2nd September 2011
Rickshaw driver not guilty of raping lesbian
11:28 AM — A London rickshaw driver has been cleared of raping a lesbian doctor. Murat Durmus, 23, of Walthamstow, said the pair had consensual sex after he drove her home from a night out on February 5th.
Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples 81
10:57 AM — Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples.
Mistrial declared in US gay school shooting
10:30 AM — A mistrial was declared yesterday in the case of a US teenager accused of murdering a gay classmate. Jurors deliberating charges against 17-year-old Brandon McInerney could not decide whether he was guilty of first or second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.
1st September 2011
US gay group wants further action on military gay ban 21
5:31 PM — A Republican gay rights group is asking a court to declare the ban on openly gay troops unconstitutional. Log Cabin Republicans says it is taking the action because although the ban is due to be repealed this month, it can still be re-enacted in future.
Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22
4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.
North Carolina lawmakers consider gay marriage bill 7
4:27 PM — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina, US, announced this week that they hope to win a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Speaking at a press conference in Raleigh on Tuesday, they said they will push for a voter referendum on the issue in 2012.
Coventry woman sets up gay funeral service 8
3:14 PM — A lesbian from Coventry has set up a funeral service specialising in ceremonies for gays and lesbians. Angela Sanderson, 47, said she decided to set up the service after her sister's funeral did not reflect the person she was.
Cher says Dancing With the Stars viewers will ‘love’ transgender son Chaz 5
1:54 PM — Cher says that viewers of Dancing With the Stars will love her transgender son Chaz Bono. Bono will be the first transgender celebrity to appear on the primetime US show and has said he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.
Stonewall to lobby for gay rights abroad 53
12:33 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced it will begin lobbying for gay equality abroad. The charity says that until now, it has been barred from commenting on the situation for lesbian, gay and bisexual people around the world because this would breach its charitable objectives as an organisation focused on Britain.
Canadian broadcast watchdog amends ruling on ‘anti-gay’ Dire Straits song 31
11:46 AM — Canada's broadcast standards council has amended an earlier ruling which said that radio stations must censor a Dire Straits song which includes the homophobic slur 'faggot'. The body now says the word must be taken in context.
Trial of gay US soldier Dan Choi put on hold 11
10:43 AM — The federal trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence to protest over the gay military ban has been put on hold. Reports say that former Army lieutenant Dan Choi may be closer to having the charges against him dismissed.