26th March 2009
Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend ‘phoned co-defendant repeatedly before attack’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
24th March 2009
Government wins House of Commons vote on anti-gay hate speech 22
11:59 PM — The government has defeated an amendment in the House of Commons that would have created a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of hatred in relation to sexual orientation.
Opinion: Why anti-gay hate laws are necessary 24
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.
Ex-lover ‘tried to have murdered boyfriend beaten before’ 2
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
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.
23rd March 2009
New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1
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.
Call to action over homophobic hate crimes 1
4:50 PM — Research on homophobic and transphobic violence in London has called for a more coordinated police approach to tackling hate crimes.
Muslim preacher calls for gays to be stoned to death 54
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
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".
Chris Moyles breached broadcasting rules in “homophobic” imitation of gay singer Will Young 31
12:54 PM — The media regulator Ofcom has found the BBC in breach of the Broadcasting Code following allegations by members of the public of homophobia towards the gay singer Will Young by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast host Chris Moyles.
Christopher Biggins: ‘Anti-gay hate laws will create a new climate of fear’ 20
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
Australian government to ‘block’ gay websites 15
5:20 PM — A blacklist of banned websites drawn up by the Australian government includes gay sites. The government is proposing a law that requires internet service providers to filter and block inappropriate content, such as that related to terrorism and abusive images of children. It has drawn up a list of sites to be blacklisted.
Vermont senate committee approves gay marriage bill 3
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.