29th April 2009
French National Assembly approves recognising foreign civil partnerships 8
6:29 PM — France's National Assembly finally approved of the measure to have foreign legal same-sex marriages recognised in France as PACS in the early hours of this morning.
BBC and Channel 4 could be allowed to opt-out of new equality laws 10
6:19 PM — The BBC and Channel 4 may be permitted to opt out of equality laws in order to preserve editorial independence. The new legislation could force them to use quotas of gay, ethnic minority or female actors.
New York’s lesbian finance commissioner forced to resign after allegations of nepotism 2
4:56 PM — Martha Stark, New York's finance commissioner, was forced to resign on Tuesday amidst charges of nepotism and allegations that she was having a romantic relationship with a female subordinate.
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
Norwich gets its own Pride festival
4:04 PM — Norwich is set to have its first gay pride festival, which will take place on July 24th and 25th throughout the city.
Comedian Jim Davidson to explore his own homophobia on reality TV show 11
3:05 PM — The comedian Jim Davidson, who was kicked off TV show Hell's Kitchen for alleged homophobia in 2007, is to make a programme in which he learns to become more "politically correct".
Stonewall Equality Walk to be held in Brighton this weekend
2:28 PM — Stonewall's annual Equality Walk is to be held in Brighton this weekend to raise money to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Brian Paddick, Amy Lame and Mr Gay UK are hosting the 10-kilometre event.
Ex-gay therapy survivor to speak at psychotherapy conference 3
2:17 PM — A former Lutheran pastor who underwent therapy and hypnosis in an attempt to become heterosexual is to speak at a psychotherapy conference in London next month.
Obituary: Gay rights activist Stephen Holdsworth 3
12:53 PM — Long-time gay rights activist Stephen Holdsworth died last month in Edinburgh, aged 47. Mr Holdsworth had been heavily involved in the lesbian and gay movement throughout his lifetime.
Dutch park unveils signs to ‘warn visitors’ about gay cruising spots 19
11:34 AM — A park in the southwest of Amsterdam has put up signs indicating areas where gay men are allegedly known to have sex so no one will be caught unaware.
David Cameron to appear at London Pride? 30
11:22 AM — David Cameron has accepted an invitation to appear at an event during London's Gay Pride week, it has been reported.
California to consider gay and trans prisoners’ housing needs 1
10:42 AM — A bill which would allow sexual orientation and trans status to be taken into account when housing prisoners is to be considered by California's state assembly tomorrow.
Gay squatter ‘attacked by three people’ 5
10:04 AM — A gay man who was squatting after becoming homeless was subjected to an hour-long attack by his ex-lover, a former X-Factor auditionee and another man, a court has heard.