15th April 2009
California allows trans people living in other states to amend birth certificates
10:42 AM — Trans people with California birth certificates who live in other states can now change their birth certificates to reflect their real gender, a Court of Appeal ruling has decided.
Airline ‘refused to hire male air stewards in case they were gay’ 8
10:22 AM — An employment tribunal has heard that an airline refused to hire male stewards because it would be assumed they were gay.
14th April 2009
New York governor to introduce gay marriage bill
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
13th April 2009
Outrage as Amazon removes thousands of gay authored and themed books from sales rankings 18
10:16 PM — The internet retailer Amazon has denied any anti-gay cause 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. The "adult" books include Dr Who star, John Barrowman's autobiography.
11th April 2009
New leader of the Catholic Church rejects Tony Blair’s comments on gay rights 60
5:34 PM — The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the new Bishop of Westminster, has dismissed Tony Blair's call for the Catholic Church to change its views on homosexuality.
9th April 2009
Scottish LGBT organisation faces uncertain future 3
5:31 PM — Staff at the Dumfries and Galloway Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender organisation may be facing redundancies after council bosses cut back on their funding.
Rick Warren denies supporting gay marriage ban 18
5:27 PM — Preacher Rick Warren, who spoke out against gay marriage, has been accused of lying after he said he had never supported Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.
Gays amongst those hardest hit by recession 12
4:33 PM — A report out today suggests that those in minority or vulnerable groups have been hit hardest by the recession. One in four workers in companies making staff redundant believe disproportionate numbers of people in minority or vulnerable social groups have been among the first to be dismissed.
South Park lampoons Kanye West as a ‘gay fish’ 7
4:20 PM — R'n'B star Kanye West has been called a 'gay fish' in the latest episode of lewd TV animation show, South Park. The episode, aired on 8th April, sees West being made the butt of a joke he does not understand.
Man’s appeal over gay murder conviction rejected 2
3:53 PM — A man who was found guilty of murdering a man he met for sex has had his appeal against the jury's verdict rejected. David Shale, now 29, and his friend Andrew Shortt, now 30, were convicted at Bristol Crown Court of murdering 46-year-old Robert Huggett in September 1999.