20th April 2009
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 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.
‘Fear of being outed’ prevents lesbians from seeking help over domestic abuse 7
4:25 PM — A study carried out by the University of Derby suggests that the fear of being outed is one of the reasons why some gay women in abusive relationships don't seek help.
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.
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.
Bruno fails to seduce US Congressman 7
2:50 PM — Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film about his alter-ego Bruno, an outlandish Austrian gay fashion reporter, has already caused controversy despite not being released until July.
Dutch homophobia ghetto could host gay pride event 10
1:06 PM — The chairman of Amsterdam borough Slotervaart, which has made headlines in recent years for its residents' homophobia, is to introduce a raft of controversial new measures to ease tensions between the Islamic and gay communities.
‘Second mothers’ to get mandatory ‘paternity’ leave 7
12:46 PM — MEPs are to vote next month on pioneering legislation that will secure mandatory paternity leave for heterosexual fathers and the partners of gay mothers for the first time.
Gay penguins book tops list of titles Americans want banned 33
11:49 AM — A children's book about two male penguins who adopt a baby chick is the book most Americans want banned, according to the American Library Association (ALA). And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell has been slammed as anti-family, anti-religion and pro-gay.
Football bodies urged to crack down on homophobic and racist abuse
10:41 AM — The Professional Footballers' Association warned yesterday that football governing bodies must take stronger action on racism and homophobia or risk footballers going on strike.
16th April 2009
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer back appeal against sentences 1
5:31 PM — The family of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer have told PinkNews.co.uk that with the Crown Prosecution service, they will attempt to appeal against the sentences given to his killer and the defendant who admitted lying to police.
Christian association bites back after gay marriage video faces widespread ridicule 10
4:21 PM — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which released an ominous video last week detailing its fears over gay marriage, has insisted on its widely-mocked audition tapes being removed from YouTube.
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.
Military gay ban supporter warns of mass resignations 21
2:26 PM — A retired army general who is leading the campaign against allowing gays to serve openly in the US military has warned of "mass resignations" if Section 654 of US Code Title 10 is repealed.
Civil liberties group challenges US school boards to remove internet ban on gay sites
12:10 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked school board officials in Tennessee to stop censoring gay websites. Schools in the area use a web filtering system that censors out unsuitable material such as websites which have sexual content but this also excludes educational gay sites.
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.
Spanish gay murder reveals issues with domestic violence laws 5
11:01 AM — The case of a man who killed his ex-partner before committing suicide last week in Almeria, Spain, has revealed that domestic violence legislation in the country does not apply to gay men.
15th April 2009
Moroccan man kills Spanish ex-husband before committing suicide
4:41 PM — A Spanish man has been stabbed to death by his ex husband who later killed himself, it has been revealed. The Moroccan man, who has not been named, stabbed his 34 year old ex husband on Tuesday on the doorstep of his home in the village of Adra, Almeria. The couple had separated two months ago.