9th April 2009
Confusion grows over reports of gay executions in Iraq 8
2:24 PM — Human rights organisations are working to establish whether a number of men have been executed in Iraq for being gay. Homosexuality is not illegal in Iraq but is seen as a taboo. Last week, six gay men were shot and killed in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City
Bishop of Manchester calls on faith schools to tackle homophobic bullying 8
12:28 PM — The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Reverend Nigel McCulloch has voiced his support for an initiative that tackles homophobic bullying in Manchester's secondary schools.
New Hampshire House reverses trans discrimination decision 2
12:00 PM — The New Hampshire House has opted to pass a bill extending discrimination protections to trans individuals. The bill will allow the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" to be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.
8th April 2009
Man cleared of raping lesbian student
1:51 PM — A man accused of raping a lesbian student after a night out in London has been cleared of the charge. Daniel Fountain, 20, told police he had had consensual sex with the teenager and that she said she wanted to see him again.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriages from other states 1
12:29 PM — The Washington DC council has voted unanimously to recognise gay marriages performed in other states. Previously, gay couples who were married in other states were recognised as domestic partners when they moved to DC.
Gay families invited for White House for Easter event
11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson exposed over expenses 10
11:14 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who said gays were an "abomination" and compared homosexuality to paedophilia, has been exposed by a Sunday newspaper for claiming almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses with her husband.
Blair criticises Vatican on gay rights 61
10:00 AM — Tony Blair has criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on gay rights. In an interview with Attittude magazine, the former prime minister said the Vatican needed to rethink "entrenched" attitudes towards homosexuality which are out of step with the feelings of most Catholics.
Lesbian couple win sex discrimination claim 5
9:57 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won their claim for sexual discrimination. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.
7th April 2009
Breaking: Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 16
4:40 PM — Gay marriage is legal in Vermont after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas. Earlier today, the Senate voted 23-5.
Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8
4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.
Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1
3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.
Senegal: Nine men contest gay prison sentences
2:02 PM — Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are appealing against the decision. The men, most of whom belong to a group set up to combat HIV/AIDS, appeared at the Dakar Court of Appeal yesterday with their attorneys.
Playboy exec sues over gay discrimination 3
1:26 PM — Playboy's former fashion director is suing the magazine for alleged sexual orientation and age discrimination. Joseph DeAcetis, 45, filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan supreme court on Friday, claiming he was harassed by Playboy's editorial director, Christopher Napolitano, and that he was fired because of his age.
Murder accused ‘was owed £2,000 by victim’
11:54 AM — A man accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting light to him was allegedly owed £2,000 by him, a court has heard. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, allegedly told childhood friend Yusuf Dulloo that his ex-boyfriend, Charlie Davies, owed him money and he needed help to get it back.
Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10
11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.
6th April 2009
North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12
5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".
Mark Oaten: ‘Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before exposé’ 19
3:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him.
Lesbian couples undergoing IVF now permitted to put both names on birth certificates 4
10:48 AM — Lesbian women in civil partnerships who use IVF to conceive children will now be legally recognised on birth certificates. This new right was introduced as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which was approved by the House of Commons last year.
4th April 2009
Six gay men murdered in Iraqi slum 6
7:56 PM — Two gay men have been found dead in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City following condemnations of homosexuality by a leading local cleric. It has also emerged today that a further four were murdered in March.