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  • 14th April 2009

    Gay Iowa senator receives death threat 6

    Matt McCoy has received a death threat

    4:28 PM — Openly gay Iowa senator Matt McCoy has been the target of a death threat. Public safety officials in the state confirmed that he received the threatening telephone call yesterday.

  • Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ petrol bomb attempt 4

    The man was arrested over the arson attempt

    3:42 PM — A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Reading after a petrol bomb was thrown through a pub window. The Molotov cocktail smashed through glass at the Lord Campbell pub in Alexander Road, Aldershot, at around 4:30am on April 1st.

  • PC jailed for having sex with teenager 10

    Mark Brigham was jailed for two and a half years

    2:48 PM — A 38-year-old Metropolitan police officer has been found guilty of four counts of having underage sex with a 15-year old boy. Former lesbian and gay liaison officer Mark Brigham, of Hackney, has been jailed for two and a half years.

  • Gay rights activists clash over tackling Jamaican homophobia 6

    LGB groups have clashed over tackling homophobia in Jamaica

    2:08 PM — US gay rights activists have launched a campaign encouraging the boycotting of Jamaican products and services as a protest against the island's treatment of gays and lesbians. However, an LGB group has criticised the campaign.

  • Christian charity worker suspended for being opposed to same-sex marriage 37

    The worker was suspended for his beliefs on gay marriage and gay clergy

    12:16 PM — A charity worker who revealed to a colleague that he did not believe in gay marriage or the ordination of gay clergy has been suspended from his job.

  • Peter Tatchell receives Blue Plaque 35

    Peter Tatchell has received a Blue Plaque

    11:39 AM — Southwark Council has awarded a Blue Plaque to human rights activist Peter Tatchell. The plaques are placed on the homes of those noted for their achievements in various fields and also awarded to places of interest.

  • Amnesty International attacks Iraqi president over gay murders 2

    Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraq's prime minister

    11:28 AM — Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki to demand "urgent and concerted action" by his government to stop the killings of gay men in the country.

  • Amazon apologises over ‘embarrassing’ gay books listing error 7

    Amazon has apologised over the 'glitch'

    10:53 AM — Internet retailer Amazon has apologised for thousands of books about gay and lesbian topics losing their sales ranking over the past few days after they have been labelled as "adult" books.

  • 9th April 2009

    Scottish LGBT organisation faces uncertain future 3

    The Scottish LGBT group may face redundancies

    5:31 PM — Staff at the Dumfries and Galloway Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender organisation may be facing redundancies after council bosses cut back on their funding.

  • Rick Warren denies supporting gay marriage ban 18

    Rick Warren has denied supporting Prop 8 despite evidence

    5:27 PM — Preacher Rick Warren, who spoke out against gay marriage, has been accused of lying after he said he had never supported Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

  • Gays amongst those hardest hit by recession 12

    LGB workers may be at risk in the recession, the survey suggested

    4:33 PM — A report out today suggests that those in minority or vulnerable groups have been hit hardest by the recession. One in four workers in companies making staff redundant believe disproportionate numbers of people in minority or vulnerable social groups have been among the first to be dismissed.

  • South Park lampoons Kanye West as a ‘gay fish’ 7

    Kanye West appears in the latest episode of South Park

    4:20 PM — R'n'B star Kanye West has been called a 'gay fish' in the latest episode of lewd TV animation show, South Park. The episode, aired on 8th April, sees West being made the butt of a joke he does not understand.

  • Man’s appeal over gay murder conviction rejected 2

    The men were convicted in 1999 of killing Robert Huggett

    3:53 PM — A man who was found guilty of murdering a man he met for sex has had his appeal against the jury's verdict rejected. David Shale, now 29, and his friend Andrew Shortt, now 30, were convicted at Bristol Crown Court of murdering 46-year-old Robert Huggett in September 1999.

  • Religious group warns of a ‘gathering storm’ over gay marriage 54

    The National Organisation for Marriage has said gay marriage will impact on the lives of its members

    3:24 PM — A religious anti-gay group has defended its latest television ad which claims that gay marriage interferes with the way its members live their lives.

  • Belfast church to challenge ruling on ‘homophobic’ adverts 3

    The church plans to challenge the ASA ruling

    2:48 PM — A Belfast church has said it will go to the high court to contest a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church placed the adverts in the Belfast News Letter last summer.

  • Confusion grows over reports of gay executions in Iraq 8

    Human rights organisations are working to uncover the truth about reports of executions

    2:24 PM — Human rights organisations are working to establish whether a number of men have been executed in Iraq for being gay. Homosexuality is not illegal in Iraq but is seen as a taboo. Last week, six gay men were shot and killed in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City

  • Samoa bans film on Harvey Milk’s life 9

    Samoan viewers will not be able to see Milk

    1:21 PM — The Samoa Censor Board has banned Milk, a film depicting the life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk. The decision was made by principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui, who rejected an application for the film to be rented and sold in Samoan outlets.

  • Bishop of Manchester calls on faith schools to tackle homophobic bullying 8

    The Bishop of Manchester has shown his support for tackling homophobic bullying

    12:28 PM — The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Reverend Nigel McCulloch has voiced his support for an initiative that tackles homophobic bullying in Manchester's secondary schools.

  • New Hampshire House reverses trans discrimination decision 2

    Lawmakers have reconsidered the anti-discrimination protections

    12:00 PM — The New Hampshire House has opted to pass a bill extending discrimination protections to trans individuals. The bill will allow the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" to be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.

  • 8th April 2009

    New York woos gay tourists 5

    New York is seeking to hold onto its crown as the top gay destination

    4:05 PM — New York city is stepping up its efforts to attract gay and lesbian tourists. A marketing campaign titled The Rainbow Pilgrimage was unveiled yesterday in the city, which is aiming to retain its position as the top destination for pink tourism.

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