12th March 2009
Florida bill will repeal gay adoption ban 5
11:04 AM — A bill to repeal a 1977 ruling against gays and lesbians adopting in Florida, US, has been introduced. It is sponsored by state senator Nan Rich, a Democrat from Weston, who is introducing another bill to grant judges the discretion to determine adoptions solely on “the best interests” of the child.
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'.
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.
9th March 2009
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.
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.
Gordon Brown hosts first LGBT reception 3
5:38 PM — Gordon and Sarah Brown held a reception at Downing Street last night to celebrate the work of LGBT campaigners.
The 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics 45
4:27 PM — This year's list could only be headed by one person. The return of Peter Mandelson to frontline British politics was predicted by no-one.
Peter Mandelson gunged by anti-Heathrow protestor 11
3:22 PM — Business secretary Peter Mandelson had green custard thrown over him by a protester earlier today.
5th March 2009
Exclusive: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declares Prop 8 gay marriage ban “unacceptable” 45
11:55 PM — The first-ever reception at No10 Downing St for the LGBT community was hosted by the Prime Minister and his wife this evening.
Westminster targets drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour in Soho 3
12:36 PM — A central London council is to shut down the remaining unlicensed sex shops in Soho. Westminster City Council said it is embarking on "a massive drive" to clean up the area, which is home to many of London's gay bars.
Scottish Parliament committee backs hate crimes bill
11:03 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has published its Stage 1 Report on proposed legislation that allows courts to impose tougher sentences for offences aggravated by the victim's disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
4th March 2009
Prime Minister renews special relationship in address to US Congress 4
7:59 PM — Gordon Brown addressed a joint session of the United States Congress earlier today, only the fifth British Prime Minister to do so.
Gay man chosen for key post in Obama administration 2
5:49 PM — The President of the United States has confirmed that he intends to nominate John Berry as Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
German MP to speak at gay equality rally in Philadelphia
4:50 PM — A programme of events has been announced for America's National Equality Rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd.
Jamaican PM will not “yield to pressure” on gay rights 14
4:02 PM — The Prime Minister of Jamaica has said that the country will not decriminalise homosexual acts and that he has a duty to "protect" the country.
Pelosi cites hate crimes and employment protection as priorities 2
12:16 PM — The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has said that three gay equality issues will be tackled. The Democrats control both Houses of Congress as well as the White House.
California Attorney General: ‘Prop 8 comparable to 1960s racism’ 4
10:41 AM — The Attorney General of California, Jerry Brown, has called for Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the US state, to be deemed unconstitutional and stricken down.
Barack Obama ‘consulting advisers on lifting military gay ban’
9:57 AM — Barack Obama is discussing how to lift the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military, according to reports.
3rd March 2009
Brighton will not receive funding to assist homeless LGBT people 6
4:55 PM — Brighton & Hove City Council has voted against spending money on improving services for LGBT homeless people.