29th April 2009
Ex-gay therapy survivor to speak at psychotherapy conference 3
2:17 PM — A former Lutheran pastor who underwent therapy and hypnosis in an attempt to become heterosexual is to speak at a psychotherapy conference in London next month.
David Cameron to appear at London Pride? 30
11:22 AM — David Cameron has accepted an invitation to appear at an event during London's Gay Pride week, it has been reported.
28th April 2009
US Presbyterian church votes against openly gay clergy 4
2:52 PM — The Presbyterian church has once again rejected allowing openly gay clergy to serve. Amendment B would have changed language in the church’s constitution which requires pastors to live in “"fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and woman or chastity in singleness."
Faith schools to be allowed to tell pupils homosexuality is wrong 332
2:01 PM — New plans to force all schools to teach sex education will allow faith schools to educate pupils in line with their religious beliefs. This will allow schools to tell pupils that homosexuality, sex outside marriage or using contraception is wrong.
Authorities ‘must protect’ nine Senegalese men from homophobic attacks
11:19 AM — Amnesty International has warned that the nine Senegalese men released from prison last week after being jailed for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are at risk of homophobic attacks.
Gay monks told to stop wearing makeup 13
10:28 AM — Gay and trans Buddhist monks in Thailand have been given a new set of guidelines aimed to curb "flamboyant" behaviour such as wearing makeup.
27th April 2009
Scottish ministers threaten to quit over ordination of gay man 13
4:35 PM — One in six Church of Scotland ministers may quit if the Kirk refuses to overturn a decision to ordain an openly gay minister, a poll has suggested.
Bollywood star receives hate mail after supporting gays 7
2:17 PM — Bollywood star Celina Jaitley has been the target of hate mail after expressing support for the gay community. The Indian actress and Miss Universe finalist is a vocal supporter of gay rights.
Lesbian writer Carol Ann Duffy tipped as next Poet Laureate 1
11:47 AM — Carol Ann Duffy has reportedly been chosen as the first female and openly gay Poet Laureate. Ms Duffy, 53, will also be the first Scot to hold the position after incumbent Andrew Motion steps down this week.
Gay MP Alan Duncan’s death threats to Miss California over gay marriage comments 21
10:09 AM — Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan has weighed in on the Miss California gay marriage row, apparently threatening to kill the beauty queen.
24th April 2009
Activists to protest at ‘gay cure’ conference 253
11:02 AM — Around 150 demonstrators are expected to protest at a 'gay cure' conference in London tomorrow. The conference, which has been denounced by gay groups, will feature Joseph Nicolosi, who claims reparative therapy can 'cure' homosexuality.
21st April 2009
Dublin gay rights activists rally for same-sex marriage 5
1:48 PM — More than 600 activists protested in Dublin's city centre on Sunday to call for marriage rights rather than same-sex partnerships. A civil partnership bill will appear before the Dáil (parliament) shortly.
Morality campaigner blames gun crime on gays 51
12:18 PM — There is a direct link between the gay rights movement and gun crime, a morality campaigner has claimed. Robert Peters, the president of Morality in Media, which was founded to "combat pornography", made the comments in a press release issued earlier this month.
20th April 2009
‘Gay cure’ conference to be held in London 174
5:09 PM — A conference advocating techniques to help 'cure' people of homosexuality is to be held in London next weekend featuring notorious ex-gay advocate Joseph Nicolosi.
Desperate Housewives and Milk scoop gongs at the GLAAD awards 1
4:01 PM — The 2009 GLAAD Media Awards were held in Los Angeles on Saturday night with movie Milk and comedy series Desperate Housewives among the winners.
Magistrate quits after linking gays to paedophiles in interview with Steps star 13
2:04 PM — A Welsh magistrate who aired his homophobic views in a television documentary has quit. Byron Butler was asked by former Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins about his views on gays.
Senegal overturns ‘gay’ jail terms 1
1:19 PM — Nine men in Senegal who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" have had their convictions overturned. Dakar's court of appeal has ruled they must be released immediately.
Church of Scotland’s official magazine criticises those who use the Bible as excuse for homophobia 10
11:38 AM — Christians who use the Bible as an excuse for homophobia have been criticised by the Church of Scotland's official magazine. The editorial in Life and Work states that the Bible cannot be taken literally.
Homophobia row in The Apprentice 20
11:25 AM — The Apprentice is the focus of another controversy, this time over alleged homophobic comments made by one candidate. Mona Lewis allegedly told openly gay colleague Howard Ebison that she would not like her six-year-old son to meet a gay man
17th April 2009
US defence secretary: Repeal of military gay ban could take years 9
4:08 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has suggested that repealing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military could take years - and implied it might not happen at all.