24th March 2009
Gay video designer sues Microsoft over ‘homophobic’ taunts 10
11:23 AM — A video designer is suing Microsoft after alleging homophobic abuse. Jamie Durrant, 38, is suing the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay. According to the designer, he was called "fag boy Jim" by colleagues, who sent mocking emails making fun of his sexuality.
23rd March 2009
New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1
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.
18th March 2009
LGBT workers call for ‘dignity and respect’ at work 1
12:27 PM — The top priority of LGBT staff is "dignity and respect" at work, a Unite survey has shown. The union's Have Your Say survey also revealed that workers believe trade unions must use education to eliminate homophobia and tackle discrimination.
17th March 2009
Workplace equality ‘makes economic sense’
5:49 PM — The Stonewall workplace conference, held yesterday, instructed employers to continue efforts with equality and combating discrimination through the economic downturn.
11th March 2009
Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31
10:36 AM — The Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships has been denied leave to appeal against the latest ruling. Lillian Ladele, 48, from Finsbury, was threatened with the sack after she told Islington borough council she could not carry out the ceremonies due to her Christian beliefs.
5th March 2009
LGBT university staff and students face ‘high levels’ of discrimination 3
4:13 PM — A survey has suggested that many gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in UK higher education institutes suffer homophobia and discrimination.
4th March 2009
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.
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.
3rd March 2009
Employees claim they were victimised by gay charity 21
3:10 PM — Two former employees of Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation have claimed they were victimised and discriminated against by the charity.
2nd March 2009
Tory party vice-chair to speak at Stonewall workplace conference 1
4:59 PM — A Cabinet minister and a Conservative Party Vice Chair are among the speakers at this year's Stonewall workplace conference.
20th February 2009
US state moves to grant workplace protection to LGBT people
5:03 PM — The state Senate of North Dakota has passed legislation that will bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in matters of employment.
18th February 2009
San Diego firefighers win damages in Pride case 6
2:23 PM — Four firefighters from California have been awarded damages of $34,000 (£23,000) after a jury agreed they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade they were compelled to take part in.
17th February 2009
‘Family’ group accuses gay politicians of personal interest over partner benefits
3:12 PM — Two gay politicians in Colorado have dismissed suggestions they are trying to introduce benefits for the partners of same-sex couples of state employees for their own gain.
60% of America’s top companies ban gender identity discrimination
2:03 PM — A new report from a leading LGBT rights group in the US has revealed that 60 of the Fortune 100 largest businesses prohibit discrimination based on gender identity.
16th February 2009
Minister asks fire services to join Stonewall workplace scheme
3:03 PM — Sadiq Khan, the minister responsibe for Fire and Rescue Services in England, has written to chief fire officers encouraging them to join Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme.
9th February 2009
Iraq veteran dismissed from National Guard for being a lesbian 6
6:16 PM — A woman who served for nine years in the Kansas Army National Guard has been discharged after a co-worker told authorities she is a lesbian.
5th February 2009
New index hopes to identify world’s most gay friendly business 2
1:32 PM — A new international business equality index will assess which companies are best serving their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees, suppliers and consumers.
3rd February 2009
Finnish media group discriminated against lesbian editor 2
4:51 PM — The Labour Protection Office in Finland has ruled that the country's second-largest media group was guilty of unjust discrimination in the case of a gay woman.
Bipartisan call for Hillary Clinton to grant full benefits to gay staff 1
11:39 AM — Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress have called on the newly-appointed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to take action to ensure that gay and lesbian employees get full partner benefits.
30th January 2009
Wall St firm sued by straight vegetarian over gay jibes
3:06 PM — A heterosexual man who was mocked by his boss as "gay" because he does not eat meat is suing his Wall St employer. Ryan Pacifico, 28, claims he was harassed by his boss, Robert Catalanello, at French company Calyon.