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  • 8th April 2009

    Man cleared of raping lesbian student

    Daniel Fountain was cleared of the charge

    1:51 PM — A man accused of raping a lesbian student after a night out in London has been cleared of the charge. Daniel Fountain, 20, told police he had had consensual sex with the teenager and that she said she wanted to see him again.

  • Washington DC to recognise gay marriages from other states 1

    Gay couples who married in other states will have their weddings recognised in Washington DC

    12:29 PM — The Washington DC council has voted unanimously to recognise gay marriages performed in other states. Previously, gay couples who were married in other states were recognised as domestic partners when they moved to DC.

  • Gay families invited for White House for Easter event

    LGBT families have been invited to the annual event

    11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.

  • Blair criticises Vatican on gay rights 61

    Tony Blair criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on homosexuality

    10:00 AM — Tony Blair has criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on gay rights. In an interview with Attittude magazine, the former prime minister said the Vatican needed to rethink "entrenched" attitudes towards homosexuality which are out of step with the feelings of most Catholics.

  • Lesbian couple win sex discrimination claim 5

    Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos won their claim for sexual discrimination

    9:57 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won their claim for sexual discrimination. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.

  • 7th April 2009

    Breaking: Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 16

    Vermont has voted to legalise gay marriage

    4:40 PM — Gay marriage is legal in Vermont after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas. Earlier today, the Senate voted 23-5.

  • Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8

    Harry Knox has been chosen to serve on the faith advisory board

    4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.

  • Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1

    Vermont could soon allow gay marriage

    3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.

  • Christian university offers separate accommodation for gay students 11

    Texas Christian University offers special accommodation for gay students and their straight friends

    2:50 PM — Texas Christian University is to provide LGBT students and their straight "allies" with special accommodation as part of a new scheme designed to allow like-minded students to live together. Shelly Newkirk, a TCU sophomore who is gay, helped create the community inclusion scheme in the Fort Worth campus.

  • Senegal: Nine men contest gay prison sentences

    The nine men are appealing against their sentences

    2:02 PM — Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are appealing against the decision. The men, most of whom belong to a group set up to combat HIV/AIDS, appeared at the Dakar Court of Appeal yesterday with their attorneys.

  • Playboy exec sues over gay discrimination 3

    Joseph DeAcetis is suing Playboy

    1:26 PM — Playboy's former fashion director is suing the magazine for alleged sexual orientation and age discrimination. Joseph DeAcetis, 45, filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan supreme court on Friday, claiming he was harassed by Playboy's editorial director, Christopher Napolitano, and that he was fired because of his age.

  • 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.

  • Ben Miller defends trans character in Moving Wallpaper 14

    Ben Miller defended the programme's over accusations of transphobia

    11:36 AM — Actor Ben Miller has said that there no was intention to offend people with a trans character in ITV drama Moving Wallpaper. Ofcom received 85 complaints over alleged transphobia in an episode of the programme screened last month.

  • Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10

    Governor Jim Douglas has vetoed Vermont's gay marriage bill

    11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.

  • 6th April 2009

    North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12

    North Dakota has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill

    5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".

  • 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.

  • Children’s minister: ‘Schools must do more to tackle homophobic bullying’ 2

    Headteachers have been urged to ensure they use guidance to prevent anti-gay bullying

    4:53 PM — Schools have been warned they need to take more action to reduce homophobic bullying after a minister raised concerns that the issue is not being taken seriously enough.

  • Mark Oaten: ‘Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before exposé’ 19

    Mark Oaten claimed journalists knew about his sexual activities for three years

    3:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him.

  • ‘Gay fears’ put men off teaching 11

    Men are being put off teaching as they fear being perceived as gay, it has been claimed

    2:54 PM — A National Union of Teachers official has said that men are not taking up teaching places in primary schools because they are afraid of appearing gay. Tony Souter, joint divisional secretary of the NUT, said it was important to have male role models in schools.

  • 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.

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