17th August 2011
American Idol producer rejects Adam Levine’s call for more openly gay contestants 21
11:03 PM — Yesterday, in an interview for Out magazine, Adam Levine, a judge on NBC's The Voice, called for the producers of American Idol to find more gay contestants. Today, the American Idol's producer rejected the calls saying that sexuality doesn't have anything to do with singing.
Woman accused of anti-gay attack showed jurors gay pride tattoo 17
5:34 PM — A woman accused of a homophobic attack showed jurors a picture of a rainbow tattoo on her bottom to prove she is not anti-gay. Lauren Proverbs, 21, of Borehamwood, was found not guilty of actual bodily harm over an incident in a takeaway in January.
Bishop Gene Robinson: God celebrates gay people 74
4:46 PM — Laurence Watts travels to New England, USA, to talk faith, service and retirement with the openly gay Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire. "After my election but before my consecration I was getting calls to step down from archbishops around the world. People I’d never met were calling me. I took that to God and said: "If I’ve done enough and I’m to back off, let me know,! but I never got anything from God other than, 'Come forward and I will be with you'."
Manchester Pride’s festival director steps down 4
2:38 PM — The director of Manchester Pride, Jackie Crozier, has announced she will leave her role. Ms Crozier announced today she would step down after six years with the event, although she will leave once a replacement has been found.
Gay rights group sues Missouri school district over website blocks 7
1:53 PM — A school district in Missouri, US, is being sued by a gay rights group for restricting access to informative gay websites. Camdenton R-III School District is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that the district has ignored warnings that its actions are unconstitutional.
Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK 42
1:17 PM — A Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner has been denied entry to the UK to speak at a Northern Ireland Pride festival. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, who faces death threats for speaking out for LGBT rights in her home country, was invited to open the Foyle Pride Festival in Derry next week.
Leeds campaigners want official city gay quarter 6
11:10 AM — Gay rights activists in Leeds hope to persuade the city council to officially recognise the gay village. They want recognition and business schemes for Lower Briggate, Bridge End and The Calls, which have a number of gay venues.
Watch: Lady Gaga debuts new video ‘You and I’ 8
10:45 AM — Lady Gaga has debuted the video for her new song 'You and I'. In typical Gaga fashion, the clip includes outlandish fashion, blood, sex and semi-nudity. Gaga is also seen as a mermaid and as her male alter-ego.