29th July 2009
Scottish councillor quits Church of Scotland after gay ordination 17
7:53 PM — A councillor has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland as a result of its appointment of an openly gay minister.
Gay authors Sarah Waters and Colm Toibin selected for 2009 Booker Prize longlist 2
7:47 PM — Works by openly gay writers Colm Toibin and Sarah Waters both feature in the 2009 Man Booker Prize longlist, described by the judging panel’s chairman as “one of the strongest lists in recent memory”.
HIV groups hit in Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts 2
7:44 PM — HIV and AIDS groups have suffered this week under a revised California state budget which will see funding slashed by up to $85m for care and prevention programmes.
Trial resumes on rape and murder of lesbian sportswoman
7:40 PM — Protestors gathered outside the Delmas circuit court in South Africa on Wednesday as the trial of three men accused of murdering lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane resumed.
Met police chief urges gays and lesbians to report homophobic crime 10
3:33 PM — The head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, has urged gays and lesbians to report homophobic crimes. Speaking at a press briefing today, he admitted that the police had got it wrong in the past.
Swindon man attacked in ‘homophobic’ hate crime 7
2:41 PM — A Swindon man who was attacked after a night out in the town has said he was beaten because he was gay.
London’s gay sports day to be held next month 6
11:12 AM — The annual Royal Vauxhall Tavern/GMFA Gay Sports Day is to take place at the end of August. Events include a space hopper obstacle course, a drag relay, the handbag throw and the 50m mince.
Australian prime minister stands firm against gay marriage 17
10:39 AM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has said that while he welcomes debate on gay marriage, he will not support it.
‘Defaced’ bible forced behind glass 24
10:18 AM — An exhibit in Glasgow designed to promote gay rights within the church has had to be put in a glass case to prevent visitors scrawling obscene messages.
Appeal for witnesses after gay man drowns in Manchester canal 6
9:58 AM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a man drowned in a Manchester canal last week. Steven MacDonald, 45, of Openshaw, was found dead on Friday July 24th in the water by Dulcie Street near the Piccadilly 111 complex.