27th September 2013
Tesco ‘very sorry’ for displaying ‘offensive G*y Best Friend’ inflatable doll on website 25
1:14 PM — Tesco has apologised for appearing to sell an inflatable “Gay Best Friend” doll on its website and for allowing the word 'gay' to be censored.
18th September 2013
Yorkshire bar apologises for identifying two straight male patrons as ‘gay guys’ on till receipt 45
2:37 PM — A bar in Yorkshire has come under heavy criticism from gay rights groups after one of its employees identified two straight, male customers as "gay guys", on a receipt.
3rd January 2012
New Zealand company pulls “transphobic” advert 43
11:36 AM — Libra, a company which manufactures feminine hygiene products in Australasia, has pulled an advert which provoked outrage among the trans community.
23rd November 2011
Ospreys fine Kristian Phillips for gay slur tweet after “genuine remorse” 17
1:44 PM — Welsh rugby team have issued an undisclosed fine to the 21-year-old wing for describing a Big Brother contestant as a "faggot". The player has apologised for the statement, saying he had "learnt the hard way to think before tweeting".
22nd November 2011
Outcry forces Pakistan to hold back on ‘obscene’ text message blocks 10
1:21 PM — The country's telecommunications authority had reportedly told mobile phone providers to start blocking words, including "gay", "lesbian" and "homosexual" from text messages sent between private users.
19th October 2011
Three Northern Cyprus men arrested for gay sex 44
10:38 AM — Three men in Northern Cyprus have been arrested for sexual "acts against nature". The men were arrested in a private home in north Nicosia last Thursday and have already spent five days in custody.
3rd February 2011
Clinton Cards withdraws ‘batty boy’ card after gay protests 40
5:18 PM — Clinton Cards has apologised for a greetings card which features a character called ‘Batty Boy’. The retailer apologised for causing offence this afternoon and said the card was being withdrawn from stores.
26th November 2010
Five arrested in Met raids for anti-gay and transphobic crimes 2
2:45 PM — Five people in London were arrested on suspicion of homophobic and transphobic crimes yesterday as part of a series of dawn raids. A total of 247 people were arrested in connection with hate crimes in yesterday's Met police operation.
27th October 2010
Gay priest ice cream ad banned for ‘mocking Catholics’ 46
11:50 AM — An ad for ice cream which showed two priests about to kiss has been banned after it was ruled offensive to Catholics. The Advertising Standards Authority said that the ad, for Antonio Federici ice cream, was likely to cause "serious offence".
14th December 2009
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton arrested on drug charges 24
2:12 PM — The Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is in custody pending charges of drug offences. The singer, who has been condemned for lyrics calling for gays to be killed, was arrested in Miami on Thursday.