23rd September 2011
East London celebrates Pride after a rocky year 26
11:26 AM — East London Pride is to be held tomorrow. The event comes after a tumultuous year for the local gay community.
Gay civil partners ‘less likely to split up than straight married couples’ 41
10:32 AM — Civil partners are less likely to divorce than straight married people, new figures suggest. Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that after five years, 5.5 per cent of marriages had ended in divorce and 2.5 per cent of civil partnerships had been dissolved.
22nd September 2011
‘Speedo fetish’ man sued over websites 37
5:24 PM — An Australian man with a Speedo fetish is being sued by the brand for breaching its copyright. Dave Evans, 24, is being sued by Speedo over a number of websites he owns which show men posing in - and out of - the skimpy swimwear.
Pope faces hostility from gay groups in Germany 38
3:30 PM — Pope Benedict's first official visit to his homeland of Germany is expected to meet strong opposition today from up to 20,000 people, including gay rights campaigners, feminists, atheists and church abuse survivors.
Northern Ireland health minister refuses to lift gay blood ban 70
10:57 AM — Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's health minister, has refused to lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. He has said that the current policy “should not be altered” because of safety concerns around HIV transmission.
Lady Gaga says she will meet Barack Obama over anti-gay bullying 37
9:46 AM — Lady Gaga says she plans to meet President Obama to discuss homophobic bullying after one of her young fans killed himself. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, from Buffalo, New York, killed himself om Sunday after posting an online tribute to the singer.
21st September 2011
Obama’s UN speech: We must stand up for gay rights everywhere 60
5:57 PM — Addressing a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly today, US president Barack Obama urged countries to stand up for gay rights. The president, who was discussing the Palestine statehood bid, said: "No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere."
Marines begin recruitment drive at gay community centre 8
2:12 PM — Marine recruiters pitched up at an Oklahoma gay community centre to find openly lesbian, gay or bisexual recruits. The 18-year-old law banning openly gay troops was finally repealed yesterday and Marine recruiters set up a stall at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center in Tulsa.
New York boy, 14, kills himself after anti-gay bullying 78
1:13 PM — A 14-year-old boy from Buffalo, New York, killed himself after suffering homophobic bullying. Jamey Rodemeyer, a student at Williamsville North High School, had made an 'It Gets Better' YouTube video and said that pro-gay singer Lady Gaga was the "reason" he was still alive.
Tasmanian parliament backs gay marriage 17
10:22 AM — The Tasmanian parliament's House of Assembly has backed gay marriage, putting pressure on the federal Labor government to follow suit. This is the first time a house in any Australian parliament has voted in favour of marriage equality. Tasmania only voted to legalise homosexuality in 1997.
20th September 2011
Obama praises end of military gay ban 15
5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."
Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157
5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.
Mumbai police fine 150 gay men after breaking up party 25
3:12 PM — Police in Mumbai raided a “gay rave party” early on Sunday morning, fining around 150 men for drinking alcohol and committing "obscene" acts.
Lesbian couple accuse Thomson of honeymoon discrimination 104
1:39 PM — A lesbian couple claim that one of Britain's largest travel companies discriminated against them on their honeymoon. Gemma Harman, 24, and Tamsin Harper, 36, from Brighouse, Yorkshire, flew to the Dominican Republican with Thomson following their civil partnership earlier this year.
Gay policeman and former Mr Gay UK cleared of all charges 49
10:57 AM — A gay policeman who won Mr Gay UK has had the last of a series of charges against him dropped. PC Mark Carter, from Birkenshaw, was cleared in June of three counts of sexual assault and one count of rape.
US military gay ban ends today 23
10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.
19th September 2011
Madonna flash mob greets anti-gay Republican Michele Bachmann 28
5:44 PM — Gay rights campaigners staged a Madonna-themed flash mob to greet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Friday. The anti-gay politician was in California for the state Republican convention.
Unitarian church disappointed by ‘discriminatory’ gay marriage plans 33
5:13 PM — The chief officer of the British Unitarian Church says he is disappointed by the announcement of a government consultation on gay marriage. Derek McAuley said it would be discriminatory not to allow religious gay marriages and questioned why the process could not begin before Christmas, rather than the scheduled date of March 2012.
Labour says it will pressure government for gay marriage 36
4:20 PM — Labour says it will pressure the coalition government to ensure that marriage equality is enacted. Shadow equalities minister Yvette Cooper responded to the announcement of a March 2012 consultation on how the change can be implemented.
Evan Rachel Wood admits she was ‘terrified’ of first female relationship 12
2:32 PM — True Blood actress Evan Rachel Wood has spoken candidly about being bisexual. The star, who plays lesbian vampire Sophie-Anne Leclerq on the show, told Marie Claire: "That's a big part of who I am, and it always has been for as long as I can remember."