25th March 2009
Gainesville keeps LGBT discrimination protections 5
4:15 PM — LGBT campaigners in Gainesville, Florida, are celebrating after voters opted against stripping the city's anti-discrimination provisions. Fifty-eight per cent of residents voted against cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in order to conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act.
BBC is “institutionally homophobic” 26
3:22 PM — A PinkNews.co.uk survey has found that 69 per cent of gay respondents think Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles should be sacked over a "homophobic" imitation of gay singer Will Young. The figures come after Chris Smith, the former Culture Secretary and creator of media regulator Ofcom, criticised the BBC for allowing Moyles to continue making anti-gay comments.
New York newsreader killed in ‘gay slaying’ 2
12:19 PM — The death of a New York radio newsreader has been described by authorities as a "gay slaying", according to reports. George Weber, 47, who worked for ABC, was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment on Sunday.
24th March 2009
Gays and lesbians face ‘double stigma’ over mental health 6
6:05 PM — Gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Wales face a double prejudice in terms of mental health, a survey has suggested. The report, from Stonewall Cymru, states that mental health provision in Wales is "under-resourced and ill-equipped" to cope with LGB mental health issues.
Opinion: Why anti-gay hate laws are necessary 24
4:52 PM — This week, actors Rowan Atkinson and Christopher Biggins attacked proposals to remove a free speech clause from anti-gay hate laws, saying it will stifle free speech and criminalise the work of comedians. But logic suggests that anyone could claim free speech as a defense for the most offensive and inflammatory remarks.
Ex-lover ‘tried to have murdered boyfriend beaten before’ 2
2:00 PM — A court has heard that a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire had tried to have him beaten up before. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 24, denies charges of arson and murder relating to the death of Charlie Davies, a 23-year-old Tesco worker.
Gay teen Michael Causer’s killer sentenced to life imprisonment 8
11:58 AM — The killer of gay Liverpool teenager Michael Causer has been sentenced to life imprisonment. James O'Connor, 20, must serve at least 11 and a half years before he can be considered for parole.
Gay video designer sues Microsoft over ‘homophobic’ taunts 10
11:23 AM — A video designer is suing Microsoft after alleging homophobic abuse. Jamie Durrant, 38, is suing the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay. According to the designer, he was called "fag boy Jim" by colleagues, who sent mocking emails making fun of his sexuality.
23rd March 2009
New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1
5:51 PM — The US state of New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect trans people from discrimination. The bill means the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" will be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.
BBC: We dealt with Chris Moyles “swiftly and firmly” over ‘homophobic’ comments 18
5:13 PM — The BBC has said it dealt with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles "swiftly and firmly" over offensive comments he made about gay singer Will Young but would not confirm how it would prevent such incidents from occuring again or what action it will take.
Call to action over homophobic hate crimes 1
4:50 PM — Research on homophobic and transphobic violence in London has called for a more coordinated police approach to tackling hate crimes.
Video: Portia de Rossi says sorry for ‘selfish’ gay marriage 8
3:20 PM — Lesbian actress Portia de Rossi has appeared in a short clip to send up opponents of gay marriage. When she appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show last Friday, the star, who married Ellen Degeneres last August, offered up a tongue-in-cheek public service announcement.
Gay couple sue Christian hotel for banning them 22
2:07 PM — A gay couple are suing after a Christian-run hotel in Cornwall barred them from staying in a room together. Martin Hall and Steven Paddy, who are civil partners, have launched a county court claim seeking up to £5,000 in damages alleging "direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation".
20th March 2009
Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69
3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.
Critics slate Lesbian Vampire Killers film 12
1:27 PM — Lesbian Vampire Killers, the comedy-horror film by Gavin and Stacey stars James Corden and Matthew Horne, has been almost universally panned. The movie, which features the duo as a pair of friends trapped in a village and surrounded by lesbian vampires, has been slated for its lads mag humour and "moronic" script.
God Hates Fags preachers target London primary school 26
10:40 AM — Preachers from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have said they plan to picket a London primary school which ran lessons about gay relationships. A picket schedule on their website announces they will be at the George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone next Friday.
19th March 2009
Gay man de-baptises himself 69
5:44 PM — A man has asked to be 'de-baptised', saying that he was too young to decide his religion at the age of five months. John Hunt, 56, says that he wants his 1953 baptism at the St Jude and St Aidan parish church in the Southwark diocese, south London, cancelled because he was not consulted and does not believe in God.
Dictionary redefines marriage to include gays 2
4:15 PM — US dictionary-maker Merriam-Webster has redefined the word 'marriage' to include gays and lesbians. It added that the term also applies to "the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage".
Rowan Atkinson attacks gay hate law 57
4:00 PM — Comedian Rowan Atkinson has criticised hate speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in a homophobic hatred offence.
Amnesty asks Pope to defend gay rights 19
11:53 AM — Amnesty International has urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the criminalisation of homosexuality when he meets with African bishops today in Cameroon, which criminalises same-sex relations.