5th March 2010
Gibraltar court to rule on gay age of consent 10
4:50 PM — Gibraltar's Supreme Court is to rule on whether the unequal age of consent for gays violates constitutional law. The British territory has an age of consent of 16 for heterosexuals and lesbians but 18 for gay men, which contravenes European human rights law.
Government could reject religious civil partnerships amendment 35
12:56 PM — Equalities minister Harriet Harman could remove an Equality Bill amendment allowing civil partnerships in church over fears it could raise problems in the marriage system.
Gay sex scandal at the Vatican 57
11:39 AM — The Vatican has been hit by a gay sex scandal after allegations that a chorister had procured male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. The chorister, 29-year-old Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, was sacked after police heard him talking on a wiretap to Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness.
Guernsey may equalise gay age of consent 15
10:58 AM — Guernsey is to debate equalising the age of consent for gays later this month. Currently, the age of consent for gay men is 18, compared to 16 for heterosexuals.
Trans woman fighting for pension rights 30
10:47 AM — A trans woman who refuses to divorce her wife is fighting to get her pension backdated to the age of 60. Christine Timbrell completed her transition in 2000 but is not legally recognised as a woman because she will not divorce her wife of 42 years, Joy.
4th March 2010
10-year-old on hate register for calling a fellow pupil ‘gay boy’ 338
4:54 PM — A ten-year-old boy has been placed on a hate register for calling a fellow pupil a "gay boy". It is one of the first publicised examples of how the government’s required hate registers are being used in schools. From this September, children as young as five risk being placed on a hate register if they make homophobic playground taunts.
Bishops say clergy will be sued for refusing civil partnerships 58
10:52 AM — Church of England bishops argued yesterday that clergy members could be sued for refusing to carry out religious civil partnerships for gay couples. Earlier this week, the House of Lords approved an amendment to the Equality Bill allowing faiths to hold the ceremonies if they wish.
3rd March 2010
Three men assaulted in Cornwall ‘homophobic’ attack 12
5:30 PM — Police are treating an attack on three men in Padstow, Cornwall, as a hate crime because one of the men was trans. The friends, who were on holiday from the Plymouth area, had gone out on Saturday night and were attacked as they returned to an address on Broad Street.
Gay couples in DC begin applying to marry 8
4:21 PM — Gay couples in Washington DC were expected to descend on the city hall today to apply for marriage licences after a same-sex marriage law came into power.
European court rules Poland discriminated against gay man 17
3:03 PM — The European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday that Poland discriminated against a gay man for refusing to treat him and his partner in the same way as a straight married couple.
‘Conscientious objection’ amendments to gay rights withdrawn 28
12:59 PM — Two amendments to the Equality Bill giving the right to "conscientious objections" to gay equality measures were withdrawn in the House of Lords last night.
Lords back religious civil partnerships for gay couples 49
9:22 AM — The House of Lords has approved an amendment to the Equality Bill giving gay couples the right to have civil partnerships in church. The measure, proposed by out gay peer Lord Waheed Alli, was passed 95 votes to 21, a majority of 74. A free vote was allowed.
2nd March 2010
Last-ditch attempt to block gay marriage in DC 10
6:23 PM — Gay marriage opponents have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in an 11th hour attempt to block the district's gay marriage law.
One third of gays and lesbians in Edinburgh physically attacked 13
3:15 PM — A third of LGBT people in Edinburgh have been physically assaulted but only 15 per cent reported incidents to police, a small survey has suggested.
Man ‘wore mask to execute gay couple’
11:40 AM — A man has gone on trial for "execution-style" murder of a Bradford gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. Newcastle crown court heard yesterday that Ernest Wright, 68, took a sawn-off shotgun to the home of Neville Corby, 42, and Craig Freear, 31, last March.
1st March 2010
Three stabbings and 35 arrests at Sydney Mardi Gras 26
2:47 PM — Thirty five people were arrested at Sydney Mardi Gras this weekend, which police said was a reduction from 2009.
450,000-signature petition against anti-gay bill delivered to Uganda’s parliament 13
12:51 PM — Civil rights activists delivered a petition containing almost half a million signatures to Uganda's parliament today in protest over the country's anti-homosexuality bill.
Last Catholic adoption agency to resist gay equality legislation 21
12:08 PM — The last Catholic adoption agency in the UK will take its case to the High Court this week to fight equality legislation forcing it to accept gay couples.
26th February 2010
Homophobic Lithuanian law comes into power next week 46
6:07 PM — A controversial law which bans the promotion of gay marriage in Lithuania comes into power on Monday. The law was amended in December after international criticism. Before, it prohibited the “public dissemination” of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
South African school dormitory closed ‘over lesbian relationships’ 13
5:36 PM — A girls' dormitory at a South African boarding school has reportedly been closed over allegations of lesbian relationships. Nearly 30 girls have been expelled, local reports said.