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".
Italian footballer calls homosexuality ‘a sin’ 36
1:23 PM — Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie has denounced homosexuality as a sin and said it is "seen like fashion" these days. In his autobiography, released today, he discussed his Christian beliefs and recommended that gay people should read the Bible.
Scottish Parliament asked to review Marriage Act 10
12:09 PM — The Scottish Parliament was asked yesterday to review the Marriage Act with regard to gay marriage. A request from the Public Petitions committee has asked MSPs to reexamine the act and detail any reasons for refusing to amend it.
Denmark parliament approves equal adoption rights 7
11:32 AM — A majority vote in parliament yesterday will see the introduction of a bill giving equal adoption rights for civil partners and straight married couples in Denmark.
17th March 2009
Oklahoma teacher resigns over gay film 9
10:36 AM — A teacher in Oklahoma, US, has lost her job after showing students The Laramie Project, a film about murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard. Debra Taylor resigned from Grandfield High School after showing the film and allowing students to film their own short clips about it.
11th March 2009
Robbie Williams to star in Little Britain sketch 1
9:17 AM — Former Take That star Robbie Williams is to appear as a little girl in a Red Nose Day special Little Britain sketch. "It's hard to say no when asked to take part in a Little Britain sketch for Comic Relief," said Williams.
2nd March 2009
Lesbians who have IVF win right to name partners on birth certificates 10
12:24 PM — Lesbians who have children through IVF will be able to name their partners on birth certificates from next month.
1st February 2009
Hollyoaks Spoilers: Calvin feels the strain
4:19 PM — Calvin is feeling the strain of trying to keep his wife happy as Carmel starts discussing holidays now that Calvin's making more money at work. Realising that he'll have to make more cash if he wants to give Carmel what she craves, Calvin goes to see Warren and asks for one more job. Sasha also drops in on Warren, hoping for more of the same from the other night, but he's not in the mood and is cold towards her.
26th January 2009
Sean Penn wins Screen Actors Guild award for role as gay politician Harvey Milk 3
9:15 AM — Sean Penn last night won the Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of the gay politician Harvey Milk in the film Milk.
15th January 2009
LGBT youth of the world unite! New activist site launched 1
3:26 PM — Two leading gay organisations have joined forces to launch the first international network to allow young activists from across the world to work together.
14th January 2009
Spiderman creator’s new teen hero hiding super powers and homosexuality 7
4:08 PM — Cartoon creator Stan Lee is in the process of developing the world's first gay superhero for a new television show. The character, reportedly the son of another superhero, is a high school student called Thom Creed.