19th March 2009
Amnesty asks Pope to defend gay rights 19
11:53 AM — Amnesty International has urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the criminalisation of homosexuality when he meets with African bishops today in Cameroon, which criminalises same-sex relations.
Gay hotel: Sewage ‘was actually sand’ 36
10:57 AM — It has been claimed that Club Tucanes, the gay hotel in Gran Canaria which evacuated guests due to a 'sewage leak', was actually evicted for non-payment of rent.
18th March 2009
Leading gay hotel evacuated after leaking sewers posed health and safety risk 8
10:05 PM — One of Gran Canaria's biggest gay hotels has been forced to move, disrupting British LGBT holiday makers. The company blames leaking sewers for the move and has released graphic photographs showing excrement spurting out of the floor.
Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra refutes homophobia claims 3
5:26 PM — Former Mets player Lenny Dykstra has been accused of using homophobic, racist and sexist language in a GQ interview. Written by Kevin Coughlin, who used to work on one of Dykstra's publications, The Players Club, the article alleges offensive comments made by Dykstra.
New York senior official in bid to become first openly gay senator 1
4:55 PM — Jon Cooper, the majority leader of the Suffolk County legislature in New York, has announced he is considering whether to challenge US senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary in 2010. Cooper, who is openly gay and has five adopted children, would be the first out senator if successful.
Orange County gay event shut down amid claims of discrimination 1
4:09 PM — A weekly gay bowling event in Orange County, Los Angeles, has been closed down. Police said it was due to venue Lucky Strike allowing live entertainment and outside promotions without a permit.
Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘will prevent world from ending’ 38
3:07 PM — The Minnesota Family Council has introduced an amendment to ban gay marriage, which it claims will stop the world from ending.
Italian footballer calls homosexuality ‘a sin’ 36
1:23 PM — Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie has denounced homosexuality as a sin and said it is "seen like fashion" these days. In his autobiography, released today, he discussed his Christian beliefs and recommended that gay people should read the Bible.
Denmark parliament approves equal adoption rights 7
11:32 AM — A majority vote in parliament yesterday will see the introduction of a bill giving equal adoption rights for civil partners and straight married couples in Denmark.
Obama to sign worldwide gay rights declaration 12
10:44 AM — The Obama administration is to endorse a UN declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality. President George W Bush had refused to sign the declaration during his office, making the US the only western state not to offer its support.
17th March 2009
Gays and lesbians banned from marching openly in New York St Patick’s Day Parade 67
5:31 PM — Gays and lesbians have once again been barred from marching openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. The annual parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets.
Pope claims condoms ‘could make African AIDS crisis worse’ 59
4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI today added to the controversy over the Catholic church's stance on condoms when he argued that they were not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV and Aids and could even make the problem worse.
European Parliament approves extension of LGBT discrimination protection 4
4:27 PM — A report recommending the extension of protection against LGBT discrimination has been approved by the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee. Currently, provisions only apply to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
Lib Dems: ‘Tories must clarify whether they plan to ally with homophobes’ 22
3:43 PM — The Liberal Democrats have called for the Conservative Party to clarify whether they intend to form an alliance with the Polish Law and Justice Party in the European Parliament. The Law and Justice Party has a reputation for anti-gay sentiment.
HIV/AIDS ‘epidemic’ in Washington DC 1
3:00 PM — Three per cent of Washington DC residents suffer from HIV or AIDS - a rate higher than in some African countries such as Uganda. According to a report from the city's health department, there has been a 22 per cent increase in rates of the disease since 2006.
Vermont deliberates over gay marriage 9
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
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
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
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.
Interview: Britain’s gay Consul General to Cape Town 6
5:28 PM — Coming from Leeds polytechnic university, Richard Wood was always going to be an unusual diplomat. Currently, he heads the British Consulate in Cape Town and lives in the city with his partner, riding a red Vespa to work.