20th December 2009
BBC ‘may face sanctions’ after gay execution debate 34
3:32 PM — Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over last week's online debate on whether gays should be executed.
19th December 2009
Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he’s gay 87
1:03 PM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain has come out as gay in an emotional interview with the Daily Mail. He becomes one of just a handful of openly gay sportsmen.
18th December 2009
Gay club owners hope to relaunch Ghetto in 2010 11
7:10 PM — Popbarz, the gay club owner which went into administration this week, has thanked former staff, promoters and performers. Owner Tommy Moss said it was hoped a new Ghetto venue could be opened in 2010.
Convictions for homophobic hate crime increase 5
4:28 PM — Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have shown a ten per cent rise in four years in the numbers of people being convicted for homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.
Gay club owner goes into administration 6
3:14 PM — Popbarz, the owner of gay clubs such as Ghetto in London, has gone into administration. Its administrators Ideal Corporate Solutions said it had suffered a “significant downturn in trade” .
Man who killed gay council worker has sentence reduced 13
11:41 AM — A man who murdered a gay council officer has had his prison sentenced reduced by two years. David Meehan, who was 19 at the time, admitted murdering James Kerr, 51, in a public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.
Former drag queen accuses boss of homophobia
11:31 AM — A gay man who once worked as a drag queen is suing his boss for unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Dean Awford claims David Gray was homophobic and referred to him as "she" in front of customers.
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.
Stephen Gately’s widower makes official complaint about Jan Moir column 35
5:23 PM — Stephen Gately's civil partner has made an official complaint to the Press Complaints Commission about Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir's article on his death. Andrew Cowles cited breaches of accuracy, intrusion into grief or shock and discrimination.
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.
George Michael apologises for swearing on live radio 6
10:59 AM — Singer George Michael had to apologise after saying f**ker on Chris Evans' BBC Radio 2 drivetime show. The pair were talking about cars on Top Gear.
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?"
Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10
4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.
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.
More schools running ‘anti-gay’ Christian crash-courses 16
2:19 PM — Increasing numbers of schools are opting to run a youth version of the Alpha course, it has been reported. The adult ten-week evangelical courses act as an introduction to Christianity but have been criticised for being anti-gay and manipulative.
X Factor winner Joe McElderry dismisses gay rumours 21
12:57 PM — Joe McElderry, who triumphed in the X Factor on Sunday, has brushed off rumours about his sexual orientation. An ex-girlfriend said last week he had been subjected to homophobic bullying at school because he preferred singing to sports.