5th June 2009
Comment: Is Obama all talk and no action on gay issues? 36
6:43 PM — Impatience is growing amongst the USA’s gay and lesbian community over President Barack Obama’s slow approach to tackling the LGBT issues he promised to address.
Gordon Brown’s reshuffle results in three openly gay cabinet figures 37
5:36 PM — Openly gay MP Ben Bradshaw has been appointed as the new culture secretary, replacing Andy Burnham, who is to become health secretary. The latest reshuffle means that there will be three openly gay figures in the cabinet.
Parents complain over school assembly on gay issues 73
5:01 PM — A number of parents at a Kent school have complained after gay relationships were mentioned at an assembly. Children at Bromstone Primary listened to a song by Elton John and were told what being gay means as part of an assembly on bullying.
Scottish parliament passes hate crime law to protect gays 14
4:04 PM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted to pass legislation to protect gay, trans and disabled people from hate crime. The new law means targeting victims because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability will become an aggravating factor and is likely to lead to heavier sentences.
Southwark votes in first openly gay mayor 25
3:35 PM — The first openly gay mayor of Southwark, south-east London, has been elected. Councillor Jeff Hook, whose full title will be The Worshipful The Mayor of Southwark, will take on the role for the 2009-10 period with his civil partner as his official consort.
LGBT group claims Iraq is waging a ‘campaign of violence and murder’ against gays 13
2:34 PM — An Iraqi gay group has said it has evidence the Iraqi government is involved with militia groups advocating violence and murder towards gays. Iraqi LGBT also described a statement from the Baghdad US Embassy as "offensive and insulting".
Study finds gay men do better at college but bisexual women lag behind 6
12:56 PM — New research has indicated that gay men achieve more at college than their straight male counterparts. However, the work also showed that bisexual women do worse during higher education than straight women.
Former Mr Gay Newcastle among contestants on Big Brother 39
12:24 PM — A former Mr Gay Newcastle is among the gay contestants on this year's Big Brother. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Drummond describes himself as "camp as Christmas".
Gay couples refused marriage and partnership announcements 7
10:44 AM — A number of American newspapers in states where gay marriage is illegal are refusing to print announcements of civil unions.