14th April 2011
Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe calls Britain ‘gay filth’ 47
5:49 PM — Homophobic Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe called Britain's tolerance of gay rights "unnatural" and "filth" at the funeral of his deputy intelligence chief today. The African leader, speaking at the funeral of Menard Muzariri, hit out at continued European sanctions on his country.
Transgender group furious at BBC for ‘offensive’ Russell Howard sketch 341
4:21 PM — BBC comedy Russell Howard's Good News is under fire from transgender campaigners who say a recent sketch ridicules a "vulnerable minority". Trans Media Watch said that the sketch, based on the story of a Thai airline hiring trans women, shows trans people as "objects of ridicule [and] physical disgust."
Brighton Pride announces ticket price concessions 22
3:14 PM — Brighton Pride has relaxed its ticket prices rules after complaints. The festival is to charge entry for the first time this year with ticket prices as high as £17.50 for those who buy on the day.
Government website asks: Should Equality Act be scrapped? 104
12:23 PM — A government website asks members of the public whether the Equality Act should be scrapped completely. Red Tape Challenge is designed to help ministers identify "burdensome" legislation and "pointless or outdated rules".
Gay couple ‘kicked out of Soho pub for kissing’ 217
11:50 AM — A gay couple say they were kicked out of a Soho pub last night for kissing. Jonathan Williams, 26, said he had been enjoying a quiet drink in the John Snow on Broadwick Street with his date James when a customer complained about them.
Gay man attacked by gang who tricked him into meeting, court hears
11:35 AM — A gay man was attacked by a gang who tricked him into meeting them in a car park, a court heard yesterday. The 50-year-old victim suffered a fractured skull after he was beaten with bats.
Nurses back lifting of gay blood donation ban 7
10:39 AM — The Royal College of Nursing says it will lobby for the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted. At the RCN's annual congress in Liverpool yesterday, 87 per cent of delegates voted for an end to the ban.
Basketball star Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 for anti-gay slur 35
10:08 AM — US basketball star Kobe Bryant has been handed a $100,000 fine for using a homophobic slur against a referee. During Tuesday's game, the Lakers player called Bennie Adams a "faggot" when the referee judged he had committed a foul.