2nd July 2009
BBC 5Live reports that gay life in Iraq is worse than under Saddam 8
10:30 PM — The ability of gay people In Iraq to live relatively freely has been severely curtailed following the toppling of Saddam Hussein, a documentary to be aired on BBC 5Live will report. Although apparently not revealing anything that PinkNews.co.uk has already reported, the programme does inform the wider British public of the issue.
Exclusive: Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant welcomes Delhi court decision on decriminalising homosexuality 3
8:22 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the openly gay Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant has welcomed the Delhi High Court's judgement that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
Comment: Delhi court’s decision on gay rights is only the first step 3
7:12 PM — It took eight long years, but the verdict gay rights activists in India had long been hoping for was finally delivered by the Delhi High Court this morning.
Gay US sailor found dead after alleged harassment 4
6:59 PM — A gay US Navy sailor who was found dead had been harassed by another person, his family said this week. Seaman August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead early on Tuesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He joined the Navy in March 2008.
Man found guilty of murdering gay lover with a fire extinguisher 1
5:46 PM — A man has today been found guilty of murdering his gay lover with a fire extinguisher in a hotel room. Glenn Rycroft, a convicted conman, had beaten Gareth MacDonald, 30, to death after MacDonald became suspicious of his past.
Senior lawyer in ‘promotion of homosexuality’ rant over Law Society’s Pride email 20
5:24 PM — A leaked email has revealed that a senior partner claimed the Law Society had been “hijacked by the gays", following a press release encouraging members to take part in this weekend's Pride celebrations.
Earl of Devon forced to sell family silver after banning civil partnership ceremonies 19
4:53 PM — An Earl who refused to allow civil partnership ceremonies to be held at his stately home is now having to sell off family heirlooms after losing £200,000 a year from having his marriage licence withdrawn.
Teachers’ code reworded after faith groups complain about gay issues 22
2:19 PM — The General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) has been accused of rewording a teachers' code of conduct after faith groups complained they would have to "promote" homosexuality under the code.
Number of openly gay Tory MPs could treble 25
12:50 PM — The number of openly gay Conservative MPs could treble at the next general election, research has suggested. Currently, only Alan Duncan, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert and Gregory Barker, the MP for Bexhill and Battle are openly gay.
Jury retires in gay murder case
11:56 AM — The jury in the trial of a conman accused of beating his gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher in 2007 has retired to consider its verdict.
Peter Tatchell promises not to embarrass Sarah Brown 6
10:59 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has promised to be on his "best behaviour" while marching alongside the prime minister's wife at Pride on Saturday.
Indian court rules to decriminalise gay sex 12
9:47 AM — The Delhi High Court today ruled that a ban on gay sex between adults violates India's constitution. Section 377 was enacted in 1860 under the British Raj, in line with the anti-sodomy laws in England at the time.