13th September 2010
Gay ex-police chief Brian Paddick to launch judicial review into police handling of phone hacks 3
11:39 PM — Brian Paddick, formerly the most senior openly gay police officer in Britain, has begun the process to initiate judicial review proceedings over the decision by the Metropolitan Police not to inform him that his privacy may have been compromised during the newspaper phone hacking scandal.
Florida governor to promise gay rights reforms – but not marriage 9
5:53 PM — Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, will reportedly introduce a package of gay rights measures in the state, although marriage equality will not be one of them.
Gay basketball star John Amaechi ‘too black’ for Manchester gay bar 22
4:57 PM — Gay basketball star John Amaechi claims that a gay bar in Manchester racially discriminated against him last weekend. The former NBA player said door staff at Crunch on Canal Street told him he was "too big, too black and trouble" to enter with his friends.
50 Cent in hot water for ‘anti-gay violence’ tweet 31
4:24 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has been urged to apologise by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for a "homophobic" twitter message.
Lesbian flight nurse launches legal action over military gay ban 7
3:49 PM — Another federal trial began today against the US ban on openly gay soldiers in the military. Former Major Margaret Witt, a flight nurse with 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, was sacked under the law in 2007.
Corrie lesbian characters will be branded ‘sinful’ 11
2:22 PM — Lesbian Coronation Street characters Sophie Webster and Sian Powers will be condemned by a Christian preacher in an upcoming episode. The couple, who feature in the soap's first lesbian storyline, will be told by an angry church leader that their relationship is "shameful" and "sinful".
National AIDS Trust launches fundraising drive 4
1:29 PM — The National AIDS Trust, which recently announced it was seeking a huge increase in donations, is launching a fundraising drive. The organisation is holding an event for London Design Week, a preview of late actress Natasha Richardson's last film, The Wildest Dream, and will be the chosen charity for the Wig Party.
Survey suggests British Catholics disagree with Pope’s teaching on sexuality 11
11:53 AM — A survey has suggested that most British Catholics disagree with the Pope's teachings on homosexuality, abortion and contraception. According to an online YouGov poll of 1,636 Catholics, only 11 per cent believed gay sex was morally wrong, while 41 per cent said that both straight and gay relationships should be celebrated.
Lady Gaga supports gay soldiers as she picks up 8 MTV awards 8
11:07 AM — Lady Gaga won eight MTV awards last night, including video of the year for the single Bad Romance. The bisexual star was accompanied to the Los Angeles ceremony by four gay US military veterans who had been dismissed under the ban on out gay soldiers.