6th July 2009
Comment: How very dare he! Woolas claims UK fair on LGBT asylum 10
5:56 PM — In a shameless piece of bandwagon climbing, immigration minister Phil Woolas has published a piece on LabourList claiming that his department is fair on LGBT asylum. He says he is “proud” that people were at Saturday’s London LGBT Pride march who have won asylum.
Mainstream comic world gets first gay kiss 18
4:48 PM — An X-Men-related comic book is the first mainstream title to feature a gay kiss. X-Factor's 45th issue shows characters Rictor and the previously-possessed Shatterstar sharing a kiss after years of sexual tension and ambiguity.
Queen sends message of support to homophobic church movement 124
4:27 PM — The Queen has extended her support to a church movement which denounces homosexuality. The monarch sent two letters of support to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which fights against the preaching of "false gospels" of homosexuality and other "immoral" sexual behaviour.
Stonewall: Ross’s ‘light-hearted’ comment still encourages bullying 10
3:35 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has criticised the Ofcom judgement on Jonathan Ross, saying "light-hearted" comments still lead to homophobic bullying in schools.
Russian gay rights activists forced to cancel Obama protest
2:24 PM — Russian gay activists in Moscow have been forced to cancel a protest timed to coincide with US president Barack Obama's visit to the city.
Police appeal after homophobic attack in London 20
2:03 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a homophobic attack on three men on a bus in London. The incident happened on the N94 bus from central London to Shepherd's Bush, at about 4am on Sunday, June 7th.
Cambridge’s Pink Festival cancelled 3
12:17 PM — Cambridge's Pink Festival has been cancelled due to funding difficulties. In a statement released today, organisers said the free event had not secured enough funding and sponsorship, citing the current recession.
‘God Hates Fags’ church to picket Michael Jackson’s funeral 30
12:08 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who blame homosexuality for the world's ills, have said they will picket the funeral of Michael Jackson.
Colin Powell: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be reviewed’ 8
11:46 AM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said the military gay ban should be reviewed. He had previously supported the policy.
Gay presenter Graham Norton’s BBC1 show ‘axed’ 3
11:35 AM — Graham Norton's BBC1 show Totally Saturday has been cancelled due to poor viewing figures, according to reports. According to the Sun, the show was watched by only 2.5 million viewers on Saturday, down from 4.3 million when it began last month.
Jonathan Ross ‘not in breach’ of broadcasting code over gay adoption joke 27
11:21 AM — Jonathan Ross did not breach the broadcasting code for comments he made about gay children being adopted, Ofcom has ruled.
Schools secretary Ed Balls in crackdown on gay bullying 15
10:22 AM — Schools secretary Ed Balls is to issue fresh guidance on how to deal with homophobic bullying in schools. His department issued guidance on how to tackle the issue two years ago but is soon to publish advice on sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying.