14th July 2010
Father hit girl, 15, with baseball bat after she ‘taunted gay son’ 39
6:04 PM — A father hit a teenage girl with a baseball bat after believing she had taunted his gay son, a court heard. Dean Canham, 44, knocked the girl unconscious after a "red mist" descended on him in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in June last year. He was jailed for three years.
My Family’s Michael to come out as gay in ‘drunken confession’ 10
5:53 PM — A character in the BBC sitcom My Family is to come out as gay in a "drunken confession" this week. Michael, the youngest son of Ben and Susan Harper, played by Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker, will stumble home drunk before declaring to his father that he is gay.
Tennis is ‘most gay-friendly sport’ 5
5:26 PM — A poll of gay men and lesbians has found that tennis is seen as the most gay-friendly sport. Sixty-five per cent of the 700 people surveyed by Stonewall said they thought tennis was the most welcoming sport to gay fans and players.
Labour leadership hopefuls Ed Balls and Diane Abbott support full gay marriage 48
4:20 PM — Two of the contenders for the Labour leadership, Ed Balls and Diane Abbott, support full marriage equality. However, Ed and David Miliband were less enthusiastic.
Germany’s World Cup team ‘a bunch of gays’, says captain’s agent 15
2:37 PM — German football has been hit by controversy after the agent of injured captain Michael Ballack was reported to have described the World Cup team as a "bunch of gays".
Gay asylum decision was ‘absurd’, says Ann Widdecombe 70
2:34 PM — Former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe has attacked a judge's decision to allow two gay asylum seekers the right to stay in the UK. She wrote that the men, from Iran and Cameroon, "seem to have wanted to come here merely so that they can be overt about their lifestyles".
Stephen Fry reportedly splits with partner 33
2:31 PM — Gay broadcaster and writer Stephen Fry has reportedly split up with his partner of 14 years. The 52-year-old QI host is said to have moved out of the £2 million north London home he shared with Daniel Cohen, 40.
Trans woman spared prison over child abuse images 22
1:20 PM — A trans woman found guilty of downloading indecent images of children has been spared jail by a judge who said it would be an "appalling experience" for her.
First out gay Tory peer joins House of Lords 21
11:30 AM — Guy Black, the former director of the Press Complaints Commission, took his seat in the House of Lords yesterday. The 45-year-old is believed to be the first openly gay Tory life peer.
Protests as Argentina votes on gay marriage 7
11:06 AM — Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets today while Argentina's Senate debated the merits of a bill allowing same-sex marriage.