12th July 2011
Video: Chris Bryant tries to get Kay Burley to apologise to him live on Sky News 165
9:22 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay former Labour foreign office minister and victim of phone hacking, attempted to elicit an apology live on air for an interview conducted by Sky News presenter Kay Burley last year.
Lib Dem MP says Home Office appears ‘institutionally homophobic’ on asylum 27
6:12 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused the Home Office and the UK Border Agency of appearing "institutionally homophobic" in cases of gay asylum seekers. Mike Hancock, the MP for Portsmouth South, wrote to immigration minister Damien Green on behalf of a gay Ugandan constituent who was due to be deported on Monday.
Johann Hari suspended from the Independent 33
4:52 PM — Gay journalist Johann Hari has been suspended from the Independent after claims that he plagiarised interviews. Independent editor Chris Blackhurst confirmed the suspension.
James Franco: ‘Rumours said I was a gay rapist’ 13
4:23 PM — Actor James Franco has revealed he was the subject of rumours which claimed he had raped a former boyfriend. In an interview with Playboy magazine, he said he had been a victim of false accusations that he had dated a man for six months and then beat him up.
Lesbians speak up – we can’t see you 37
3:38 PM — Where are all the lesbians? Chloe Setter speaks to four gay women - including writer Julie Bindel and singer Heather Peace - to find out why lesbians lack visibility.
Video: Clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and husband tries to ‘cure’ gays 21
2:47 PM — Video footage has been emerged of a counsellor at a clinic owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband telling a gay man he can become straight. Mrs Bachmann is a Republican presidential candidate with a history of making offensive remarks about gay people.
Stonewall ‘deeply disturbed’ at equality commission U-turn on religious rights 68
1:50 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has condemned a move by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in two legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Chief executive Ben Summerskill said the body must state clearly that it does not agree that religious beliefs should allow people to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
Sainsbury’s apologises for transgender toilet ban 20
1:07 PM — Sainsbury's has apologised after a transgender woman was told by a Surrey store that she could not use the women's toilets.
Lady Gaga declared honorary citizen of Sydney for gay rights campaign 8
12:06 PM — Lady Gaga was given the title of honorary citizen of Sydney last Tuesday for her support of gay rights. The bisexual star was honoured by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who called her a "powerful force" for gay people after she urged Australia to legalise gay marriage.
Equality commission wants more ‘compromise’ on gay rights vs religious beliefs 217
10:24 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has done a U-turn on religious beliefs, saying that judges have interpreted equality law too harshly against Christians. The commission, which has been accused of bias against faith, hopes to intervene in a number of cases in which Christian workers were sacked or disciplined for refusing to provide services to gay people.