25th January 2010
Brighton hopes to entice gay American tourists 10
4:55 PM — Brighton and Hove city council has joined a campaign to attract more gay US tourists to Britain. The city is thought of as the top LGBT tourist destination in the UK and local tourism bosses are keen to hold onto this position.
Moscow mayor repeats claims of ‘satanic’ gay Pride marches 9
4:15 PM — The mayor of Moscow has repeated his claims that gay Pride marches are "satanic". Yury Luzhkov attacked gay-themed events in 2007 as "satanic" in 2007 and banned gay rights campaigners from holding such an event.
Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40
3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill
Gym owner apologises for ‘soy makes kids gay’ email 21
12:43 PM — The owner of a New Zealand gym franchise has apologised after including an article on soy turning children gay in his email newsletter.
Ann Widdecombe says gay laws threaten Christian freedom of speech 51
12:20 PM — Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, warned a Bournemouth church on Saturday that new equality laws could see Christians being sued.
24th January 2010
Film Review: Brothers 4
12:12 AM — Brokeback Mountain star Jake Gyllenhaal appears in Brothers, the latest in a line of recent war movies that attempt to look into the psyche of soldiers as well as the effect that their absence, experiences and changed personas have on their families. However, the difference here is that this is just one facet of an incredibly complex film that deals with a multitude of themes.
Film Review: All About Steve
12:05 AM — This loopy comedy caper about a nerdy crossword creator with a penchant for red cowboy boots will divide the audience firmly in two: you're either going to love it or hate it. Sandra Bullock dusts off her romantic comedy queen tiara and once again takes the helm of a fast-moving movie with throwaway one-liners and little resonance. If you're a rom-com sceptic at least you can rest assured that the experience will leave you almost as soon as you leave the cinema. If however, you're a fan of Bullock's quirky comedic heroines then you'll be booking a ticket for a second viewing.
Film Review: The Road
12:02 AM — This month heralds the much-anticipated release of The Road. This adaptation of the seminal book by Cormac McCarthy certainly has plenty to live up to with the cult following of the novel leading to the usual poor expectations of the movie version. However, it appears that the critics will be silenced as John Hillcoat has successfully recreated the post-apocalyptic world that was so vividly, if sparingly, portrayed by McCarthy.
23rd January 2010
Film Review: It’s Complicated
11:59 PM — It sure is complicated. This comedy love triangle comes from perhaps the best female-perspective comedy director in the business: Nancy Meyers. With an acclaimed CV of hits including The Holiday; What Women Want; and Something's Gotta Give, to her name you know you're in safe hands when you sit down to watch her latest Hollywood blockbuster offering. The cast list is nothing to be sneered at either as the Meyers name manages to snare the likes of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin onto the film set. The results speak for themselves and it proves that if you want to make waves in a genre that is rarely taken too seriously by serious film buffs then the least you can do is call in the acting cavalry.
22nd January 2010
Laura Doughty appointed deputy chief executive of Stonewall 46
6:44 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has appointed Laura Doughty to the new position of deputy chief executive. Doughty was previously director of fundraising and communications at the organisation.
Culture chief receiving hate mail over gay Bible exhibition 25
6:36 PM — The head of Glasgow’s museums and art has described receiving harassment and hate mail after an exhibition on homosexuality and the Bible.
Gay celebrities Tim Gunn and Ellen DeGeneres praised by PETA 3
5:53 PM — Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn and X Factor judge Ellen DeGeneres have been praised for being animal-friendly. The pair, who are both gay, were named Man and Woman of the Year by charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Spanish judge closes case on death of Stephen Gately 4
5:50 PM — A Spanish court ruled yesterday that gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately died from natural causes, rather than drugs or alcohol.
Dolly Parton says gay rights are a ‘human’ issue 25
4:27 PM — Dolly Parton has said she believes gay rights are "human rights", rather than being a political issue. But she said she was not a "poster child" for gay issues.
Prop 8 supporter tells trial gays are ’12 times more likely’ to be paedophiles 59
4:20 PM — A supporter of Proposition 8 called as a hostile witness told a trial on gay marriage yesterday that gays are more likely to molest children. William Tam's name appeared on Prop 8 papers as an official proponent against gay marriage.
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson to face police investigation 10
3:30 PM — A police investigation has been opened into claims that former Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson acted illegally when she procured loans for her teenage lover's business.
Gay rugby hero Gareth Thomas announced as LGBT History Month patron 5
1:47 PM — Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby star who came out last month, has been revealed as the new patron for LGBT History Month. He said he intended to take a "hands-on" approach to his role.
BBC to address portrayal of gays and lesbians 28
1:21 PM — The BBC announced today it was undertaking a new project to improve how gays, lesbians and bisexuals are portrayed on television, radio and online. The corporation was condemned last month for an online debate on whether gays in Uganda should be executed.
21st January 2010
Schools to be sent DVD on homophobic bullying 15
6:42 PM — A film produced by Stonewall will be sent to all secondary schools in Britain to teach pupils about homophobic bullying. It will encourage children not to use the word 'gay' as an insult.
Anti-gay marriage group sues over logo spoof 9
6:31 PM — A California group campaigning to "protect marriage" is suing a gay rights organisation for parodying its logo. ProtectMarriage.com has launched a lawsuit against Courage Campaign for trademark infringement and unfair competition.