29th May 2009
Lesbian sports presenter Clare Balding suffering from thyroid cancer 11
10:39 AM — Clare Balding, the openly lesbian BBC sports presenter, has revealed she is battling thyroid cancer. She underwent a throat operation in April to remove a cyst but a second operation was necessary to remove her thyroid gland, which was found to be cancerous.
11th May 2009
Obama holding ‘preliminary talks’ on repealing military gay ban 12
10:46 AM — The Obama administration is holding "preliminary discussions" on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell but change may take months, if at all, an advisor to the President has said.
8th May 2009
Gay postman ‘was called effeminate and girly by manager’ 8
10:34 AM — A gay postman is suing the Royal Mail for £25,000, claiming his line manager bullied him and discriminated against him. Liam Black, 22, told a tribunal in Ashford he had been called "effeminate", "girly" and "bitchy" by his line manager Warren Taylor.
Fired gay soldier to fight dismissal ‘tooth and nail’ 7
10:25 AM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was fired after revealing he was gay, has said he will fight his dismissal "tooth and nail". Choi, a West Point graduate and Arabic linguist, came out live on the Rachel Maddow show in March, knowing it could cost him his job.
7th May 2009
London conference to address homophobia and transphobia 1
3:33 PM — A conference attended by human rights organisations, academics, faith communities and unions is to be held in London next week to address problems around homophobia and transphobia.
Openly gay soldier Dan Choi dismissed from National Guard under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 18
2:02 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi, the National Guard soldier who publicly came out live on national television, has been dismissed from duty. He was dismissed for "homosexual conduct".
6th May 2009
Former employee wins unfair dismissal case against gay charity 1
4:40 PM — An employment tribunal has decided that Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation unfairly dismissed an employee. Molly Dunn, a therapeutic services manager, won her case against the LGF.
5th May 2009
Trans woman joins Welsh police force to tackle transphobia 1
5:12 PM — A Welsh police force has taken on a trans woman to help train officers about hate crimes. Michelle Douglas contacted Dyfed Powys Police last year to ask if she could help educate officers about transphobia.
Former paratrooper becomes Scotland’s first trans police officer 4
11:23 AM — A trans woman who successfully won a sex discrimination case against the Army has been accepted by Strathclyde Police as a trainee constable.
1st May 2009
Gay lawyer sues Miami firm for discrimination 1
12:16 PM — A gay man is suing a law firm for discrimination, claiming he had been passed over for promotion and denied holiday requests.
30th April 2009
Transgender former Army Special Forces commander wins almost $500,000 in discrimination lawsuit 2
10:40 AM — A former Army Special Forces commander who was rejected from a job because she was undergoing gender reassigment has won her case for sexual discrimination.
29th April 2009
BBC and Channel 4 could be allowed to opt-out of new equality laws 10
6:19 PM — The BBC and Channel 4 may be permitted to opt out of equality laws in order to preserve editorial independence. The new legislation could force them to use quotas of gay, ethnic minority or female actors.
New York’s lesbian finance commissioner forced to resign after allegations of nepotism 2
4:56 PM — Martha Stark, New York's finance commissioner, was forced to resign on Tuesday amidst charges of nepotism and allegations that she was having a romantic relationship with a female subordinate.
28th April 2009
Teacher ‘suffered ten years of homophobic harassment’
5:25 PM — The case of an Irish teacher who was allegedly bullied by colleagues for ten years over his sexual orientation is being challenged in the High Court.
27th April 2009
Scottish ministers threaten to quit over ordination of gay man 13
4:35 PM — One in six Church of Scotland ministers may quit if the Kirk refuses to overturn a decision to ordain an openly gay minister, a poll has suggested.
Analysis: New bill aims to entrench gay rights in all aspects of public life 11
3:59 PM — The much-anticipated Equality Bill was unveiled today. It contains a range of measures that could prove contentious with opposition MPs and members of the House of Lords as it makes its way through the Parliamentary process.
Christian teacher suspended for complaining over gay rights presentation 39
1:11 PM — A Christian teacher was suspended from his post after complaining that a training day was being used to "promote" gay rights.
Equality Bill published today 14
9:53 AM — The government's long-awaited Equality Bill was published today by Minister for Equality Harriet Harman. It contains a raft of measures aimed to tackle social inequality, such as forcing employers to reveal how much staff are paid.
24th April 2009
Linguists fired under military gay ban ‘could have alerted US over 9/11′ 9
5:24 PM — A leading campaigner in the fight to repeal the US military gay ban has said that a lack of skilled linguists, who were fired for being gay, may have undermined the government's potential to prevent the September 11th bombings.
21st April 2009
Survey to explore what barriers gay lawyers face 1
5:17 PM — A major study into how being gay can affect the careers of lawyers is being carried out. Only four law firms made it on to Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index this year, making law the second least gay-friendly profession on the list.