10th May 2013
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
9th May 2013
UKIP’s Nigel Farage: Lady Thatcher’s ‘open-mindedness’ is responsible for gay tolerance in Britain 74
6:11 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and claims Margaret Thatcher’s “open-mindedness” is responsible for today’s gay tolerance in British society.
DUP MP William McCrea: ‘David Cameron has no mandate for his same-sex marriage bill’ 20
1:15 PM — DUP MP Dr William McCrea has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and says “no party has a mandate for that change.
MPs to resume debate of same-sex marriage bill this month 35
12:19 PM — MPs will resume debate of the same-sex marriage bill later this month, it has been announced.
Professor Niall Ferguson: If I really were a ‘gay-basher’ why would gay blogger Andrew Sullivan be the godfather of one of my sons? 22
11:24 AM — Niall Ferguson has once again apologised for making homophobic remarks about economist John Maynard Keynes, claiming that his friendship with the gay blogger Andrew Sullivan shows that he could not be homophobic.
Lancashire: Lesbians sprayed with lemonade and attacked by gang of men on board train 7
10:35 AM — Three women were subjected to homophobic abuse and attacked by a gang of men on a train in Lancashire.
8th May 2013
Duncan James: I’ve had Twitter trolls say ‘I hope you get AIDS and die, you f*ggot’ 13
7:13 PM — Blue’s Duncan James says he experienced a flurry of vile abuse on Twitter shortly after ITV aired The Big Reunion.
Police arrest suspect in connection with Brighton gay man’s death
6:43 PM — Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of Michael Polding, a gay man who was found murdered in his Brighton flat in July 2012.
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries reinstated as Conservative MP 20
5:47 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been reinstated as a Conservative MP, having been suspended by the party following her appearance on the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
National AIDS Trust responds to Queen’s Speech by urging ministers to focus more on HIV 17
4:41 PM — The National AIDS Trust has responded to the Queen’s Speech by urging the government to pay more attention to the needs of people living with HIV.
LBC’s Iain Dale: ITV’s Vicious is an ‘abortion of a comedy’ and Brian Sewell is right to pan it 39
3:46 PM — LBC radio presenter Iain Dale says ITV’s new gay sitcom Vicious is an “abortion of a comedy” and has praised Brian Sewell’s withering critique of the show.
UK: Woman fined after hurling homophobic abuse at paramedic 3
2:10 PM — South Central Ambulance Service says it will not tolerate abuse against its staff after a paramedic was subjected to anti-gay language by a drunk woman.
London Evening Standard urges David Cameron to stick with same-sex marriage in order to be a ‘conviction politician’ 19
1:36 PM — In an editorial the London Evening Standard has commented on today’s highly-anticipated absence of the same-sex marriage bill from the Queen's Speech, saying David Cameron “must stick” with the policy in order to be seen as a “conviction politician”.
7th May 2013
US doctors: New deadly strain of gonorrhea potentially ‘worse than AIDS’ 33
6:18 PM — A new antibiotic-resistant form of gonorrhoea has the potential to be worse than AIDS because of its lethal nature, according to US doctors.
Nigel Evans: ‘I’m overwhelmed’ by the support from my colleagues
5:12 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans says he is "overwhelmed" by the support he has received since being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
Brian Sewell attacks ITV’s Vicious as ‘spiteful parody’ with audience down by 2 million 55
3:36 PM — With the show down 2 million viewers for its second episode controversial art critic Brian Sewell says ITV’s new sitcom Vicious reminds him of a less progressive period for gay people.
Helen Mirren laughs off drummer rant by wearing t-shirt in support of gay festival 8
2:16 PM — Helen Mirren has poked fun at her rant at a group of drummers who were promoting a gay festival by wearing a custom made t-shirt in support of the event.
UK: Same-sex marriage supporting MPs selected for Queen’s Speech Loyal Address 3
1:21 PM — Two pro-marriage equality MPs have been selected for the Loyal Address during proceedings for tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.
UK: Report shows male prisoners are frequently being denied access to condoms 22
11:07 AM — Staff at a UK prison claimed none of their inmates were gay and therefore argued that they didn't need to provide them with condoms, a report has revealed.
6th May 2013
Dame Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen tells gay festival drummers to ‘shut the f**k up’ 40
10:27 AM — Dressed as the Queen, Dame Helen Mirren told 200 drummers promoting a gay festival to "shut the f*ck up" after they disturbed a performance of 'The Audience'.