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Top 5 DIVA news stories 2013

The stories that had us gripped in 2012 – and look set to run in 2013

Jess Banham & Louise Carolin

Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:29:00 GMT | Updated 4 years today

Boxer Nicola Adams wins Olympic gold


In an incredible sports moment to remember, Nicola Adams (pictured) became the first female boxer to steal a gold at the Olympic games. Ending the first round with a two-point lead, Adams was really pulling out the moves. With some quick jabs and clubbing right hands, the natural flyweight finished the match 16-7. Her infectious smile and charismatic nature make it easy to fell in love with the out bisexual star who proved once again that she was a winner when she topped the Independent on Sunday's annual Pink list and was nominated for this years BBC 2012 Sports Personality of the Year.

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The government announces the same-sex marriage bill

After a year of consultation and 228,000 responses, the government finally announced the same-sex marriage bill in December. However, the details came as a disappointment to Anglicans, many of whom were surprised to find an outright ban on Church of England ministers holding same-sex marriages buried in the small-print. Liberal representatives of the Church declared that they were surprised by the lack of prior consultation on this point (although we can only conclude that less liberal representatives were wholly pleased). Will Parliament pass the bill? Watch this space in 2013.

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World Pride London down-sized at last minute

The 800,000 people who attended World Pride London 2012 will remember their day, but what will they remember the most? The event did not go ahead as originally planned. Soho's usual street party was cancelled, the time of the parade was changed last-minute, and floats were also banned. According to our sources, the Pride London committee could not afford the appropriate funds for the relevant authorities, and the Westminster City Council and Mayor of London Boris Johnson did not help the situation. City Hall ostensibly rolled back the parade start time in order to reduce numbers, after the parade was re-designated as a "march". Though the event was largely scaled down, the LBGTQ community still declared it a heart-warming experience, and indeed, some found the lack of corporate presence thrilling. Pride organisers subsequently issued an apology. Wondering what will happen in 2013? Watch this space!

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Uganda debates the Kill The Gays bill

Uganda's infamous Kill the Gays bill will, if passed, become one of the world's most harsh and comprehensively homophobic laws yet. Besides allowing the death penalty for homosexual acts, it also proposes life imprisonment for entering into a same-sex marriage. The debate in Uganda is ongoing, with large international human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, campaigning for the Ugandan parliament to reject the bill. British foreign secretary William Hague has urged Ugandan MPs to reject it, along with thousands of protestors The Ugandan LBGTQ community sighed with relief when the country's parliament broke without any new legislation being discussed, but it will be back in the New Year and the legislation is still on the table for debate. To read more, click here




Moscow bans Pride for 100 years


In a move reminiscent of a fairy tale, the Russian capital Moscow caused controversy by passing a law that bans Pride gatherings in the city for 100 years. Similar legislation is St Petersburg, forced through without prior public discussion, also prohibits the promotion of homosexuality among minors, which includes censoring what is written, spoken or reported on anything gay-related. LBGTQ Russians continue to fight back and demand their rights as human beings. To read more, click here

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