17th April 2009
‘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.
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.
Vatican launches investigation over nuns’ teachings on homosexuality 13
3:33 PM — The Vatican is investigating the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, allegedly because it has not towed the official line sufficiently on teachings on homosexuality and other issues.
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.
15th April 2009
Atheist wins right to have baptism revoked 19
4:32 PM — An atheist who said he was too young to consent to being baptised has won the right to have his ceremony revoked. John Hunt, a nurse, was baptised at the age of five months at the parish church of St Jude with St Aidin in Thornton Heath, south London.
‘Venomous’ Downing Street aide’s attack on PinkNews.co.uk 12
4:11 PM — Damien McBride, the Labour aide forced to resign in shame last week over email smears about Tory MPs, had previously shown his poisonous side to PinkNews.co.uk over an article on Gordon Brown.
Comment: Gay rights, gay wrongs? 54
3:23 PM — Mathew Hywel looks at the tension between gay rights and religious beliefs in the wake of the suspension of a Christian charity worker over his views on gay marriage.
Man found guilty of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting him alight 1
1:42 PM — A Hounslow man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting him alight. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, poured petrol over the head of Charlie Davies and set him alight outside his home in Templedene Avenue, Staines two months after their relationship ended.
Airline ‘refused to hire male air stewards in case they were gay’ 8
10:22 AM — An employment tribunal has heard that an airline refused to hire male stewards because it would be assumed they were gay.
14th April 2009
Suspended Tory councillor defends views on gays 23
4:53 PM — A Tory councillor who called gays "sexual deviants" has defended his views and denied being homophobic. Patrick Clark, the former deputy Conservative group leader for Derbyshire County Council, was suspended from his post as a county councillor for Duffield and Belper South last week at a group meeting.
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ petrol bomb attempt 4
3:42 PM — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Reading after a petrol bomb was thrown through a pub window. The Molotov cocktail smashed through glass at the Lord Campbell pub in Alexander Road, Aldershot, at around 4:30am on April 1st.
PC jailed for having sex with teenager 10
2:48 PM — A 38-year-old Metropolitan police officer has been found guilty of four counts of having underage sex with a 15-year old boy. Former lesbian and gay liaison officer Mark Brigham, of Hackney, has been jailed for two and a half years.
Christian charity worker suspended for being opposed to same-sex marriage 37
12:16 PM — A charity worker who revealed to a colleague that he did not believe in gay marriage or the ordination of gay clergy has been suspended from his job.
Peter Tatchell receives Blue Plaque 35
11:39 AM — Southwark Council has awarded a Blue Plaque to human rights activist Peter Tatchell. The plaques are placed on the homes of those noted for their achievements in various fields and also awarded to places of interest.
Amazon apologises over ‘embarrassing’ gay books listing error 7
10:53 AM — Internet retailer Amazon has apologised for thousands of books about gay and lesbian topics losing their sales ranking over the past few days after they have been labelled as "adult" books.
13th April 2009
Outrage as Amazon removes thousands of gay authored and themed books from sales rankings 18
10:16 PM — The internet retailer Amazon has denied any anti-gay cause for thousands of books about gay and lesbian topics losing their sales ranking over the past few days after they have been labelled as "adult" books. The "adult" books include Dr Who star, John Barrowman's autobiography.
11th April 2009
New leader of the Catholic Church rejects Tony Blair’s comments on gay rights 60
5:34 PM — The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the new Bishop of Westminster, has dismissed Tony Blair's call for the Catholic Church to change its views on homosexuality.
9th April 2009
Scottish LGBT organisation faces uncertain future 3
5:31 PM — Staff at the Dumfries and Galloway Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender organisation may be facing redundancies after council bosses cut back on their funding.
Gays amongst those hardest hit by recession 12
4:33 PM — A report out today suggests that those in minority or vulnerable groups have been hit hardest by the recession. One in four workers in companies making staff redundant believe disproportionate numbers of people in minority or vulnerable social groups have been among the first to be dismissed.