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  • 7th April 2009

    Murder accused ‘was owed £2,000 by victim’

    Charlie Davies died in June last year

    11:54 AM — A man accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting light to him was allegedly owed £2,000 by him, a court has heard. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, allegedly told childhood friend Yusuf Dulloo that his ex-boyfriend, Charlie Davies, owed him money and he needed help to get it back.

  • 6th April 2009

    Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3

    Homeless shelters are working to accommodate trans people (Photo: Flickr user EditorB)

    5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.

  • HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”

    Gay Men's Health Crisis has analysed public opinion on HIV/AIDS

    1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.

  • Coronation Street to feature first lesbian character? 5

    Sophie Webster, played by Brooke Vincent, may be Corrie's first lesbian character

    11:10 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street is to feature its first lesbian character, according to reports. Sixteen-year-old Sophie Webster, played by Brooke Vincent, will begin a same-sex relationship with a friend, a source told a Sunday newspaper.

  • 2nd April 2009

    Gay marriage advocacy group shuts down 4

    Love Makes a Family will close at the end of 2009

    5:21 PM — Love Makes a Family, a group dedicated to campaigning for gay marriage, is to close at the end of this year. The group, which has been running for almost a decade, now considers its work complete.

  • Fire attack accused claims co-defendant framed him 1

    Charlie Davies died last year

    3:02 PM — Nadim Kurrimbukus, the man accused of setting fire to his ex-boyfriend Charlie Davies, has claimed that the killing was committed solely by co-defendant Yusuf Dulloo. He claimed Dulloo killed Mr Davies because of homophobia motivated by religious beliefs.

  • Police diversity guide derided for ‘political correctness’ 15

    The police guide deals with diversity issues

    2:50 PM — A new booklet outlining the ways in which PCs can become more politically correct has been criticised by Scottish MP Bill Aitken as created for those “living in a politically correct bubble".

  • Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend speaks of their relationship

    Nadim Kurrimbukus spoke of the couple's "perfect" relationship

    1:51 PM — Nadim Kurrimbukus, the 25-year-old accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by dousing him in petrol before setting light to him, has claimed that his relationship with Charlie Davies had once been “perfect”.

  • Clementine Ford comes out 4

    Clementine Ford has officially come out

    11:12 AM — Cybil Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford, has come out. The L Word guest star was pressed by Advocate.com to clear up the "confusion" that had been sparked when Diva magazine implied that Ford had officially come out and had an affair with co-star Katherine Moennig.

  • West Midlands police launch gay crime survey 3

    West Midlands Police are conducting their third annual LGBT crime survey

    10:43 AM — West Midlands police have set up an online survey to ask LGBT people to contribute their views on their safety and how they feel police respond to hate crimes.

  • 1st April 2009

    Sweden approves same-sex marriage 17

    Sweden has approved same-sex marriage

    4:49 PM — Six of the seven parties in Swedish parliament have backed a proposal to introduce a gender-neutral marriage law. The proposal passed today with a 261 to 22 vote and 16 abstentions.

  • Policeman jailed over underage gay sex 22

    Mark Brigham was jailed for two and a half years

    3:13 PM — A former PC who was a lesbian and gay liasion officer has been jailed for two and a half years for sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy. Mark Brigham, 38, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, met the 15-year-old at a party in August. The teenager's family had asked Brigham to give him advice as he had just come out.

  • ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper investigated for ‘transphobic’ comments 7

    Moving Wallpaper is being investigated after viewers complained about transphobia

    1:39 PM — Ofcom has received more than 50 complaints about an episode of ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper over alleged transphobia. The complaints focus on an episode aired on 20th March, in which trans character Georgina was mocked by other characters.

  • 31st March 2009

    Oprah’s girls’ academy suspends seven pupils over ‘lesbian’ behaviour 2

    5:42 PM — The girls' school set up by Oprah Winfrey in South Africa has suspended seven pupils after they “contravened the school's code of conduct” by allegedly touching each other sexually.

  • Ugandan gay rights event ‘sparsely attended’ 1

    Fewer than 20 activists attended the protest in Kampala (Photo: Flickr user sarahemcc)

    4:49 PM — Fewer than 20 openly LGBT Ugandans attended a public protest in Kampala calling for equal rights. Speaking at the protest in the capital of the east African country, lesbian activist Jacqueline Masha said "We are law-abiding citizens. We deserve equal rights and protection under the law and constitution."

  • 30th March 2009

    Zurich elects lesbian mayor

    Corine Mauch is the first mayor of Zurich to be both female and openly lesbian

    1:55 PM — Zurich has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year.

  • Tyra scores at the 20th GLAAD Media Awards 2

    Tyra Banks receiving her award

    11:22 AM — The New York leg of the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards saw Tyra Banks pick up one of the top honours of the night. Presented the Excellence in Media Award by gay singer-songwriter Clay Aiken, Tyra received official recognition of her efforts to advance the gay community.

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