1st March 2013
Anti-gay marriage Tory candidate Maria Hutchings loses Eastleigh by-election to pro-equality Lib Dem 25
8:31 AM — Tory Maria Hutchings, who is against same-sex marriage, has been defeated in the Eastleigh by-election by Lib Dem Mike Thornton, a supporter of marriage equality.
28th February 2013
London: Christian group tells High Court ‘gay cure’ bus advert ban threatens democracy 50
3:36 PM — A Christian group has told the High Court that a ban on bus adverts which claimed gay people can be "cured" of their sexuality was a "deep threat" to democracy.
Guardian Journalist Julie Bindel: Morrissey is wrong to say gay men are never violent 52
2:33 PM — Guardian columnist Julie Bindel has dismissed Morrissey’s claims about gay men and wars, saying they can be as "fascist and racist" as hetrosexuals.
Rugby star Ben Cohen due to make an appearance at Student Pride 2013 in Brighton 1
12:16 PM — Rugby icon Ben Cohen is just one of several celebrities due to make an appearance at this weekend's National Student Pride in Brighton.
Legal challenge by Christian group against Boris Johnson’s decision to ban ‘ex-gay’ bus ads begins at High Court 30
10:27 AM — London Mayor Boris Johnson's refusal to run anti-gay adverts on buses in the capital is being challenged at the High Court today.
27th February 2013
Reading University cancels anti-gay Islamic preacher visit amid violent protest fears 76
6:35 PM — Homophobic cleric Abu Usamah at-Thahabi will no longer be visiting the University of Reading tomorrow after the event he was due to attend was cancelled because of fears of violent protests.
Rugby star Ben Cohen: ‘I think there is a bit of a witch hunt to find a gay footballer’ 9
3:41 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has exclusively told PinkNews.co.uk that he believes the continuous media debate surrounding the absence of an openly gay professional footballer in the UK can amount to a "witch hunt".
Tory MOD minister Mark Francois says he’s committed to equality in the armed forces — despite voting against same-sex marriage 8
2:29 PM — Conservative Defence Minister Mark Francois says the government is committed to LGBT equality in the armed forces after it was pointed out only 1 MOD minister voted in favour of the same-sex marriage bill.
Comment: Why I’m inspired by Alan Turing 12
12:29 PM — As LGBT History Month draws to a close, LGBT youth volunteer Thomas Wales writes for PinkNews on why it’s important to remember Alan Turing.
26th February 2013
Rugby star Ben Cohen tells MPs that more needs to be done to combat homophobia in sport 9
7:20 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has told MPs at a parliamentary event that sport has a huge role to play in reducing anti-gay bullying.
Manchester University society shut down after anti-gay Muslim video expose 33
6:06 PM — A society at the University of Manchester has closed after a student secretly filmed an extremist Muslim saying gay people should be killed – with a complaint then received by police.
UK: Gay hate Islamic preacher to visit Reading University 66
4:47 PM — An Islamic cleric, who has called for gay people to be punished with death, is due to visit Reading University on Thursday.
John Bercow wrongly outs rugby star Ben Cohen in gay gaffe 22
4:05 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons was left red-faced after accidently referring to rugby star Ben Cohen as “openly gay” – even though the former player has a wife and is straight.
British Gay Catholic journalist claims ‘half of all Catholics priests are gay’ 67
1:37 PM — A gay British Catholic journalist and former Dominican friar has reiterated claims that Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to stand down this Thursday was partly over his concerns regarding clerical misconduct.
Comment: The priorities of the LGBT community lie away from marriage 42
12:11 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT activist and SNP member Nathan Sparling says the UK Government has been putting too much of its focus on equal marriage – when the issue of health inequality has a far greater impact on the LGBT community.
Huddersfield: Gay man suffers broken nose and teeth in random attack
11:22 AM — A gay man has sustained facial injuries in a suspected homophobic assault in Huddersfield.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson: I’m ‘appalled’ that sports stars can’t come out until after they retire 10
9:38 AM — The Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, has spoken out on the importance of supporting athletes in coming out, and changing the sporting world in order to be more inclusive of LGBT people.
25th February 2013
Boris Johnson to face legal challenge from Christian group over ‘ex-gay’ bus ads 33
5:04 PM — The Mayor of London will appear in court on Thursday to face representatives of Christian groups which claim he denied their free speech by pulling an ad for gay cure therapies from London buses.
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
Comment: The loss of Robbie Rogers should shame football into action 6
3:43 PM — Fears for the wellbeing of an out gay footballer may be overrated, but Robbie Rogers' retirement shows we've been spectators to bigotry and stupidity for too long, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.co.uk