17th March 2009
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.
Opponents seek to repeal gay and trans protection provisions in Florida 6
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
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
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.
Nigerian Archbishop ‘wants gay wedding witnesses to be jailed” 26
1:47 PM — Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, has said that gay marriage is "capable of engendering moral and social holocaust" and has called for those who attend gay weddings to be sentenced to a year in jail.
Portia de Rossi: ‘I cried when Prop 8 passed’
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
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
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
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
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.
Rise of ‘corrective rapes’ on lesbians in South Africa 5
2:57 PM — A new report has suggested a rise in 'corrective rapes' on lesbians in South Africa. According to charity ActionAid, women in Johannesburg and Cape Town are suffering an increase in homophobic attacks and sexual assaults which are seen as a form of punishment or "cure".
Eleven gay discharges in US military in January 9
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.
Transgender activist murdered in Turkey 6
12:12 PM — The killing of Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist on March 10th in Istanbul, Turkey, has led to calls for the Turkish government to protect trans people.
12th March 2009
Research group to address training in LGBT issues for medical staff 1
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
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
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.