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March 2009

  • 19th March 2009

    Father of teen accused of killing gay classmate found dead 9

    Brandon McInerney is pleading not guilty

    8:08 PM — The father of a teenager accused of killing his gay fellow student was found dead on Wednesday, the same day the teenager was due to appear in court.

  • Gay man de-baptises himself 69

    John Hunt's de-baptism certificate

    5:44 PM — A man has asked to be 'de-baptised', saying that he was too young to decide his religion at the age of five months. John Hunt, 56, says that he wants his 1953 baptism at the St Jude and St Aidan parish church in the Southwark diocese, south London, cancelled because he was not consulted and does not believe in God.

  • LGBT advice centre chief admits to looking at child porn 8

    Eight men are on trial for a number of offences

    4:54 PM — The boss of a centre offering advice to young LGBT people has blamed his sex addiction for trawling the internet looking for porn. James Rennie, 38, chief executive of the Leith-based LGBT Youth Scotland admitted he had looked at child porn.

  • Dictionary redefines marriage to include gays 2

    Gay marriage is now in the dictionary (Flickr: Greeblie)

    4:15 PM — US dictionary-maker Merriam-Webster has redefined the word 'marriage' to include gays and lesbians. It added that the term also applies to "the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage".

  • Rowan Atkinson attacks gay hate law 57

    Rowan Atkinson criticised anti-gay hate laws (Photo: Gerhard Heeke)

    4:00 PM — Comedian Rowan Atkinson has criticised hate speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in a homophobic hatred offence.

  • Court told gay man was burnt to death by ex-boyfriend 11

    Charlie Davies was attacked on June 14th last year

    3:20 PM — Kingston Crown Court has been told the final moments of a gay man who was doused in petrol and set alight outside his home. Charlie Davies, 23, was attacked on June 14th last year. He died 12 days later in hospital.

  • Hundreds gather to debate gay marriage in Vermont 1

    Vermont is holding a week of hearings on same-sex marriage

    2:45 PM — More than 500 people flocked to the house chamber in Montpelier, Vermont, last night to testify on same-sex marriage in the state. Amidst a week of hearings, the public debate last three hours and saw 115 people testify in favour of gay marriage and 85 against it.

  • Lesbian continues fight to be Presbyterian minister 7

    Lisa Larges has been fighting to be ordained since 1986.

    1:55 PM — A lesbian in San Francisco who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years is to have her case heard in church court this week. Lisa Larges' candidacy for ordination has twice been approved by her regional church authorities.

  • Amnesty asks Pope to defend gay rights 19

    Amnesty has asked the Pope to defend gay rights

    11:53 AM — Amnesty International has urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the criminalisation of homosexuality when he meets with African bishops today in Cameroon, which criminalises same-sex relations.

  • Gay hotel: Sewage ‘was actually sand’ 36

    A photo released by the club claiming to show sewage

    10:57 AM — It has been claimed that Club Tucanes, the gay hotel in Gran Canaria which evacuated guests due to a 'sewage leak', was actually evicted for non-payment of rent.

  • 18th March 2009

    Leading gay hotel evacuated after leaking sewers posed health and safety risk 8

    Club Tucanes says it has closed due to leaking sewers

    10:05 PM — One of Gran Canaria's biggest gay hotels has been forced to move, disrupting British LGBT holiday makers. The company blames leaking sewers for the move and has released graphic photographs showing excrement spurting out of the floor.

  • Scottish hate crimes law to be extended to cover anti-gay crimes 4

    The Scottish Parliament heard today that the Bill will "send a clear message"

    5:41 PM — Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said that extending hate crime laws to protect LGBT people and the disabled will send out a "clear message" that such crimes cannot be tolerated.

  • Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra refutes homophobia claims 3

    Former Mets and Phillies player Lenny Dykstra refuted the allegations

    5:26 PM — Former Mets player Lenny Dykstra has been accused of using homophobic, racist and sexist language in a GQ interview. Written by Kevin Coughlin, who used to work on one of Dykstra's publications, The Players Club, the article alleges offensive comments made by Dykstra.

  • New York senior official in bid to become first openly gay senator 1

    Jon Cooper may run for senator

    4:55 PM — Jon Cooper, the majority leader of the Suffolk County legislature in New York, has announced he is considering whether to challenge US senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary in 2010. Cooper, who is openly gay and has five adopted children, would be the first out senator if successful.

  • Orange County gay event shut down amid claims of discrimination 1

    Spin Tuesdays was shut down (Flickr: Todd Baker)

    4:09 PM — A weekly gay bowling event in Orange County, Los Angeles, has been closed down. Police said it was due to venue Lucky Strike allowing live entertainment and outside promotions without a permit.

  • Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘will prevent world from ending’ 38

    The world will end if gays marry, religious groups have said

    3:07 PM — The Minnesota Family Council has introduced an amendment to ban gay marriage, which it claims will stop the world from ending.

  • Police close Birmingham gay club after ‘violence’ 4

    Club DV8 was closed early on Friday night by police

    2:42 PM — West Midlands police have said drunken violence was the reason they closed a gay club in Birmingham on Friday night. Club DV8, on Kent Street in the city's gay village, was asked by police to close early due to "substantial and widespread drunken disorder".

  • Italian footballer calls homosexuality ‘a sin’ 36

    Nicola Legrottaglie released his autobiography today

    1:23 PM — Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie has denounced homosexuality as a sin and said it is "seen like fashion" these days. In his autobiography, released today, he discussed his Christian beliefs and recommended that gay people should read the Bible.

  • LGBT workers call for ‘dignity and respect’ at work 1

    "Dignity and respect" are the top concerns for workers

    12:27 PM — The top priority of LGBT staff is "dignity and respect" at work, a Unite survey has shown. The union's Have Your Say survey also revealed that workers believe trade unions must use education to eliminate homophobia and tackle discrimination.

  • Scottish Parliament asked to review Marriage Act 10

    Scottish Parliament has been asked to reexamine the Act

    12:09 PM — The Scottish Parliament was asked yesterday to review the Marriage Act with regard to gay marriage. A request from the Public Petitions committee has asked MSPs to reexamine the act and detail any reasons for refusing to amend it.

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