forced to cancel a headline performance in Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
National Secular Society welcomes Court of Appeal ruling against anti-gay Christian B&B owner 16
3:31 PM — National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling against a Christian guest house owner who refused to allow a gay couple to share the same bed.
Leeds Prison praised for teaching inmates about LGBT History Month 5
2:40 PM — Leeds Prison has become the first in the UK to be recognised with a leading diversity award after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons praised the institution for its LGBT staff training.
UK: Murderer of 4 gay men told life sentence breaches his human rights 136
1:35 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled the whole life tariff given to Peter Moore, the man who killed four gay men in 1995, breaches his human rights.
Colin Murray leaves Radio 5 Live weeks after Clare Balding was ridiculed on his show 5
12:45 PM — Colin Murray is leaving Radio 5 Live just weeks after the BBC had to apologise for homophobic jokes made on his show about presenter Clare Balding.
UK: Anti-gay Christian B&B owner loses latest appeal 47
11:50 AM — A Christian guest house owner who was found to have discriminated against a gay couple has lost her case at the Court of Appeal, but can now take it to the Supreme Court.
Terrence Higgins Trust: ‘Very few’ gay men will ever bug chase for HIV 78
11:11 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust says “very few” gay men will ever bug chase for HIV – the charity has commented to PinkNews.co.uk about the subject following a report in a national tabloid.
8th July 2013
Amendment to allow registrars to opt out of marrying gay couples defeated in Lords 19
7:12 PM — An amendment to allow civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples has been defeated in the House of Lords.
Baroness Williams compares registrars refusing same-sex marriages to those opposing totalitarian regime 54
6:42 PM — Liberal Dem Baroness Williams says civil registrars should be allowed to refuse to provide marriages for same-sex couples in the same as those who opposed totalitarian regimes.
National AIDS Trust: New HIV risks for gay men who inject steroids and tanning agents 20
5:53 PM — A significant increase in the number of gay men injecting substances and people injecting image and performance-enhancing drugs could lead to increasing levels of HIV, the National AIDS Trust has warned in a new report.
YouGov poll: 59% of Tory activists ‘totally oppose’ equal marriage 12
5:06 PM — A new YouGov poll of more than 800 Conservative Party activists shows 59% totally oppose legislation to allow for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
Tory MP Peter Bone’s equal marriage ‘referendum’ bill to be debated by MPs in November 40
3:46 PM — Tory MP Peter Bone's private member's bill for a referendum on equal marriage will be subjected to a second reading debate by MPs on 29 November 2013.
Telegraph columnist Cristina Odone: Banning ‘gay’ as an insult would be like banning ‘chav’ 96
12:14 PM — The former editor of The Catholic Herald, Cristina Odone, has criticised the Education Secretary for stating that it’s wrong to use the word “gay” as an insult.
Plaid Cymru: Latest figures on anti-gay bullying in Welsh schools ‘probably the tip of the iceberg’ 4
11:12 AM — More than 70 cases of homophobic bullying have been recorded in schools across south-east Wales, but Plaid Cymru says the true figure could be even higher.
5th July 2013
Association of Teachers and Lecturers says free schools will make it harder to fight homophobia 7
4:45 PM — Discrimination is becoming harder to challenge as more schools become academies and free schools independent of local control, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has warned.
UK Government: We don’t deport LGBT asylum seekers and we never will 13
3:54 PM — The Home Office has defended the UK Border Agency from claims that LGBT asylum seekers have been deported back to countries such as Uganda where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Head of civil registrars warns against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying gay couples 12
12:36 PM — The National Panel for Registration has warned Culture Secretary Maria Miller against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams tables ‘opposite sex marriage’ amendment to equal marriage bill 66
11:16 AM — Baroness Williams has tabled a new amendment urging for a legal separation between same-sex marriages and opposite sex marriages.