20th July 2009
Hate crimes bill moves closer 9
5:31 PM — A bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act has been approved for a Senate vote. The bill, named after the murdered gay teenager, expands federal hate crime laws offer protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability.
Man convicted of trans woman’s manslaughter 4
4:50 PM — A court in New York has found a man guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime for the killing of 22-year-old trans woman Lateisha Green.
Homophobia blamed for high levels of HIV in African gay men 7
4:28 PM — Research has suggested that HIV rates for gay men in sub-Saharan Africa are ten times higher than the average rate for the general male population.
Rupert Everett: ‘I don’t want to be part of heterosexual norm’ 28
4:04 PM — Openly gay actor Rupert Everett has said that coming from "the last years of illegality" focused his character.
Video game allows players to shoot gays 21
3:40 PM — Gay groups are outraged over a video game where the object is to shoot gay men before they 'rape' the player.
Scottish island to hold first same-sex ceremony today 8
2:20 PM — The Isle of Lewis is set to have its first gay civil partnership ceremony today when BBC children's presenter Andrew Robertson will tie the knot with his partner Craig Atkins.
Gay adult TV channel breaches broadcasting code 9
1:48 PM — Gay TV, a digital premium adult channel, has come under fire from broadcasting standards agency Ofcom after a viewer complained that the channel's 'free-to-view' promotions were too explicit for the 10pm broadcast time.
Equality and Human Rights Commission hit by resignations and ‘unacceptable’ spending 8
12:14 PM — Trevor Phillips, the newly-reappointed head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is under fire over the organisation's annual reports, while three commissioners have resigned in the last week over the way the quango is being run.
Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5
12:06 PM — The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.
Doctor removed from adoption panel for refusing to consider gay couples 64
11:20 AM — A Christian doctor has been removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was not "an appropriate lifestyle".