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  • 1st April 2009

    Conservatives attempt to derail plans to lift US military gay ban 11

    Conservatives have said the gay ban is a matter of national security

    12:13 PM — A conservative group has said that allowing gays to serve openly in the US military could threaten national security. A letter urging President Barack Obama to preserve the gay ban was leaked to the Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California.

  • 31st March 2009

    Lesbian mother to be deported 7

    Shirley Tan's partner could sponsor her for immigration if they were straight and married

    6:00 PM — A lesbian is likely to be deported from her California home on Friday, despite living with her life partner, two twin sons and mother-in-law. Shirley Tan will soon learn if she is to be sent back to the Philippines after applying asylum in the US due to facing violence from a family member in her native country.

  • US gay bishop: ‘Church should bless marriage, not legalise it’ 6

    Gene Robinson spoke out for gay rights

    4:11 PM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US, has called for a separation between state and religion in the signing of marriage licences. He argued that despite religious officials frequently signing marriage licences, the state should handle the legal aspect of the ceremony, leaving churches to provide blessings.

  • Man denies raping lesbian student 8

    The student was returning home after a concert

    3:32 PM — A 19-year-old lesbian was raped by a man after a night out, a court heard today. The student, described as "petite", was returning home from a concert in London with her partner and a friend in the early hours of the morning.

  • LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13

    The EU report found evidence of 'widespread' discrimination

    10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

  • 30th March 2009

    Gay firefighter ‘killed himself after 15 years of bullying at work’ 6

    The man committed suicide several days before he was due to appear at a hearing

    4:36 PM — A man is seeking damages from a fire service after his civil partner killed himself after allegedly suffering 15 years of homophobic bullying and harassment at work. The man, who cannot be named, committed suicide on January 28th, days before his hearing was due to start.

  • Obama administration delays changes to military gay ban 19

    The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military

    11:06 AM — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay and lesbian service members is unlikely to be changed any time soon.

  • Comment: False hope – LGBT rights in the Middle East 7

    East and West collide over LGBT issues (Photo: Outrage London)

    10:29 AM — Omar Hassan explores the issue of LGBT rights in a Middle East ruled by conservatism.

  • 27th March 2009

    Japan gives citizens the green light for gay marriage abroad 2

    Japanese citizens have been permitted to marry their foreign partners abroad

    5:56 PM — Japanese nationals can now wed their same-sex foreign partners in countries where same-sex marriage is permitted. According to reports, an unnamed government official said today that the justice ministry has instructed local authorities to issue documents pertaining to marriage to gay couples planning to wed abroad.

  • ‘Sex predator’ fears block trans rights bill in New Hampshire 2

    The bill to protect trans people from discrimination has failed

    4:37 PM — The New Hampshire House yesterday rejected a measure aimed to extend discrimination provisions to trans residents after opponents dubbed it 'the bathroom bill'.

  • ‘High number’ of gay and bisexual domestic violence victims in Northern Ireland 8

    The report suggests domestic violence rates are high among LGB couples in Northern Ireland (Photo: Christina Snyder)

    2:09 PM — The gay and bisexual community in Northern Ireland is suffering from disproportionate rates of domestic violence, an official report has claimed. The paper, published this week by the Northern Ireland Policing Board, concluded that a high percentage of those experiencing domestic violence are gay or bisexual men and women.

  • 26th March 2009

    Elton John drops his legal case with the Guardian over spoof diary 5

    Sir Elton John raises millions every year for Charity

    7:13 PM — Gay icon Sir Elton John has dropped his libel claim against the Guardian over a spoof diary that joked he held fundraising events in order to meet celebrities.

  • Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend ‘phoned co-defendant repeatedly before attack’

    Charlie Davis died in June last year

    7:01 PM — A Staines man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire allegedly bombarded his co-defendant with phone calls in the weeks leading up to the attack, a court has heard.

  • New Hampshire House votes to approve gay marriage

    New Hampshire may soon legalise gay marriage

    6:49 PM — The New Hampshire State House today voted to approve gay marriage. The bill, if passed, would make it the third US state to allow gay couples to marry.

  • French Senate votes to recognise British civil partnerships 6

    France may soon recognise UK civil partnerships

    1:59 PM — France may soon recognise British civil partnerships if an amendment to the law is passed. Currently, British recognises French partnerships, known as Pacs (Pacte Civil de Solidarité) but France does not reciprocate this recognition.

  • Mayor Bloomberg shows support for gay marriage in New York 2

    Michael Bloomberg called for lawmakers to allow gay marriage

    1:17 PM — New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged the state to pass a bill legalising gay marriage. Speaking last night at the annual dinner of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan, he said lawmakers must "do the right thing".

  • Vermont governor to veto gay marriage 12

    Jim Douglas has signalled his intent to veto the bill

    10:13 AM — Governor Jim Douglas has announced his intention to veto the gay marriage bill if it passes the Legislature. At a news conference yesterday, the Republican governor said that the state's current civil partnership provision gave gay couples adequate rights and added that marriage should "remain between a man and a woman".

  • 25th March 2009

    New York Senator’s U-turn on gay marriage 1

    Sen Charles Schumer has come out in support of gay marriage

    5:02 PM — New York Senator Charles Schumer has revealed that after years of opposing gay marriage, he now supports it. The Democrat made his announcement at a meeting in a Manhattan restaurant but did not release news of his change of opinion until after it was reported by Empire State Pride Agenda this week.

  • Gainesville keeps LGBT discrimination protections 5

    Gainesville has voted to keep its anti-discrimination provisions

    4:15 PM — LGBT campaigners in Gainesville, Florida, are celebrating after voters opted against stripping the city's anti-discrimination provisions. Fifty-eight per cent of residents voted against cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in order to conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act.

  • New York newsreader killed in ‘gay slaying’ 2

    Police believe George Weber was killed on Friday

    12:19 PM — The death of a New York radio newsreader has been described by authorities as a "gay slaying", according to reports. George Weber, 47, who worked for ABC, was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment on Sunday.

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