2nd April 2009
European Parliament opts to extend anti-discrimination legislation 2
4:02 PM — The European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services. Previously, provisions only applied to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
Equality Bill to extend powers against discrimination 6
3:44 PM — The new Equality Bill will extend discrimination protection to trans people, Women's Minister Harriet Harman announced today. Currently, laws exist to protect people from discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, belief or sexuality.
Fire attack accused claims co-defendant framed him 1
3:02 PM — Nadim Kurrimbukus, the man accused of setting fire to his ex-boyfriend Charlie Davies, has claimed that the killing was committed solely by co-defendant Yusuf Dulloo. He claimed Dulloo killed Mr Davies because of homophobia motivated by religious beliefs.
Police diversity guide derided for ‘political correctness’ 15
2:50 PM — A new booklet outlining the ways in which PCs can become more politically correct has been criticised by Scottish MP Bill Aitken as created for those “living in a politically correct bubble".
Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend speaks of their relationship
1:51 PM — Nadim Kurrimbukus, the 25-year-old accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by dousing him in petrol before setting light to him, has claimed that his relationship with Charlie Davies had once been “perfect”.
Exclusive: Gay couple barred from entering slimming competition 24
10:30 AM — A gay couple who joined Slimming World have been barred from entering the company's annual Mr & Mrs competition. Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner of 19 years joined the weight loss scheme in November 2007.
1st April 2009
Sweden approves same-sex marriage 17
4:49 PM — Six of the seven parties in Swedish parliament have backed a proposal to introduce a gender-neutral marriage law. The proposal passed today with a 261 to 22 vote and 16 abstentions.
Policeman jailed over underage gay sex 22
3:13 PM — A former PC who was a lesbian and gay liasion officer has been jailed for two and a half years for sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy. Mark Brigham, 38, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, met the 15-year-old at a party in August. The teenager's family had asked Brigham to give him advice as he had just come out.
Conservatives attempt to derail plans to lift US military gay ban 11
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.