9th April 2009
Man’s appeal over gay murder conviction rejected 2
3:53 PM — A man who was found guilty of murdering a man he met for sex has had his appeal against the jury's verdict rejected. David Shale, now 29, and his friend Andrew Shortt, now 30, were convicted at Bristol Crown Court of murdering 46-year-old Robert Huggett in September 1999.
Belfast church to challenge ruling on ‘homophobic’ adverts 3
2:48 PM — A Belfast church has said it will go to the high court to contest a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church placed the adverts in the Belfast News Letter last summer.
Bishop of Manchester calls on faith schools to tackle homophobic bullying 8
12:28 PM — The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Reverend Nigel McCulloch has voiced his support for an initiative that tackles homophobic bullying in Manchester's secondary schools.
8th April 2009
Rupert Everett: ‘Gay men who have children are egocentric and vain’ 92
4:02 PM — Actor Rupert Everett has launched an attack on gay men who father children and get married, calling them "egocentric and vain".
Man cleared of raping lesbian student
1:51 PM — A man accused of raping a lesbian student after a night out in London has been cleared of the charge. Daniel Fountain, 20, told police he had had consensual sex with the teenager and that she said she wanted to see him again.
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson exposed over expenses 10
11:14 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who said gays were an "abomination" and compared homosexuality to paedophilia, has been exposed by a Sunday newspaper for claiming almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses with her husband.
Blair criticises Vatican on gay rights 61
10:00 AM — Tony Blair has criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on gay rights. In an interview with Attittude magazine, the former prime minister said the Vatican needed to rethink "entrenched" attitudes towards homosexuality which are out of step with the feelings of most Catholics.
Lesbian couple win sex discrimination claim 5
9:57 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won their claim for sexual discrimination. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.
7th April 2009
Murder accused ‘was owed £2,000 by victim’
11:54 AM — A man accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting light to him was allegedly owed £2,000 by him, a court has heard. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, allegedly told childhood friend Yusuf Dulloo that his ex-boyfriend, Charlie Davies, owed him money and he needed help to get it back.
Ben Miller defends trans character in Moving Wallpaper 14
11:36 AM — Actor Ben Miller has said that there no was intention to offend people with a trans character in ITV drama Moving Wallpaper. Ofcom received 85 complaints over alleged transphobia in an episode of the programme screened last month.
6th April 2009
Family begins legal fight against gay adoption 18
5:23 PM — The family of two young boys are challenging a court decision allowing them to be adopted by a gay couple. The boys, aged six and nine, were taken into care reportedly after their mother allowed them to have contact with their father, who she alleged beat her.
Children’s minister: ‘Schools must do more to tackle homophobic bullying’ 2
4:53 PM — Schools have been warned they need to take more action to reduce homophobic bullying after a minister raised concerns that the issue is not being taken seriously enough.
Mark Oaten: ‘Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before exposé’ 19
3:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him.
‘Gay fears’ put men off teaching 11
2:54 PM — A National Union of Teachers official has said that men are not taking up teaching places in primary schools because they are afraid of appearing gay. Tony Souter, joint divisional secretary of the NUT, said it was important to have male role models in schools.
Coronation Street to feature first lesbian character? 5
11:10 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street is to feature its first lesbian character, according to reports. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Webster, played by Brooke Vincent, will begin a same-sex relationship with a friend, a source told a Sunday newspaper.
Lesbian couples undergoing IVF now permitted to put both names on birth certificates 4
10:48 AM — Lesbian women in civil partnerships who use IVF to conceive children will now be legally recognised on birth certificates. This new right was introduced as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which was approved by the House of Commons last year.
5th April 2009
EastEnders Spoilers: Lauren has her day in court
6:10 PM — The court case against Lauren continues and Tanya admits lying to the police but Peter's testimony and Stacey's lack of appearance make things look bad. Max tries to bribe her but it doesn't work – but Tanya's appeal to do what her conscience tells her has an effect and she turns up to give evidence. Although Lauren is finally cleared of murder she is found guilty of GBH with intent – what does that mean for her future?
Coronation Street Spoilers: Ail gets her man back 1
6:04 PM — When Ken recommends some private tutors for Chesney – who is refusing to go back to school – Fiz opts for her last chance of support and visits John in prison. He is only too pleased to help – but soon declares his undying love which sends her rushing out in a panic.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Andy and Maisie get found out
6:01 PM — Sandy's campaign to save Jasmine from her prison sentence is making him enemies – particularly when he involves Gabby. Eventually Ashley and Laurel snap and tell him to leave – but where will he go? Debbie finds him and convinces him to put things right with his family as that is what Jasmine would want. Does he manage to build any bridges?
3rd April 2009
Gay man killed and partner shot in Bradford 13
4:36 PM — Police are seeking to trace a man after a gay couple were attacked at their home. Forty-four-year-old Neville Corby was shot dead in the "execution-style" attack, while his partner is recovering in hospital.