2nd April 2009
Gays and lesbians ‘more likely to vote Tory’ 94
4:55 PM — Gay and lesbian voters are now more likely to vote Tory rather than Labour, a poll has suggested. The survey of 1,800 gay men and women, found 30 per cent said they intend to vote Conservative at the next general election.
Equality Bill to extend powers against discrimination 6
3:44 PM — The new Equality Bill will extend discrimination protection to trans people, Women's Minister Harriet Harman announced today. Currently, laws exist to protect people from discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, belief or sexuality.
Fire attack accused claims co-defendant framed him 1
3:02 PM — Nadim Kurrimbukus, the man accused of setting fire to his ex-boyfriend Charlie Davies, has claimed that the killing was committed solely by co-defendant Yusuf Dulloo. He claimed Dulloo killed Mr Davies because of homophobia motivated by religious beliefs.
Police diversity guide derided for ‘political correctness’ 15
2:50 PM — A new booklet outlining the ways in which PCs can become more politically correct has been criticised by Scottish MP Bill Aitken as created for those “living in a politically correct bubble".
Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend speaks of their relationship
1:51 PM — Nadim Kurrimbukus, the 25-year-old accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by dousing him in petrol before setting light to him, has claimed that his relationship with Charlie Davies had once been “perfect”.
Microsoft ‘homophobia’ tribunal ends in settlement 2
1:09 PM — A gay games developer who sued Microsoft over alleged homophobic abuse has reached a settlement with the company. Jamie Durrant, 38, orginally sued the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay.
West Midlands police launch gay crime survey 3
10:43 AM — West Midlands police have set up an online survey to ask LGBT people to contribute their views on their safety and how they feel police respond to hate crimes.
Exclusive: Gay couple barred from entering slimming competition 24
10:30 AM — A gay couple who joined Slimming World have been barred from entering the company's annual Mr & Mrs competition. Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner of 19 years joined the weight loss scheme in November 2007.
1st April 2009
Policeman jailed over underage gay sex 22
3:13 PM — A former PC who was a lesbian and gay liasion officer has been jailed for two and a half years for sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy. Mark Brigham, 38, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, met the 15-year-old at a party in August. The teenager's family had asked Brigham to give him advice as he had just come out.
ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper investigated for ‘transphobic’ comments 7
1:39 PM — Ofcom has received more than 50 complaints about an episode of ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper over alleged transphobia. The complaints focus on an episode aired on 20th March, in which trans character Georgina was mocked by other characters.
BBC introduces five-minute ‘gay delay’ to avoid causing offence 26
9:38 AM — The BBC is to implement a new 'gay delay' system which will prevent presenters from landing in hot water over 'homophobic' jokes. Last week, an Ofcom ruling found Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles in breach of the Broadcasting Code over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.
31st March 2009
Man denies raping lesbian student 8
3:32 PM — A 19-year-old lesbian was raped by a man after a night out, a court heard today. The student, described as "petite", was returning home from a concert in London with her partner and a friend in the early hours of the morning.
Home and Away: ‘We didn’t censor lesbian kiss’ 3
2:37 PM — Channel Seven has confirmed that a lesbian kiss scheduled to be aired today has not been censored, despite reports to the contrary. The drama, which is broadcast in the UK on Five has received complaints from Christian groups and seen Australian ratings drop as a result of its lesbian storyline.
BNP use Jesus for new ads 79
11:45 AM — The British National Party is using a picture of Jesus in its latest advertising campaign, saying that Christian leaders are 'shunning the word of God' on issues such as sodomy.
LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13
10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
30th March 2009
Equality watchdog under pressure as three executives quit 1
9:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, has lost its chief executive and two commissioners in the last week. Nicola Brewer, the chief executive, has left to begin a new job, although her new position has not yet been disclosed.
Gay firefighter ‘killed himself after 15 years of bullying at work’ 6
4:36 PM — A man is seeking damages from a fire service after his civil partner killed himself after allegedly suffering 15 years of homophobic bullying and harassment at work. The man, who cannot be named, committed suicide on January 28th, days before his hearing was due to start.
Bishop of Rochester to resign 14
1:19 PM — The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has announced his intention to resign from his post to help Christians living in Islamic areas. The bishop, who has been outspoken on the topic of homosexuality, is 59 and was expected to serve until the age of 70.
27th March 2009
Radio 1 controller warns Chris Moyles to obey broadcasting rules 11
6:20 PM — BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt today said DJ Chris Moyles must obey broadcasting rules if he is to keep his job. The presenter was judged to have breached Ofcom regulations earlier this week over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.
Comment: Let education dissolve gay myths 12
5:31 PM — Suran Dickson, a London teacher, argues that education is the key to dispelling homophobia and dealing with the hangover of Section 28.