28th April 2011
Interview: Richard ‘Biff’ Stannard, the man with the X Factor 25
5:25 PM — You might not know his name, but you can’t fail to know Richard 'Biff' Stannard’s music. Working with The Spice Girls, Kylie, U2 and countless other bands and artists he’s arguably written and produced some of the best songs in the history of pop music.
Atlanta Braves coach accused of anti-gay slurs 16
4:32 PM — The coach of the Atlanta Braves, Roger McDowell, has been accused of shouting homophobic slurs at fans during a match last Saturday. Gay rights campaigners demanded disciplinary action.
New Mexico school bans all clubs after gay-straight alliance forms 49
3:11 PM — A school board in New Mexico has voted to ban all school clubs after a gay-straight alliance applied for recognition. Officials on the Clovis school board said the ban was a coincidence but the American Civil Liberties Union questioned the timing.
Gay US politician abandons plan for gay marriage this year 22
2:19 PM — The House Speaker for Rhode Island has abandoned efforts to bring marriage equality to the state this year. Gordon Fox, who is gay, says he will instead push for civil unions because a gay marriage bill does not have enough support to pass.
US Marines begin training to accept gay soldiers 86
1:00 PM — US Marines have begun training in preparation to accept openly gay troops. Before President Obama signed an order to repeal the 17-year-old ban, there was concern that the Marines in particular would react badly to serving alongside out gay colleagues.
Anger over Tennessee’s ‘don’t say gay’ bill 195
11:04 AM — The US Senator who introduced a bill to ban discussion of homosexuality in schools says he has received hundreds of angry letters from parents around the world. Republican Stacey Campfield's bill, if approved, will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.
Elton John’s mother speaks about rift 50
10:42 AM — Elton John's mother has spoken out about the rift between her and her son. Sheila Farebrother, 86, said the pair had not spoken for three years and she had not met the star's baby son Zachary.