1st July 2011
FIFA criticises Nigeria’s football coach over ‘lesbian ban’ 16
5:35 PM — The governing body of football, FIFA, has criticised the coach of the Nigerian women's football team for saying she had forced out lesbian players. Last week, coach Eucharia Uche told the New York Times that since she was hired in 2009, she has eradicated homosexuality from the squad.
Boris Johnson: ‘London should be the benchmark for LGBT equality’ 23
4:31 PM — London mayor Boris Johnson has called for London to be the "benchmark of LGBT equality' ahead of tomorrow's Pride march.
Tory gay group says Ken Livingstone should be banned from Pride 62
4:19 PM — Updated: The Conservative Party's LGBT group, LGBTory, has called for mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone to banned from London Pride over his alleged "close friendship" with an anti-gay extremist. The group's chairman, Matthew Sephton, accused Mr Livingstone of being a "hypocrite" who will "undermine the core values" of the event.
US pilot says sorry for anti-gay rant 18
3:07 PM — A US pilot has apologised after a mid-flight homophobic rant was accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. James Fritzen Taylor, who works for Southwest Airlines, was flying between Austin and San Diego in March when it is believed a button for the cockpit microphone was hit by mistake.
Woman, 74, charged with assault for kissing anti-gay preacher 45
2:20 PM — A 74-year-old gay rights supporter has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher during a pride event in North Carolina. Joan Parker, who attended last Saturday's event with her husband, says she kissed the preacher on the cheek while he screamed that gay people would go to hell.
Soho bomber David Copeland loses appeal over sentence 51
1:48 PM — David Copeland, the Soho nailbomber who killed three people in 1999, has lost an appeal to have his sentence cut. The 35-year-old, from Hampshire, set off three bombs over the course of two weeks designed to kill and seriously injure London's gay, Asian and black communities.
Disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells to lead London Pride 6
12:01 PM — LGBT disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells is to lead London's gay Pride parade tomorrow as the event's first grand marshall. The activist, who was honoured with an MBE last month, will lead the annual parade through the city centre.
Seattle man says ‘God told him’ to rape and stab lesbian couple
10:18 AM — A man in Seattle, US, has admitted the rape and stabbing of a lesbian couple, claiming that "God told" him to do it. Isaiah Kalebu, 25, is accused of breaking into the couple's home in July 2009 and and torturing and raping them repeatedly before stabbing them.
Police name man found dead at gay cruising spot 15
9:57 AM — Police have released the name of a man found dead on London's Clapham Common. He was named as Eric Anthony James, 49, of Lambeth.