14th December 2009
X Factor winner Joe McElderry ‘targeted by homophobic bullies’ 15
7:20 PM — Joe McElderry, the 18-year-old winner of this year's X Factor contest, was reportedly subjected to homophobic bullying at school. The singer, who won victory last night with 61 per cent of the vote, was called 'gay boy' at school, an ex-girlfriend said.
UN officials says Uganda may lose AIDS research centre 5
7:12 PM — Uganda may lose the chance to host a major AIDS research institution if its parliament passes a bill against homosexuality, a United Nations official has said.
Man evicted for homophobic hate campaign 6
7:11 PM — A man who made his neighbours' lives hell has been served with a 56-day eviction notice. Richard Leonard, 57, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, had been accused of waging a homophobic and anti-social hate campaign against his neighbours since May.
Straight teacher loses homophobic harassment claim 12
4:18 PM — A straight Scottish teacher who tried to make a claim for homophobic harassment has lost his case. James Campbell, who worked at at Denny High School, claimed that the homophobic insults he received amount to sexual orientation discrimination, despite being straight.
Author Jeanette Winterson attacks ‘anti-gay’ tabloids 12
3:36 PM — Lesbian author Jeanette Winterson has attacked the 'negative' use of the word lesbian in newspapers. Writing on her blog, the Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit author complained that tabloids tended to emphasise the sexual orientation of gay or lesbian criminals.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton arrested on drug charges 24
2:12 PM — The Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is in custody pending charges of drug offences. The singer, who has been condemned for lyrics calling for gays to be killed, was arrested in Miami on Thursday.
EastEnders’ Syed to be outed on New Year’s Day 10
1:39 PM — Gay EastEnders character Syed Masood will be outed hours before his wedding on New Year's Day. The character is due to marry Amira Shah.
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.
Archbishop of Canterbury makes first public statement on Uganda’s anti-gay law 28
11:49 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has made his first public statement on the proposed anti-gay bill passing through Uganda's parliament.
Annise Parker elected first out gay mayor of Houston 1
11:19 AM — Annise Parker, an out lesbian, has been elected mayor of Houston, Texas. The vote makes the city the largest in the US to elect an openly gay mayor. Parker won against city attorney Gene Locke by 53.6 per cent of the vote.