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.
Study explodes gay affluence myth 3
2:39 PM — A study of lesbian, gay and bisexual couples in America has suggested that they are as likely, or more likely, to be living in poverty as straight couples. It found that 24 per cent of lesbians and bisexual women are poor, while 19 per cent of heterosexual women experience poverty. Around 15 per cent of gay and bisexual men are living in poverty, compared to 13 percent of heterosexual males.
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.