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.
BBC fined £150,000 over Sachsgate but still no punishment for Chris Moyles 9
2:57 PM — Ofcom today fined the BBC £150,000 for Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross's offensive phonecalls to veteran actor Andrew Sachs. The pair had left lewd messages on the Fawlty Towers star's answerphone about his granddaughter Georgina Baillie, a porn star who Brand had slept with.
PinkNews.co.uk is now on Twitter 5
2:34 PM — We admit to being rather late to jump on the bandwagon, but are pleased to announce that PinkNews.co.uk is now on Twitter at Twitter.com/PinkNews
Slimming World backs down over competition gay ban after PinkNews.co.uk expose 3
1:20 PM — Slimming World, the weight loss company, has said it will allow gay couples to enter its Mr & Mrs slimming competition after members complained to PinkNews.co.uk. Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner were barred from entering the competition, as were Rob Perry-Griffiths and his partner.
Gay adoption critic named as new Archbishop of Westminster 24
12:02 PM — The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, a staunch opponent of gay adoption, has been named as the new leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Archbishop Nichols, 63, will take over from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor next month.
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.