10th March 2009
One women killed and two shot outside US gay bar 2
12:03 PM — A shooting outside a lesbian bar in Baltimore has left one woman dead and two injured. According to local police, an argument on the dance floor at the Coconuts Cafe downtown in the Mount Vernon neighborhood spilled outside after closing time.
Trans children ‘will be protected under Equality bill’ 3
11:40 AM — The government has announced that protection under the forthcoming Equality bill will be extended to trans pupils. Previously, trans school pupils were not protected due to government policy that said the right of parents or guardians to take a case to court on discrimination grounds is unlikely to help very difficult situations and may not be in the best interests of the child.
‘Gay prostitution’ arrests in New York to be investigated 7
11:19 AM — A New York group protesting against a number of arrests of gay men in adult business for allegedly "loitering for the purpose of prostitution" has met with the District Attorney for Manhattan. Members of the Coalition to Stop the Arrests held a meeting with DA Robert Morgenthau after around 30 men were arrested.
9th March 2009
Illinois same-sex civil unions bill moves forward
5:52 PM — A bill to grant gay and lesbian couples in Illinois, US, the right to civil unions will proceed to the House floor for a vote. House bill 2234 was approved by the House Youth and Family Committee by a vote of 5-4 Wednesday.
Gaydar’s Soho bar Profile to cease trading 3
5:24 PM — Profile, one of the most popular gay bars in Soho, London, is to close at the end of next month. A joint venture between QSoft Consulting, which owns the Gaydar brand, and Vince Power Music Group, the £1 million Frith Street bar was opened in March 2007.
National register for abusive partners will not cover gay relationships 8
3:19 PM — Government plans for a new consultation on domestic violence will not cover abuse in same-sex relationships or violence suffered by men. In 2007, 142 people died in domestic attacks, including 38 men.
Homophobia ‘more common than racism’ 24
10:50 AM — A study has suggested that negative attitudes to gay and lesbian people are now more prevalent than racism.
Parents face prosecution for protesting over LGBT History Month lessons 8
9:56 AM — Around 30 parents who took their children out of an east London primary school to protest against them being taught about gay, lesbian and trans relationships may be prosecuted.
6th March 2009
Teenage drag queen jailed over bomb hoax 8
6:03 PM — A 19-year-old drag queen has been sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders' institute after making a bomb threat to WH Smith's head office.
Gordon Brown hosts first LGBT reception 3
5:38 PM — Gordon and Sarah Brown held a reception at Downing Street last night to celebrate the work of LGBT campaigners.
California Supreme Court judges hear Prop 8 arguments 1
4:16 PM — Supreme Court judges sat to hear arguments last night in favour of abolishing Proposition 8 in California.
Peter Mandelson gunged by anti-Heathrow protestor 11
3:22 PM — Business secretary Peter Mandelson had green custard thrown over him by a protester earlier today.
Human rights organisations call for end to ‘police abuse’ of trans people in Guyana
11:23 AM — Human rights organisations in Guyana have spoken out over the arrest and abuse of trans people for not conforming to gender-typical dress codes.
Men arrested over ‘homophobic’ murder in south-east London
10:25 AM — Two men have been arrested over the murder of a gay man in Bromley, south-east London.
5th March 2009
Man found dead in South London gay cruising ground 10
4:52 PM — Police have confirmed a man's body was found yesterday in a Croydon park, South London. The area is well known as a gay cruising area.
LGBT university staff and students face ‘high levels’ of discrimination 3
4:13 PM — A survey has suggested that many gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in UK higher education institutes suffer homophobia and discrimination.
Man acquitted of double murder uses gay panic defence 10
2:59 PM — A man who confessed to killing a gay couple has been acquitted of murder by a jury in Spain, who accepted his defence of "fear".
FA to launch anti-homophobia campaign
2:02 PM — The Football Association is planning to release a DVD to raise awareness of homophobia in the sport.
4th March 2009
California Attorney General: ‘Prop 8 comparable to 1960s racism’ 4
10:41 AM — The Attorney General of California, Jerry Brown, has called for Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the US state, to be deemed unconstitutional and stricken down.
Barack Obama ‘consulting advisers on lifting military gay ban’
9:57 AM — Barack Obama is discussing how to lift the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military, according to reports.