13th November 2009
Indian voters allowed ‘third gender’ option 3
6:14 PM — The Electoral Commission of India decided to give recognition on voter forms to those who see themselves as neither male or female. They can now list themselves as 'other'.
Argentinian judge permits gay couple to marry 3
5:28 PM — A gay couple in Argentina have been given permission to marry by a judge. Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello were granted the right by Judge Gabriela Seijas in Buenos Aires.
10-year-old refuses to pledge allegiance until there’s gay equality in the USA 49
5:06 PM — A ten-year-old boy from Arkansas has refused to pledge allegiance to the flag until gays and lesbians have equal rights. Will Phillips said some of his peers had called him gay slurs over his choice.
New Zealand festival under pressure over homophobic reggae star Beenie Man 10
4:08 PM — Big Day Out, the New Zealand music festival, is under pressure to ban a Jamaican reggae artist from performing at the event. Beenie Man has a number of songs which mention killing gays and lesbians.
Newspapers: Guardian columnist meets civil partnership pioneer 5
3:00 PM — The Guardian's Hugh Muir writes today about his lunch with civil partnership pioneer Ian Burford and says it's a pity the Christian registrar Lillian Ladele who refuses to conduct gay nuptials hasn't met him.
Rhode Island governor vetoes burial rights for gay partners 19
1:44 PM — The Republican governor of Rhode Island, Don Carcieri, has vetoed a bill which would allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners.
Workplace equality and violence top concerns for Irish gays and lesbians 1
1:16 PM — A nationwide survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Ireland has found that their top concerns are equality in the workplace, anti-gay violence and bullying.
Court of Appeal ruling on Lillian Ladele expected by Christmas 21
11:12 AM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples, will hear whether her Court of Appeal bid has been successful before Christmas.
Tory leader David Cameron supports Stonewall’s anti-gay bullying campaign 37
10:20 AM — David Cameron has given his support to a Stonewall campaign to tackle homophobic bullying. National Anti-Bullying Week will be held next week and the gay charity has launched an ad campaign featuring the slogan 'Some people are gay. Get over it!'.
Tories’ lesbian candidate just beats BNP in race for third place in Glasgow North East by-election 51
3:12 AM — Ruth Davidson, the Conservatives' lesbian candidate in the Glasgow North-East by-election, has just beaten British National Party (BNP)'s Charlie Baillie in the race for third place. The Labour candidate Willie Bain comfortably won the seat.