11th March 2009
Update: Missing teenager caught on CCTV
11:25 AM — More information has come through on teenager William Wright, who went missing after a night out with friends in Manchester's gay village at the weekend. William, 19, from Crick, Wales, was last seen by his friends at 4:20am on Saturday, March 7th outside the View bar on Canal Street.
Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31
10:36 AM — The Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships has been denied leave to appeal against the latest ruling. Lillian Ladele, 48, from Finsbury, was threatened with the sack after she told Islington borough council she could not carry out the ceremonies due to her Christian beliefs.
10th March 2009
Iowa senator introduces gender-neutral civil marriage legislation 1
5:57 PM — Openly gay Iowa state Senator Matt McCoy (Democrat) has introduced legislation that would make civil marriages in Iowa gender neutral. The bill would remove words such as 'husband' and 'wife' from the state's laws, replacing them with 'spouse'.
US mental health experts support gay marriage 1
5:28 PM — Leading mental health organisations in Vermont, US, have come out in support of gay marriage, claiming it will validate relationships, increase benefits for the families and could reduce discrimination.
Poll shows California voters still split on gay marriage 1
3:57 PM — A field poll of California's electorate has suggested that voters are more sharply divided over Proposition 8 than they were in November, when the gay marriage ban was passed.
Homophobic bullying ‘rife’ in schools 12
1:54 PM — A survey of UK teachers has found a "deeply alarming" amount of homophobia in schools. The report, released today by Stonewall, is the largest ever survey of both primary and secondary school teachers on the issue of homophobic bullying.
Domestic violence proposals ‘must cover same-sex relationships’ 8
1:27 PM — Domestic abuse campaigners have said that plans for a new consultation on the issue must take into account abuse in same-sex relationships. According to figures, one in four LGBT people will experience domestic violence or abuse.
One women killed and two shot outside US gay bar 2
12:03 PM — A shooting outside a lesbian bar in Baltimore has left one woman dead and two injured. According to local police, an argument on the dance floor at the Coconuts Cafe downtown in the Mount Vernon neighborhood spilled outside after closing time.
Trans children ‘will be protected under Equality bill’ 3
11:40 AM — The government has announced that protection under the forthcoming Equality bill will be extended to trans pupils. Previously, trans school pupils were not protected due to government policy that said the right of parents or guardians to take a case to court on discrimination grounds is unlikely to help very difficult situations and may not be in the best interests of the child.
‘Gay prostitution’ arrests in New York to be investigated 7
11:19 AM — A New York group protesting against a number of arrests of gay men in adult business for allegedly "loitering for the purpose of prostitution" has met with the District Attorney for Manhattan. Members of the Coalition to Stop the Arrests held a meeting with DA Robert Morgenthau after around 30 men were arrested.
Police appeal for witnesses after man goes missing in Manchester’s gay village 7
10:29 AM — A 19-year-old man from North Wales has been reported missing after a night out in Manchester's gay quarter. Police are appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of William Paul George Wright, who was last seen on Canal Street in the early hours of Saturday morning (March 7th).
9th March 2009
Illinois same-sex civil unions bill moves forward
5:52 PM — A bill to grant gay and lesbian couples in Illinois, US, the right to civil unions will proceed to the House floor for a vote. House bill 2234 was approved by the House Youth and Family Committee by a vote of 5-4 Wednesday.
Gaydar’s Soho bar Profile to cease trading 3
5:24 PM — Profile, one of the most popular gay bars in Soho, London, is to close at the end of next month. A joint venture between QSoft Consulting, which owns the Gaydar brand, and Vince Power Music Group, the £1 million Frith Street bar was opened in March 2007.
National register for abusive partners will not cover gay relationships 8
3:19 PM — Government plans for a new consultation on domestic violence will not cover abuse in same-sex relationships or violence suffered by men. In 2007, 142 people died in domestic attacks, including 38 men.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: SNP gay reforms are ‘misguided and inappropriate’ 123
11:47 AM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, has urged Scottish National Party ministers to abandon plans to give gay couples the right to become foster parents, saying vulnerable children would be put at risk.
Man charged with murder over ‘homophobic’ Bromley killing
10:09 AM — A man has been charged with stabbing to death a gay man and trying to kill his partner.
Parents face prosecution for protesting over LGBT History Month lessons 8
9:56 AM — Around 30 parents who took their children out of an east London primary school to protest against them being taught about gay, lesbian and trans relationships may be prosecuted.
8th March 2009
Police arrest protester for throwing green custard at gay government minister 17
3:53 PM — Police have arrested the protester who threw green custard at the openly gay Business Secretary Peter Mandelson. He this morning expressed his surprise that the protester "could just sort of saunter off without being apprehended."
6th March 2009
Hilary Clinton shows support for gay rights 2
6:28 PM — The US secretary of state stressed the need to end discrimination against lesbians and gay men.
Teenage drag queen jailed over bomb hoax 8
6:03 PM — A 19-year-old drag queen has been sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders' institute after making a bomb threat to WH Smith's head office.