17th December 2009
Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant attacks BBC’s ‘ludicrous mistake’ on gay execution debate 42
7:29 PM — Minister for Europe Chris Bryant has attacked the BBC for holding a debate on whether gays should be executed. Bryant, who is gay, told PinkNews.co.uk he would be writing to the BBC's World Service director Peter Horrocks to demand an explanation.
Portugal tipped to allow gay marriage 16
6:06 PM — Portugal's government is drawing up a law to allow gay marriage. According to Associated Press, the legislative change would remove any references to gender and if passed, would come in to force by April.
Stephen Gately’s widower makes official complaint about Jan Moir column 35
5:23 PM — Stephen Gately's civil partner has made an official complaint to the Press Complaints Commission about Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir's article on his death. Andrew Cowles cited breaches of accuracy, intrusion into grief or shock and discrimination.
BBC apologises for ‘Should gays be executed?’ debate 32
4:31 PM — The director of the BBC World Service has apologised for the offence caused by a debate on its website yesterday asking readers to debate whether gays should be executed.
Gay Christian group welcomes assurances from Archbishop of Canterbury on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 7
2:02 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has received assurances from the Archbishop of Canterbury's office that he condemns the proposed anti-homosexuality bill currently before the Ugandan parliament.
Comment: BBC’s Gay execution debate was murderous breach of impartiality 27
1:16 PM — By inviting a discussion on whether gays should be executed, the BBC surrenders to mob rule and fans the flames of homophobic hatred at a time when the safety of lesbians and gays is under threat as never before, argues Adrian Tippetts.
Tatchell says BBC ‘invited’ homophobia 10
1:11 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the BBC for allowing online readers to debate whether gays should be executed. He praised open debate but said the BBC put forward a "weak" argument against the question.
Australian music teacher acquitted of lesbian affair with student 3
12:09 PM — An Australian music teacher has been acquitted over allegations she had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Leonie Pech, 42, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of indecent assault.
Homophobic singer Buju Banton ‘innocent’ of drug charges 22
11:45 AM — Buju Banton, the homophobic Jamaican reggae star, is innocent of the drug charges against him, his lawyer has said. The Grammy-nominated singer was arrested last Thursday in Miami.
Gay activist killed in Honduras 12
11:32 AM — A gay rights activist has been killed in Honduras in a drive-by shooting. Walter Trochez, 25, was well-known for campaigning for equality in the country and had reportedly been harassed and beaten recently.
George Michael apologises for swearing on live radio 6
10:59 AM — Singer George Michael had to apologise after saying f**ker on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 drivetime show. The pair were talking about cars on Top Gear.
BBC ditches ‘Should homosexuals be executed?’ debate title after complaints 43
12:54 AM — Following outrage across the web, the BBC has renamed a premoderated debate on its 'Have Your Say' website from "Should homosexuals face execution?" to "Should Uganda debate gay execution?" Politicians from all the main parties have expressed revulsion at the BBC's handling of the debate.