24th March 2009
Interview: Encouraging gays to take their place in Parliament 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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.
20th March 2009
One-third of HIV sufferers ‘face discrimination’ 9
6:00 PM — A survey has suggested that one-third of people living with HIV experienced discrimination relating to their status in the last year. It also found that discrimination was compounded by homophobia, racism or asylum and immigration-related prejudice.
Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69
3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.