14th September 2009
Schwarzenegger to decide on Harvey Milk Day 4
5:18 PM — A bill to designate May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day has reached the desk of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Milk was a gay activist who was assassinated in 1978.
Indonesian province introduces severe penalties for homosexuality 16
4:52 PM — Aceh, a devoutly Muslim province of Indonesia, has passed new laws allowing heavy punishments for homosexuality, adultery and alcohol consumption.
Ukraine minister says Elton John is too old to adopt 18
4:13 PM — A Ukrainian minister said today that gay pop star Elton John will not be allowed to adopt a child from the country because he is not married and is too old.
Lord Snowdon ‘had several gay affairs’ 11
4:00 PM — Lord Snowdon, who was married to Princess Margaret, had gay affairs, the celebrity interior designer Nicky Haslam has claimed.
Man arrested for gay attack in Italy 4
3:25 PM — A 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with the beating of a young gay man in Florence last week. The victim has had metal plates inserted in his face after sustaining fractures to his cheekbones, nose and jaw.
Hundreds protest over raid on Atlanta gay bar 7
3:05 PM — Hundreds of demonstrators met yesterday to protest over a "heavy-handed" police raid on a gay leather bar in Atlanta.
New York congressman to introduce DOMA repeal bill 1
2:12 PM — Democrat congressman Jerry Nadler has announced he will unveil a bill to repeal the Defence of Marriage Act. Nadler has said he will unveil the legislation tomorrow (Tuesday) and will hold a press conference at 11am on Capitol Hill.
Amnesty report warns of violence against gays and women in Serbia 3
12:14 PM — The Serbian government is failing to protect human rights groups fighting for LGBT and women's rights, an Amnesty International report has claimed.
Jamaican police claim murder of British consul was not homophobic despite note calling him a ‘batty man’ 39
11:16 AM — The murder of a British honorary consul in Jamaica was unlikely to be a homophobic attack, local police have said. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home last Thursday. A note promised the same would happen to "all gays".
Gay Australians want marriage, not partnerships 9
10:49 AM — A survey of gay and lesbian Australians has found that the majority would prefer marriage over civil partnerships.