17th September 2010
Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in film 7
6:17 PM — Sacha Baron Cohen is to play Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the late Queen singer's life. The project will be co-produced by Robert De Niro and has the support of Mercury's former bandmates, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, who will be musical consultants.
California waiter ‘stabbed for being gay’ 5
6:02 PM — A waiter in Santa Maria, California, is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed for "being gay". Police said the unnamed waiter was at work in a Denny's restaurant when 24-year-old Curtis Martin tapped on the window and asked to use the toilet.
Stonewall launches YouTube channel 11
5:29 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a YouTube channel to promote its events and campaigns. It will have clips about research, campaigns, events and interviews with politicians, celebrities and Stonewall volunteers.
Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev ‘applying for political asylum’ but friends fear messages are fake 4
4:56 PM — Russian gay rights campaigner Nikolai Alekseev is said to be applying for political asylum in Belarus. His supporters have raised concerns that he has only communicated by text since his arrest on Wednesday and fear the messages may be fake.
Comment: Our leaders must question the Pope’s teachings in person 73
3:17 PM — While many in the UK are angry at the Pope's poor record on gay rights and outrageous statements on HIV prevention, our political leaders appear to be showing him undue reverence. This publication believes that they have a golden opportunity to argue that the Vatican must adapt and respond to the changing beliefs and social identities of its 1.1 billion believers.
Half-naked male models greet Pope’s visit to Twickenham 70
1:44 PM — Pope Benedict XVI visited Twickenham, west London, as part of his tour of the UK today. The models, hired by Gaydar, stood alongside protesters from Richmond LGBT Forum and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Gay Nigerian asylum seeker faces deportation 15
1:13 PM — A Nigerian man who was due to be deported from the UK last night has been given a temporary reprieve. Hope Nwachukwu, 33, says he was tortured and forced to watch his sisters being raped in his home country because he is gay.
George Michael cancels bail application 5
11:46 AM — George Michael has abandoned a bid for freedom, cancelling an application for bail. The gay singer began an eight-week sentence on Tuesday for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis after London Pride in July.
Clare Balding wins complaint against ‘dyke on a bike’ jibe 14
10:37 AM — Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has won her complaint against the Sunday Times after columnist AA Gill called her a "dyke on a bike". She contacted the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) over the July 25th article, which she said discriminated against her.