24th November 2009
Lord Chris Smith celebrates 25 years of being an out gay politician 2
8:10 PM — Lord Chris Smith, the first openly gay MP, will celebrate his 25th year in his career this month. Twenty-five years ago, he announced to a rally in Warwickshire that he was gay.
University cancels speech by homophobic Islamic cleric 601
7:07 PM — Two London universities have been attacked for inviting an extremist Islamist preacher to speak. Abu Usamah appeared in Channel 4's Undercover Mosque documentary, in which he was seen advocating the killing of gays and Muslims who leave their faith.
Homophobic hate crime reports rise in US 3
6:00 PM — Statistics from the FBI have shown an 11 per cent rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America in the last year. Most of those targeted were gay men.
New HIV infections down globally but diagnoses rise for gay men in the UK 28
5:16 PM — The UNAIDS 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update, released today, shows that new HIV infections are down by 17 per cent over the last eight years around the world. But in the last eight years, there has been a 74 per cent rise in new diagnoses of infections of gay men in the UK.
1,500 Americans complain over Adam Lambert’s gay kiss 35
1:53 PM — More than 1,500 US viewers have complained over a gay kiss and simulated oral sex in American Idol star Adam Lambert's performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday.
Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 81
1:27 PM — A straight couple who tried to apply for a civil partnership this morning have said they are willing to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Lesbian deserter to have asylum claim reviewed in Canada 1
10:45 AM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after claiming she had been physically abused and threatened has won the right to have her asylum case reviewed in Canada.
Man jailed for blackmailing gay cruisers 14
10:26 AM — A man who admitted blackmailing men meeting for sex has been jailed for three and a half years. Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities.
23rd November 2009
Staff relaunch Washington’s oldest gay newspaper 2
8:05 PM — The Washington Blade has been relaunched as the DC Agenda by its staff. It was distributed as an eight-page newsletter on Friday and former employees of the Blade hope to print a 16-page edition this week.
Uganda’s president claims that gays are ‘recruiting’ 24
7:28 PM — The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has warned that European gays are "recruiting" Ugandan citizens. Speaking at the Young Achievers Awards ceremony on Saturday at the Kampala Serena Hotel, he said: "I hear European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa."
Australian prime minister challenged on gay marriage by party 3
6:44 PM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has been challenged by his party to pass legislation allowing gay marriage. The Australian Labor Party in the state of Victoria passed a resolution in support of marriage equality last weekend.
MPs asked to support gay men’s HIV campaign 5
6:17 PM — The National AIDS Trust is asking members of parliament to sign an Early Day Motion to show their support for helping protect young gay men from HIV.
Thousands attend vigils for gay Puerto Rico teen 1
5:03 PM — Thousands of people attended a vigil in New York last night for Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, the gay Puerto Rico teenager who was murdered earlier this month.
Dannii Minogue cleared over ‘homophobic’ X Factor joke 12
2:04 PM — Dannii Minogue has been cleared of making a 'homophobic' jibe about an X Factor contestant's sexuality by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom. Nearly 4,000 people complained when she suggested that Danyl Johnson did not need to sing about a woman because he was bisexual.
Straight couple to apply for civil partnership tomorrow 26
1:46 PM — A straight couple who believe the ban on marriage for gay people is discriminatory will attempt to register their intention to have a civil partnership tomorrow. As the law stands, gay couples cannot marry and straight couples cannot have a civil partnership.
Mother fights for NHS treatment of trans daughter 6
1:09 PM — The mother of a 14-year-old trans girl is fighting to get her hormone treatment on the NHS. Carole Smith, 41, said that her child needed hormone treatment to prevent her from entering puberty as a boy.
Church leaders in Liverpool release ‘groundbreaking’ condemnation of homophobia 48
12:27 PM — Leaders of the six main Christian churches in Liverpool have released a joint statement condemning homophobia in the city. Local councillor Steve Radford said it was a "real breakthrough".
Liverpool teenager hurt in homophobic attack 24
11:31 AM — A gay 19-year-old student was beaten by eight boys last week in Liverpool's city centre for being "flamboyantly dressed".
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
20th November 2009
Gordon Brown and equalities minister Maria Eagle mark Transgender Day of Remembrance 12
6:32 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has made a statement describing violence and harassment against trans people as "utterly unacceptable". He also thanked trans campaigners for their work.