23rd July 2009
Washington DC gives parental rights to lesbian couples 2
5:33 PM — A law which gives lesbian parents in DC more rights has come into effect. The legislation, which was enacted on Saturday, gives lesbians the right to become the legal parent of a partner's artificially-inseminated child without having to adopt.
Map shows legal status of gays across Europe 13
4:34 PM — A map has been released to show the political status of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Europe, revealing some disturbing trends within the eastern European bloc.
Complaint over trans mayor’s clothing choices 13
4:16 PM — A trans mayor in Oregon, US, has come under fire for wearing "inappropriate" clothes. Stu Rasmussen, the mayor of Silverton, identifies as a heterosexual man but expresses his gender as female and has had breast surgery.
New initiative launched to tackle homelessness among LGBT youth 10
3:39 PM — Four leading LGBT charities have announced the launch of a new initiative to reduce homelessness among young LGBT people.
Quakers to debate holding civil partnership ceremonies 6
3:34 PM — The annual meeting of Quakers is to consider whether to request legal authority to register civil partnerships in the same way as marriages.
Gay couple bit neighbour in row over cat 14
2:21 PM — A gay couple have been convicted of attacking their neighbour in a row over a cat damaging their garden. Bill Young, 51, and David Dickman, 45, beat and bit Tony Dyson, 47, in the late-night argument in March. They also tried to gouge his eyes out.
Men banned from lesbian event in Australia 26
12:43 PM — A company in Australia specialising in lesbian parties has won a case allowing it to ban men from its events. The judgement comes just days after a row involving a gay bar in Torquay, where a lesbian was turned away.
British churches performing ‘exorcisms’ on gays 73
12:06 PM — A number of fundamentalist Christian churches in London are thought to be performing 'exorcisms' on gays and lesbians to cure them of homosexuality.
Scottish police force to display rainbow flag in offices 6
11:19 AM — Grampian Police, one of the country's largest police forces, is to display the rainbow flag in all of its offices to support gay rights. Stickers of the flag will be seen in all of the force's windows.
Queen to watch Bruno? 31
10:41 AM — Buckingham Palace has ordered a copy of Bruno, the 18-certificate film about a gay Austrian journalist. Universal Studios reportedly received an email request from the palace this week asking for a copy of the controversial movie to show at a private screening at Balmoral.
Rupert Everett says Michael Jackson is better off dead 25
10:12 AM — Outspoken gay actor Rupert Everett has described Michael Jackson as a "freak", adding that it was "fortuitous that he died".