7th July 2009
Gay killing ‘was self-defence’
2:56 PM — A teenager who beat a gay man to death was acting in self-defence, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, admitted punching and kicking David Cooper, 28, but denied murdering him, claiming he was trying to protect himself from rape.
Lesbian couple win £22,000 over sexual harassment at work 9
11:40 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won £22,000 in compensation. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.
Brighton council halts gay foster case 35
11:01 AM — Brighton and Hove council has halted the fostering of a ten-year-old boy by a male gay couple. His Catholic mother, who was unable to look after him, planned to take legal action over the case, saying the child could be "encouraged" into a lifestyle which is against her beliefs.
6th July 2009
Police appeal after homophobic attack in London 20
2:03 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a homophobic attack on three men on a bus in London. The incident happened on the N94 bus from central London to Shepherd's Bush, at about 4am on Sunday, June 7th.
Colin Powell: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be reviewed’ 8
11:46 AM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said the military gay ban should be reviewed. He had previously supported the policy.
3rd July 2009
Man who killed gay lover with a fire extinguisher jailed for life 2
1:42 PM — A man who murdered his gay lover by beating him to death with a fire extinguisher has been told he can expect to serve 25 years in jail.
Lesbian jailed for conning chatroom users out of nearly £100,000 6
12:13 PM — A lesbian conwoman who targeted users on gay internet forums has been jailed for four and a half years. Joann Wood, 53, duped her victims out of almost £100,000 by claiming she was dying of cancer and needed money for life-saving treatment.
2nd July 2009
Exclusive: Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant welcomes Delhi court decision on decriminalising homosexuality 3
8:22 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the openly gay Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant has welcomed the Delhi High Court's judgement that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
Comment: Delhi court’s decision on gay rights is only the first step 3
7:12 PM — It took eight long years, but the verdict gay rights activists in India had long been hoping for was finally delivered by the Delhi High Court this morning.
Gay US sailor found dead after alleged harassment 4
6:59 PM — A gay US Navy sailor who was found dead had been harassed by another person, his family said this week. Seaman August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead early on Tuesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He joined the Navy in March 2008.
Man found guilty of murdering gay lover with a fire extinguisher 1
5:46 PM — A man has today been found guilty of murdering his gay lover with a fire extinguisher in a hotel room. Glenn Rycroft, a convicted conman, had beaten Gareth MacDonald, 30, to death after MacDonald became suspicious of his past.
Senior lawyer in ‘promotion of homosexuality’ rant over Law Society’s Pride email 20
5:24 PM — A leaked email has revealed that a senior partner claimed the Law Society had been “hijacked by the gays", following a press release encouraging members to take part in this weekend's Pride celebrations.
Jury retires in gay murder case
11:56 AM — The jury in the trial of a conman accused of beating his gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher in 2007 has retired to consider its verdict.
Indian court rules to decriminalise gay sex 12
9:47 AM — The Delhi High Court today ruled that a ban on gay sex between adults violates India's constitution. Section 377 was enacted in 1860 under the British Raj, in line with the anti-sodomy laws in England at the time.
1st July 2009
Military board calls for gay soldier to be discharged 7
9:59 AM — A Syrcause military board has said that Lieutenant Dan Choi, who came out on national television, should be discharged for breaking the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law.
30th June 2009
Fired gay soldier Dan Choi to appear in military court today 4
3:22 PM — Dan Choi, a former lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard, was due to appear at military court this morning at 8am to face charges for violating the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay service men and women's requirement to keep their sexuality a secret.
Police raid Texas gay bar on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots 20
1:59 PM — More than 100 protesters held a demonstration on Sunday evening after a gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas, was raided on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Judge suspended over rent boy allegations 7
11:20 AM — The judge at the centre of a rent boy scandal has been formally suspended. Judge Gerald Price QC, 60, who is married with two children, reportedly had a nine-month relationship with 25-year-old prostitute Christopher Williams, allowing him to sit in court and see confidential documents.
29th June 2009
India moves closer to decriminalisation of homosexual acts 6
2:11 PM — The Indian government is to hold talks on repealing the country's colonial laws on gay sex.
26th June 2009
Lithuanian President blocks homophobic law 21
4:05 PM — The President of Lithuania has vetoed a new law that would have banned materials that “agitate" for gay relationships from schools.