26th February 2010
Homophobic Lithuanian law comes into power next week 46
6:07 PM — A controversial law which bans the promotion of gay marriage in Lithuania comes into power on Monday. The law was amended in December after international criticism. Before, it prohibited the “public dissemination” of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
South African school dormitory closed ‘over lesbian relationships’ 13
5:36 PM — A girls' dormitory at a South African boarding school has reportedly been closed over allegations of lesbian relationships. Nearly 30 girls have been expelled, local reports said.
Police reassure gay businesses and visitors in Soho 7
4:56 PM — Members of the Metropolitan Police Equalities Unit have met with LGBT businesses and the gay media in London. Today's meeting was part of a new initiative to improve the relationship between the police and minority groups.
Turkey urged to prevent attacks on trans people 6
4:22 PM — Human rights activists have called on Turkey to do more to prevent violence against trans people. According to Human Rights Watch, eight trans people have been murdered in Istanbul and Ankara since November 2008 and two trans women have been killed this month.
Alison Goldfrapp ‘won’t be pigeonholed’ 12
3:07 PM — Singer Alison Goldfrapp has refused to label her sexuality, saying she is happy to swing both ways. The Goldfrapp performer was outed two months ago by a Sunday newspaper, which mentioned her in a feature about "mid-life lesbians" and carried an image of her with partner Lisa Gunning.
Surveys find new Tories are Thatcher’s children but support gay rights 188
2:40 PM — Two surveys of Conservative candidates have found that the majority support equal gay rights. Between a third and three-quarters said they supported giving gay couples the same rights as heterosexuals.
Australian presenters to be investigated for ‘anti-gay’ remarks 28
12:45 PM — Two Australian sports commentators are facing an investigation by the New South Wales anti-discrimination board for their remarks about men's figure skating.
Marines chief says US military gay ban ‘is working’ 30
12:02 PM — The commandant of the Marine Corps said yesterday he did not agree with lifting the ban on gay US soldiers being open about their sexuality. General James Conway told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that he believed that the "current policy works".