23rd February 2010
Comedian Jason Wood dies aged 38 4
6:33 PM — Musical impersonator and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Jason Wood has died. The 38-year-old died in his sleep on Saturday night, his agent said today. Post-mortem examination results have not been returned yet.
Gay cruisers warned after boy, 15, is propositioned 62
6:12 PM — Users of a cruising and cottaging website in Bournemouth have been warned after a 15-year-old boy was propositioned in a public toilet.
US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7
5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.
Justin Fashanu’s niece supports anti-homophobia campaign 9
4:39 PM — The niece of the late footballer Justin Fashanu is supporting a campaign in his memory to kick homophobia out of the sport.
Figure skater shrugs off ‘homophobic’ remarks 29
4:01 PM — A flamboyant American figure skater has shrugged off 'homophobic' remarks made about him by sports commentators. Johnny Weir has been the butt of jokes made by a number of commentators in the past week.
Uganda MP says he would kill gay son 20
3:10 PM — A Ugandan MP provoked shock at a human rights forum in Kampala last week when he said he would kill his son if he discovered he was gay.
Jeanette Winterson considered suicide 2
2:44 PM — Author Jeanette Winterson has said she thought about killing herself several years ago after the break-up of a relationship and the discovery of more details about her adoption.
Malawi couple denied trial in constitutional court 3
12:52 PM — Two gay men in Malawi have been denied the chance to have their case heard in a constitutional court. Lawyers for Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, had requested a review on whether their trials violated the country's constitution.
Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46
12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".
Bishops call for gay civil partnerships in church 43
10:38 AM — Senior clergy in the Church of England called today to lift the ban on gay couples having civil partnerships in church. They said that it was inconsistent and discriminatory to ban gay couples having their ceremonies in churches willing to accommodate them.