17th December 2009
Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant attacks BBC’s ‘ludicrous mistake’ on gay execution debate 42
7:29 PM — Minister for Europe Chris Bryant has attacked the BBC for holding a debate on whether gays should be executed. Bryant, who is gay, told PinkNews.co.uk he would be writing to the BBC's World Service director Peter Horrocks to demand an explanation.
BBC apologises for ‘Should gays be executed?’ debate 32
4:31 PM — The director of the BBC World Service has apologised for the offence caused by a debate on its website yesterday asking readers to debate whether gays should be executed.
Gay Christian group welcomes assurances from Archbishop of Canterbury on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 7
2:02 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has received assurances from the Archbishop of Canterbury's office that he condemns the proposed anti-homosexuality bill currently before the Ugandan parliament.
Comment: BBC’s Gay execution debate was murderous breach of impartiality 27
1:16 PM — By inviting a discussion on whether gays should be executed, the BBC surrenders to mob rule and fans the flames of homophobic hatred at a time when the safety of lesbians and gays is under threat as never before, argues Adrian Tippetts.
Tatchell says BBC ‘invited’ homophobia 10
1:11 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the BBC for allowing online readers to debate whether gays should be executed. He praised open debate but said the BBC put forward a "weak" argument against the question.
BBC ditches ‘Should homosexuals be executed?’ debate title after complaints 43
12:54 AM — Following outrage across the web, the BBC has renamed a premoderated debate on its 'Have Your Say' website from "Should homosexuals face execution?" to "Should Uganda debate gay execution?" Politicians from all the main parties have expressed revulsion at the BBC's handling of the debate.
16th December 2009
BBC defends debate on gay executions in Uganda 40
7:24 PM — BBC editors have defended allowing online readers to debate whether gays in Uganda should be executed. The discussion, on the broadcaster's Have Your Say feature, asked: "Should homosexuals face execution?"
Twitter users furious at BBC gay debate 40
4:19 PM — Twitter users are complaining about a debate on the BBC's website which asks 'Should homosexuals be executed?'. It appears on the Have Your Say debate boards.
Rwanda to vote on criminalising homosexuality 31
11:11 AM — Rwanda's lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. It would impose prison sentences of five to ten years, or fines higher than the average yearly wage.
15th December 2009
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
14th December 2009
UN officials says Uganda may lose AIDS research centre 5
7:12 PM — Uganda may lose the chance to host a major AIDS research institution if its parliament passes a bill against homosexuality, a United Nations official has said.
Archbishop of Canterbury makes first public statement on Uganda’s anti-gay law 28
11:49 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has made his first public statement on the proposed anti-gay bill passing through Uganda's parliament.