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April 2009

  • 7th April 2009

    Playboy exec sues over gay discrimination 3

    Joseph DeAcetis is suing Playboy

    1:26 PM — Playboy's former fashion director is suing the magazine for alleged sexual orientation and age discrimination. Joseph DeAcetis, 45, filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan supreme court on Friday, claiming he was harassed by Playboy's editorial director, Christopher Napolitano, and that he was fired because of his age.

  • Murder accused ‘was owed £2,000 by victim’

    Charlie Davies died in June last year

    11:54 AM — A man accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting light to him was allegedly owed £2,000 by him, a court has heard. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, allegedly told childhood friend Yusuf Dulloo that his ex-boyfriend, Charlie Davies, owed him money and he needed help to get it back.

  • Ben Miller defends trans character in Moving Wallpaper 14

    Ben Miller defended the programme's over accusations of transphobia

    11:36 AM — Actor Ben Miller has said that there no was intention to offend people with a trans character in ITV drama Moving Wallpaper. Ofcom received 85 complaints over alleged transphobia in an episode of the programme screened last month.

  • Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10

    Governor Jim Douglas has vetoed Vermont's gay marriage bill

    11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.

  • 6th April 2009

    North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12

    North Dakota has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill

    5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".

  • Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3

    Homeless shelters are working to accommodate trans people (Photo: Flickr user EditorB)

    5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.

  • Family begins legal fight against gay adoption 18

    The family of the children have said they are not homophobic but do not want a gay couple to adopt the boys

    5:23 PM — The family of two young boys are challenging a court decision allowing them to be adopted by a gay couple. The boys, aged six and nine, were taken into care reportedly after their mother allowed them to have contact with their father, who she alleged beat her.

  • Children’s minister: ‘Schools must do more to tackle homophobic bullying’ 2

    Headteachers have been urged to ensure they use guidance to prevent anti-gay bullying

    4:53 PM — Schools have been warned they need to take more action to reduce homophobic bullying after a minister raised concerns that the issue is not being taken seriously enough.

  • Mark Oaten: ‘Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before exposé’ 19

    Mark Oaten claimed journalists knew about his sexual activities for three years

    3:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him.

  • ‘Gay fears’ put men off teaching 11

    Men are being put off teaching as they fear being perceived as gay, it has been claimed

    2:54 PM — A National Union of Teachers official has said that men are not taking up teaching places in primary schools because they are afraid of appearing gay. Tony Souter, joint divisional secretary of the NUT, said it was important to have male role models in schools.

  • HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”

    Gay Men's Health Crisis has analysed public opinion on HIV/AIDS

    1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.

  • Gay groups call for medical help for ‘homophobic’ university professor 15

    Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said gays and bisexuals were "ill"

    11:48 AM — A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted".

  • Coronation Street to feature first lesbian character? 5

    Sophie Webster, played by Brooke Vincent, may be Corrie's first lesbian character

    11:10 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street is to feature its first lesbian character, according to reports. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Webster, played by Brooke Vincent, will begin a same-sex relationship with a friend, a source told a Sunday newspaper.

  • Lesbian couples undergoing IVF now permitted to put both names on birth certificates 4

    Lesbian couples can now list both their names on birth certificates

    10:48 AM — Lesbian women in civil partnerships who use IVF to conceive children will now be legally recognised on birth certificates. This new right was introduced as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which was approved by the House of Commons last year.

  • 5th April 2009

    Film Review: Not Easily Broken 1

    Morris Chestnut in Not Easily Broken

    6:25 PM — Dave Johnson (Morris Chestnut) has always dreamed of becoming Major League Baseball player, but, after getting injured, he settles for being a little league baseball coach.

  • Film Review: I Love You Man

    Paul Rudd and Jason Segel star in "I love you man"

    6:19 PM — Many films have relied on the relationship between a couple of male friends and their various farting and vomiting jokes – and this one isn't that different.

  • Film Review: The boat that rocked

    The boat that rocked

    6:15 PM — Richard Curtis, by his own admission, has carved out his career by making modern classic love films. But the Love Actually and Notting Hill creators brand new movie, The Boat That Rocked turns its attention to his other love, music. The story is based on controversial pirate radio stations in the 1960s, in particular Radio Caroline. It is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. Its about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, prefers jazz.

  • EastEnders Spoilers: Lauren has her day in court

    What is Lauren's future going to hold?

    6:10 PM — The court case against Lauren continues and Tanya admits lying to the police but Peter's testimony and Stacey's lack of appearance make things look bad. Max tries to bribe her but it doesn't work – but Tanya's appeal to do what her conscience tells her has an effect and she turns up to give evidence. Although Lauren is finally cleared of murder she is found guilty of GBH with intent – what does that mean for her future?

  • Coronation Street Spoilers: Ail gets her man back 1

    A fall means Gail gets her man just where she wants him

    6:04 PM — When Ken recommends some private tutors for Chesney – who is refusing to go back to school – Fiz opts for her last chance of support and visits John in prison. He is only too pleased to help – but soon declares his undying love which sends her rushing out in a panic.

  • Emmerdale Spoilers: Andy and Maisie get found out

    Debbie isn't happy that Maisie is distracting Andy from parental duties

    6:01 PM — Sandy's campaign to save Jasmine from her prison sentence is making him enemies – particularly when he involves Gabby. Eventually Ashley and Laurel snap and tell him to leave – but where will he go? Debbie finds him and convinces him to put things right with his family as that is what Jasmine would want. Does he manage to build any bridges?

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