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.
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.