13th October 2009
New York’s court of appeal to hear gay rights challenges 2
6:51 PM — The court of appeal in New York is to hear two cases brought by gay rights opponents today. They relate to health benefits for gay partners and out-of-state gay marriages.
Uruguay approves bill to allow trans people to change names and gender 5
3:42 PM — Trans men and women in Uruguay will soon be permitted to legally change their name and gender under a new bill passed by the government.
Man jailed for attacking gay partner with meat cleaver 5
12:57 PM — A gay man has been jailed for 12 months for attacking his partner with a meat cleaver. Lee Barnard, 34, of Penrhiwceiber near Mountain Ash, attacked Mark Baigrie, 32, with the knife when they had a row in their kitchen.
New York gay man in coma after ‘hate crime’ beating 8
10:39 AM — A gay man is currently in a medically-induced coma after being attacked by two men in the street in New York.
12th October 2009
Schwarzenegger signs bills to recognise Harvey Milk and out-of-state gay marriages 15
5:31 PM — Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, has signed bills to introduce Harvey Milk Day in the state and to recognise gay marriages performed in other states.
9th October 2009
Gay marriage bill looks likely in Washington DC 6
5:03 PM — A Washington DC councilman has introduced a bill that will legalise gay marriage in the district. Nine of the 13 council members are listed as co-sponsors and DC mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign it.
Turkey blocks access to gay websites 50
4:30 PM — Turkey has blocked two of its largest LGBT websites. Users of sites such as hadigayri.com and gabile.com are finding that instead of regular homepages, they are seeing messages stating that the site has been blocked by the Telecommunication Directorate.
US House approves Matthew Shepard hate crimes bill 8
3:56 PM — The US House has agreed to approve a bill that would include LGBT people in federal hate crime laws. It is named the Matthew Shepard Bill after the murdered gay teenager.
Women make up disproportionate amount of gay military firings 4
11:47 AM — Pentagon figures have shown that woman make up a disproportionate number of those being fired under the US military gay ban.
8th October 2009
Egyptian newspaper banned for claiming actors were gay 10
5:14 PM — An Egyptian newspaper has been banned for claiming that three high-profile actors were gay. The weekly independent Al Balagh Al Gadid claimed that Nour El Sherif, Khaled Aboul Naga and Hamdi El Wazir were questioned by police for allegedly being part of a gay prostitution ring.
Gay man admits trying to poison lesbian neighbours 5
1:49 PM — A gay man who gave his lesbian neighbours a curry laced with slug pellets was involved in a long-running feud with them. Gary Stewart, 37, told magistrates in Manchester that he had attempted to poison Marie Walton and Beverley Sales but denied making threats to kill.
Trans woman goes to court after being denied breast implants 20
1:27 PM — A trans woman who was denied breast enlargement surgery is taking her primary care trust to court. The patient, known only as 'C', has been living as a woman for ten years and has undergone hormone treatment, although she has not had any other surgery.
7th October 2009
Police release CCTV images of homophobic attack suspects 6
5:29 PM — Police have released images of two women they are seeking in connection with a homophobic attack in Trafalgar Square last month. A 62-year-old man is still in hospital with serious head injuries.
Canadian gay man admits lying to donate blood 11
10:57 AM — A gay man in Canada is suing the the country's blood services for barring him from donating blood. Kyle Freeman admitted in court this week that he had lied about his sexual history in order to undergo the procedure, which he believes is the "ultimate gift" a person can give.
6th October 2009
Men on trial for murder of gay Wembley shopkeeper
4:45 PM — Two men have denied the murder of a gay Wembley shopkeeper who was found dead at his home last November. Dilip Unadkat, 48, died after he was stabbed five times in the chest in his flat in Alexandra Court, Empire Way.
Fugitive preying on gay men through dating websites 9
12:55 PM — Police have warned gay men and trans people in the Sussex area to be on their guard after a man believed to target gay and trans victims escaped from jail.
Russian court denies lesbians the right to marry
10:45 AM — A Russian lesbian couple have been barred from marrying by a court. The Tverskoi District Court ruled that Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shipitko cannot marry as Russia law states marriage is between a man and a woman.
5th October 2009
Lesbians still being denied fertility treatment 4
6:21 PM — A Freedom of Information Act request has found that lesbian women are still being denied fertility treatment. According to a survey, primary care trusts appear to be turning down lesbian couples for treatment on the grounds that funding is only available for those with fertility problems.
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ death of British honorary consul 11
10:47 AM — A 23-year-old Jamaican man has been arrested over the death of a British honorary consul. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home on the island in early September. It is thought the attack may have been motivated by homophobia.
4th October 2009
Police appeal for witnesses to Central London homophobic attack 15
11:05 PM — Police are urgently appealing for witnesses to a homophobic attack in central London. A 62-year-old man is in hospital suffering serious head injuries after he was attacked near Trafalgar Square on September 25th just before midnight.