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  • 17th March 2009

    Gays and lesbians banned from marching openly in New York St Patick’s Day Parade 67

    Gays cannot march openly in the St Patrick's Day Parade (Flickr: Seamus Murray)

    5:31 PM — Gays and lesbians have once again been barred from marching openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. The annual parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets.

  • Pope claims condoms ‘could make African AIDS crisis worse’ 59

    Pope Benedict said condoms were making the African AIDS crisis worse

    4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI today added to the controversy over the Catholic church's stance on condoms when he argued that they were not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV and Aids and could even make the problem worse.

  • European Parliament approves extension of LGBT discrimination protection 4

    The European Parliament has approved the extension to include LGBT rights (Flickr: inyucho)

    4:27 PM — A report recommending the extension of protection against LGBT discrimination has been approved by the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee. Currently, provisions only apply to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.

  • Lib Dems: ‘Tories must clarify whether they plan to ally with homophobes’ 22

    The Lib Dems have called the Polish party 'homophobic'

    3:43 PM — The Liberal Democrats have called for the Conservative Party to clarify whether they intend to form an alliance with the Polish Law and Justice Party in the European Parliament. The Law and Justice Party has a reputation for anti-gay sentiment.

  • Vermont deliberates over gay marriage 9

    Vermont State House (Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik)

    12:04 PM — A week of hearings began yesterday on a bill to allow same-sex couples in Vermont, US, to marry. If approved, the state would join Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only US states that allow gay marriage.

  • Lesbian student permitted to wear prom tux

    The student has been permitted to wear a tux (Photo: Flickr sweetashvegas)

    10:09 AM — A lesbian student in Indiana, US, has been allowed to wear a tuxedo to her school prom. The anonymous student sued Lebanon Schools last week, complaining that the school's special dress code for prom required her to wear a formal gown, discriminating against her and violating her rights to expression.

  • 16th March 2009

    Mexican politician hopes to be first gay mayor

    Miguel Galán hopes to be the first openly gay mayor of Guadalajara

    5:58 PM — An openly gay Social Democrat Party (PSD) politician is to stand for mayor of Guadalajara in Mexico. Miguel Galán, 31, will discover whether his party will put him forward as the official candidate at the end of this month, reports The Argentimes.

  • Interview: Britain’s gay Consul General to Cape Town 6

    Richard Wood

    5:28 PM — Coming from Leeds polytechnic university, Richard Wood was always going to be an unusual diplomat. Currently, he heads the British Consulate in Cape Town and lives in the city with his partner, riding a red Vespa to work.

  • Campaign for review of gender dysphoria policy in Oxfordshire 4

    A review will be held by July

    4:13 PM — Four trans women are campaigning for Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to review its policy, funding and practice for the treatment of Gender Identity Dysphoria. According to the group, the PCT is "lagging behind" other counties in its understanding and treatment of the illness.

  • Opponents seek to repeal gay and trans protection provisions in Florida 6

    Opponents say the provision may encourage sex offenders

    3:18 PM — Voting has begun today on whether to repeal a Gainesville, Florida, ordinance that gives protection to LGBT citizens. If passed, the Charter Amendment 1 will make the ordinance conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act, cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.

  • Homophobic hate crimes ‘linked to Prop 8′ 5

    A rise in anti-gay violence has been blamed on Prop 8

    2:25 PM — A surge in anti-gay hate crimes has been linked to Proposition 8, the initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. Homophobic incidents accounted for more than half of hate crime cases last year - 56 per cent up frpm 15 per cent in 2007.

  • Lamba Legal urges court to reject Howard K Stern’s gay defamation claim

    Lambda Legal has urged the court to reject Stern's claim

    2:08 PM — LGBT charity Lambda Legal has filed a brief arguing that a federal court should reject Howard K Stern’s claim that being called gay is defamatory and entitles him to collect damages.

  • Nigerian Archbishop ‘wants gay wedding witnesses to be jailed” 26

    Archbishop of Nigeria Peter Akinola does not approve of gay people

    1:47 PM — Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, has said that gay marriage is "capable of engendering moral and social holocaust" and has called for those who attend gay weddings to be sentenced to a year in jail.

  • 13th March 2009

    Obama to decide on gay partnership rights 5

    Obama supports repealing the Defence of Marriage Act

    5:11 PM — US president Barack Obama is to decide whether the government must provide health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees.

  • US Republican Party head: ‘I can’t deny gays their nature’ 12

    Michael Steele said he was against gay marriage

    4:49 PM — The new head of the Republican Party, Michael Steele, has spoken out on gay issues. However, he admitted being against marriage for same-sex couples but denied his view was homophobic.

  • Gay men in Jamaica ‘face higher levels of HIV due to discrimination’ 4

    Over 30 per cent of gay men in Jamaica are living with HIV, it has been claimed

    4:00 PM — Gay Jamaican men are suffering from high levels of sexually-transmitted diseases due to discriminaty barriers in accessing healthcare, it has been suggested. According to the Caribbean HIV & AIDS Alliance, gay men are reluctant to go to healthcare providers because of homophobic laws and attitudes in the country.

  • Rise of ‘corrective rapes’ on lesbians in South Africa 5

    Homophobic attacks on women in South Africa are 'on the rise'

    2:57 PM — A new report has suggested a rise in 'corrective rapes' on lesbians in South Africa. According to charity ActionAid, women in Johannesburg and Cape Town are suffering an increase in homophobic attacks and sexual assaults which are seen as a form of punishment or "cure".

  • Man avoids jail for homophobic threats 22

    Nathan Dally was fined and given community service

    1:47 PM — A man who smashed the door of a gay couple and threatened to kill them has escaped jail. Nathan Dally, 22, shouted: "I'm going to kill you, you faggots" as he kicked down the door of Daniel Smith and Gary Samuel's house in Rhondda, south Wales, as they slept.

  • Eleven gay discharges in US military in January 9

    Eleven service members were discharged in January under the policy

    1:32 PM — Eleven gay servicemembers were discharged from the US military in January under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, including a human intelligence collector, a military police officer and four infantry personnel.

  • Transgender activist murdered in Turkey 6

    Two trans activists have been killed in Turkey in the last year

    12:12 PM — The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist on March 10th in Istanbul, Turkey, has led to calls for the Turkish government to protect trans people.

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