6th April 2009
North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12
5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".
Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3
5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.
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.
HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”
1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.
Gay groups call for medical help for ‘homophobic’ university professor 15
11:48 AM — A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted".
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.