11th March 2009
Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31
10:36 AM — The Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships has been denied leave to appeal against the latest ruling. Lillian Ladele, 48, from Finsbury, was threatened with the sack after she told Islington borough council she could not carry out the ceremonies due to her Christian beliefs.
10th March 2009
Iowa senator introduces gender-neutral civil marriage legislation 1
5:57 PM — Openly gay Iowa state Senator Matt McCoy (Democrat) has introduced legislation that would make civil marriages in Iowa gender neutral. The bill would remove words such as 'husband' and 'wife' from the state's laws, replacing them with 'spouse'.
US mental health experts support gay marriage 1
5:28 PM — Leading mental health organisations in Vermont, US, have come out in support of gay marriage, claiming it will validate relationships, increase benefits for the families and could reduce discrimination.
Poll shows California voters still split on gay marriage 1
3:57 PM — A field poll of California's electorate has suggested that voters are more sharply divided over Proposition 8 than they were in November, when the gay marriage ban was passed.
Home and Away to introduce lesbian romance 9
2:41 PM — Australian soap Home and Away is set to show a lesbian relationship. The storyline will see tough policewoman Charlie Buckton, played by actor Esther Anderson, falling in love with Joey Collins, played by Kate Bell, who works on a trawler.
Event to raise funds for homophobic bullying campaign
2:17 PM — An event to raise money for Stonewall's Education for All campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools will be held next month at the Paramount Club, at the top of the Centre Point Tower in London.
Homophobic bullying ‘rife’ in schools 12
1:54 PM — A survey of UK teachers has found a "deeply alarming" amount of homophobia in schools. The report, released today by Stonewall, is the largest ever survey of both primary and secondary school teachers on the issue of homophobic bullying.
Domestic violence proposals ‘must cover same-sex relationships’ 8
1:27 PM — Domestic abuse campaigners have said that plans for a new consultation on the issue must take into account abuse in same-sex relationships. According to figures, one in four LGBT people will experience domestic violence or abuse.
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.
Police appeal for witnesses after man goes missing in Manchester’s gay village 7
10:29 AM — A 19-year-old man from North Wales has been reported missing after a night out in Manchester's gay quarter. Police are appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of William Paul George Wright, who was last seen on Canal Street in the early hours of Saturday morning (March 7th).
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.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: SNP gay reforms are ‘misguided and inappropriate’ 123
11:47 AM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, has urged Scottish National Party ministers to abandon plans to give gay couples the right to become foster parents, saying vulnerable children would be put at risk.
Indian city to build trans toilets 3
11:15 AM — The Indian city of Chennai is to build new toilets for trans people.
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.
Man charged with murder over ‘homophobic’ Bromley killing
10:09 AM — A man has been charged with stabbing to death a gay man and trying to kill his partner.
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.
8th March 2009
Review: Party not politics follows Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade 2
3:35 PM — The Mardi Gras parade concluded its successful 31st year last night with the Mardi Gras Party 2009 at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter. People lucky enough to get a ticket were treated to 10 hours of partying in 7 extravagant venues. The party was headlined by International DJs Paul Oakenfold and The Freemasons.