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18 December 2009

  • 18th December 2009

    Poll suggests almost half of Americans believe being gay is a choice 58

    The poll suggested many Americans thought being gay was a choice

    7:18 PM — A poll of 1,001 American voters has found that almost half believe being gay is something people choose. The research found that 47 per cent of respondents thought homosexuality was a choice, while 46 per cent opposed gay marriage.

  • Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12

    DC mayor Adrian Fenty supported the bill

    7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.

  • Gay club owners hope to relaunch Ghetto in 2010 11

    Ghetto was owned by Popbarz

    7:10 PM — Popbarz, the gay club owner which went into administration this week, has thanked former staff, promoters and performers. Owner Tommy Moss said it was hoped a new Ghetto venue could be opened in 2010.

  • Convictions for homophobic hate crime increase 5

    The CPS figures showed convictions were increasing

    4:28 PM — Figures from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have shown a ten per cent rise in four years in the numbers of people being convicted for homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.

  • Canadian MP’s Christmas card attacked by homophobes 19

    Scott Brison is one of a handful of out gay Canadian MPs

    3:21 PM — A gay Canadian MP who sent out a Christmas card featuring himself and his husband has been attacked by homophobes on the internet. Nova Scotia Liberal MP Scott Brison's personalised card shows him and husband Maxime St Pierre on a walk with their dog.

  • Gay club owner goes into administration 6

    Popbarz has gone into administration

    3:14 PM — Popbarz, the owner of gay clubs such as Ghetto in London, has gone into administration. Its administrators Ideal Corporate Solutions said it had suffered a “significant downturn in trade” .

  • Ugandan parliament to debate anti-gay bill today 15

    Uganda's parliament will debate the bill today

    12:40 PM — Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill will be discussed in the country's parliament today. It is thought that this debate will follow a second reading and a vote will be taken in January after a third reading.

  • Man who killed gay council worker has sentence reduced 13

    Meehan's sentence was reduced by two years

    11:41 AM — A man who murdered a gay council officer has had his prison sentenced reduced by two years. David Meehan, who was 19 at the time, admitted murdering James Kerr, 51, in a public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.

  • Former drag queen accuses boss of homophobia

    Dean Awford alleged his boss had discriminated against him.

    11:31 AM — A gay man who once worked as a drag queen is suing his boss for unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Dean Awford claims David Gray was homophobic and referred to him as "she" in front of customers.

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