4th July 2013
Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore: Will equal marriage lead to people marrying dogs? 63
4:10 PM — Former Telegraph editor Charles Moore has made another attack on the same-sex marriage bill, saying: “I wonder if the law will eventually be changed to allow one to marry one’s dog.”
Video: Homophobic street preacher arrested in London 138
3:09 PM — A Christian street preacher has been arrested and questioned about his beliefs after saying that “fornication” and homosexuality are a sin.
31 years ago today Terry Higgins died from AIDS 51
2:53 PM — Today marks 31 years since the death of Terry Higgins, the first person in the UK to be confirmed to have died with AIDS.
Green MP Caroline Lucas: When I raise the issue of LGBT asylum with the government I come up against a brick wall 5
1:34 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas says the government must do more to ensure that the UK Border Agency does not deport LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Peter Tatchell: When it comes to LGBT asylum seekers, Labour’s Chris Bryant needs to know the facts 5
11:43 AM — Peter Tatchell is disputing claims made by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant, that the UK Border Agency has not deported gay asylum seekers in recent years.
3rd July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas tables amendment for equal survivor benefits for gay couples 21
6:41 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has tabled an amendment to the Pensions Bill, which would give equal provision of survivor benefits for same-sex couples.
Letter warns Queen that equal marriage bill will be ‘nothing short of catastrophic’ to the UK 40
5:07 PM — Four business directors on the Isle of Man have written to the Queen in the hope she will refuse to give the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its Royal Assent.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Latest bone marrow transplant development ‘by no means a workable’ HIV cure 5
3:07 PM — Two cancer patients have been taken off their HIV medication after bone marrow transplants seemed to clear the virus from their bodies, but campaigners say it is “by no means a workable cure.”
UK: Health minister to pursue ‘as a matter of urgency’ extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men 8
1:14 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has secured a concession from the Public Health Minister Anna Soubry that it is unfair that the vaccination programme against the Human Papillomavirus is not currently available for teenage boys.
Crowd-funding campaign for naked rowers to take off their clothes to fight homophobia takes off 5
12:04 PM — A crowd-funding campaign for the men’s rowing team at Warwick University for its latest calendar to raise funds to fight homophobia through sports has taken off spectacularly, exceeding its target of £5,000.
2nd July 2013
Obituary: Michael Brown – a long-standing gay activist 17
5:20 PM — David Solomon pays tribute to gay activist and close friend Michael Brown, who has died at the age of 81.
Church of England postpones internal debate on allowing civil partnership ceremonies 6
2:16 PM — Discussions to allow civil partnership ceremonies in Anglican churches appear to have been dropped ahead of Friday's Synod meeting.
Boris Johnson quizzed on LBC over his ‘up the Arcelor’ gay pride gala dinner joke 32
10:47 AM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has been grilled by a listener about a controversial joke he made last week at a gay pride gala dinner.
1st July 2013
Lesbian former army officer becomes president of Unison 6
3:13 PM — Unison, one of Britain's largest trade unions, has elected its first openly gay woman as its new president.
David Cameron confirms tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships 22
12:15 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron says the government will bring forward proposals for a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners.
Labour welcomes LGBT consultation but says government could be doing things now 8
11:28 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that she welcomes the government’s decision to start a consultation on the future of LGBT policy in the autumn.
Newly out bisexual Tory MP has mixed voting record on equal rights 41
11:25 AM — Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski, who came out as bisexual at the weekend, voted against the Equality Act in 2007, but did support the same-sex marriage bill at second and third reading.
30th June 2013
London: Senior gay Tory dismisses ‘hissy fit’ reaction to Boris Johnson’s ‘up the Arcelor’ joke 20
1:26 PM — The Leader of the Conservative Group in the Greater London Assembly has defended Boris Johnson from criticism over a controversial joke he made about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
Divorced Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski reveals he has a boyfriend 25
12:54 PM — Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski has revealed that, following his separation from his wife in 2011, he has been dating a man.
28th June 2013
Ivan Massow: The gay scene is ‘obsessed’ with destructive drugs and sex leading to HIV 137
5:29 PM — Gay millionaire and prominent Tory supporter Ivan Massow says today’s gay scene seems “obsessed” with “drugs” and “sex” resulting in an empty world of hedonism