17th April 2009
US schools mark National Day of Silence
5:11 PM — Schools in the US marked the National Day of Silence today to bring attention to LGBT bullying. This year's date is considered especially significant as Carl Walker-Hoover, of Massachusetts, would have been 12 today. Carl killed himself last week after suffering months of homophobic bullying at school.
‘Fear of being outed’ prevents lesbians from seeking help over domestic abuse 7
4:25 PM — A study carried out by the University of Derby suggests that the fear of being outed is one of the reasons why some gay women in abusive relationships don't seek help.
US defence secretary: Repeal of military gay ban could take years 9
4:08 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has suggested that repealing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military could take years - and implied it might not happen at all.
BBC cookery programme seeks gay families 3
3:34 PM — The producers of a new BBC programme, Economy Gastronomy, are seeking a family headed by a gay or lesbian couple to appear on the show. The peak-time show will teach families how to stop wasting, learn to shop economically and eat better for less.
Bruno fails to seduce US Congressman 7
2:50 PM — Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film about his alter-ego Bruno, an outlandish Austrian gay fashion reporter, has already caused controversy despite not being released until July.
Gay domestic partners in Washington state to receive same state benefits as married couples
2:36 PM — A bill passed this week in Washington grants same-sex domestic partners the same rights and benefits the state offers to straight married couples.
Dutch homophobia ghetto could host gay pride event 10
1:06 PM — The chairman of Amsterdam borough Slotervaart, which has made headlines in recent years for its residents' homophobia, is to introduce a raft of controversial new measures to ease tensions between the Islamic and gay communities.
‘Second mothers’ to get mandatory ‘paternity’ leave 7
12:46 PM — MEPs are to vote next month on pioneering legislation that will secure mandatory paternity leave for heterosexual fathers and the partners of gay mothers for the first time.
Gay penguins book tops list of titles Americans want banned 33
11:49 AM — A children's book about two male penguins who adopt a baby chick is the book most Americans want banned, according to the American Library Association (ALA). And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell has been slammed as anti-family, anti-religion and pro-gay.
Football bodies urged to crack down on homophobic and racist abuse
10:41 AM — The Professional Footballers' Association warned yesterday that football governing bodies must take stronger action on racism and homophobia or risk footballers going on strike.
Olympics winner: ‘Being gay cost me sponsorships’ 18
10:29 AM — Matthew Mitcham, the Australian diver who won the ten-metre platform gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, has said he believes he lost sponsorship deals due to being openly gay.