3rd October 2011
‘Serial killer’ may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg 8
3:18 PM — There are fears that a serial killer may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa. Four gay men have been discovered bound and strangled in their homes in the last ten months.
Six suspected anti-gay extremists arrested in Belgrade 23
12:05 PM — Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.
Obama attacks Republican booing of gay soldier 26
10:23 AM — Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.
UK passport forms to accommodate gay parents 31
10:13 AM — From December, gay parents applying for passports for their children will not have to list themselves as 'mother' and 'father'. The Identity and Passport Service said the amendments would be made to accommodate gay and lesbian parents applying for passports on behalf of the children.
30th September 2011
Police ban Serbia Pride over violence threats 81
5:10 PM — Serbia's gay Pride march has been banned by police. Authorities fear a repeat of the violence that marred last year's event and injured almost 100 police officers.
New website lists gay-friendly therapists 35
4:55 PM — A new website allows LGBT people to find sensitive, non-judgemental therapists and counsellors. Soho-based counselling group Pink Therapy says its online directory will help LGBT people avoid therapists who believe they are mentally ill.
Pentagon says military chaplains can hold gay weddings 16
4:01 PM — The Pentagon has ruled that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on or off military bases. The change comes ten days after the formal repeal of the ban on openly gay troops.
Right-wing Canadian group accused of transphobia for ‘confusion’ ad 38
11:19 AM — A right-wing Canadian group claims that school equality policies are "corrupting children". The Institute for Canadian Values ran an ad in the National Post this week urging adults to stop "confusing children" by teaching them about gay and transgender people.
Court dismisses gay military ban ruling 17
10:31 AM — A US federal court has dismissed a ruling which struck down the ban on openly gay troops as unconstitutional. The law was formally repealed last week but some gay rights campaigners said it could be revived in future if further action is not taken.
29th September 2011
Serbian gay Pride marchers face threat of violence 41
5:31 PM — Marchers at Sunday's Pride parade in Belgrade have been warned they are likely to be attacked by anti-gay extremists. Serbia's police chief, Ivica Dacic, urged organisers to cancel the event to avoid clashes with a far-right group which has planned a march on the same day.
Gay former basketball sttar John Amaechi launches HIV support for UK Africans 14
4:41 PM — John Amaechi, the openly gay former basketball player, is supporting a new HIV programme aimed at African communities in the UK. The 40-year-old, who has Nigerian heritage, will launch the three-year Terrence Higgins Trust programme tomorrow (Friday).
Man, 18, convicted of murdering gay pensioner 48
3:53 PM — An 18-year-old man has been convicted of murdering a gay pensioner. Aiden Jackson, of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, faces a life sentence for the killing of 67-year-old David Cowley.
European Parliament calls for end of classifying transgender people as mentally ill 121
2:05 PM — The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for the World Health Organisation to stop classifying transgender people as mentally ill. 'Gender identity disorder' is currently classified as a ‘mental and behavioural disorder’ in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases.
Gay rights groups accuse NI health minister of ignoring them 14
1:40 PM — Campaigners against the gay blood donation ban have accused Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots of snubbing them. Mr Poots announced last week that he would not lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, despite the rest of the UK doing so on November 7th.
Small study suggests HIV ‘could be reduced to a minor infection’ 24
11:40 AM — A small-scale HIV study suggests that the virus could be reduced to a "minor chronic infection" by using a vaccine. Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 people developed an immune response to HIV after being given a vaccine known as MVA-B.
Religious groups say gay marriage ban blocks faith freedom 65
10:45 AM — Scottish religious leaders have warned that banning faiths from holding gay weddings will compromise religious freedom. Representatives from the Unitarians, Liberal Jews, Quakers, the Metropolitan Community Church and the Pagan Federation held a conference in Edinbugh yesterday to back calls for marriage equality.
28th September 2011
Gaydar fraudster jailed for four years 21
4:59 PM — A man who trawled Gaydar to find victims to steal from has been jailed for four years and three months. Mark Andrew Bishop, 37, of no fixed abode, stole £300,000 from one of his nine known victims, although police say he may have targeted many more men.
US census shows 131,297 gay marriages 7
4:12 PM — The US census shows that there are 131,297 gay married households and 514,735 unmarried gay households. Marriage equality campaigners said the figures show the need for gay couples to be given the right to wed.
Airline says lesbian L Word couple were kicked off flight for swearing 34
2:01 PM — Southwest Airlines says that former L Word actress Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend were escorted off a flight for swearing, rather than kissing. The star and her girlfriend Camila Grey were on a Baltimore to St Louis flight on Sunday.
Joe Biden condemns Republican booing of gay soldier 11
1:35 PM — US vice-president Joe Biden has criticised the booing of a gay soldier at a Republican presidential debate. Mr Biden, whose son served in Iraq, said the booing was "reprehensible".