28th May 2009
EastEnders to feature gay Muslim storyline but Muslim group calls for a “normal character” 53
5:34 PM — EastEnders is to screen a storyline involving a Muslim character who has a gay affair. New character Syed Masood, a Muslim property developer who has a girlfriend, is to fall for openly gay Christian Clarke. But the Muslim Public Affairs Committee say that the BBC should have a "normal friendly Muslim character."
California parole board appointee rejected over homophobic comments 3
5:01 PM — An appointee selected by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the state's parole board has been rejected over homophobic comments he had made in 1993, despite apologising for his words.
India’s only gay magazine back on newsstands 13
4:34 PM — Bombay Dost, India's first and only gay magazine, has been relaunched and is now back on sale. The English-language magazine was forced out of print in 2002 when it ran out of money.
David Cameron voted worst politician of the year 75
4:07 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been voted the worst politician of the year. Cameron, who reportedly plans to prioritise outreach to gay groups, topped the poll of bad politicians in the Gay Times Readers' Awards.
Civil servant escapes jail over gay male prostitute service 4
3:09 PM — An Irish civil servant who was exposed by journalists for running a gay escort service has avoided jail. Eugene Leech, 48, given a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to controlling or directing the activities of prostitutes for gain on dates between May and July in 2005
Video: Britney Spears films spoof gay perfume ad 6
2:05 PM — Britney Spears has been reinforcing her status as a gay icon by filming a spoof perfume advertisement for gays. The perfume, named 'Mo', has the tagline "One spray and the gays will run your way!”
Majority of Rhode Island residents support gay marriage
1:53 PM — A survey of Rhode Island voters has found that 60 per cent support the introduction of a law allowing gay couples to marry. The New England state is now the only one which does not allow gay marriage.
Gay Apprentice candidate Howard fired by Sir Alan 14
1:36 PM — Howard Ebison, The Apprentice's openly gay contestant, was fired at the climax of last night's show, having volunteered as project manager in the shopping channel task.