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2009

  • 3rd December 2009

    Swedish minister suggests aid funding could be cut over Uganda’s anti-gay bill 12

    Sweden gives Uganda $50 million in aid each year

    4:01 PM — Swedish development assistance minister Gunilla Carlsson reportedly suggested that her country could cut aid funding in Uganda as a result of a proposed law on homosexuality.

  • Irish civil partnerships bill presented to parliament today 4

    The bill will be presented to parliament today

    3:10 PM — A bill to allow civil partnerships in Ireland is to be presented to parliament today by minister for justice, equality and law reform Dermot Ahern. It would give gay couples many of the rights and benefits of marriage, but not all.

  • Peter Tatchell: The Equality Bill is less than equal 16

    Peter Tatchell has criticised the Equality Bill

    2:27 PM — Way back in 1983, when I stood as the Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election, I proposed the idea of a single, comprehensive anti-discrimination law, to guarantee equal treatment and protection for everyone. At the time, this proposal was dismissed as "ultra left," as too radical and daring. Three decades later, however, it is close to reality.

  • US bill could see witness immunity for gay soldiers 8

    Gay servicemembers could get protection from dismissal

    12:32 PM — A bill has been introduced to allow gay and lesbian servicemembers the right to immunity when appearing before congress to give evidence on the current military gay ban.

  • Vatican distances itself from cardinal’s homophobic comments 61

    The Vatican distanced itself from Barrgan's comments

    11:27 AM — The Vatican has issued an indirect rebuke to a Catholic cardinal who said gays and trans people could not enter heaven. Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, said gay people are not born that way and were "an insult to God".

  • US suffers another setback for gay marriage in New York’s Senate 46

    The New York Senate rejected gay marriage (Photo: Flickr user tonythemisfit)

    10:49 AM — The New York Senate yesterday voted to reject a bill which would allow gay marriage in the state. It needed 32 votes to pass but gay rights advocates were dismayed that it fell eight votes short in a 24-38 decision.

  • 2nd December 2009

    Catholic cardinal says gays are barred from heaven 94

    Barragan said people were not born gay

    7:34 PM — Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, has said that gay and trans people "will never enter the kingdom of heaven". The cardinal cited Saint Paul's epistle to the Romans, which he claimed said men should not sleep with other men.

  • California groups ‘committed’ to 2010 gay marriage vote 6

    Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in the state (Photo: Flickr user joeand)

    6:22 PM — A coalition of Californian gay rights groups have said they are determined to get gay marriage back on the ballot next year. City gay rights activist Harvey Milk, they said he did not wait for research while campaigning for equality.

  • US actress Meredith Baxter comes out as a lesbian 6

    Meredith Baxter came out this week

    5:22 PM — Meredith Baxter, best known for her role in 80s sitcom Family Ties, has revealed she has been in a relationship with a woman for four years. The 62-year-old said she had not been "living a lie".

  • Man on trial for gay nightclub rapes in London

    The alleged victims were leaving Heaven nightclub (Photo: Nick Cooper)

    4:41 PM — A man is currently on trial at Woolwich crown court for sexual assaults on gay men in London. Mohamad Caid, 38, from Deptford, was charged in June with one rape, two attempted rapes, sexual assault and false imprisonment and remanded in custody.

  • Gay by nature: Part two 21

    Born gay?

    4:11 PM — In part one, published yesterday, Dr Qazi Rahman of Queen Mary University London discussed the impact of genes and hormones on homosexuality. Here, he addresses the isse of gay stereotypes and refutes psychoanalytic theories of why some people are gay. He also suggests that research into gay brains may help combat homophobia. Adrian Tippetts reports.

  • California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10

    John Marcotte says 'Til death do us part' should mean just that

    2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.

  • Teenager jailed for trying to gas gay lover 9

    The 18-year-old was jailed for four years

    2:19 PM — An 18-year-old who had sex with an older man has been jailed after leaving on the gas taps in his lover's home. George Harding, of no fixed address, slept with 47-year-old Brian Monan after meeting on a gay internet site.

  • Rupert Everett says gay actors should stay in the closet 33

    Rupert Everett said gay actors should stay in the closet

    2:10 PM — Actor Rupert Everett has advised gay actors to keep their sexual orientation secret if they want to succeed. Everett, who is gay, enjoyed a host of high-profile roles in films such as My Best Friend's Wedding. But since coming out in 1989, his success has dwindled.

  • Washington DC gay marriage bill passes first reading 5

    Washington DC may soon see gay marriage

    12:34 PM — A bill to allow gay marriage in Washington DC has passed its first reading by 11-2 votes. It was introduced in October by David Catania, one of two out gay council members.

  • Equality Bill to be debated today in House of Commons 17

    The bill will be debated today in the Commons

    12:15 PM — The Equality Bill has reached the report stage and will be debated in parliament today. This stage follows four weeks of debate by a committee and will allow the House of Commons to consider further amendments.

  • 1st December 2009

    Carwyn Jones appointed as Welsh Labour leader

    Carwyn Jones won the vote

    7:40 PM — Carwyn Jones has been named as the new Labour leader in Wales, replacing incumbent Rhodri Morgan. The 42-year-old Welsh Assembly member for Bridgend is currently the leader of the House and has been a favourite to win the role.

  • California’s biggest gay group withdraws support for 2010 gay marriage battle 2

    Courage Campaign said more time was needed

    6:26 PM — California's largest grassroots gay advocacy group has withdrawn its support for the campaign to get gay marriage on the 2010 ballot. Courage Campaign, based in Los Angeles, said it does not believe the movement currently has enough leadership or financial support to be successful in the next 12 months.

  • Sweden to lift lifetime blood donation ban for gay men 5

    Sweden will lift the lifetime ban

    6:11 PM — Sweden will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood so long as they have not had sex with a man in the last 12 months. In a statement released today, which is World AIDS Day, the National Board of Health and Welfare confirmed the change.

  • Gay by nature: Part one 37

    Dr Qazi Rahman of Queen Mary University London

    5:01 PM — What causes homosexuality? Can sexual orientation be changed? And are the brains of gay people different from those of straight people? Adrian Tippetts meets Dr Qazi Rahman, an assistant professor in Cognitive Biology from Queen Mary University London, to find out more.

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