23rd December 2009
Lithuanian parliament revises ‘gay ban’ law 10
5:09 PM — Lithuania has revised a controversial law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality. The country's parliament voted 58-4, with 25 abstentions, to amend the law. It prohibited the "public dissemination" of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
Head of Russian Orthodox Church condemns discrimination against gays 28
4:09 PM — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has said that although homosexuality is still a sin, gay people must not be discriminated against.
Katy Perry in trouble over ‘transphobic’ tweet 19
2:48 PM — Katy Perry has been accused of transphobia after using Twitter to mock a photo of trans man. The singer, who found fame with her faux-lesbian hit I Kissed A Girl, posted a photo of a naked man with a beard, hairy chest and breasts.
Club drug ban comes into force today 10
1:42 PM — From today, 'legal highs' such as GBL, BZP and Spice will become Class C drugs. GBL (gamma-butaryl lactone), which is said to be popular on the gay club scene, is a liquid used in paint stripper and nail varnish remover.
PR advisor Max Clifford repeats warnings over ‘vicious’ homophobic football fans 24
12:52 PM — PR guru Max Clifford has reiterated his advice to gay footballers to stay in the closet, saying the sport is "steeped in homophobia". He made his comments just after Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out but said he could not imagine a premiership footballer doing the same.
Boy George barred from appearing on Big Brother 16
12:20 PM — Singer Boy George will not be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother after a High Court judge dismissed his appeal. The star, real name George O'Dowd, was barred from going on the show when the Probation Service said his appearance would undermine public confidence in the justice system.
Women hurt in homophobic attack in Plymouth 6
11:55 AM — Two young women were injured in Plymouth when they were attacked outside a bar. The pair, one in her teens and one in her early 20s, told police they were attacked by a group of men outside Goodbody's cafe and bar at around 3.15am on Monday morning.
Rugby star Gareth Thomas’ relief at coming out 5
11:52 AM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain, has spoken of his relief at being able to come out. The 35-year-old star, who is the most-capped Welsh player, announced he was gay last weekend.