17th June 2009
Do you want to win thousands by appearing on the BBC’s new gameshow Pointless? 7
6:57 PM — Brighter Pictures is looking for lively PAIRS of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) contestants to audition for a chance to be on… A BRAND NEW, BBC GAME SHOW, POINTLESS!
China appears to back down over gay-ban internet filtering 6
5:33 PM — New internet software designed to filter out violence and porn in China may not be mandatory, it has been reported. The software blocks out discussion of homosexuality and other non-pornographic gay content. It had even been found to block pictures of pigs, mistaking the image for naked human skin.
Women ‘up to seven times less likely to report homophobic crime than men’ 11
5:01 PM — A Metropolitan Police survey has suggested that women are up to seven times less likely to report homophobic or transphobic crime than men.
Georgia Supreme Court rules against ‘homophobic’ custody agreement 4
4:50 PM — A ruling by Georgia's Supreme Court to reject the custody agreement placed on a gay father has been heralded as a victory over “blatant discrimination”.
LGBT people urged to join Iran demonstration in London 18
3:45 PM — On the fifth day of violence and unrest in Iran following the country's elections, LGBT people are being urged to attend a demonstration calling for democracy and freedom.
Christian ‘civil liberties’ group wants to burn gay book 44
2:30 PM — A book about a young gay man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality has provoked the wrath of a US Christian 'civil liberties' group who say it should be burned.
US LGBT hate murders at highest level since 1999 2
2:10 PM — A National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs report has revealed that gay bias-related killings in America were at their highest level for ten years in 2008.
Gay weddings could give US economy a $9.5 billion boost 4
2:00 PM — A survey carried out by the Williams Institute has predicted that legalising gay marriage across America could prove a lucrative move.
Obama’s gay federal benefits ‘not permanent and won’t include healthcare’ 10
12:18 PM — President Barack Obama is to extend federal benefits for partners to same-sex couples but critics have said the move will not be permanent, probably won't include healthcare and will not be applied to those serving in the military.
Gay animals confound Darwin but scientists say they could be key to survival of species 131
11:37 AM — More than 450 species of animals display gay behaviour, scientists have found. In a paper, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, they suggested that homosexuality among animals may be vital for the survival of the species.
LGBT activists ‘under-resourced, isolated and vulnerable’ 2
11:25 AM — Activists fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights are under-funded, lack support and face "routine" violence, a report has said.
China to ban criminals and those in relationships from having sex change operations 3
10:35 AM — China's Ministry of Health has published new proposed clinical guidelines on gender reassignment surgery. Those wishing to undergo surgery must have no criminal record, be single, over 20 years old and have lived as their desired gender for at least two years.
Lithuania passes Section 28-style law to ban mention of homosexuality in schools or media 42
10:20 AM — Lithuania's parliament has given final approval to a bill banning information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.