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.
Interview: Encouraging gays to take their place in Parliament 7
5:49 PM — Anne Begg is an instantly recognisable presence in the House of Commons. The former English teacher is the first wheelchair user to be elected as an MP. Chatty, amiable and refreshingly straightforward, Ms Begg can often be spotted in the chamber, in her chair at the side of the Labour benches.
Complaint may block young gay minister from preaching 15
5:36 PM — A meeting is to be held to discuss whether a young gay minister should be allowed to work at a Aberdeen church. Rev Scott Rennie, 36, was appointed to Queen's Cross Church in January. However, 12 members of the Aberdeen Presbytery objected to the decision because they do not approve of his lifestyle.
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.
Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69
3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.
Bickley man still in hospital over homophobic attack 1
3:29 PM — A man seriously injured by an attack that left his partner dead is still in a critical condition in hospital. Chris Bevan, 56, who was stabbed several times on March 3rd, is recovering from injuries to his internal organs in a south London hospital.
Federal judge orders gay men’s names to appear on birth certificate 2
2:44 PM — A district judge has ordered the names of a gay couple who adopted a child born in Louisiana to be added to the birth certificate. Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, who now live in San Diego, adopted the boy in New York, a state which allows gay couples to list both their names on the birth certificate.