1st April 2010
Record ticket sales for London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 3
5:38 PM — The 24th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival closed in London last night with the UK premiere of Kareem Mortimer’s Children of God. Organisers said the event made a new record for ticket sales.
Prisoner ‘threatened to crucify and eat former gay lover’ 9
4:52 PM — A man jailed for a hammer attack on his ex-partner sent him terrifying threats from prison threatening to crucify and eat him if he gave evidence.
Analysis: Why are gays excluded from some clinical trials? 12
3:49 PM — Gay men and lesbians are routinely excluded from clinical trials for new treatments for sexual dysfunction, according to US research published last week. The question is whether this is a case of discrimination or just questionable experimental design.
True Blood star Anna Paquin announces ‘I’m bisexual’ 39
3:34 PM — Anna Paquin, the American actress, has announced she is bisexual. Paquin, who is engaged to her male co-star, has never spoken about her sexual orientation publicly.
‘Homophobic’ Ulster Unionist candidate barred from standing 6
3:15 PM — The Mayor of Antrim has been barred from standing as an Ulster Unionist candidate, because, he claims, he is not "politically correct" enough for the Tories. Adrian Watson said several years ago he would not let gay couples stay in his guest house.
US general avoids punishment for criticising repeal of military gay ban 4
2:40 PM — A US general who publicly criticised President Barack Obama's plans to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers will not be reprimanded.
US Army secretary won’t expel gay soldiers 5
1:42 PM — The US Army Secretary has said he will not discharge soldiers who tell him they are gay, despite the fact that Don't Ask, Don't Tell remains official policy.
Council bans play about extremism and homophobia 17
11:52 AM — A council in the north-west Midlands has been criticised for banning a play about the white extremism and homophobia in case it causes offence to local people and inflames tensions.
HIV charity opens online chatroom for gay men 12
11:16 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust is to open an online chatroom for gay men to discuss their experiences of HIV, sex and condoms. The £35,000 focus group will be used to formulate future safe sex campaigns.
Mel Gibson to play George Michael in biopic 21
8:30 AM — US actor Mel Gibson has been lined up to play George Michael in a biopic of the singer's life. Gibson, who has been accused of homophobia in the past, said he was "delighted" at being asked to play the controversial singer.