12th March 2009
Lesbian student sues over prom tuxedo ban 11
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
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
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
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.
Elton John to speak on HIV/AIDS at biotechnology conference 1
2:56 PM — Singer Elton John is to give a keynote speech at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation's annual conference, focusing on HIV/AIDS. The star will highlight how biotechnology has influenced prevention and treatment of the disease and discuss the outlook for challenges and solutions that lie ahead.
10th March 2009
Iowa senator introduces gender-neutral civil marriage legislation 1
5:57 PM — Openly gay Iowa state Senator Matt McCoy (Democrat) has introduced legislation that would make civil marriages in Iowa gender neutral. The bill would remove words such as 'husband' and 'wife' from the state's laws, replacing them with 'spouse'.
US mental health experts support gay marriage 1
5:28 PM — Leading mental health organisations in Vermont, US, have come out in support of gay marriage, claiming it will validate relationships, increase benefits for the families and could reduce discrimination.
Poll shows California voters still split on gay marriage 1
3:57 PM — A field poll of California's electorate has suggested that voters are more sharply divided over Proposition 8 than they were in November, when the gay marriage ban was passed.
One women killed and two shot outside US gay bar 2
12:03 PM — A shooting outside a lesbian bar in Baltimore has left one woman dead and two injured. According to local police, an argument on the dance floor at the Coconuts Cafe downtown in the Mount Vernon neighborhood spilled outside after closing time.
‘Gay prostitution’ arrests in New York to be investigated 7
11:19 AM — A New York group protesting against a number of arrests of gay men in adult business for allegedly "loitering for the purpose of prostitution" has met with the District Attorney for Manhattan. Members of the Coalition to Stop the Arrests held a meeting with DA Robert Morgenthau after around 30 men were arrested.
9th March 2009
Illinois same-sex civil unions bill moves forward
5:52 PM — A bill to grant gay and lesbian couples in Illinois, US, the right to civil unions will proceed to the House floor for a vote. House bill 2234 was approved by the House Youth and Family Committee by a vote of 5-4 Wednesday.
6th March 2009
Hilary Clinton shows support for gay rights 2
6:28 PM — The US secretary of state stressed the need to end discrimination against lesbians and gay men.
California Supreme Court judges hear Prop 8 arguments 1
4:16 PM — Supreme Court judges sat to hear arguments last night in favour of abolishing Proposition 8 in California.
Human rights organisations call for end to ‘police abuse’ of trans people in Guyana
11:23 AM — Human rights organisations in Guyana have spoken out over the arrest and abuse of trans people for not conforming to gender-typical dress codes.
5th March 2009
Exclusive: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declares Prop 8 gay marriage ban “unacceptable” 45
11:55 PM — The first-ever reception at No10 Downing St for the LGBT community was hosted by the Prime Minister and his wife this evening.
California Supreme Court to hear gay marriage arguments 3
12:49 PM — The 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who legally married in California last year may find out today if they are valid. The state's Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments about the validity of Proposition 8.
US Christians accused of exporting anti-gay message to Africa 7
10:56 AM — A conference in Uganda which begins today has been condemned by human rights groups.
4th March 2009
Prime Minister renews special relationship in address to US Congress 4
7:59 PM — Gordon Brown addressed a joint session of the United States Congress earlier today, only the fifth British Prime Minister to do so.
US adoption websites accused of gay discrimination cease trading in New York 1
6:51 PM — New York's Attorney General has announced that an American adoption service provider has ceased trading in the state.
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.