3rd May 2013
UK: Government tells PinkNews no need for Queen’s Speech to mention equal marriage bill 70
7:19 PM — With Parliament already dealing with the issue, there is no need for the Queen to mention same-sex marriage in next week’s speech, a Downing Street source has confirmed to PinkNews.
Doncaster: Mayor who tried to cut Pride funding voted out of office 8
6:03 PM — Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies, who previously tried to cut funding for the town’s annual gay pride event, has been voted out of office.
UKIP candidate who published homophobic and biphobic flyers defeated in Staffordshire contest 22
4:01 PM — UKIP candidate David Nixon, who distributed leaflets claiming legalising same-sex marriage would lead to explicit “Homosexual Sex Education”, has failed to be elected as the councillor for Stone Rural in Staffordshire.
Ms Dynamite, Stooshe, Alison Moyet & Paloma Faith to perform at Brighton Pride 3
1:42 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have unveiled several key acts for this year’s event, including the original Sugababes line-up.
UK: Labour gay couple become council leader and civic mayor in Hartlepool 5
12:03 PM — A gay couple in Hartlepool are making history by becoming the first civil partnership in the country to hold the positions of council leader and civic mayor.
UKIP candidate who said ‘exercise’ in schools can prevent homosexuality fails to win seat in election 75
11:06 AM — UKIP candidate John Sullivan who claimed regular physical exercise in schools can “prevent homosexuality” has failed to be elected as a councillor for Newent in Gloucestershire.
2nd May 2013
London: Barking & Dagenham LGBT Network alarmed over increase in anti-gay crime 10
3:17 PM — A rise in reported homophobic crime in the east London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has alarmed LGBT community activists.
UK: Islamic Cambridge lecturer apologies for describing homosexuality as ‘ugly’ and calling gay people ‘ignorant’ 78
12:54 PM — A Cambridge lecturer has apologised for describing homosexuality as an “inherent aberration” and sinful.
UK: Trans woman former councillor hopes to become Brighton MP 7
12:13 PM — Brighton and Hove could return the UK’s first ever openly transgender MP at the next general election.
1st May 2013
Coalition for Marriage: David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains the rise of UKIP 25
4:31 PM — The Coalition for Marriage says David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains why the Conservatives are expected to perform badly in Thursday’s local elections.
Oxfordshire: Anti-gay marriage activists deliver petition to David Cameron’s constituency office 40
12:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have delivered a postcard petition signed by 288 people to David Cameron’s Witney constituency office in Oxfordshire.
30th April 2013
UKIP LGBT group: ‘We really need more candidates from the socially liberal side of society’ 94
5:11 PM — UKIP's affiliated LGBT group has once again criticised several members for making offensive remarks – and say they plan to contact UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Comment: Remembering the Admiral Duncan nail bomb attack 16
11:50 AM — Tuesday 30 April is the fourteenth anniversary of the nail bomb attack on the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, central London. In a PinkNews comment piece, first published last year, Mark Healey reminds us why its importance to remember the events of 1999.
29th April 2013
Q&A: LGBT professional business networking with Radius 5
4:02 PM — Tuesday evening sees the latest event for Radius, the London based LGBT professional networking event, this time held at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
UK: Ethnic minority church leaders call for same-sex marriage referendum 63
3:12 PM — Leaders representing more than a million British ethnic minority churchgoers have called for a referendum on equal marriage.
Daughter of anti-gay marriage Tory MP makes ‘Misérable Lesbians’ equal rights movie 9
2:04 PM — The daughter of an anti-equal marriage Conservative MP has produced a film in support of gay rights called Misérable Lesbians.
UKIP LGBT group: ‘Extremely angry and disappointed’ by the ‘obnoxious beliefs’ of David Nixon and John Sullivan 86
11:57 AM — UKIP’s affiliated LGBT group has condemned two of the party’s local election candidates for their alleged public displays of homophobia and biphobia.
UKIP blasted over ‘insulting’ and ‘disturbing’ homophobic, biphobic election leaflet 30
10:53 AM — Labour and the Liberal Democrats’ LGBT groups have criticised UKIP over an election leaflet that mocks bisexuals and attacks same-sex marriage.
26th April 2013
London: Exhibition of LGBT stories told through the barber’s chair 7
6:19 PM — A Camden-based hairdresser is running an exhibition to tell the stories of LGBT clients who open up to her while sitting in the barber's chair.
Yvette Cooper: ‘Parliament does not have enough openly gay and lesbian MPs’ 9
6:06 PM — Labour's Yvette Cooper has called on British businesses and the world of politics to do more to celebrate diversity and not merely to “tolerate” LGBT staff.