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.
Melbourne Catholic Church to ‘test’ potential priests for homosexuality 35
11:12 AM — Melbourne Catholic Church has confirmed it is following Vatican recommendations to test would-be priests to ensure they are not gay. The head of the Vatican committee which released the guidelines has also stated that celibate gays must also be banned because homosexuality is ‘‘a type of deviation’’
25th March 2009
Exclusive: Former culture secretary Chris Smith calls for BBC action over Chris Moyles 16
2:31 PM — Chris Smith, the former culture secretary who founded media watchdog Ofcom, has criticised the BBC over its handling of 'homophobic' comments made by Chris Moyles. The Radio 1 DJ has not been disciplined after an Ofcom judgement found him in breach of broadcasting guidelines.
24th March 2009
Dolly Parton brushes off lesbian rumours 9
5:12 PM — Country legend Dolly Parton has shaken off rumours she may be gay. The star has been romantically linked with friend Judy Ogle before but told AARP magazine: "We're absolutely, totally honest, open, and comfortable with each other.
Civil partnerships banned at Queen Mother’s former home 9
1:33 PM — A Highlands castle previously lived in by the Queen Mother will not allow civil partnerships to be carried out on its grounds. Trustees of the Castle of Mey, near John O’Groats in Caithness, are opening its doors to wedding ceremonies to raise money, but have said gay couples will not be able to hold their ceremonies at the venue.
23rd March 2009
Christopher Biggins: ‘Anti-gay hate laws will create a new climate of fear’ 20
11:16 AM — Gay actor Christopher Biggins has criticised legislation which will criminalise language which could offend gays and lesbians, saying that gays and lesbians cannot be treated as normal if "special treatment" protects them from everyday humour.
20th March 2009
One-third of HIV sufferers ‘face discrimination’ 9
6:00 PM — A survey has suggested that one-third of people living with HIV experienced discrimination relating to their status in the last year. It also found that discrimination was compounded by homophobia, racism or asylum and immigration-related prejudice.
Federal judge orders gay men’s names to appear on birth certificate 2
2:44 PM — A district judge has ordered the names of a gay couple who adopted a child born in Louisiana to be added to the birth certificate. Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, who now live in San Diego, adopted the boy in New York, a state which allows gay couples to list both their names on the birth certificate.
18th March 2009
Police close Birmingham gay club after ‘violence’ 4
2:42 PM — West Midlands police have said drunken violence was the reason they closed a gay club in Birmingham on Friday night. Club DV8, on Kent Street in the city's gay village, was asked by police to close early due to "substantial and widespread drunken disorder".