16th July 2009
Rise in homophobic hate crime in London 74
6:33 PM — Figures released today by the Metropolitan Police show a 13.5 per cent rise in homophobic hate crimes reported across London.
Travel feature: Bella Barcelona 5
5:45 PM — Close enough to hop over for a weekend break and inviting for longer visits, Barcelona has always been a favourite with gay travellers. Here are the best bits of the city and nearby Sitges.
Campaign for Homosexual Equality disaffiliated from Liberty 18
5:27 PM — The Campaign for Homosexual Equality has been disaffiliated from human rights organisation Liberty, allegedly over a motion which called for a time limit on reporting child sex abuse.
Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5
4:44 PM — The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.
Jamaican lesbian appeals deportation as Home Office says sexuality ‘is a ruse’ 22
3:59 PM — A Jamaican lesbian who served time in a UK prison for drug offences is appealing her deportation order, saying she will be killed if she returns to the country. She was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in 2005.
Expenses exodus ‘could pave the way for more gay MPs’ 6
3:28 PM — A Speakers Conference report has suggested that the large numbers of MPs resigning following the expenses scandal could be replaced with more diverse candidates, such as gays, women and ethnic minorities.
Texas gay bar ‘raided after customer was seen drunk’ 3
2:42 PM — Police records have shown that a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar was raided because a man was arrested for being extremely drunk outside two days earlier.
Schools Out campaigner Sue Sanders honoured for a lifetime of work 10
1:57 PM — Sue Sanders, one of the co-founders of LGBT education group Schools Out, has been honoured with an award recognising her lifetime of campaigning.
Trevor Phillips reappointed as chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission 5
1:34 PM — Trevor Phillips has been reappointed for a second three-year term as the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His appointment was revealed by equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday.
US student ‘forced’ into ex-gay therapy 81
11:44 AM — A gay pre-med student from Arkansas has been "forced" into therapy to cure him of homosexuality. According to his friends, Bryce Faulkner, 23, was preparing to come out to deeply religious family when his mother discovered emails to his boyfriend.
Tory MEP expelled for standing against candidate from ‘homophobic’ Polish Law and Justice Party 20
11:02 AM — A Tory MEP expelled from David Cameron's new grouping in the European Parliament for standing against a Polish Law and Justice candidate has told PinkNews.co.uk that the party's 'homophobia' contributed to his decision.
US Episcopal church begins drafting prayer for gay couples 6
10:13 AM — Episcopal bishops have given permission for an official prayer for gay couples to be drafted. The news follows a vote of the church this week to reject a moratorium on the consecrations of gay bishops in committed partnerships.