11th September 2009
Gordon Brown apologises for treatment of gay war hero Alan Turing 73
12:23 AM — Following a petition signed by 30,805 people, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised on behalf of the British Government for the treatment of gay World War Two hero Alan Turing. A man forced by the courts to undergo castration to rid him of his homosexuality.
9th September 2009
Caster Semenya unveils glamorous look as she learns she’ll keep gold medal 27
10:04 AM — South African athlete Caster Semenya has learned that she will be entitled to retain her 800-metre gold medal regardless of the results of tests to ascertain whether she is really a man or a woman. She has also taken part in a glamorous magazine shoot.
4th September 2009
Homophobic posters placed around Leicester ahead of Pride 73
12:46 PM — A number of offensive posters have been put up around Leicester ahead of the city's Pride festival tomorrow. Bearing messages such as 'Capital punishment for gays' and 'God abhors gays', the posters were placed on an LGBT centre and on a former parade route.
2nd September 2009
Gay soldier organises party for LGBT servicemembers 7
3:55 PM — The openly gay British Army serviceman who was featured on the cover of Soldier magazine in July is putting on a drinks event in Soho for LGBT members of the armed forces and emergency services.
Gay hand-holding campaign goes monthly 7
1:36 PM — A Day in Hand, the campaign to encourage LGBT people to hold hands in public, is asking them to show their affection publicly on the last Saturday of each month.
28th August 2009
Britain among countries backing Budapest Pride 9
6:31 PM — The Budapest embassies of the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France and Germany have expressed their support for Pride events in the city.
Gay bishop Gene Robinson to appear at Christian festival 25
3:43 PM — A controversial gay cleric will be one of the attractions a Christian music and arts festival being held in Cheltenham this Bank Holiday weekend.
LGBT rights group’s conversations with the faithful now available online 9
3:22 PM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has announced the release of a unique online collection of meditations on religious belief.
Congressman demands Obama end ban on gays in US military 11
3:06 PM — A veteran Democratic member of the US House of Representatives has said he is "deeply disappointed" in President Obama's failure to deal with the ban on gays in the military.
Live Nation cancels concerts by homophobic Jamaican singer 16
2:36 PM — A series of US concerts by reggae star Buju Banton have been cancelled after protests from LGBT groups. Banton was due to perform in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston.
Whoopi Goldberg records message of support for Budapest Pride 16
12:31 PM — Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg has recorded a special message of support for a Pride event marred by violent attacks in recent years.
Bill to legalise gay adoption moves forward in Uruguay 3
11:55 AM — The Congress in Uruguay has passed a bill allowing adoption by gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. The legislation is expected to pass in the Senate, where the ruling party has a majority.
VIDEO: Bucharest crowd boo Madonna’s defence of gays and Roma 34
11:26 AM — Romanian fans of singer Madonna showed their displeasure during a concert yesterday when she condemned discrimination against Roma people and gays.
Docs on Queer as Folk and Harvey Milk for launch of Fruit TV 105
11:14 AM — An online channel for the LGBT community due to launch next year has revealed some of its schedule highlights.
CPS brings domestic violence message to Soho
10:52 AM — A Crown Prosecution Service Community Prosecutor spent last Friday night in London’s West End. The visit aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and homophobic crime.
27th August 2009
Germany’s highest court confirms adoption by mother’s lesbian partner 3
3:03 PM — The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has confirmed that gay and lesbian people can adopt their partner's children, overturning a previous court ruling.
22 police forces to march at Manchester Pride 8
2:24 PM — Police officers and staff from all over the UK will be in Manchester this weekend for Pride.
Lesbian ex-soldier “disgusted at MoD” over payouts to injured
2:10 PM — A lesbian former soldier who was awarded £187,000 in compensation for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment has said she is disgusted at the low sums paid to servicemen and women injured in action.
Miami appeals court hears gay adoption case 3
1:23 PM — Three judges in the US state of Florida will decide if two half-brothers can be adopted by their gay foster father. Under state law because their foster parent of four years is gay he is not eligible to adopt.
Lib Dem MP accuses Tories and local paper of twisting the facts over gay group grant 20
12:56 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused both the Tories on Bristol council and one of the city's newspapers of misrepresenting a National Lottery grant to a gay group.