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  • 17th March 2009

    Vermont deliberates over gay marriage 9

    Vermont State House (Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik)

    12:04 PM — A week of hearings began yesterday on a bill to allow same-sex couples in Vermont, US, to marry. If approved, the state would join Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only US states that allow gay marriage.

  • Oklahoma teacher resigns over gay film 9

    The Laramie Project focuses on the death of gay teenager Matthew Shepard

    10:36 AM — A teacher in Oklahoma, US, has lost her job after showing students The Laramie Project, a film about murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard. Debra Taylor resigned from Grandfield High School after showing the film and allowing students to film their own short clips about it.

  • Lesbian student permitted to wear prom tux

    The student has been permitted to wear a tux (Photo: Flickr sweetashvegas)

    10:09 AM — A lesbian student in Indiana, US, has been allowed to wear a tuxedo to her school prom. The anonymous student sued Lebanon Schools last week, complaining that the school's special dress code for prom required her to wear a formal gown, discriminating against her and violating her rights to expression.

  • 16th March 2009

    Mexican politician hopes to be first gay mayor

    Miguel Galán hopes to be the first openly gay mayor of Guadalajara

    5:58 PM — An openly gay Social Democrat Party (PSD) politician is to stand for mayor of Guadalajara in Mexico. Miguel Galán, 31, will discover whether his party will put him forward as the official candidate at the end of this month, reports The Argentimes.

  • Opponents seek to repeal gay and trans protection provisions in Florida 6

    Opponents say the provision may encourage sex offenders

    3:18 PM — Voting has begun today on whether to repeal a Gainesville, Florida, ordinance that gives protection to LGBT citizens. If passed, the Charter Amendment 1 will make the ordinance conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act, cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.

  • Homophobic hate crimes ‘linked to Prop 8′ 5

    A rise in anti-gay violence has been blamed on Prop 8

    2:25 PM — A surge in anti-gay hate crimes has been linked to Proposition 8, the initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. Homophobic incidents accounted for more than half of hate crime cases last year - 56 per cent up frpm 15 per cent in 2007.

  • Lamba Legal urges court to reject Howard K Stern’s gay defamation claim

    Lambda Legal has urged the court to reject Stern's claim

    2:08 PM — LGBT charity Lambda Legal has filed a brief arguing that a federal court should reject Howard K Stern’s claim that being called gay is defamatory and entitles him to collect damages.

  • Portia de Rossi: ‘I cried when Prop 8 passed’

    Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

    10:48 AM — Portia de Rossi has spoken of her sadness at the passing of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

  • 13th March 2009

    Study to be released on poverty among gay Americans 8

    Gay affluence is "a myth" according to the study (Flickr: Cbanck)

    5:48 PM — An analysis of poverty among lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans is to be presented to Congress next Friday. Its authors have said it undermines myth of gay affluence and demonstrates that lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens are as likely, or more likely, to be poor than heterosexuals.

  • Obama to decide on gay partnership rights 5

    Obama supports repealing the Defence of Marriage Act

    5:11 PM — US president Barack Obama is to decide whether the government must provide health insurance benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees.

  • US Republican Party head: ‘I can’t deny gays their nature’ 12

    Michael Steele said he was against gay marriage

    4:49 PM — The new head of the Republican Party, Michael Steele, has spoken out on gay issues. However, he admitted being against marriage for same-sex couples but denied his view was homophobic.

  • Gay men in Jamaica ‘face higher levels of HIV due to discrimination’ 4

    Over 30 per cent of gay men in Jamaica are living with HIV, it has been claimed

    4:00 PM — Gay Jamaican men are suffering from high levels of sexually-transmitted diseases due to discriminaty barriers in accessing healthcare, it has been suggested. According to the Caribbean HIV & AIDS Alliance, gay men are reluctant to go to healthcare providers because of homophobic laws and attitudes in the country.

  • Eleven gay discharges in US military in January 9

    Eleven service members were discharged in January under the policy

    1:32 PM — Eleven gay servicemembers were discharged from the US military in January under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, including a human intelligence collector, a military police officer and four infantry personnel.

  • 12th March 2009

    Research group to address training in LGBT issues for medical staff 1

    Stanford students are researching LGBT health concerns

    4:31 PM — A group of students from the Stanford University School of Medicine are working on increasing training for medical students on LGBT healthcare concerns.

  • Family Guy provokes anger over gay orgy scene 27

    Family Guy has come under fire

    3:48 PM — Animated TV show Family Guy has come under fire from a parents' group over a recent episode that showed a gay orgy. In the episode, screened in the US on March 8th, storylines included a gay orgy featuring 11 men, a baby eating horse semen and bestiality.

  • 2010 US census ‘will not include gays’ 6

    The census will not take into account gay marriages

    3:12 PM — The next US census, to be carried out next year, will not ask about sexual orientation or recognise gay marriages, civil unions and domestic partnerships. If two men or two women who live together list themselves as husband and husband, or wife and wife, they will be counted as unmarried partners.

  • Lesbian student sues over prom tuxedo ban 11

    The unnamed student is seeking an injunction

    11:54 AM — A lesbian student in Indiana, US, has sued her school after she was banned from wearing a tuxedo at a prom. The 17-year-old, who has not been named, does not wear dresses because she sees them as expressing a sexual identity she does not embrace, court filings said.

  • Florida bill will repeal gay adoption ban 5

    The bill will repeal a 1977 law

    11:04 AM — A bill to repeal a 1977 ruling against gays and lesbians adopting in Florida, US, has been introduced. It is sponsored by state senator Nan Rich, a Democrat from Weston, who is introducing another bill to grant judges the discretion to determine adoptions solely on “the best interests” of the child.

  • Ashton Kutcher speaks out about gay slurs 13

    Kutcher compared gay insults to racism

    10:14 AM — Ashton Kutcher has said using words such as 'fag' is as bad as calling people 'niggers'. The actor, who used Twitter to get his point across, was responding to another user who called him 'gay' for hurting his hand on a punchbag.

  • 11th March 2009

    San Francisco archbishop bans gay play from ‘inclusive’ church 20

    The students were banned from showing the place at the church

    4:57 PM — Students in the Castro neighbourhood of San Francisco have been barred from staging a play that details a young man's struggle with his sexuality and his Christian faith.

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