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  • 23rd March 2009

    New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1

    New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect against trans discrimination

    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

    The report states hate crime reporting needs a more joined-up approach

    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

    Anjem Choudary said Lord Mandelson would be stoned to death

    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

    Hotel owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull said they have never allowed unmarried couples to share rooms

    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

    Chris Moyles was named Stonewall "Bully of the Year" in 2006

    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

    Christopher Biggins is the latest star to criticise the legislation (Photo: David Johnson)

    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

    Australia could block gay websites (Photo: Simon Shek)

    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

    Vermont could soon legalise gay marriage

    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

    Iris Robinson compared homosexuality to paedophilia

    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

    Chris Bevan is still in hospital

    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

    A judge ruled the couple must be allowed to list both their names on the baby's birth certificate

    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.

  • Orange County school sued over homophobic and sexist threats 1

    The school is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union

    1:56 PM — Corona del Mar high school has been accused of failing to protect a female student who was targeted with gay slurs and threatened with rape and murder.

  • God Hates Fags preachers target London primary school 26

    The Phelps family is notorious for picketing funerals

    10:40 AM — Preachers from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have said they plan to picket a London primary school which ran lessons about gay relationships. A picket schedule on their website announces they will be at the George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone next Friday.

  • 19th March 2009

    Father of teen accused of killing gay classmate found dead 9

    Brandon McInerney is pleading not guilty

    8:08 PM — The father of a teenager accused of killing his gay fellow student was found dead on Wednesday, the same day the teenager was due to appear in court.

  • Gay man de-baptises himself 69

    John Hunt's de-baptism certificate

    5:44 PM — A man has asked to be 'de-baptised', saying that he was too young to decide his religion at the age of five months. John Hunt, 56, says that he wants his 1953 baptism at the St Jude and St Aidan parish church in the Southwark diocese, south London, cancelled because he was not consulted and does not believe in God.

  • LGBT advice centre chief admits to looking at child porn 8

    Eight men are on trial for a number of offences

    4:54 PM — The boss of a centre offering advice to young LGBT people has blamed his sex addiction for trawling the internet looking for porn. James Rennie, 38, chief executive of the Leith-based LGBT Youth Scotland admitted he had looked at child porn.

  • Rowan Atkinson attacks gay hate law 57

    Rowan Atkinson criticised anti-gay hate laws (Photo: Gerhard Heeke)

    4:00 PM — Comedian Rowan Atkinson has criticised hate speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in a homophobic hatred offence.

  • Court told gay man was burnt to death by ex-boyfriend 11

    Charlie Davies was attacked on June 14th last year

    3:20 PM — Kingston Crown Court has been told the final moments of a gay man who was doused in petrol and set alight outside his home. Charlie Davies, 23, was attacked on June 14th last year. He died 12 days later in hospital.

  • Hundreds gather to debate gay marriage in Vermont 1

    Vermont is holding a week of hearings on same-sex marriage

    2:45 PM — More than 500 people flocked to the house chamber in Montpelier, Vermont, last night to testify on same-sex marriage in the state. Amidst a week of hearings, the public debate last three hours and saw 115 people testify in favour of gay marriage and 85 against it.

  • Lesbian continues fight to be Presbyterian minister 7

    Lisa Larges has been fighting to be ordained since 1986.

    1:55 PM — A lesbian in San Francisco who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years is to have her case heard in church court this week. Lisa Larges' candidacy for ordination has twice been approved by her regional church authorities.

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