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April 2009

  • 22nd April 2009

    Transexual tennis star beaten at Buenos Aires tournament 2

    Andrea Paredes von Roth lost out to Nicola Slater

    6:46 PM — It has been over three decades since Renee Richards became the first transsexual in professional tennis. However, a Chilean transsexual called Andrea Paredes von Roth made her debut in Buenos Aires in a Futures tournament at the age of 37 yesterday.

  • Mum fined for homophobic abuse of her son 23

    Celia Duncan was fined £250 by the court

    5:29 PM — Celia Duncan, 42 from Aberdeen has been fined £250 for shouting homophobic abuse at her 16 year old son, Stuart O'Neill.

  • Football Association begins research on homophobia in sport 2

    The FA has started to conduct research in an attempt to crack down on gender discrimination and homophobia

    4:40 PM — The FA has started to conduct research in an attempt to crack down on gender discrimination and homophobia. To do this, they have recruited two researchers to find out more about the football experience of people from gay, lesbian and bi-sexual communities.

  • New York State passes trangendered protection law 3

    The Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act was passed yesterday

    3:33 PM — The New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act yesterday. This bill prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, access to credit, and other key areas. It also adds gender identity and expression as protected categories in the state's human rights law.

  • Gay humanists denounce London Christian “gay cure” conference 96

    The "gay-cure" conference is to be held in secret

    2:44 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has denounced a two day "gay cure" conference that is being held in London this weekend. The event organised by the evangelical Anglican Mainstream Organisation to hold a two-day anti-gay "Sex and the City" conference at a "secret location" in London on April 24 and 25.

  • Police appeal after London homophobic attack

    Police are appealing for information

    2:35 PM — The Metropolitan Police are hunting a group of teenagers who carried out what is believed to be a homophobic attack on two men walking on Beryl Road, Fullham, West London earlier this month.

  • Conservatives still fuming as Iowa heads towards its first gay marriages 2

    Iowa's Supreme Court made gay marriage legal

    2:21 PM — Iowa became the first Midwestern state to allow gay marriage on April 3 but conservatives are still expressing disdain over the decision. Iowa will see a formalisation of this issue on 27 April and from then on, same-sex couples can begin to seek marriage licenses.

  • Adoption and fostering by gay couples to become easier in Scotland 11

    Adam Ingram is the Scottish Children's Minister

    2:01 PM — Scotland's Children's Minister, Adam Ingram (pictured), has announced that the Scottish Government will introduce regulations to make it easier for gay couples to jointly adopt children. A decision that has already outraged the Scottish Catholic Church.

  • Gay Nepalese MP looks towards greater acceptance of gays and lesbians

    Sunil Pant is an MP in Nepal

    1:35 PM — Nepal's first openly gay MP, Sunil Pant has single handedly put gay rights on the political map in Nepal since founding the Blue Diamond Society (BDS). This is Nepal's first and only sexual minorities rights organisation and is working hard with other human rights groups.. Lesbian rights however are lagging far behind those of men and even the men's are still dire. This is mainly due to cultural factors and the fact that women's rights in general are already very slim.

  • Britney comes out for gay marriage following Miss California row 22

    Britney Spears spoke out on Twitter

    12:19 PM — After Miss California, Carrie Prejean expressed her disapproval of same-sex unions, a worldwide debate has ensued. A-list celebrities, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus have jumped on the bandwagon, throwing their support behind same-sex marriage.

  • Liverpool loses legendary gay artist Yankel Feather

    One of Yankel's paintings

    11:55 AM — Yankel Feather, one of the most exuberant gay characters of Liverpool's 1960s art scene has died at age 88. Feather had been suffering from cancer for some time.

  • Pansy planted in tribute for murdered gay teenager Michael Causer

    Michael Causer's family have vowed to continue fighting for justice

    11:01 AM — Artist Paul Harfleet has planted a flower in tribute of murdered Liverpool gay teenager Michael Causer. Eighteen-year-old Michael, who worked as a hairdresser in Liverpool, was attacked at the Huyton home of his friend Michael Binsteed's grandmother.

  • 21st April 2009

    Inquest opens into lesbian prison suicide 9

    Lisa Doe died in prison

    5:31 PM — The inquest into the death of a woman who was found hanging in her cell has heard that her lesbian lover had been unfaithful. Lisa Doe, 25, was found hanging in her cell on September 11, 2007.

  • Survey to explore what barriers gay lawyers face 1

    The study into the experiences of gay lawyers will begin later this week (Photo: Flickr user umjanedoan)

    5:17 PM — A major study into how being gay can affect the careers of lawyers is being carried out. Only four law firms made it on to Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index this year, making law the second least gay-friendly profession on the list.

  • Man jailed for seven weeks for verbally abusing local councillor’s partner 6

    Christopher Small was jailed for seven weeks

    3:47 PM — A man who taunted the partner of a local councillor with homophobic abuse has been jailed for seven weeks. Christoper Small, 30 of Dent Street, Hartlepool, was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of using threatening and abusive words.

  • Funding for LGBT MPs hits £2,000 target 2

    Supporter Chris Mahood holding the £2,000 cheque

    3:27 PM — A campaign fund to help more LGBT Labour parliamentary candidates has achieved its target of £2,000. Called Dorothy's List, the fund met its target in advance of the likely general election.

  • Stephen Fry: ‘It doesn’t matter what you call marriage’ 26

    Stephen Fry has given his opinion on gay marriage

    3:08 PM — Stephen Fry has spoken out on gay marriage, saying it doesn't matter what wording is used. Speaking from California, he suggested that 'yoking' could be an appropriate word.

  • Film review: State of Play

    State of Play stars Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck

    2:38 PM — From the director, Kevin Macdonald, State of Play features the rise and fall of American congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) – who is handsome, unflappable, and ascending the ladder of power with unprecedented speed.

  • Film review: Star Trek 1

    Star Trek is out on May 8th 2009

    2:26 PM — JJ Abrams' new Star Trek is driven forwards by a time travel loop – allowing destiny to be altered and a new edge to the original continuity.

  • Majority of New Yorkers back same-sex marriage 3

    New York residents support gay marriage, a poll has suggested (Photo: Flickr user TonyTheMisfit)

    2:10 PM — A telephone poll of 682 New York State voters has suggested that a majority back Governor David Paterson's proposal enabling same-sex marriage.

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