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  • 2nd April 2009

    Gays and lesbians ‘more likely to vote Tory’ 94

    Gay voters have swung to the Conservatives, a poll has suggested

    4:55 PM — Gay and lesbian voters are now more likely to vote Tory rather than Labour, a poll has suggested. The survey of 1,800 gay men and women, found 30 per cent said they intend to vote Conservative at the next general election.

  • European Parliament opts to extend anti-discrimination legislation 2

    European Parliament has voted to adopt the new legislation (Photo: Flickr user inyucho)

    4:02 PM — The European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services. Previously, provisions only applied to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.

  • Equality Bill to extend powers against discrimination 6

    Harriet Harman has said the Equality Bill will strengthen powers against discrimination

    3:44 PM — The new Equality Bill will extend discrimination protection to trans people, Women's Minister Harriet Harman announced today. Currently, laws exist to protect people from discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, belief or sexuality.

  • 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”.

  • Microsoft ‘homophobia’ tribunal ends in settlement 2

    The two parties reached a settlement

    1:09 PM — A gay games developer who sued Microsoft over alleged homophobic abuse has reached a settlement with the company. Jamie Durrant, 38, orginally sued the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay.

  • Ugandan activists refute allegations of ‘gay recruitment’ 3

    President of Uganda Kaguta Yoweri Museveni has spoken out against homosexuality

    12:02 PM — Gays and lesbians in Uganda have denied embarking on "recruitment drives" to attract people to homosexuality. According to LGBTI Ugandans, Christian and government leaders are running a campaign to project gays 'recruiting' children into homosexuality by giving them money.

  • 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.

  • Exclusive: Gay couple barred from entering slimming competition 24

    Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner say the slimming company discriminated against them

    10:30 AM — A gay couple who joined Slimming World have been barred from entering the company's annual Mr & Mrs competition. Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner of 19 years joined the weight loss scheme in November 2007.

  • 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.

  • Conservatives attempt to derail plans to lift US military gay ban 11

    Conservatives have said the gay ban is a matter of national security

    12:13 PM — A conservative group has said that allowing gays to serve openly in the US military could threaten national security. A letter urging President Barack Obama to preserve the gay ban was leaked to the Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California.

  • God Hates Fags church raises money for LGBT support group 13

    The Westboro Baptist Church is unwittingly raising money for gay causes

    11:13 AM — Members of Westboro Baptist Church, who chant slogans such as "fags burn in hell", have unintentionally raised money for a gay rights group.

  • BBC introduces five-minute ‘gay delay’ to avoid causing offence 26

    The BBC is keen to shake off accusations of homophobia

    9:38 AM — The BBC is to implement a new 'gay delay' system which will prevent presenters from landing in hot water over 'homophobic' jokes. Last week, an Ofcom ruling found Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles in breach of the Broadcasting Code over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.

  • 31st March 2009

    Lesbian mother to be deported 7

    Shirley Tan's partner could sponsor her for immigration if they were straight and married

    6:00 PM — A lesbian is likely to be deported from her California home on Friday, despite living with her life partner, two twin sons and mother-in-law. Shirley Tan will soon learn if she is to be sent back to the Philippines after applying asylum in the US due to facing violence from a family member in her native country.

  • 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."

  • US gay bishop: ‘Church should bless marriage, not legalise it’ 6

    Gene Robinson spoke out for gay rights

    4:11 PM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US, has called for a separation between state and religion in the signing of marriage licences. He argued that despite religious officials frequently signing marriage licences, the state should handle the legal aspect of the ceremony, leaving churches to provide blessings.

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