14th November 2013
Manchester: Lesbian couple sue NHS after hospital prevented them from accessing IVF 12
11:58 AM — A lesbian couple in Manchester are taking legal action against the NHS after claiming they were turned down for fertility treatment because they are in a same-sex relationship.
13th November 2013
UK Parliament to debate gay ‘cure’ therapies next week 29
6:36 PM — A Westminster Hall Debate in the House of Commons on gay conversion therapy will take place on Wednesday 20 November, it has been announced.
London: Activists stage protest outside Commonwealth HQ against ‘Commonwealth homophobia’ 3
5:56 PM — Campaigners have staged a protest outside the Commonwealth’s Secretariat building in central London against the presence of anti-gay laws in 80% of Commonwealth countries.
Wales: Cathedral archdeacon to investigate allegations of homophobic bullying in ‘spoof script’ 1
3:30 PM — The Archdeacon of Llandaff said she is investigating allegations of homophobia after a gay former choir member claimed he was the target of anti-gay bullying by his former colleagues, who put together a spoof script making implicit references and innuendos to his sexuality.
UK: Court told bisexual former Lib Dem MP’s phone hacked repeatedly
2:32 PM — The phone of bisexual former Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten was hacked 10 times by a private investigator, the Old Bailey has heard.
London Council ‘alarmed’ by rising HIV infections 2
1:38 PM — A senior London councillor, representing boroughs across the capital, has described rising HIV infection rates in London as “alarming”.
HIV campaign disagrees with media link between David Dimbleby’s scorpion tattoo and gay men with HIV 9
12:57 PM — The decision of The Times, Metro and The Huffington Post to claim gay men use a scorpion and other “biohazard” symbols to indicate they are HIV positive has surprised gay men’s health charity, GMFA.
Northern Ireland Health Minister: The ‘natural order’ for having a child is a man and a woman 14
10:37 AM — Edwin Poots has said that while he does not regard being gay as an abomination, he believes the "natural order" for having a child is strictly between a man and a woman.
12th November 2013
Poland: Giant rainbow set on fire by far-right thugs 15
5:02 PM — Far-right protesters have burnt a rainbow piece of artwork during an event to commemorate Poland's national independence in the capital Warsaw.
London: Founder of Christian Concern to take part in equal marriage debate 65
3:54 PM — The founder of Christian Concern, who has previously blasted the “militant homosexual lobby”, will be debating the arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales at The Law Society in central London this evening.
Brighton council to discuss plans to expand Pride festival
2:28 PM — Plans to expand Brighton’s annual LGBT festival with a possible proms-style Sunday concert will be debated by the city’s council this week.
Liverpool University was prepared to host cleric who says gays are ‘filthy’ 15
1:49 PM — The University of Liverpool has confirmed that it was prepared to allow an Islamic cleric with extreme anti-gay views to conduct a speech in front of students.
Manchester Pride vows to increase charitable donations following criticism 6
12:14 PM — Manchester Pride says it’s confident it will be able to increase donations made to LGBT charities following criticism by community figures that it’s simply not giving enough.
Police admit charging wrong man over ‘possible anti-gay’ stabbing in Chester
12:06 PM — Police have admitted they charged the "wrong man" over a suspected homophobic stabbing on the City Walls in Chester last month, but have now arrested another suspect.
Scotland: Edinburgh saunas to lose public entertainment licences 3
11:18 AM — Following the recent emergence of a police crackdown in Edinburgh of condoms in public saunas, the council is now considering pulling licenses from such services altogether, saying current policy is "no longer proving to be effective."
Scotland: Government rebukes Tory leader and says equal marriage ‘proceeding on schedule’ 4
11:02 AM — The Scottish Government has hit back at claims that legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because of the Scottish National Party’s pro-independence campaign.
SNP minister Derek Mackay comes out as gay after separating from his wife 10
10:18 AM — Derek Mackay, a senior Scottish Government minister, has publicly come out as gay after separating from his wife.
11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."
LGBT community urged to mark 10-year repeal of Section 28 by wearing pink 4
3:59 PM — To commemorate 10 years since the repeal of Section 28 in England and Wales, campaigners are asking people all over the UK to wear pink “against prejudice” on Monday 18 November.
Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due to referendum 7
3:03 PM — Legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because the SNP government has diverted all resources to its pro-independence campaign, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has claimed.