17th April 2009
US schools mark National Day of Silence
5:11 PM — Schools in the US marked the National Day of Silence today to bring attention to LGBT bullying. This year's date is considered especially significant as Carl Walker-Hoover, of Massachusetts, would have been 12 today. Carl killed himself last week after suffering months of homophobic bullying at school.
BBC cookery programme seeks gay families 3
3:34 PM — The producers of a new BBC programme, Economy Gastronomy, are seeking a family headed by a gay or lesbian couple to appear on the show. The peak-time show will teach families how to stop wasting, learn to shop economically and eat better for less.
Olympics winner: ‘Being gay cost me sponsorships’ 18
10:29 AM — Matthew Mitcham, the Australian diver who won the ten-metre platform gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, has said he believes he lost sponsorship deals due to being openly gay.
16th April 2009
New York governor confirms introduction of gay marriage bill 1
2:42 PM — David Paterson, the governor of New York, has confirmed he will introduce legislation to make gay marriage legal in the state. If passed, the bill will make it the fifth state to legalise gay marriage, after Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Iowa.
Xbox Live manager meets gay charity to tackle homophobia issues 1
11:14 AM — Xbox Live policy manager Stephen Toulouse has met with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to discuss the issue of homophobia in the game.
15th April 2009
Man found guilty of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting him alight 1
1:42 PM — A Hounslow man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting him alight. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, poured petrol over the head of Charlie Davies and set him alight outside his home in Templedene Avenue, Staines two months after their relationship ended.
Alberta agrees to fund final 50 genital reassignment surgeries 2
11:30 AM — The Canadian province of Alberta has said it will pay for almost 50 final genital reassignment surgeries before ceasing funding for the operations.
California allows trans people living in other states to amend birth certificates
10:42 AM — Trans people with California birth certificates who live in other states can now change their birth certificates to reflect their real gender, a Court of Appeal ruling has decided.
14th April 2009
Suspended Tory councillor defends views on gays 23
4:53 PM — A Tory councillor who called gays "sexual deviants" has defended his views and denied being homophobic. Patrick Clark, the former deputy Conservative group leader for Derbyshire County Council, was suspended from his post as a county councillor for Duffield and Belper South last week at a group meeting.
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ petrol bomb attempt 4
3:42 PM — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Reading after a petrol bomb was thrown through a pub window. The Molotov cocktail smashed through glass at the Lord Campbell pub in Alexander Road, Aldershot, at around 4:30am on April 1st.
Amazon apologises over ‘embarrassing’ gay books listing error 7
10:53 AM — Internet retailer Amazon has apologised for thousands of books about gay and lesbian topics losing their sales ranking over the past few days after they have been labelled as "adult" books.
9th April 2009
Man’s appeal over gay murder conviction rejected 2
3:53 PM — A man who was found guilty of murdering a man he met for sex has had his appeal against the jury's verdict rejected. David Shale, now 29, and his friend Andrew Shortt, now 30, were convicted at Bristol Crown Court of murdering 46-year-old Robert Huggett in September 1999.
8th April 2009
New York woos gay tourists 5
4:05 PM — New York city is stepping up its efforts to attract gay and lesbian tourists. A marketing campaign titled The Rainbow Pilgrimage was unveiled yesterday in the city, which is aiming to retain its position as the top destination for pink tourism.
Man cleared of raping lesbian student
1:51 PM — A man accused of raping a lesbian student after a night out in London has been cleared of the charge. Daniel Fountain, 20, told police he had had consensual sex with the teenager and that she said she wanted to see him again.
Gay families invited for White House for Easter event
11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.
7th April 2009
Playboy exec sues over gay discrimination 3
1:26 PM — Playboy's former fashion director is suing the magazine for alleged sexual orientation and age discrimination. Joseph DeAcetis, 45, filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan supreme court on Friday, claiming he was harassed by Playboy's editorial director, Christopher Napolitano, and that he was fired because of his age.
6th April 2009
Mark Oaten: ‘Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before exposé’ 19
3:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him.
5th April 2009
Emmerdale Spoilers: Andy and Maisie get found out
6:01 PM — Sandy's campaign to save Jasmine from her prison sentence is making him enemies – particularly when he involves Gabby. Eventually Ashley and Laurel snap and tell him to leave – but where will he go? Debbie finds him and convinces him to put things right with his family as that is what Jasmine would want. Does he manage to build any bridges?
1st April 2009
BBC introduces five-minute ‘gay delay’ to avoid causing offence 26
9:38 AM — The BBC is to implement a new 'gay delay' system which will prevent presenters from landing in hot water over 'homophobic' jokes. Last week, an Ofcom ruling found Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles in breach of the Broadcasting Code over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.
27th March 2009
Radio 1 controller warns Chris Moyles to obey broadcasting rules 11
6:20 PM — BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt today said DJ Chris Moyles must obey broadcasting rules if he is to keep his job. The presenter was judged to have breached Ofcom regulations earlier this week over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.