10th September 2009
Trade unions meet to tackle homophobia in sport 3
5:46 PM — A fringe meeting to discuss tackling homophobia in sport is to be held at the TUC's annual conference in Liverpool. The meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday and is supported by Liverpool Football Club.
Graham Norton claims its ‘rude’ to ask salaries of highly-paid BBC stars 20
2:55 PM — Gay BBC presenter Graham Norton has suggested that licence fee payers should not be allowed to know how much television stars are paid, but admitted salaries at the corporation are too high.
ACLU reaches settlement with California school over alleged homophobia 2
2:18 PM — A California school accused of allowing sexism and homophobia has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union. It had accused the Newport-Mesa Unified School District of failing to prevent homophobic and sexist bullying at Corona del Mar High School.
Derren Brown ‘predicted Lottery numbers’ 3
1:21 PM — Gay illusionist Derren Brown last night pulled off a trick in which he appeared to correctly predict the winning numbers on the National Lottery.
Academic warns schools are not doing enough to tackle homophobic bullying 7
11:10 AM — A leading academic has said that schools are not doing enough to tackle issues such as homophobic and cyber bullying. Professor Peter Smith, of Goldsmiths College, said the situation is still not good enough.
9th September 2009
Comment: We need to speak up against homophobia in music 4
5:54 PM — Several concerts by reggae artist Buju Banton were recently cancelled in America, amid controversy over notoriously homophobic lyrics which incite the murder of gay people. The campaign which led to the cancellations shows gay people need to confront musicians like him.
Publisher forced to apologise to Peter Tatchell 11
3:46 PM — A small publishing company has apologised to gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for alleging he was racist and Islamophobic.
Would-be Iowa governor promises to repeal gay marriage 15
2:54 PM — One of the six Republican candidates in the challenge for governor of Iowa has promised that if successful, he will repeal gay marriage in the state.
Mayor who tried to ban gay pride praises Taliban ‘family values’ 57
11:17 AM — The Doncaster mayor who tried to ban funding for gay Pride marches has caused shock by claiming people should look to the Taliban as a good example of family values.
Welsh man accused of raping trans woman
10:48 AM — A man from the Welsh town of Llanelli is on trial for the rape of a trans woman. Kiron Singh Chand, 20, of Pottery Place, is accused of forcing the alleged victim to perform oral sex on him on April 13th.
8th September 2009
Nurse who asked Obama to rid the world of gays is suspended 19
4:19 PM — An Australian male nurse who called for a "world free of homosexuals" has had his licence suspended. Matthew George Price had written a letter to a New South Wales school alumni newsletter in April, in which he expressed anti-gay views.
Neo-Nazi obsessed with homophobic bomber jailed for six years 10
3:39 PM — A white supremacist who was obsessed with homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland was jailed today for at least six years for a string of terrorist offences.
Lesbian author Sarah Waters on Booker Prize shortlist 1
2:43 PM — Lesbian author Sarah Waters is one of six authors on the Booker Prize shortlist, which was announced today. Waters is on the list for her novel The Little Stranger. She has been shortlisted twice before, for her works Fingersmith and The Night Watch.
Gay man ‘reported to police’ for questioning MP Iris Robinson’s views 38
11:51 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called homosexuality an "abomination", reportedly had a constituent questioned by police after he challenged her views.
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister 3
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29
10:43 AM — An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island. Swami Baba Ramdev recently said homosexuality was a "disease" but could be cured by yoga.
Update: Sir George Young to replace Alan Duncan as shadow Commons leader 14
10:20 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has announced that Sir George Young, a former Speaker candidate, will replace Alan Duncan in the shadow cabinet.
7th September 2009
Gay MP Alan Duncan demoted from Conservative Shadow Cabinet 8
8:41 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan is to be demoted from his role as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He will now be a junior Justice spokesman.
German HIV advert uses Hitler lookalike 79
7:57 PM — A German HIV prevention ad uses the images of famous dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein to support the message: "AIDS is a mass murderer".
EastEnders actor tells of support for gay storyline
6:50 PM — EastEnders actor Marc Elliot, who plays gay Muslim Syed, has said he has received nothing but positive feedback from fans about the storyline.