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14 April 2009

  • 14th April 2009

    New York governor to introduce gay marriage bill

    New York could be the next US state to allow gay marriage

    5:21 PM — New York governor David Paterson is planning to introduce a gay marriage bill this week, according to reports. Various reports suggest that sources close to the governor say he will unveil the legislation this week.

  • Suspended Tory councillor defends views on gays 23

    Patrick Clark was suspended after making the comments in a newsletter

    4:53 PM — A Tory councillor who called gays "sexual deviants" has defended his views and denied being homophobic. Patrick Clark, the former deputy Conservative group leader for Derbyshire County Council, was suspended from his post as a county councillor for Duffield and Belper South last week at a group meeting.

  • Gay Iowa senator receives death threat 6

    Matt McCoy has received a death threat

    4:28 PM — Openly gay Iowa senator Matt McCoy has been the target of a death threat. Public safety officials in the state confirmed that he received the threatening telephone call yesterday.

  • Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ petrol bomb attempt 4

    The man was arrested over the arson attempt

    3:42 PM — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Reading after a petrol bomb was thrown through a pub window. The Molotov cocktail smashed through glass at the Lord Campbell pub in Alexander Road, Aldershot, at around 4:30am on April 1st.

  • PC jailed for having sex with teenager 10

    Mark Brigham was jailed for two and a half years

    2:48 PM — A 38-year-old Metropolitan police officer has been found guilty of four counts of having underage sex with a 15-year old boy. Former lesbian and gay liaison officer Mark Brigham, of Hackney, has been jailed for two and a half years.

  • Gay rights activists clash over tackling Jamaican homophobia 6

    LGB groups have clashed over tackling homophobia in Jamaica

    2:08 PM — US gay rights activists have launched a campaign encouraging the boycotting of Jamaican products and services as a protest against the island's treatment of gays and lesbians. However, an LGB group has criticised the campaign.

  • Boy, 11, commits suicide after gay taunts 8

    Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was found dead last week at his home

    1:40 PM — An 11-year-old boy from Massachusetts, US, killed himself after he was repeatedly bullied by classmates who bombarded him with anti-gay taunts. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was found dead at his Springfield home last Monday night. He had hanged himself with an extension cable.

  • Christian charity worker suspended for being opposed to same-sex marriage 37

    The worker was suspended for his beliefs on gay marriage and gay clergy

    12:16 PM — A charity worker who revealed to a colleague that he did not believe in gay marriage or the ordination of gay clergy has been suspended from his job.

  • Peter Tatchell receives Blue Plaque 35

    Peter Tatchell has received a Blue Plaque

    11:39 AM — Southwark Council has awarded a Blue Plaque to human rights activist Peter Tatchell. The plaques are placed on the homes of those noted for their achievements in various fields and also awarded to places of interest.

  • Amnesty International attacks Iraqi president over gay murders 2

    Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraq's prime minister

    11:28 AM — Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki to demand "urgent and concerted action" by his government to stop the killings of gay men in the country.

  • Amazon apologises over ‘embarrassing’ gay books listing error 7

    Amazon has apologised over the 'glitch'

    10:53 AM — Internet retailer Amazon has apologised for thousands of books about gay and lesbian topics losing their sales ranking over the past few days after they have been labelled as "adult" books.

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