5th July 2010
Feature: Football’s last taboo 7
6:00 PM — Why has so little advancement been made around homophobia in football in the last 30 years? Ben Riley-Smith meets gay grassroots players to find out more about the sport's last taboo.
Sam Fox in rabies scare 6
5:24 PM — Eighties pin-up Sam Fox has revealed that she is having rabies treatment after she was bitten by a stray cat on holiday. The star, 44, was staying on the island of Koh Samui with her partner Myra Stratton when the animal attacked her.
Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11
5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.
Opponents say appointing gay bishop ‘will split Church of England’ 18
4:12 PM — Traditionalists have claimed that the Church of England may be split in two if an out gay cleric is appointed Bishop of Southwark. Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, is the front-runner for the job and is thought to be supported by prime minister David Cameron.
Gay-friendly Christian church to carry out gay weddings in Spain 10
3:31 PM — The US-based Metropolitan Community Church hopes to open a congregation in Madrid, Spain, this year to perform same-sex weddings. As the Roman Catholic Church in Spain fiercely opposes equal marriage rights, the MCC will be the first church in the country to hold gay weddings.
Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws may face police investigation 6
3:08 PM — David Laws, the former cabinet minister, may face a police fraud investigation into his expenses claims. A Sunday newspaper said his utility, telephone and other bills are under scrutiny.
Gay couple attacked by 15-strong mob in Bradford 29
1:32 PM — Two men had to be treated in hospital after a 15-strong gang attacked them in Bradford last Thursday. Police say the mob grabbed items from a nearby skip to fashion makeshift weapons.
‘Hard-hitting’ homophobia plotline for Coronation Street 14
11:45 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street will see an explicit homophobic storyline this autumn for its 50th anniversary. The plot will reportedly use offensive anti-gay language, with gays and lesbians branded "degenerates" and "unnatural" by one character.
World Cup footballer ‘in gay affair’
11:08 AM — A World Cup footballer is the subject of internet rumours that he had a year-long affair with a British reality TV star. The player, who is in South Africa and is said to be "well-known", was accused of the affair by the TV star on Friday in a blog.
Theatre: Love the Sinner
12:05 AM — This new play by Drew Pautz begins with a contemporary argument and one familiar to the readers of this publication; how to reconcile the evangelical beliefs of African Anglicans and the more tolerant approach made by the Church of England to the subject of homosexuality. Set at a hotel in Africa (the country is not specified), bishops from across the globe are meeting to determine the approach of the Anglican Communion to this live issue.