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.
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.