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March 2009

  • 25th March 2009

    BBC is “institutionally homophobic” 26

    67 per cent of respondents said the BBC was "institutionally homophobic"

    3:22 PM — A PinkNews.co.uk survey has found that 69 per cent of gay respondents think Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles should be sacked over a "homophobic" imitation of gay singer Will Young. The figures come after Chris Smith, the former Culture Secretary and creator of media regulator Ofcom, criticised the BBC for allowing Moyles to continue making anti-gay comments.

  • Exclusive: Former culture secretary Chris Smith calls for BBC action over Chris Moyles 16

    Chris Smith condemned the BBC for not acting on Chris Moyles' comments

    2:31 PM — Chris Smith, the former culture secretary who founded media watchdog Ofcom, has criticised the BBC over its handling of 'homophobic' comments made by Chris Moyles. The Radio 1 DJ has not been disciplined after an Ofcom judgement found him in breach of broadcasting guidelines.

  • New York newsreader killed in ‘gay slaying’ 2

    Police believe George Weber was killed on Friday

    12:19 PM — The death of a New York radio newsreader has been described by authorities as a "gay slaying", according to reports. George Weber, 47, who worked for ABC, was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment on Sunday.

  • Queen Mother’s castle: ‘We will consider civil partnerships’ 12

    The Castle of Mey now says it will consider hosting civil partnerships

    11:03 AM — The Castle of Mey, formerly owned by the Queen Mother, has done a U-turn and announced it will considering hosting civil partnerships for gay couples. After gay rights groups protested, manager of the castle's trust James Murray said the castle was prepared to apply for a licence to conduct the ceremonies.

  • Survey: Should the BBC have punished Chris Moyles over “anti-gay” broadcast? 24

    Chris Moyles was named Stonewall "Bully of the Year" in 2006

    10:13 AM — On Monday, the media regulator Ofcom has found the BBC in breach of the Broadcasting Code following complaints by members of the public of that Chris Moyles displayed homophobia towards the gay singer Will Young during his BBC Radio 1 Breakfast programme. But the BBC have not disciplined or sacked the star. Give us your views on whether the BBC should have taken tougher action and if you belive them to be institionally homophobic?

  • 24th March 2009

    Government wins House of Commons vote on anti-gay hate speech 22

    The government won tonight's vote on anti-gay hate laws

    11:59 PM — The government has defeated an amendment in the House of Commons that would have created a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of hatred in relation to sexual orientation.

  • Gays and lesbians face ‘double stigma’ over mental health 6

    Gays and lesbians face a 'double prejudice' in mental health (Photo: Flickr Bhernandez)

    6:05 PM — Gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Wales face a double prejudice in terms of mental health, a survey has suggested. The report, from Stonewall Cymru, states that mental health provision in Wales is "under-resourced and ill-equipped" to cope with LGB mental health issues.

  • Interview: Encouraging gays to take their place in Parliament 7

    Anne Begg said she believes identity politics are not yet a thing of the past

    5:49 PM — Anne Begg is an instantly recognisable presence in the House of Commons. The former English teacher is the first wheelchair user to be elected as an MP. Chatty, amiable and refreshingly straightforward, Ms Begg can often be spotted in the chamber, in her chair at the side of the Labour benches.

  • Complaint may block young gay minister from preaching 15

    Rev Scott Rennie may not be allowed to serve in his new appointment

    5:36 PM — A meeting is to be held to discuss whether a young gay minister should be allowed to work at a Aberdeen church. Rev Scott Rennie, 36, was appointed to Queen's Cross Church in January. However, 12 members of the Aberdeen Presbytery objected to the decision because they do not approve of his lifestyle.

  • Dolly Parton brushes off lesbian rumours 9

    Dolly Parton has denied being a lesbian

    5:12 PM — Country legend Dolly Parton has shaken off rumours she may be gay. The star has been romantically linked with friend Judy Ogle before but told AARP magazine: "We're absolutely, totally honest, open, and comfortable with each other.

  • Opinion: Why anti-gay hate laws are necessary 24

    Gay hate laws are necessary to protect gay rights

    4:52 PM — This week, actors Rowan Atkinson and Christopher Biggins attacked proposals to remove a free speech clause from anti-gay hate laws, saying it will stifle free speech and criminalise the work of comedians. But logic suggests that anyone could claim free speech as a defense for the most offensive and inflammatory remarks.

  • Opinion: Ending the DINK myth 4

    (Photo: Flickr OiMax)

    2:48 PM — For around twenty years the perception of lesbian and gay people has been biased. There is a overwhelming myth about gays and lesbians which is tied to their public profile, particularly that of well-known people, that gay people are better off.

  • Study explodes gay affluence myth 3

    The survey suggested LGB couples are more likely to be living in poverty than straight couples

    2:39 PM — A study of lesbian, gay and bisexual couples in America has suggested that they are as likely, or more likely, to be living in poverty as straight couples. It found that 24 per cent of lesbians and bisexual women are poor, while 19 per cent of heterosexual women experience poverty. Around 15 per cent of gay and bisexual men are living in poverty, compared to 13 percent of heterosexual males.

  • Ex-lover ‘tried to have murdered boyfriend beaten before’ 2

    Charlie Davies died eight days after being attacked

    2:00 PM — A court has heard that a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire had tried to have him beaten up before. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 24, denies charges of arson and murder relating to the death of Charlie Davies, a 23-year-old Tesco worker.

  • Civil partnerships banned at Queen Mother’s former home 9

    The castle was owned by the Queen Mother

    1:33 PM — A Highlands castle previously lived in by the Queen Mother will not allow civil partnerships to be carried out on its grounds. Trustees of the Castle of Mey, near John O’Groats in Caithness, are opening its doors to wedding ceremonies to raise money, but have said gay couples will not be able to hold their ceremonies at the venue.

  • Gay teen Michael Causer’s killer sentenced to life imprisonment 8

    Michael Causer died in August 2008

    11:58 AM — The killer of gay Liverpool teenager Michael Causer has been sentenced to life imprisonment. James O'Connor, 20, must serve at least 11 and a half years before he can be considered for parole.

  • Gay video designer sues Microsoft over ‘homophobic’ taunts 10

    Jamie Durrant is suing Microsoft

    11:23 AM — A video designer is suing Microsoft after alleging homophobic abuse. Jamie Durrant, 38, is suing the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay. According to the designer, he was called "fag boy Jim" by colleagues, who sent mocking emails making fun of his sexuality.

  • 23rd March 2009

    New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1

    New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect against trans discrimination

    5:51 PM — The US state of New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect trans people from discrimination. The bill means the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" will be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.

  • Police appeal to trace family of Manchester entertainer

    Police are appealing for help to find the family of Norman Tonge

    5:29 PM — Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help to trace the relatives of a 60-year-old Manchester man who worked as a entertainer in the city's gay clubs.

  • BBC: We dealt with Chris Moyles “swiftly and firmly” over ‘homophobic’ comments 18

    The BBC would not confirm what action it was taking over the Ofcom breach

    5:13 PM — The BBC has said it dealt with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles "swiftly and firmly" over offensive comments he made about gay singer Will Young but would not confirm how it would prevent such incidents from occuring again or what action it will take.

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