26th January 2011
Tom Ford on why gay men are ‘better fashion designers’ 16
3:40 PM — Tom Ford says gay men make better designers because they can "detach the physical from the spiritual". Speaking to artist John Currin for Interview magazine, the designer said that gay men's lack of sexual desire for women allows them to combine physical beauty with "soul and personality".
25th January 2011
Tory MP says schools are imposing ‘questionable sexual standards’ on pupils 20
5:37 PM — Another Conservative MP has attacked plans to encourage schools to include references to gay people in maths, science and geography. South Dorset MP Richard Drax said the voluntary lesson plans were "ludicrous" and would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
20th January 2011
Man jailed for sexually assaulting lesbian 13
3:54 PM — A Cardiff man has been jailed for two years for climbing into bed next to a sleeping woman and sexually assaulting her. Darren Hogan, 25, said he was unaware that the woman was a lesbian and Cardiff crown court heard that his unwanted attention had been particularly distressing for her.
19th January 2011
Gay marriage to be debated in French Constitutional Council 21
1:33 PM — A lesbian couple from rural France will challenge the Civil Code ban on gay marriages.
18th January 2011
Updated: Iranian men to be stoned to death over gay sex 55
5:26 PM — Two young men who filmed themselves having sex have been sentenced to death by stoning in Iran. The film was discovered on the mobile phones of Ayub and Mosleh, 20 and 21 years old, by agents of the Iranian regime in the Kurdistan city of Piranshahr in northwest Iran.
14th January 2011
Woman accused of pretending to be a man to trick women into sex
4:11 PM — A Scottish woman has been accused of tricking two women into sex by pretending to be a man. Samantha Brooks, 26, of Perthshire, is said to have posed as a man called Lee Brooks for nine years and hidden her genitals by claiming she had testicular cancer.
NY teachers sue after being sacked for ‘naked lesbian romp’ 5
3:52 PM — Two female teachers sacked from a New York school after a janitor claimed to have seen them having sex are to sue. Alini Brito, 30, and Cindy Mauro, 34, were allegedly caught naked in a classroom last November while the rest of the James Madison High School in Brooklyn, new York, was watching a performance.
12th January 2011
Ghanaian reggae star calls homosexuality a ‘disorder’ 141
4:30 PM — A Ghanaian reggae artist has been criticised after he called homosexuality a "disorder" in an interview. Blakk Rasta told GhanaMusic.com: "It is not the normal concept of life. Every man must sex a woman and not otherwise. Homosexuality is a mental/genetically disorder, in my opinion."
5th January 2011
Trans woman performs DIY castration 22
2:56 PM — A transgender woman in North Derbyshire was treated in hospital after a DIY castration. The patient, 22, is said to have been determined to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
7th December 2010
Atlanta pays $1 million to gay bar raided by police 7
11:20 AM — The US city of Atlanta has agreed to pay $1 million to a gay bar raided by police last year. The Atlanta Eagle was raided in September 2009 and patrons said officers subjected them to excessive force and homophobic abuse.
6th December 2010
Jamaican gay rights activist found stabbed to death 4
4:35 PM — A member of a gay rights organisation has been found stabbed to death in the Jamaican capital of Kingston. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said that the 26-year-old's body was found behind an insurance company building on Friday.
30th November 2010
Kenyan gay groups concerned after prime minister says they should be arrested 9
3:48 PM — Gay groups in Kenya are concerned after the country's president said gays and lesbians should be arrested. Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera. He said that men and women caught in the middle of gay and lesbian sex would be detained.
26th November 2010
Tory grandee calls in police over gay cruisers on his land 26
4:21 PM — A Conservative grandee has asked police to step up patrols around his 2,000-acre estate to prevent gay cruisers meeting for sex. Sir Beville Stanier, who is a friend of the Queen, complained that Oxfordshire county council should do more to "alleviate the problem".
25th November 2010
John Travolta enraged by gay sex claims
4:32 PM — John Travolta is said to be furious after a US gossip website published claims that he had sex with men in saunas. The star's lawyers have demanded that the story be removed.
24th November 2010
Texas trans woman arrested for using female toilet 12
3:22 PM — A trans woman in Houston, Texas, has been arrested after using a female toilet in a library. Tyjanae Moore was arrested by police last Wednesday for "knowingly entering a restroom of the opposite sex" but trans groups say her arrest was unlawful.
22nd November 2010
Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ 64
10:23 AM — Around 5,000 children at Islamic weekend schools are being taught homophobic and anti-semitic views, it has been claimed. According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that "Zionists" are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.
17th November 2010
May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35
12:56 PM — Schools will be given new powers to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying and measures to delete historic sex convictions will be in the Freedom Bill, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today. She also said that an equality duty on public bodies would be scrapped.
5th November 2010
Stephen Fry returns to Twitter to say women do like sex 38
12:18 PM — Stephen Fry, who angrily quit Twitter last week after being criticised for suggesting that women don't like sex, has returned to the blogging site. The broadcaster found himself in a storm of media attention after telling Attitude magazine that women only have sex because it is "the price they are willing to pay for a relationship".
1st November 2010
Students deny putting roommate’s gay sex session online
3:22 PM — Two US students accused of invading the privacy of a friend who committed suicide say they did not broadcast his gay sex session online. Dharun Ravi of Plainsboro, New Jersey, and Molly W Wei of Princeton, both 18, were accused of secretly recording Mr Ravi's roommate Tyler Clementi having sex with a man.
31st October 2010
Stephen Fry claims The Observer has portrayed him as “the Antichrist” over straight sex comments 33
8:35 PM — Actor, author and broadcaster Stephen Fry has used his Twitter account to condemn The Observer newspaper for portraying him as "the antichrist" in relation to comments he made to the gay magazine Attitude. In an interview, Fry is reported to have said he feels sorry for straight men because women only want sex in order to have a relationship.