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  • 24th March 2009

    Government wins House of Commons vote on anti-gay hate speech 22

    The government won tonight's vote on anti-gay hate laws

    11:59 PM — The government has defeated an amendment in the House of Commons that would have created a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of hatred in relation to sexual orientation.

  • Gays and lesbians face ‘double stigma’ over mental health 6

    Gays and lesbians face a 'double prejudice' in mental health (Photo: Flickr Bhernandez)

    6:05 PM — Gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Wales face a double prejudice in terms of mental health, a survey has suggested. The report, from Stonewall Cymru, states that mental health provision in Wales is "under-resourced and ill-equipped" to cope with LGB mental health issues.

  • Interview: Encouraging gays to take their place in Parliament 7

    Anne Begg said she believes identity politics are not yet a thing of the past

    5:49 PM — Anne Begg is an instantly recognisable presence in the House of Commons. The former English teacher is the first wheelchair user to be elected as an MP. Chatty, amiable and refreshingly straightforward, Ms Begg can often be spotted in the chamber, in her chair at the side of the Labour benches.

  • Complaint may block young gay minister from preaching 15

    Rev Scott Rennie may not be allowed to serve in his new appointment

    5:36 PM — A meeting is to be held to discuss whether a young gay minister should be allowed to work at a Aberdeen church. Rev Scott Rennie, 36, was appointed to Queen's Cross Church in January. However, 12 members of the Aberdeen Presbytery objected to the decision because they do not approve of his lifestyle.

  • Opinion: Why anti-gay hate laws are necessary 24

    Gay hate laws are necessary to protect gay rights

    4:52 PM — This week, actors Rowan Atkinson and Christopher Biggins attacked proposals to remove a free speech clause from anti-gay hate laws, saying it will stifle free speech and criminalise the work of comedians. But logic suggests that anyone could claim free speech as a defense for the most offensive and inflammatory remarks.

  • Opinion: Ending the DINK myth 4

    (Photo: Flickr OiMax)

    2:48 PM — For around twenty years the perception of lesbian and gay people has been biased. There is a overwhelming myth about gays and lesbians which is tied to their public profile, particularly that of well-known people, that gay people are better off.

  • Ex-lover ‘tried to have murdered boyfriend beaten before’ 2

    Charlie Davies died eight days after being attacked

    2:00 PM — A court has heard that a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire had tried to have him beaten up before. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 24, denies charges of arson and murder relating to the death of Charlie Davies, a 23-year-old Tesco worker.

  • Civil partnerships banned at Queen Mother’s former home 9

    The castle was owned by the Queen Mother

    1:33 PM — A Highlands castle previously lived in by the Queen Mother will not allow civil partnerships to be carried out on its grounds. Trustees of the Castle of Mey, near John O’Groats in Caithness, are opening its doors to wedding ceremonies to raise money, but have said gay couples will not be able to hold their ceremonies at the venue.

  • Gay teen Michael Causer’s killer sentenced to life imprisonment 8

    Michael Causer died in August 2008

    11:58 AM — The killer of gay Liverpool teenager Michael Causer has been sentenced to life imprisonment. James O'Connor, 20, must serve at least 11 and a half years before he can be considered for parole.

  • Gay video designer sues Microsoft over ‘homophobic’ taunts 10

    Jamie Durrant is suing Microsoft

    11:23 AM — A video designer is suing Microsoft after alleging homophobic abuse. Jamie Durrant, 38, is suing the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay. According to the designer, he was called "fag boy Jim" by colleagues, who sent mocking emails making fun of his sexuality.

  • 23rd March 2009

    Police appeal to trace family of Manchester entertainer

    Police are appealing for help to find the family of Norman Tonge

    5:29 PM — Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help to trace the relatives of a 60-year-old Manchester man who worked as a entertainer in the city's gay clubs.

  • BBC: We dealt with Chris Moyles “swiftly and firmly” over ‘homophobic’ comments 18

    The BBC would not confirm what action it was taking over the Ofcom breach

    5:13 PM — The BBC has said it dealt with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles "swiftly and firmly" over offensive comments he made about gay singer Will Young but would not confirm how it would prevent such incidents from occuring again or what action it will take.

  • Call to action over homophobic hate crimes 1

    The report states hate crime reporting needs a more joined-up approach

    4:50 PM — Research on homophobic and transphobic violence in London has called for a more coordinated police approach to tackling hate crimes.

  • Muslim preacher calls for gays to be stoned to death 54

    Anjem Choudary said Lord Mandelson would be stoned to death

    2:37 PM — Hate preacher Anjem Choudary launched a vitrolic attack on gays last week in which he said that they should be stoned to death. The former lawyer added that this would include gay business secretary Lord Peter Mandelson.

  • Gay couple sue Christian hotel for banning them 22

    Hotel owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull said they have never allowed unmarried couples to share rooms

    2:07 PM — A gay couple are suing after a Christian-run hotel in Cornwall barred them from staying in a room together. Martin Hall and Steven Paddy, who are civil partners, have launched a county court claim seeking up to £5,000 in damages alleging "direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation".

  • Chris Moyles breached broadcasting rules in “homophobic” imitation of gay singer Will Young 31

    Chris Moyles was named Stonewall "Bully of the Year" in 2006

    12:54 PM — The media regulator Ofcom has found the BBC in breach of the Broadcasting Code following allegations by members of the public of homophobia towards the gay singer Will Young by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast host Chris Moyles.

  • Christopher Biggins: ‘Anti-gay hate laws will create a new climate of fear’ 20

    Christopher Biggins is the latest star to criticise the legislation (Photo: David Johnson)

    11:16 AM — Gay actor Christopher Biggins has criticised legislation which will criminalise language which could offend gays and lesbians, saying that gays and lesbians cannot be treated as normal if "special treatment" protects them from everyday humour.

  • 22nd March 2009

    Emmerdale Spoilers: Bob the bankrupt?

    Brenda and Gennie do their best to cheer up Bob

    10:55 AM — The Dingles get desperate to sort something out for Debbie's return so while Lisa tries to get shared custody of Sarah for Debbie, Zak has different ideas about helping out. After hearing from Gennie that Bob keeps cash in the shop Aaron decides to rob him. Zak is furious but soon uses the cash to buy furniture for Tug Ghyll.

  • EastEnders Spoilers: Is Chops heading for the chop?

    Where is Chops heading?

    10:51 AM — Secrecy surrounds the Mitchells as Peggy comes home to hospital. Archie doesn't want Danielle to tell anyone who she is – and he also wants to stop Peggy from continuing with her political ambitions.

  • Coronation Street Spoilers: Maria and Tony get close

    Tony feels Maria's bump

    10:45 AM — Luke continues to rub Tony up the wrong way by lording it as the majority shareholder of Underworld. Then things get further out of hand when he is reminded of his past nearly everywhere he goes – first he spots Rosie wearing Carla's cardigan which sets him in a spin, then when he is asked to feel Maria's baby bump he has a panic attack.

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