21st April 2009
Man jailed for seven weeks for verbally abusing local councillor’s partner 6
3:47 PM — A man who taunted the partner of a local councillor with homophobic abuse has been jailed for seven weeks. Christoper Small, 30 of Dent Street, Hartlepool, was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of using threatening and abusive words.
Funding for LGBT MPs hits £2,000 target 2
3:27 PM — A campaign fund to help more LGBT Labour parliamentary candidates has achieved its target of £2,000. Called Dorothy's List, the fund met its target in advance of the likely general election.
Stephen Fry: ‘It doesn’t matter what you call marriage’ 26
3:08 PM — Stephen Fry has spoken out on gay marriage, saying it doesn't matter what wording is used. Speaking from California, he suggested that 'yoking' could be an appropriate word.
Dublin gay rights activists rally for same-sex marriage 5
1:48 PM — More than 600 activists protested in Dublin's city centre on Sunday to call for marriage rights rather than same-sex partnerships. A civil partnership bill will appear before the Dáil (parliament) shortly.
20th April 2009
Wales sees gay hate convictions rise 11
6:14 PM — Gay hate crime convictions in Wales have doubled in the last three years, figures from the Crown Prosecution Service show. Statistics show there were 58 successful prosecutions last year compared with 29 in 2006.
‘Gay cure’ conference to be held in London 174
5:09 PM — A conference advocating techniques to help 'cure' people of homosexuality is to be held in London next weekend featuring notorious ex-gay advocate Joseph Nicolosi.
Desperate Housewives and Milk scoop gongs at the GLAAD awards 1
4:01 PM — The 2009 GLAAD Media Awards were held in Los Angeles on Saturday night with movie Milk and comedy series Desperate Housewives among the winners.
Brits with HIV ‘still being refused entry to US’ 4
2:36 PM — People living with HIV are still being refused entry to the US despite government plans to change legislation, it has been claimed.
Magistrate quits after linking gays to paedophiles in interview with Steps star 13
2:04 PM — A Welsh magistrate who aired his homophobic views in a television documentary has quit. Byron Butler was asked by former Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins about his views on gays.
Church of Scotland’s official magazine criticises those who use the Bible as excuse for homophobia 10
11:38 AM — Christians who use the Bible as an excuse for homophobia have been criticised by the Church of Scotland's official magazine. The editorial in Life and Work states that the Bible cannot be taken literally.
Homophobia row in The Apprentice 20
11:25 AM — The Apprentice is the focus of another controversy, this time over alleged homophobic comments made by one candidate. Mona Lewis allegedly told openly gay colleague Howard Ebison that she would not like her six-year-old son to meet a gay man
17th April 2009
‘Fear of being outed’ prevents lesbians from seeking help over domestic abuse 7
4:25 PM — A study carried out by the University of Derby suggests that the fear of being outed is one of the reasons why some gay women in abusive relationships don't seek help.
BBC cookery programme seeks gay families 3
3:34 PM — The producers of a new BBC programme, Economy Gastronomy, are seeking a family headed by a gay or lesbian couple to appear on the show. The peak-time show will teach families how to stop wasting, learn to shop economically and eat better for less.
Gay domestic partners in Washington state to receive same state benefits as married couples
2:36 PM — A bill passed this week in Washington grants same-sex domestic partners the same rights and benefits the state offers to straight married couples.
‘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.