14th September 2009
Amnesty report warns of violence against gays and women in Serbia 3
12:14 PM — The Serbian government is failing to protect human rights groups fighting for LGBT and women's rights, an Amnesty International report has claimed.
Jamaican police claim murder of British consul was not homophobic despite note calling him a ‘batty man’ 39
11:16 AM — The murder of a British honorary consul in Jamaica was unlikely to be a homophobic attack, local police have said. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home last Thursday. A note promised the same would happen to "all gays".
13th September 2009
Sir Elton John considering adopting Ukranian orphan 18
11:10 AM — Gay singer Sir Elton John has revealed that he wishes to adopt a 14-month-old boy named Lev who he met at an Ukranian orphanage. Lev, whose parents died of AIDS has "stolen" Sir Elton's heart.
11th September 2009
Matt Lucas: ‘Comedy gave me self-esteem’ 1
5:29 PM — Gay comedian Matt Lucas has credited comedy with boosting his self-esteem. The star said that learning he could make people laugh as a teenager was "incredibly exciting".
Man accused of robbing victims on gay chatlines
5:09 PM — A man accused of trawling gay chatlines to find men to rob will stand trial in October. Adil Zahid, 27, from Walthamstow, was charged with four counts of robbery, one of false imprisonment and one theft of a motor vehicle.
West Ham striker Morley says gay rumours almost killed his game 22
3:23 PM — Former West Ham striker Trevor Morley has discussed rumours of his homosexuality. The player suffered homophobic abuse from fans in the 1990s after whispers spread he was in a relationship with another player.
Belfast church allowed judicial review on ‘homophobic’ ads 23
2:20 PM — A Belfast church has been granted a judicial review on a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church appealed the decision in the high court.
Comment: Brown’s apology to Alan Turing is not good enough 65
1:49 PM — Nicolas Chinardet did not sign the petition for a government apology to gay mathematician Alan Turing. Here, he explains why.
Man found guilty of raping trans woman 7
10:26 AM — A Welsh man has been found guilty for raping a trans woman earlier this year. Kiron Singh Chand, 20, of Pottery Place, Llanelli, forced his victim to perform oral sex on him and beat her.
Gordon Brown apologises for treatment of gay war hero Alan Turing 73
12:23 AM — Following a petition signed by 30,805 people, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised on behalf of the British Government for the treatment of gay World War Two hero Alan Turing. A man forced by the courts to undergo castration to rid him of his homosexuality.
10th September 2009
Bisexual star Megan Fox frigid over sex tape 3
6:04 PM — Bisexual actress Megan Fox has vowed never to make a sex tape. The 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' actress is convinced if she saw herself having sex and "looking like a hippo" it'd put her off making love for the rest of her life.
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.