22nd September 2009
Man jailed for life over murder and rape of lesbian footballer 1
5:32 PM — A man was jailed for life today for the murder and rape of a lesbian South African footballer. Eudy Simelane, a player for Banyana Banyana and prominent South African gay rights activist, was stabbed to death in April 2008.
US senator’s chief of staff: ‘Porn will turn you gay’ 35
5:06 PM — The well-known chief of staff for a Republican senator has said that boys should be told that looking at pornography will turn them gay.
Chaz Bono to write memoir of sex change 4
4:37 PM — Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, is to write a memoir detailing his experiences of gender reassignment. Bono, who lived as a lesbian named Chastity for 20 years, announced his plans to transition in June.
Over a third of New Zealanders say homosexuality is ‘morally wrong’ 22
4:28 PM — A small survey of New Zealand residents has found that 39 per cent believe homosexuality is morally wrong. The research was carried out by UMR, which conducted telephone interviews with 750 people.
Almost a quarter of US gay couples see themselves as married 2
3:48 PM — The first US census figures on gay marriage have revealed that nearly 150,000 same-sex couples in the country see themselves as married.
Scottish gay couples to be allowed to adopt next week 3
3:19 PM — Gay couples in Scotland will be permitted to adopt children together from next week. Currently, a gay person can adopt a child but their partner has no legal rights or responsibilities as a parent.
Comment: Voters shouldn’t take their new-found equality for granted 28
1:58 PM — Former Labour parliamentary candidate Alex Bryce argues that although a Tory government will not roll back recent reforms for gay people, it will not focus on the subtle changes needed for an equal society.
Elton John calls for crackdown on music piracy 6
1:08 PM — Singer Elton John has written to business secretary Peter Mandelson to back the clampdown on music piracy. Lord Mandelson is currently considering whether to increase penalties for illegal file-sharers.
Sexual health charity criticised for distributing condoms in gay cruising areas 43
12:00 PM — A Yorkshire-based sexual health charity has been attacked for reportedly nailing bags of condoms to trees in gay cruising areas.
Gay men ‘can be outed by their Facebook profiles’ 9
11:33 AM — Gay men can be outed by looking at their Facebook friends, a study has found. According to researchers, the information can be found despite discretion and privacy settings.