7th February 2014
Labour MP Diane Abbott calls on UK to use ‘soft power’ against homophobia in Africa 4
11:47 AM — Diane Abbott says the UK Government is not doing enough to challenge LGBT rights violations across Africa.
6th February 2014
Sports Minister rejects Labour criticism of ‘embarrassing’ Olympic delegation 6
6:01 PM — Sports Minister Helen Grant tells PinkNews.co.uk that including gay celebrities in Britain's Olympic delegation to Sochi is a matter for the British Olympic Association.
Labour MP Chris Bryant: I’m embarrassed the UK is not including gay people in its Olympic delegation 8
2:01 PM — Chris Bryant has condemned the government for failing to include any LGBT people in the Olympic delegation, and jokes President Putin should “stop wandering around” with his shirt off as he risks arrest.
Health charity: Extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men can prevent cancer 4
1:34 PM — Campaigners say offering HPV vaccinations to adolescent boys and gay and bisexual men could help stop cancer.
Sherlock: Stars reveal gay club scene was cut from latest series 3
1:09 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have revealed a scene in which Sherlock and Doctor Watson visited a gay club was cut from the latest series.
Paul O’Grady slams Russia’s ‘Nazi-style’ anti-gay laws outside Downing Street 11
12:46 PM — Paul O'Grady has spoken out against Russia's "fascist" anti-gay laws, and condemned the Olympic sponsors for not doing enough on the issue.
Mayor of North Down: Northern Ireland will have equal marriage within 10 years 9
12:31 PM — The Mayor of North Down, Andrew Muir, predicts Northern Ireland will legalise equal marriage within the next 10 years.
Green Party: The UK has failed to protect LGBT asylum seekers 7
11:09 AM — Green Party MEP candidate Caroline Allen writes for PinkNews.co.uk on how the government has failed those fleeing homophobic and transphobic persecution.
5th February 2014
Watch a politician cut up his Visa card in protest at Russian Sochi Olympics sponsorship 13
11:38 PM — Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman stunned the European Parliament today by publicly cutting up his Visa card in protest at the company's sponsorship of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Ireland: RTE boss defends €85k payout to Catholic anti-gay marriage group over ‘homophobe’ row 30
5:34 PM — RTE has blamed Ireland's defamation laws over the decision to pay a €85,000 libel settlement to journalists and a right-wing Catholic think-tank, following the comments of a drag artist on one of its shows.
Piers Morgan under fire for transphobia after repeatedly referring to trans woman as a ‘former man’ 36
5:19 PM — Journalist and trans rights campaigner Janet Mock has accused CNN presenter Piers Morgan of attempting to "sensationalise" her life after featuring her as a chat show guest, where she was repeatedly referred to as a "former man."
Lord Tebbit: Tim Yeo’s ‘dodgy’ support for equal marriage contributed to his downfall 23
4:36 PM — Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit says Tim Yeo's "dodgy" views, such as supporting equal marriage, contributed to his de-selection.
Sports Minister praises Man United and Chelsea for backing Football v Homophobia campaign
2:13 PM — Sports and Equalities Minister Helen Grant has praised several Premier League football clubs for joining the Football v Homophobia campaign.
UK: Labour councillor suspended following homophobic slur investigation
1:38 PM — A Labour councillor in Rochdale, who denies accusations of homophobia, has been suspended by his party.
Channel 4′s Hunted – the Russian gangs who hunt gays for sport 43
1:19 PM — A few days before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the safety of the Russian gay community is worse than ever. Channel 4's harrowing new documentary, Hunted, follows the Russian gangs that hunt gay men for sport.
Shadow Foreign Minister: The UK Government must challenge Russia on LGBT rights at the Winter Olympics 4
12:50 PM — Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy writes for PinkNews.co.uk on why Culture Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalites, Maria Miller, has to raise the issue of LGBT rights when she travels to Sochi for the Winter Games.
Paul O’Grady to lead Downing Street protest against Russia’s anti-gay laws 6
12:03 PM — Broadcaster and comedian Paul O’Grady will attend tonight’s London rally against Russia’s anti-gay laws, organisers have announced.
Comment: Scotland’s passing of equal marriage is an important moment for trans and intersex people 4
11:10 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Scottish Transgender Alliance Development Officer Nathan Gale says Scotland's decision to legalise equal marriage will benefit trans and intersex people.
London gay community in shock over sudden death of Mayor of Lambeth 8
10:42 AM — The London gay community is in shock following the announcement that Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett died suddenly from a suspected heart attack on Tuesday morning, aged 43.
4th February 2014
Hurrah for Scotland as years of campaigning leads to equal marriage victory! 36
10:01 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage has passed the Scottish Parliament in an historic final Stage Three vote.