31st March 2009
Oprah’s girls’ academy suspends seven pupils over ‘lesbian’ behaviour 2
5:42 PM — The girls' school set up by Oprah Winfrey in South Africa has suspended seven pupils after they “contravened the school's code of conduct” by allegedly touching each other sexually.
Ugandan gay rights event ‘sparsely attended’ 1
4:49 PM — Fewer than 20 openly LGBT Ugandans attended a public protest in Kampala calling for equal rights. Speaking at the protest in the capital of the east African country, lesbian activist Jacqueline Masha said "We are law-abiding citizens. We deserve equal rights and protection under the law and constitution."
US gay bishop: ‘Church should bless marriage, not legalise it’ 6
4:11 PM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US, has called for a separation between state and religion in the signing of marriage licences. He argued that despite religious officials frequently signing marriage licences, the state should handle the legal aspect of the ceremony, leaving churches to provide blessings.
Ellen and Portia honoured at Humane Society event 1
2:57 PM — TV host Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi have been honoured at a Humane Society event for their dedication to animal rights. Ellen came out as a vegan last October and the couple had a animal product-free wedding in August.
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
Iraqi gays face execution claims pressure group 11
8:56 PM — A UK group the promotes LGBT rights in Iraq claims that the government is preparing to execute scores of people for being gay.
Zurich elects lesbian mayor
1:55 PM — Zurich has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year.
Tyra scores at the 20th GLAAD Media Awards 2
11:22 AM — The New York leg of the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards saw Tyra Banks pick up one of the top honours of the night. Presented the Excellence in Media Award by gay singer-songwriter Clay Aiken, Tyra received official recognition of her efforts to advance the gay community.
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.
Comment: False hope – LGBT rights in the Middle East 7
10:29 AM — Omar Hassan explores the issue of LGBT rights in a Middle East ruled by conservatism.
29th March 2009
Australian broacaster “censored” lesbian kiss on Home and Away 12
4:40 PM — The Australian broadcasting network Seven have allegedly censored a lesbian kiss due to be shown during its soap opera Home and Away.
27th March 2009
Japan gives citizens the green light for gay marriage abroad 2
5:56 PM — Japanese nationals can now wed their same-sex foreign partners in countries where same-sex marriage is permitted. According to reports, an unnamed government official said today that the justice ministry has instructed local authorities to issue documents pertaining to marriage to gay couples planning to wed abroad.
‘Sex predator’ fears block trans rights bill in New Hampshire 2
4:37 PM — The New Hampshire House yesterday rejected a measure aimed to extend discrimination provisions to trans residents after opponents dubbed it 'the bathroom bill'.
The Lancet: Pope ‘distorted science’ with condom comments 9
1:16 PM — Respected medical journal The Lancet has criticised Pope Benedict XVI over his recent comments on condoms and AIDS and demanded he make a retraction.
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’’
26th March 2009
New Hampshire House votes to approve gay marriage
6:49 PM — The New Hampshire State House today voted to approve gay marriage. The bill, if passed, would make it the third US state to allow gay couples to marry.
French Senate votes to recognise British civil partnerships 6
1:59 PM — France may soon recognise British civil partnerships if an amendment to the law is passed. Currently, British recognises French partnerships, known as Pacs (Pacte Civil de Solidarité) but France does not reciprocate this recognition.
Mayor Bloomberg shows support for gay marriage in New York 2
1:17 PM — New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged the state to pass a bill legalising gay marriage. Speaking last night at the annual dinner of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan, he said lawmakers must "do the right thing".
Vermont governor to veto gay marriage 12
10:13 AM — Governor Jim Douglas has announced his intention to veto the gay marriage bill if it passes the Legislature. At a news conference yesterday, the Republican governor said that the state's current civil partnership provision gave gay couples adequate rights and added that marriage should "remain between a man and a woman".
25th March 2009
New York Senator’s U-turn on gay marriage 1
5:02 PM — New York Senator Charles Schumer has revealed that after years of opposing gay marriage, he now supports it. The Democrat made his announcement at a meeting in a Manhattan restaurant but did not release news of his change of opinion until after it was reported by Empire State Pride Agenda this week.