27th June 2013
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.
25th June 2013
Ex-Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova: ‘Gay men still feel oppressed on court’ 5
4:19 PM — Tennis star Martina Navratilova says gay men still feel oppressed on court – and many are still in the closet.
24th June 2013
Nick Clegg: ‘I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building’ 9
1:27 PM — Nick Clegg has spoken of his pride at having the rainbow flag soaring above his office in Whitehall and says “I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building and above parliaments across the world - maybe Russia, Uganda or Yemen.”
21st June 2013
British Museum launches LGBT history guide as part of Pride in London festival 3
3:17 PM — The British Museum has launched a new guide focusing on elements of LGBT history to tie in with the Pride in London festival.
18th June 2013
Gay former police officer accuses the Met of ‘institutional racism and homophobia’ 9
4:18 PM — The Metropolitan Police has a policy of “cover-up and containment” that punishes officers who complain of racism and homophobia within its ranks, a gay mixed race ex-police officer has said.
14th June 2013
London: One week until UK’s second Dyke March 7
4:56 PM — London's second Dyke March takes place next Saturday, with a route echoing the steps of Suffragettes.
10th June 2013
Pride in London line-up announced with ex-Doctor Who actor Andrew Hayden-Smith to co-host 7
5:53 PM — Pride in London has announced its line-up of entertainment for the main day of the festival on Saturday 29 June with Andrew Hayden Smith co-hosting the event .
UK: Man accused of raping trans charity worker to face new trial after jury fail to reach verdict
4:02 PM — A man accused of raping a trans woman more than 10 years ago in north London will face a second trial after the jury in his first trial were unable to reach a verdict.
3rd June 2013
House of Lords equal marriage rally to take place this evening 2
2:09 PM — Supporters of marriage equality will rally outside the House of Lords from 5.30pm.
1st June 2013
Boris Johnson: I am delighted London has made the final shortlist for the 2018 Gay Games 4
4:43 PM — Boris Johnson says its “fantastic news” that the capital has been shortlisted to go through to the final round of the process to host the 2018 Gay Games.
31st May 2013
Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes faces wrath of local party for abstaining in equal marriage vote 30
11:02 AM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has been criticised in an open letter by Lib Dem members in his south London constituency for abstaining in this month’s vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
30th May 2013
UK: Equal marriage rally to coincide with House of Lords debate 14
12:28 PM — Monday’s House of Lords second reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will coincide with a rally outside Parliament organised by equality campaigners.
28th May 2013
English Defence League rally in London gay bar 144
6:07 PM — As part of their Bank Holiday weekend demonstrations, the English Defence League (EDL) arranged a rally in London's HalfWay to Heaven gay bar and were happy to find a "lot of lads" were present.
Su Pollard: ‘Equal marriage can only be a good thing for sexual health’ 14
2:15 PM — Comedy entertainer Su Pollard says more needs to be done to encourage young gay men to use condoms and that equal marriage is a key step towards ending stigma and discrimination.
Helen Mirren: The music at this gay festival is ‘too loud’ 5
10:48 AM — She kept her word and attended As One in the Park, a gay central London music festival at the weekend, but Dame Helen Mirren appeared to find the music “too loud.”
27th May 2013
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.
24th May 2013
Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week 7
12:30 PM — Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg both intend to demonstrate the government's commitment to equality by allowing the rainbow flag to fly from the Cabinet Office during Pride week in the capital.
23rd May 2013
Columnist Richard Godwin: Does Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth ‘dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him?’ 10
10:39 AM — London Evening Standard columnist Richard Godwin jokes Sir Gerald Howarth’s recent comments about the “aggressive homosexual community” maybe because “he really does dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him.”
22nd May 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes accuses David Lammy of ‘playing the race card’ in equal marriage debate 40
2:04 PM — Ahead of last night’s vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, former Labour minister David Lammy was accused of “playing the race card” by staunch equal marriage critic David Burrowes.