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
Blackburn: Family charged with attempted kidnap of lesbian
3:40 PM — A woman and five of her children have appeared in court charged with the attempted kidnap of a woman who was in a same-sex relationship with one of her daughters.
Maria Miller: I want PinkNews readers to tell me the biggest issues facing the LGBT community 84
3:07 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Culture Secretary Maria Miller says she is "proud" that equal marriage legislation is on track to becoming law. She also reveals a public consultation on where the government should focus its efforts next on LGBT policy will begin this autumn.
Ed Miliband: ‘The terrible death of Lucy Meadows shows the trans community still face prejudice’ 9
1:16 PM — Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband says he is “delighted” to be supporting this weekend’s Pride in London event, but adds the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows shows more needs to be done to end prejudice in society.
David Cameron: ‘I am proud of what this government has done on equal marriage’ 37
12:10 PM — Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader David Cameron says he is proud of the work that his government has done to secure equal marriage.
David Cameron: Gay and lesbian young people will see that they are truly equal after marriage law changes 18
11:34 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron says implementing equal marriage means gay and lesbian students “will be able to see that Parliament believes their love is the same as anyone else’s love.”
Boris Johnson: Take pride in London’s LGBT vibrancy and fight to tackle the homophobia that still exists 7
9:42 AM — Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, argues that while London is a tolerant city, more needs to be done to tackle homophobia in the workplace and schools.
27th June 2013
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged to ban gay conversion therapy 7
6:58 PM — Labour MP Geraint Davies has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging for him to consider a complete ban on gay conversion therapy from being provided by psychotherapists.
Nick Clegg: Celebrate Pride but don’t forget the countries that discriminate against LGBT people 25
6:37 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg says the pending arrival of equal marriage in England, Wales and Scotland means this weekend's Pride in London celebrations will be a "landmark" event.
UK: Government to tackle legal high drug use in LGBT community 3
4:44 PM — The government says it’s committed to tackling the use of legal highs in Britain’s LGBT community, as part of a wider campaign by the Home Office to raise awareness about the impact of legal highs.
TUC: Government is undermining its good work on equal marriage with austerity 14
2:50 PM — TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady says the government is undermining its good work on equal marriage by axing vital workplace protections for LGBT people.
Sunderland: Homophobic attack report may have been false, say police
1:07 PM — Police investigating last week's reported homophobic crime attack on two women in Sunderland say the incident may have been falsely reported.
Boris Johnson apologises for ‘up the Arcelor’ gay pride gala dinner joke after criticism by Labour MPs 48
11:45 AM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has apologised for making a controversial joke at a gala dinner for Pride in London about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
26th June 2013
Boris Johnson opens Pride with joke about gay men taking their future husbands ‘up the Arcelor’ 30
6:06 PM — The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, praised the organisers of this weekend’s Pride in London festival on Tuesday evening, and also made a risqué joke about gay men taking their husbands up the "Arcelor" on their wedding day.