21st May 2013
Boris Johnson, Martina Navratilova and Clare Balding to take part in Pride London festival 3
11:42 AM — Organisers of this year’s Pride in London have confirmed that the event will go ahead, with London Mayor Boris Johnson hosting a special Gala dinner at Claridge’s on 25 June.
20th May 2013
Stonewall shocked by violent homophobic south London attack 3
3:59 PM — Stonewall has described a violent attack on a gay couple in south London as “shocking”.
19th May 2013
London: Gay couple threatened with death in violent late night homophobic assault 143
4:24 PM — The Metropolitan Police Service is investigating a vicious homophobic attack on a gay couple in south London, with one of the attackers saying “stay down faggot.”
16th May 2013
Former Christian Peoples Alliance leader Alan Craig: ‘Polygamous marriages should be included in the same-sex marriage bill’ 32
12:39 PM — The former leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, Alan Craig, believes the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will lead to “new inequalities and discrimination” – and suggests it should include “polygamous marriages” for Muslims and Mormons.
15th May 2013
Tory Lord True: ‘Relationships should be respected, but I haven’t made up my mind on equal marriage’ 29
6:56 PM — Although Conservative peer Lord Nicholas True has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader “relationships should be respected equally” – he remains unsure about supporting the same-sex marriage bill.
London: Catholic head teacher denies asking Stonewall to visit school over claims student called shoes ‘gay’ 11
5:15 PM — A head teacher has denied reports that gay rights charity Stonewall were called in to her school because of claims a child called a fellow pupil’s shoes "gay" in a playground.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘I’m not anti-gay; I’m just pro-marriage’ 57
1:42 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has told a PinkNews.co.uk reader he is “pro-marriage and not anti-gay”.
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
14th May 2013
London: Gay former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman facing expulsion from Tory Party 5
6:53 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, is facing expulsion from the Conservative Party.
13th May 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
10th May 2013
Conservative peer Baroness O’Cathain: ‘The Government should admit same-sex marriage is a mistake’ 47
12:09 PM — Baroness O'Cathain told the House of Lords that "very little more equality is needed" when laying out her opposition to same-sex marriage.
9th May 2013
Methodist peer Lord Griffiths: ‘I support gay rights but not same-sex marriage’ 38
3:21 PM — Methodist minister and Labour peer Lord Leslie Griffiths has revealed that, while he supports civil partnerships, he feels marriage equality doesn't offer gay people anything more than the use of the word "marriage".
Rabbi Baroness Neuberger will vote for marriage equality to hold a ‘Moonie-style mass gay wedding’ 7
2:22 PM — Crossbench peer and rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger has reaffirmed her support for same-sex marriage, stating she is waiting for the day she can hold a "moonie-style mass gay wedding".
8th May 2013
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.
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
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.
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'.
3rd May 2013
London: Gay former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman fined for assaulting female cafe owner 13
12:50 PM — Gay former Conservative London Assembly Member Brian Coleman has admitted attacking a woman as she filmed him parking illegally in north London.
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.
30th April 2013
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.