Arts and Entertainment Alexander Kargaltsev's protest image, titled 'Alexander Kargaltsev vs Darya Zhukova'

The image was taken as a protest against Russia's 'racism and homophobia'

Rugby star retires to fight homophobia

As England's world cup-winning winger, rugby union star Ben Cohen has faced down his fair share of immovable obstacles. Now, after hanging up his boots for the last time, the 32-year-old is taking on sport's most formidable opponent: homophobia. This week Cohen, who won 57 caps and scored 31 tries for his country, sets out on a tour of the US on behalf of a new foundation set up in his name, devoted to fighting homophobia in sport.

Album: Tyler the Creator, Goblin (XL)

As commercial American hip-hop sits in seemingly terminal stagnation, people turn to the underground, and LA collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them are darlings of the cognoscenti.

Ugandan parliament drops anti-gay debate

Parliament in Kampala appeared to have dropped plans to debate an anti-gay bill yesterday after a global outcry.

Leading article: Faith schools must confront homophobia

The debate on homophobia at the National Union of Teachers' annual conference in Harrogate yesterday will not have allayed many people's concerns about where faith schools are taking education in this country. Delegates overwhelmingly backed a motion calling on the union to investigate the extent to which teachers and pupils face discrimination and abuse in these schools on the basis of sexual orientation.

Outrage as Malaysia sends 'effeminate' boys to anti-gay camp

The Malaysian authorities are at the centre of an increasingly heated row after it emerged that 66 Muslim boys identified by teachers as "effeminate" had been dispatched to a special camp to discourage them from becoming gay.

New blood for British horror in Cruel Britannia season

The fourth film by Simon Rumley, enfant terrible of British horror, receives its UK TV premiere next month. Starring Roger Lloyd-Pack, The Living and the Dead screens as part of a Cruel Britannia season of horror premieres on the Horror Channel.

Ugandan gay activist's funeral marred by commotion

An anti-gay protester created a commotion at the funeral for a prominent activist slain in Uganda, yelling out homophobic phrases that led to a scuffle with mourners attending the burial.

Adam Mars-Jones: 'My writing is like watching undercoat dry...'

Adam Mars-Jones' sharp pen has earnt him some enemies but, as James Kidd discovers, he can be his own harshest critic

Police chief of America's gayest city forced out – for 'homophobia'

The sign outside Palm Springs proudly welcomes visitors to a "two-time winner of the Best Gay Destination in the World Award", and tourist information leaflets proclaim it "America's Gayest City". But no one told the police chief.

Video: George Osborne accused of homophobic remark

George Osborne is under fire after appearing to call an openly gay Labour MP a "pantomime dame" in parliament.

Fear factor: Sorting the phobics from the phonies

Genuine phobias are irrational anxieties - not mere dislikes, ramped up to gain sympathy.

Katy Guest: Delusionists do it with a mobile phone

Our writer has no sympathy for men caught sex texting

Brother's plea to catch 'homophobic' killers

The brother of a man who police believe may have been killed in a homophobic attack today made an emotional appeal for information to help catch those responsible.

Strasbourg rules Russian ban on gay marches 'illegal'

Russia was told by the European Court of Human Rights yesterday that its ban on gay marches is illegal.

Governor candidate Carl Paladino makes anti-gay slur

The Conservative Republican candidate for governor of New York told Orthodox Jewish leaders that he doesn't want children "brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality" is acceptable.

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