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  • 12th March 2009

    Medical advice ‘puts lesbians at risk of cervical cancer’ 4

    The report said guidelines should be revised

    2:04 PM — Research has suggested that government guidelines should be revised to ensure more lesbian women are screened for cervical cancer. Currently, NHS advice states that women who have never been sexually active with a man have a very low risk of the disease, suggesting these women may decline to attend cervical smear tests.

  • Blood ban on gay men to be reviewed 13

    The blood ban on gay men is to be reviewed

    1:18 PM — A review of blood donation policy in the UK will be carried out following the publication of new research. The latest review, in January 2007, recommended that the policy of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood should be continued.

  • Lesbian student sues over prom tuxedo ban 11

    The unnamed student is seeking an injunction

    11:54 AM — A lesbian student in Indiana, US, has sued her school after she was banned from wearing a tuxedo at a prom. The 17-year-old, who has not been named, does not wear dresses because she sees them as expressing a sexual identity she does not embrace, court filings said.

  • Florida bill will repeal gay adoption ban 5

    The bill will repeal a 1977 law

    11:04 AM — A bill to repeal a 1977 ruling against gays and lesbians adopting in Florida, US, has been introduced. It is sponsored by state senator Nan Rich, a Democrat from Weston, who is introducing another bill to grant judges the discretion to determine adoptions solely on “the best interests” of the child.

  • Ashton Kutcher speaks out about gay slurs 13

    Kutcher compared gay insults to racism

    10:14 AM — Ashton Kutcher has said using words such as 'fag' is as bad as calling people 'niggers'. The actor, who used Twitter to get his point across, was responding to another user who called him 'gay' for hurting his hand on a punchbag.

  • 11th March 2009

    Anti-gay laws in Nigeria ‘will lead to widespread human rights abuses’ 7

    Activists have spoken out over the proposed laws

    5:54 PM — Nigerian activists have said that a new bill outlawing same-sex marriage will lead to increased arrests and abuse of anyone suspected to be gay. Gay sex is already an imprisonable offence in the country, but the new bill would make it illegal for gay couples to live together.

  • San Francisco archbishop bans gay play from ‘inclusive’ church 20

    The students were banned from showing the place at the church

    4:57 PM — Students in the Castro neighbourhood of San Francisco have been barred from staging a play that details a young man's struggle with his sexuality and his Christian faith.

  • Missing teen found ‘safe and well’ 13

    William was found in Stretford, Manchester

    4:33 PM — William Wright, who went missing on a night out in Manchester at the weekend, has been found.

  • Elton John to speak on HIV/AIDS at biotechnology conference 1

    Sir Elton will be speaking at the event in May

    2:56 PM — Singer Elton John is to give a keynote speech at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation's annual conference, focusing on HIV/AIDS. The star will highlight how biotechnology has influenced prevention and treatment of the disease and discuss the outlook for challenges and solutions that lie ahead.

  • Manx gender recognition bill moves forward

    The bill has passed its first reading in the Legislative Council

    2:42 PM — A bill to bring the Isle of Man in line with the rest of the UK on gender recognition has unanimously passed its first reading in the Legisative Council. The Gender Recognition bill is being enacted to conform to the latest European Court of Human Rights rulings and updates the law to the new identities of post-op trans people.

  • Lesbian and gay singing event scheduled for London’s South Bank in May 2

    The London Gay Men's Chorus

    2:02 PM — Various Voices, a lesbian and gay choir and singing event, will be held in London at the South Bank Centre in May. Hosted by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, The Pink Singers and Diversity, the four-day festival will feature 60 choirs, 2,000 singers and 50 concerts.

  • Religious groups urged to ‘ignore’ Baltic Pride event 5

    The Baltic Friendship Day will be held in May

    1:11 PM — An official in the city of Rīga, Latvia, has called for religious groups to 'ignore' the city's upcoming Pride march, saying that scant attention may dissuade organisers from holding future events.

  • Court permits Israeli gay couple to adopt son

    Uzi Even and Amit Kama have been allowed to adopt their 30-year-old son

    12:44 PM — A Tel Aviv family court has ruled that a gay couple can adopt the son they took in 14 years ago. Uzi Even and Amit Kama, who married in 1994 in Canada, are the first same-sex male couple in the country whose right of adoption has been legally acknowledged.

  • Update: Missing teenager caught on CCTV

    The last sighting of William was in Stretford

    11:25 AM — More information has come through on teenager William Wright, who went missing after a night out with friends in Manchester's gay village at the weekend. William, 19, from Crick, Wales, was last seen by his friends at 4:20am on Saturday, March 7th outside the View bar on Canal Street.

  • Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31

    Lillian Ladele has said she will continue to fight her case

    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

    Matt McCoy is Iowa's only openly-gay senator

    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

    Lawmakers in Vermont are pushing for gay marriage

    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

    48% of voters would repeal Prop 8

    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

    Charlie Buckton, played by actor Esther Anderson, will begin a lesbian relationship

    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

    The Stonewall party will be held at the Paramount Club

    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.

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