8th September 2011
Two freed over South African lesbian’s murder
4:19 PM — Two of the nine suspects accused of murdering a South African lesbian have been released. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on February 4th 2006.
Teenager jailed for car-jacking at gay cruising spot 11
3:30 PM — A 19-year-old man has been jailed for five years for car-jacking a man at a gay cruising spot. Lewis Harding, of Kingshurst, West Midlands, was arrested when he was seen driving the vehicle the following day.
Man who falsely accused Louis Walsh of sexual assault charged
3:02 PM — A man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of sexual assault has been charged with making false claims. Leonard Watters, 24, initially claimed that 58-year-old Walsh had groped him at the Krystle nightclub in Dublin after a Westlife concert in June.
Disgraced designer John Galliano avoids jail over anti-Semitic slurs 25
2:16 PM — Former Dior designer John Galliano has been given a suspended fine of 6,000 euros for using racist and anti-Semitic slurs. The disgraced fashion star avoided jail for two outbursts in a Parisian cafe last February and October.
One-year blood donation deferral for UK gay men 64
11:33 AM — The Department of Health has announced it will remove the lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has ever had gay sex. Instead, there will be a one-year deferral period, meaning that men who have not had gay sex in the last 12 months may donate blood.
Scottish Catholic leader attacks gay marriage 102
10:34 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has accused marriage equality campaigners of trying to "rewrite nature". In a strongly-worded attack on same-sex marriage, he said the plans would be "strenuously opposed".
Man convicted of sending death threats to Stonewall head Ben Summerskill 11
10:12 AM — A man has reportedly been given a suspended prison sentence for sending death threats to Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill. Anthony Ryan threatened to "put a bullet in the head of Dame Summerskill" after Stonewall supported a gay couple who were turned away from a bed and breakfast.
7th September 2011
Ugandan ‘family’ campaign calls for progress on anti-gay bill 79
3:40 PM — A 'family' campaign in Uganda is urging lawmakers to pass the anti-homosexuality bill. The Family Life Network and Uganda Coalition for Moral Values says the government should do the "right" thing, rather than bow to international pressure.
Video: ‘Rory’s story’ shows inequalities of civil partnerships in Ireland 16
1:26 PM — A short video clip about a boy and his two mothers shows the consequences of 'discriminatory' civil partnerships in Ireland. Made by Marriage Equality Ireland, the clip, titled 'Rory's Story', shows the family as happy and accepted until the day the law classes them as strangers.
Court says Arizona must continue paying benefits to gay government workers 5
11:58 AM — A court has ruled that the US state of Arizona must continue to pay spouse health benefits to gay and lesbian government workers. The state began granting the benefits in 2008 but a 2009 law sought to remove them.
California governor signs equal benefits law 13
10:37 AM — California's governor, Jerry Brown. has signed into law a measure to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees.
6th September 2011
Virginia woman sues over ‘lesbian perception’ firing 14
4:31 PM — A Virginia woman claims she lost out on a job at a youth group because board members looked at her Facebook profile and assumed she was a lesbian.
Scottish man is first to be charged with transgender prejudice 44
3:32 PM — A soldier has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of an offence motivated by transphobia. Terry Porter, 19, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm.
Human rights group claims Iran hanged three men for gay sex 111
2:31 PM — A human rights group has claimed that three Iranian men have been hanged for having gay sex. Iran Human Rights, which says it covers news from the country's official news sources, said state-run Iranian news agency ISNA reported the hangings.
Next round for California’s gay marriage ban 21
11:34 AM — The next challenge for California's ban on gay marriage comes today when the state's highest court considers whether gay marriage opponents have the legal standing to defend it in court.
Scottish domestic violence stereotypes ‘fail gay and transgender people’ 19
10:28 AM — The Scottish government's definition of domestic violence leaves some victims 'invisible', a law lecturer has claimed. Brian Dempsey, who teaches at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said that the standard view of male abusers and female victims means that LGBT people may be unable to access help.
5th September 2011
Gay millionaire faces one of the UK’s most expensive divorces 47
4:47 PM — A millionaire hedge fund manager who recently came out as gay is facing one of the UK's most expensive divorces. Pierre Lagrange, a former trader for JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, separated from his wife a year ago.
Prosecutors seek new trial for boy who shot gay classmate
9:39 AM — Prosecutors in California are seeking a new trial for a teenager who shot his gay classmate dead. Last week, a mistrial was declared in the case of 17-year-old Brandon McInernery, who admits killing 15-year-old Larry King in 2008.
4th September 2011
Thousands of primary school pupils reported for homophobia 391
12:24 AM — Thousands of primary school aged children have been labelled as homophobic by their teachers in the past year, information released under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act has revealed.
2nd September 2011
Alabama school backs down over student’s gay rights t-shirt 475
5:33 PM — A school in the US state of Alabama has backed down after telling a student she could not wear a gay rights t-shirt. Sara Couvillon, a student at Hoover High School in Birmingham, threatened school officials with legal action when she was told not to wear the shirt for her own safety.