8th September 2009
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 1
5:49 PM — A trans woman running for mayor in Nampa in the US state of Idaho says she has been warmly received by voters. Melissa Sue Robinson filed her application last month after announcing her plans to run for the role in June.
Lesbian soldier who deserted US Army pleads for refugee status 2
5:40 PM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after allegedly being physically abused and threatened is appealing to be allowed to stay in Canada as a refugee.
Missouri city set to remove anti-gay law 5
4:38 PM — The city of Springfield, in the US state of Missouri, is set to remove a law which discriminates gays and lesbians from its ordinances tonight.
Nurse who asked Obama to rid the world of gays is suspended 19
4:19 PM — An Australian male nurse who called for a "world free of homosexuals" has had his licence suspended. Matthew George Price had written a letter to a New South Wales school alumni newsletter in April, in which he expressed anti-gay views.
Neo-Nazi obsessed with homophobic bomber jailed for six years 10
3:39 PM — A white supremacist who was obsessed with homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland was jailed today for at least six years for a string of terrorist offences.
Lesbian author Sarah Waters on Booker Prize shortlist 1
2:43 PM — Lesbian author Sarah Waters is one of six authors on the Booker Prize shortlist, which was announced today. Waters is on the list for her novel The Little Stranger. She has been shortlisted twice before, for her works Fingersmith and The Night Watch.
Gay man ‘reported to police’ for questioning MP Iris Robinson’s views 38
11:51 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called homosexuality an "abomination", reportedly had a constituent questioned by police after he challenged her views.
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister 3
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29
10:43 AM — An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island. Swami Baba Ramdev recently said homosexuality was a "disease" but could be cured by yoga.
Update: Sir George Young to replace Alan Duncan as shadow Commons leader 14
10:20 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has announced that Sir George Young, a former Speaker candidate, will replace Alan Duncan in the shadow cabinet.