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  • 2nd April 2009

    Fire attack accused claims co-defendant framed him 1

    Charlie Davies died last year

    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

    The police guide deals with diversity issues

    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

    Nadim Kurrimbukus spoke of the couple's "perfect" 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

    Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner say the slimming company discriminated against them

    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

    Sweden has approved same-sex marriage

    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

    Mark Brigham was jailed for two and a half years

    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

    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.

  • God Hates Fags church raises money for LGBT support group 13

    The Westboro Baptist Church is unwittingly raising money for gay causes

    11:13 AM — Members of Westboro Baptist Church, who chant slogans such as "fags burn in hell", have unintentionally raised money for a gay rights group.

  • 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.

  • Ugandan gay rights event ‘sparsely attended’ 1

    Fewer than 20 activists attended the protest in Kampala (Photo: Flickr user sarahemcc)

    4:49 PM — Fewer than 20 openly LGBT Ugandans attended a public protest in Kampala calling for equal rights. Speaking at the protest in the capital of the east African country, lesbian activist Jacqueline Masha said "We are law-abiding citizens. We deserve equal rights and protection under the law and constitution."

  • 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.

  • BNP use Jesus for new ads 79

    BNP councillors stand under the advert

    11:45 AM — The British National Party is using a picture of Jesus in its latest advertising campaign, saying that Christian leaders are 'shunning the word of God' on issues such as sodomy.

  • 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

    Equality watchdog under pressure as three executives quit 1

    Trevor Phillips is under pressure as three commissioners quit

    9:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, has lost its chief executive and two commissioners in the last week. Nicola Brewer, the chief executive, has left to begin a new job, although her new position has not yet been disclosed.

  • 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.

  • Zurich elects lesbian mayor

    Corine Mauch is the first mayor of Zurich to be both female and openly lesbian

    1:55 PM — Zurich has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year.

  • Bishop of Rochester to resign 14

    Dr Michael Nazir Ali has announced his intention to retire

    1:19 PM — The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has announced his intention to resign from his post to help Christians living in Islamic areas. The bishop, who has been outspoken on the topic of homosexuality, is 59 and was expected to serve until the age of 70.

  • 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.

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