9th November 2009
Speaker John Bercow backs holding civil partnerships in parliament 2
7:41 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said he feels "very strongly" about allowing civil partnerships for gay couples to take place in parliament.
Call to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 32
7:14 PM — Conservative peer Lord Waddington and Labour backbencher David Taylor MP have called for a 'free speech' defence to be kept in a bill designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
Trans woman murdered in Kentish Town, London 34
6:20 PM — A trans woman has been found murdered at her home in Kentish Town in north-west London. The 29-year-old woman, named as Destiny Lauren, was found by police at her flat in Leighton Crescent at 00.55am on Thursday morning.
Support for traffic-free gay village in Manchester
5:07 PM — A preliminary survey of people using Manchester's gay village has found overwhelming support for plans to pedestrianise the area on Friday and Saturday nights.
Alan Carr says gay men make the best chatshow hosts 18
4:50 PM — Gay comedian Alan Carr has said that gay men make the best chatshow hosts because they are "gossipy". The second series of the star's Channel 4 show Alan Carr: Chatty Man begins later this month.
Sweden ordains first openly lesbian bishop 3
3:28 PM — Eva Brunne, Sweden's first openly lesbian bishop, has been sworn into her new role. Brunne, 55, who is in a registered partnership and has a three-year-old son, is also believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop.
OutRage! calls for tolerance over gay cruising in Manchester 59
2:05 PM — Gay men meeting for sex in public places in Manchester should be tolerated, not arrested, gay rights group OutRage! has said. Cruisers in the canal area have been warned they may face arrest if caught.
Three Iranian men on death row for homosexuality offences 119
1:21 PM — Three Iranian men are thought to be facing the death penalty for having homosexual relations. The men, named as Nemat Safavi, Mehdi P and Moshen G, have been on death row for three years and allegedly committed the crimes while under the age of 18.
Sex tape causes more embarrassment for anti-gay Miss California 25
11:45 AM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss California who told the world she did not believe in gay marriage, has been rocked by a sex tape scandal. The beauty queen and her mother were apparently shown the tape by pageant organisers.
Men jailed for blackmailing gay civil servant 6
11:42 AM — A gay civil servant was blackmailed for over £5,300 after accidentally sending suggestive text messages to two men in April.