29th April 2009
BBC and Channel 4 could be allowed to opt-out of new equality laws 10
6:19 PM — The BBC and Channel 4 may be permitted to opt out of equality laws in order to preserve editorial independence. The new legislation could force them to use quotas of gay, ethnic minority or female actors.
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
Norwich gets its own Pride festival
4:04 PM — Norwich is set to have its first gay pride festival, which will take place on July 24th and 25th throughout the city.
Comedian Jim Davidson to explore his own homophobia on reality TV show 11
3:05 PM — The comedian Jim Davidson, who was kicked off TV show Hell's Kitchen for alleged homophobia in 2007, is to make a programme in which he learns to become more "politically correct".
Stonewall Equality Walk to be held in Brighton this weekend
2:28 PM — Stonewall's annual Equality Walk is to be held in Brighton this weekend to raise money to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Brian Paddick, Amy Lame and Mr Gay UK are hosting the 10-kilometre event.
28th April 2009
Interview: Arabic filmmaker Maher Sabry 4
2:39 PM — In ‘All My Life’ (Toul Omri), Maher Sabry has ventured where no Arabic filmmaker has before. The film, which is undoubtedly the most daring and sexually explicit LGBT film ever to come out of the Arab world, tells the tale of 26-year-old Rami, an accountant living in Cairo.
27th April 2009
BBC boss fails to give Chris Moyles a full seal of approval 11
9:17 PM — The Deputy Controller of BBC Radio 1 was forced to defend DJ Chris Moyles after accusations of homophobia from both the media regulator and a distinguished broadcaster at an industry event. But Moyles was not given a full seal of approval.
Golden Girl Bea Arthur passes away 1
3:09 PM — Bea Arthur, star of the US television sitcom, Golden Girls, has passed away. A spokesperson for the legendary Ms Arthur said that the actress died at home of cancer, aged 86.
Celebrities show their support for lesbian fundraising event
2:47 PM — Celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton and Sharon Obsourne were out in force to support An Evening With Women, a fundraising event for the LA Gay & Lesbian Centre held last Friday.
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.
Robert Carlyle: ‘My Trainspotting character was gay’ 6
1:25 PM — Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle has announced in a Bafta website interview that he thinks the character he played in the film was gay despite Francis Begbie being considered one of fiction's most stereotypical alpha-males.
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
Pop star claims he had gay relationship with rocker Gavin Rossdale 11
5:42 PM — The lead singer of rock band Bush had a five-year sexual relationship with an out British singer, it has been alleged.
23rd April 2009
Same-sex couples urged to hold hands in public 18
4:57 PM — A new campaign aims to encourage same-sex couples to publicly and unashamedly hold hands. A Day in Hand is asking people to upload photos.
Rightwing Polish politician angry at elephant’s gay tendencies 30
3:54 PM — A member of Poland's Law and Justice party has criticised a zoo for acquiring an elephant that might be gay.
Stephen Fry ‘should be the patron saint of England’ 4
12:57 PM — Forget St George and his dragon-slaying, maiden-rescuing activities. A poll of more than 7,000 MySpace users has revealed they would prefer gay celebrity Stephen Fry to be the patron saint of England.
Singapore’s LGBT community plans ‘pink dot’ event
11:07 AM — An unusual day in the park planned for next month will show support for Singapore's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population.
There is nothing shameful about being gay says Wolverine 10
10:45 AM — Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has said he isn't gay. The 40-year-old's latest movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens in UK cinemas next week.
Christian pop star Twitters her support for gays 21
10:29 AM — Miley Cyrus, the teen star of the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, has said that Jesus loves gay couples.