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March 2009

  • 12th March 2009

    Ashton Kutcher speaks out about gay slurs 13

    Kutcher compared gay insults to racism

    10:14 AM — Ashton Kutcher has said using words such as 'fag' is as bad as calling people 'niggers'. The actor, who used Twitter to get his point across, was responding to another user who called him 'gay' for hurting his hand on a punchbag.

  • EastEnders Spoilers: Peggy collapses

    Is the stress getting to Peggy?

    8:47 AM — Peggy's pursuit of election victory continues – until she collapses during a council debate. The family worry that the cancer might have returned and Archie gives her an ultimatum – her politics, or him. Will he go ahead with his threat to cancel the wedding?

  • Coronation Street Spoilers: Michelle tells Becky all!

    Liz and Becky are finding it hard to get along

    8:43 AM — Becky and Steve are already at loggerheads – she can't remember what happened on her wedding day and he is keeping the truth from her. It is only later in the day that Becky notices she isn't wearing her wedding ring – so Michelle takes great delight in filling her in with all the gory details.

  • Emmerdale Spoilers: Jimmy and Nicola – together at last?

    What has Nicola suddenly found attractive about Jimmy?

    8:39 AM — The Wyldes decide that Belle isn't the kind of friend they want for Will and so they ban him from seeing her. When Belle wants to know why Nathan lies and says it's because Will hates her – and she is distraught.

  • 11th March 2009

    Anti-gay laws in Nigeria ‘will lead to widespread human rights abuses’ 7

    Activists have spoken out over the proposed laws

    5:54 PM — Nigerian activists have said that a new bill outlawing same-sex marriage will lead to increased arrests and abuse of anyone suspected to be gay. Gay sex is already an imprisonable offence in the country, but the new bill would make it illegal for gay couples to live together.

  • San Francisco archbishop bans gay play from ‘inclusive’ church 20

    The students were banned from showing the place at the church

    4:57 PM — Students in the Castro neighbourhood of San Francisco have been barred from staging a play that details a young man's struggle with his sexuality and his Christian faith.

  • Missing teen found ‘safe and well’ 13

    William was found in Stretford, Manchester

    4:33 PM — William Wright, who went missing on a night out in Manchester at the weekend, has been found.

  • Elton John to speak on HIV/AIDS at biotechnology conference 1

    Sir Elton will be speaking at the event in May

    2:56 PM — Singer Elton John is to give a keynote speech at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation's annual conference, focusing on HIV/AIDS. The star will highlight how biotechnology has influenced prevention and treatment of the disease and discuss the outlook for challenges and solutions that lie ahead.

  • Manx gender recognition bill moves forward

    The bill has passed its first reading in the Legislative Council

    2:42 PM — A bill to bring the Isle of Man in line with the rest of the UK on gender recognition has unanimously passed its first reading in the Legisative Council. The Gender Recognition bill is being enacted to conform to the latest European Court of Human Rights rulings and updates the law to the new identities of post-op trans people.

  • Lesbian and gay singing event scheduled for London’s South Bank in May 2

    The London Gay Men's Chorus

    2:02 PM — Various Voices, a lesbian and gay choir and singing event, will be held in London at the South Bank Centre in May. Hosted by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, The Pink Singers and Diversity, the four-day festival will feature 60 choirs, 2,000 singers and 50 concerts.

  • Religious groups urged to ‘ignore’ Baltic Pride event 5

    The Baltic Friendship Day will be held in May

    1:11 PM — An official in the city of Rīga, Latvia, has called for religious groups to 'ignore' the city's upcoming Pride march, saying that scant attention may dissuade organisers from holding future events.

  • Court permits Israeli gay couple to adopt son

    Uzi Even and Amit Kama have been allowed to adopt their 30-year-old son

    12:44 PM — A Tel Aviv family court has ruled that a gay couple can adopt the son they took in 14 years ago. Uzi Even and Amit Kama, who married in 1994 in Canada, are the first same-sex male couple in the country whose right of adoption has been legally acknowledged.

  • Update: Missing teenager caught on CCTV

    The last sighting of William was in Stretford

    11:25 AM — More information has come through on teenager William Wright, who went missing after a night out with friends in Manchester's gay village at the weekend. William, 19, from Crick, Wales, was last seen by his friends at 4:20am on Saturday, March 7th outside the View bar on Canal Street.

  • Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31

    Lillian Ladele has said she will continue to fight her case

    10:36 AM — The Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships has been denied leave to appeal against the latest ruling. Lillian Ladele, 48, from Finsbury, was threatened with the sack after she told Islington borough council she could not carry out the ceremonies due to her Christian beliefs.

  • Robbie Williams to star in Little Britain sketch 1

    Robbie Williams with the stars of Little Britain (Photo: BBC)

    9:17 AM — Former Take That star Robbie Williams is to appear as a little girl in a Red Nose Day special Little Britain sketch. "It's hard to say no when asked to take part in a Little Britain sketch for Comic Relief," said Williams.

  • 10th March 2009

    Iowa senator introduces gender-neutral civil marriage legislation 1

    Matt McCoy is Iowa's only openly-gay senator

    5:57 PM — Openly gay Iowa state Senator Matt McCoy (Democrat) has introduced legislation that would make civil marriages in Iowa gender neutral. The bill would remove words such as 'husband' and 'wife' from the state's laws, replacing them with 'spouse'.

  • US mental health experts support gay marriage 1

    Lawmakers in Vermont are pushing for gay marriage

    5:28 PM — Leading mental health organisations in Vermont, US, have come out in support of gay marriage, claiming it will validate relationships, increase benefits for the families and could reduce discrimination.

  • Pet Shop Boys wax lyrical on Blair, Obama and Kylie 4

    The Pet Shop Boys' new album is out later this month

    4:55 PM — Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has criticised "gestural" politics, saying that comfort and convenience are what drives the political agenda. In an interview with Attitude magazine and bandmate Chris Lowe, he compared Tony Blair and Barack Obama for their inclusivity, calling them "big tent" people.

  • Poll shows California voters still split on gay marriage 1

    48% of voters would repeal Prop 8

    3:57 PM — A field poll of California's electorate has suggested that voters are more sharply divided over Proposition 8 than they were in November, when the gay marriage ban was passed.

  • Home and Away to introduce lesbian romance 9

    Charlie Buckton, played by actor Esther Anderson, will begin a lesbian relationship

    2:41 PM — Australian soap Home and Away is set to show a lesbian relationship. The storyline will see tough policewoman Charlie Buckton, played by actor Esther Anderson, falling in love with Joey Collins, played by Kate Bell, who works on a trawler.

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