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  • 24th March 2009

    Opinion: Why anti-gay hate laws are necessary 24

    Gay hate laws are necessary to protect gay rights

    4:52 PM — This week, actors Rowan Atkinson and Christopher Biggins attacked proposals to remove a free speech clause from anti-gay hate laws, saying it will stifle free speech and criminalise the work of comedians. But logic suggests that anyone could claim free speech as a defense for the most offensive and inflammatory remarks.

  • Opinion: Ending the DINK myth 4

    (Photo: Flickr OiMax)

    2:48 PM — For around twenty years the perception of lesbian and gay people has been biased. There is a overwhelming myth about gays and lesbians which is tied to their public profile, particularly that of well-known people, that gay people are better off.

  • Study explodes gay affluence myth 3

    The survey suggested LGB couples are more likely to be living in poverty than straight couples

    2:39 PM — A study of lesbian, gay and bisexual couples in America has suggested that they are as likely, or more likely, to be living in poverty as straight couples. It found that 24 per cent of lesbians and bisexual women are poor, while 19 per cent of heterosexual women experience poverty. Around 15 per cent of gay and bisexual men are living in poverty, compared to 13 percent of heterosexual males.

  • Ex-lover ‘tried to have murdered boyfriend beaten before’ 2

    Charlie Davies died eight days after being attacked

    2:00 PM — A court has heard that a man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire had tried to have him beaten up before. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 24, denies charges of arson and murder relating to the death of Charlie Davies, a 23-year-old Tesco worker.

  • Gay teen Michael Causer’s killer sentenced to life imprisonment 8

    Michael Causer died in August 2008

    11:58 AM — The killer of gay Liverpool teenager Michael Causer has been sentenced to life imprisonment. James O'Connor, 20, must serve at least 11 and a half years before he can be considered for parole.

  • Gay video designer sues Microsoft over ‘homophobic’ taunts 10

    Jamie Durrant is suing Microsoft

    11:23 AM — A video designer is suing Microsoft after alleging homophobic abuse. Jamie Durrant, 38, is suing the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay. According to the designer, he was called "fag boy Jim" by colleagues, who sent mocking emails making fun of his sexuality.

  • 23rd March 2009

    New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1

    New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect against trans discrimination

    5:51 PM — The US state of New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect trans people from discrimination. The bill means the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" will be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.

  • Police appeal to trace family of Manchester entertainer

    Police are appealing for help to find the family of Norman Tonge

    5:29 PM — Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help to trace the relatives of a 60-year-old Manchester man who worked as a entertainer in the city's gay clubs.

  • BBC: We dealt with Chris Moyles “swiftly and firmly” over ‘homophobic’ comments 18

    The BBC would not confirm what action it was taking over the Ofcom breach

    5:13 PM — The BBC has said it dealt with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles "swiftly and firmly" over offensive comments he made about gay singer Will Young but would not confirm how it would prevent such incidents from occuring again or what action it will take.

  • Call to action over homophobic hate crimes 1

    The report states hate crime reporting needs a more joined-up approach

    4:50 PM — Research on homophobic and transphobic violence in London has called for a more coordinated police approach to tackling hate crimes.

  • Video: Portia de Rossi says sorry for ‘selfish’ gay marriage 8

    Portia and Ellen were married in August 2008

    3:20 PM — Lesbian actress Portia de Rossi has appeared in a short clip to send up opponents of gay marriage. When she appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show last Friday, the star, who married Ellen Degeneres last August, offered up a tongue-in-cheek public service announcement.

  • Muslim preacher calls for gays to be stoned to death 54

    Anjem Choudary said Lord Mandelson would be stoned to death

    2:37 PM — Hate preacher Anjem Choudary launched a vitrolic attack on gays last week in which he said that they should be stoned to death. The former lawyer added that this would include gay business secretary Lord Peter Mandelson.

  • Gay couple sue Christian hotel for banning them 22

    Hotel owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull said they have never allowed unmarried couples to share rooms

    2:07 PM — A gay couple are suing after a Christian-run hotel in Cornwall barred them from staying in a room together. Martin Hall and Steven Paddy, who are civil partners, have launched a county court claim seeking up to £5,000 in damages alleging "direct discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation".

  • Spanish trans man pregnant with twins 10

    Ruben Noe Coronado has said he is expecting twins

    11:45 AM — A Spanish man who was born female has said he is pregnant with twins after a course of fertility treatment. Ruben Noe Coronado, 25, plans to bring up the babies with his partner Esperanza Ruiz, 43.

  • Christopher Biggins: ‘Anti-gay hate laws will create a new climate of fear’ 20

    Christopher Biggins is the latest star to criticise the legislation (Photo: David Johnson)

    11:16 AM — Gay actor Christopher Biggins has criticised legislation which will criminalise language which could offend gays and lesbians, saying that gays and lesbians cannot be treated as normal if "special treatment" protects them from everyday humour.

  • 20th March 2009

    Vermont senate committee approves gay marriage bill 3

    Vermont could soon legalise gay marriage

    4:10 PM — A Vermont senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to allow gay marriage in the state. The news comes after a week of hearings on the issue, including a public debate on Wednesday.

  • Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69

    Iris Robinson compared homosexuality to paedophilia

    3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.

  • Bickley man still in hospital over homophobic attack 1

    Chris Bevan is still in hospital

    3:29 PM — A man seriously injured by an attack that left his partner dead is still in a critical condition in hospital. Chris Bevan, 56, who was stabbed several times on March 3rd, is recovering from injuries to his internal organs in a south London hospital.

  • Federal judge orders gay men’s names to appear on birth certificate 2

    A judge ruled the couple must be allowed to list both their names on the baby's birth certificate

    2:44 PM — A district judge has ordered the names of a gay couple who adopted a child born in Louisiana to be added to the birth certificate. Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, who now live in San Diego, adopted the boy in New York, a state which allows gay couples to list both their names on the birth certificate.

  • Orange County school sued over homophobic and sexist threats 1

    The school is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union

    1:56 PM — Corona del Mar high school has been accused of failing to protect a female student who was targeted with gay slurs and threatened with rape and murder.

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