31st March 2011
US report calls for study of LGBT health issues 4
5:40 PM — A major US report says that the unique health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people should be identified. The Institute of Medicine report says that government-funded health studies should routinely ask people their sexual orientation and gender identity, just as they already ask about race and ethnicity.
US gay sailor outed by colleague faces dismissal 18
4:12 PM — A gay US sailor is facing dismissal after a colleague outed him. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26, is to appear before a private military hearing today where he will find out if he is to be fired under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Welsh teenager in court for anti-gay Facebook messages 48
2:52 PM — A Welsh teenager ended up in court last week for sending homophobic messages on Facebook. Jordan Campbell McKenzie, 18, of Flint, was told by a judge that his offence was a hate crime, the Flintshire Chronicle reports.
Police appeal over ‘horrific’ murder of Surrey gay man 3
1:55 PM — Police in Surrey are appealing to the gay community for help after a gay man was found murdered in his home. John Gerrard Dowling was found dead at his home in Brighton Road, Addlestone, on Monday February 7th.
Washington state to recognise out-of-state gay marriages 3
1:29 PM — The US state of Washington is to recognise gay marriages performed in other states as domestic partnerships. A bill has already passed in the state Senate 28-19 and by 58-39 in the House.
UK civil partnerships consultation opens 91
12:15 PM — A government consultation on the future of UK civil partnerships opens today. Interested parties are being asked to give their views on ceremonies being permitted in religious buildings, if faiths wish to hold them.
Teacher convicted of lesbian affair with pupil 14
10:08 AM — A drama teacher has been found guilty of having a three-year lesbian affair with a teenage pupil. Caroline French, 38, of Darlington, began grooming the girl for sex when she was 13, a jury at Preston crown court heard.
Louis Theroux returns to anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church 106
9:42 AM — Four years after his documentary on the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, Louis Theroux revisits the homophobic Kansas cult to see what has changed.