17th April 2009
US defence secretary: Repeal of military gay ban could take years 9
4:08 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has suggested that repealing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military could take years - and implied it might not happen at all.
‘Second mothers’ to get mandatory ‘paternity’ leave 7
12:46 PM — MEPs are to vote next month on pioneering legislation that will secure mandatory paternity leave for heterosexual fathers and the partners of gay mothers for the first time.
Olympics winner: ‘Being gay cost me sponsorships’ 18
10:29 AM — Matthew Mitcham, the Australian diver who won the ten-metre platform gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, has said he believes he lost sponsorship deals due to being openly gay.
16th April 2009
Military gay ban supporter warns of mass resignations 21
2:26 PM — A retired army general who is leading the campaign against allowing gays to serve openly in the US military has warned of "mass resignations" if Section 654 of US Code Title 10 is repealed.
15th April 2009
Airline ‘refused to hire male air stewards in case they were gay’ 8
10:22 AM — An employment tribunal has heard that an airline refused to hire male stewards because it would be assumed they were gay.
14th April 2009
PC jailed for having sex with teenager 10
2:48 PM — A 38-year-old Metropolitan police officer has been found guilty of four counts of having underage sex with a 15-year old boy. Former lesbian and gay liaison officer Mark Brigham, of Hackney, has been jailed for two and a half years.
Christian charity worker suspended for being opposed to same-sex marriage 37
12:16 PM — A charity worker who revealed to a colleague that he did not believe in gay marriage or the ordination of gay clergy has been suspended from his job.
9th April 2009
Scottish LGBT organisation faces uncertain future 3
5:31 PM — Staff at the Dumfries and Galloway Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender organisation may be facing redundancies after council bosses cut back on their funding.
Gays amongst those hardest hit by recession 12
4:33 PM — A report out today suggests that those in minority or vulnerable groups have been hit hardest by the recession. One in four workers in companies making staff redundant believe disproportionate numbers of people in minority or vulnerable social groups have been among the first to be dismissed.
8th April 2009
Lesbian couple win sex discrimination claim 5
9:57 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won their claim for sexual discrimination. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.
2nd April 2009
Microsoft ‘homophobia’ tribunal ends in settlement 2
1:09 PM — A gay games developer who sued Microsoft over alleged homophobic abuse has reached a settlement with the company. Jamie Durrant, 38, orginally sued the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay.
1st April 2009
Policeman jailed over underage gay sex 22
3:13 PM — A former PC who was a lesbian and gay liasion officer has been jailed for two and a half years for sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy. Mark Brigham, 38, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, met the 15-year-old at a party in August. The teenager's family had asked Brigham to give him advice as he had just come out.
Conservatives attempt to derail plans to lift US military gay ban 11
12:13 PM — A conservative group has said that allowing gays to serve openly in the US military could threaten national security. A letter urging President Barack Obama to preserve the gay ban was leaked to the Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California.
31st March 2009
LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13
10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
30th March 2009
Gay firefighter ‘killed himself after 15 years of bullying at work’ 6
4:36 PM — A man is seeking damages from a fire service after his civil partner killed himself after allegedly suffering 15 years of homophobic bullying and harassment at work. The man, who cannot be named, committed suicide on January 28th, days before his hearing was due to start.
Obama administration delays changes to military gay ban 19
11:06 AM — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay and lesbian service members is unlikely to be changed any time soon.
27th March 2009
Melbourne Catholic Church to ‘test’ potential priests for homosexuality 35
11:12 AM — Melbourne Catholic Church has confirmed it is following Vatican recommendations to test would-be priests to ensure they are not gay. The head of the Vatican committee which released the guidelines has also stated that celibate gays must also be banned because homosexuality is ‘‘a type of deviation’’
25th March 2009
Gainesville keeps LGBT discrimination protections 5
4:15 PM — LGBT campaigners in Gainesville, Florida, are celebrating after voters opted against stripping the city's anti-discrimination provisions. Fifty-eight per cent of residents voted against cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in order to conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act.
24th March 2009
Complaint may block young gay minister from preaching 15
5:36 PM — A meeting is to be held to discuss whether a young gay minister should be allowed to work at a Aberdeen church. Rev Scott Rennie, 36, was appointed to Queen's Cross Church in January. However, 12 members of the Aberdeen Presbytery objected to the decision because they do not approve of his lifestyle.
Opinion: Ending the DINK myth 4
2:48 PM — For around twenty years the perception of lesbian and gay people has been biased. There is a overwhelming myth about gays and lesbians which is tied to their public profile, particularly that of well-known people, that gay people are better off.