11th June 2009
Banned DJ Michael Savage appeals to Gordon Brown 15
3:16 PM — Michael Savage, the shock-jock radio host who was banned from entering Britain, has written to prime minister Gordon Brown to appeal for the ban to be lifted.
Prisoners were segregated for ‘looking like lesbians’ 3
1:33 PM — Former inmates at a Virginia women's prison have spoken out about a culture of segregation in which lesbians, and those believed to be lesbian, were specifically housed in a separate area.
Six men jailed over Scottish paedophile ring 12
1:17 PM — Six of the eight men convicted of child abuse offences in a Scottish paedophile ring have received jail sentences. The remaining two, one of whom was a gay rights campaigner, are to be sentenced at a later date for more serious crimes.
China cancels part of Shanghai Pride 8
12:52 PM — Officials in China have cancelled part of Shanghai Pride. Venue owners were reportedly threatened with "severe consequences" if a planned play and a film screening went ahead. The play was to be The Laramie Project, which deals with the murder of a gay teenager.
10th June 2009
Fired lesbian editor loses in Finnish court 1
4:54 PM — A lesbian editor who claimed she was fired from her job due to her sexuality has lost her case for damages in a Finnish court. Johanna Korhonen was fired from Finnish daily paper Lapin Kansa last year after less than a month in the job.
Man arrested for urinating on three people at Detroit Pride event 2
3:50 PM — A man was arrested after urinating on people during a Pride event in Detroit, US. The man, who was drunk, faces an assault and battery charge after urinating on one man and spraying two bystanders at the Motor City Pride Festival on Sunday.
Con artist ‘beat gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher’
10:50 AM — A convicted con artist beat his boyfriend to death with a fire extinguisher at a Travelodge hotel in 2007, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.
9th June 2009
Parental rights for lesbian couples ‘are not automatic’
4:11 PM — Lesbian couples who have children together through IVF treatment must be aware that they do not have automatic parental rights if they split up, a legal expert has warned.
BNP ‘to face legal challenges over discrimination’ 25
3:31 PM — The British National Party is likely to face a number of legal challenges relating to issues such as discrimination, employment law and even criminal offences, legal experts have said.
Video: San Diego Pride organiser attacked at equality event 6
12:58 PM — The organiser of San Diego Pride, Ron deHarte, was attacked on Saturday at the city's annual Equality Torch Relay. Kenyatta Mitchell was arrested after taunting deHarte with homophobic slurs, kicking out at him and trying to take his Pride flag.
Groups threaten to publish names of US gay rights opponents 9
11:53 AM — Two groups are threatening to publish the names of Washington voters who oppose a new law granting same-sex couples many of the benefits received by straight married couples.
5th June 2009
Scottish parliament passes hate crime law to protect gays 14
4:04 PM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted to pass legislation to protect gay, trans and disabled people from hate crime. The new law means targeting victims because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability will become an aggravating factor and is likely to lead to heavier sentences.
4th June 2009
Gay couples to be protected by Hong Kong domestic violence law 3
1:18 PM — The Domestic Violence Ordinance will have an amendment to include same sex couples, the Hong Kong Government have announced. However, they have been keen to stress that this will not mean the government will legally recognise same sex marriages or relationships in any other respect.
Section 28 style law likely to be passed in Lithuania to prohibit discussion of homosexuality in schools 59
12:15 PM — The Lithuanian Parliament is set to introduce a law to prohibit the discussion of homosexuality in schools. It is similar to the notorious Section 28 law in Britain that for years hampered the ability to teachers to discuss sexuality or help gay students. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has told PinkNews.co.uk that if passed, the country should have no right to remain in the EU.
Scottish Parliament passes anti-gay hate laws 7
9:49 AM — The Scottish Parliament yesterday passed legislation that seeks to ban hate crime against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The vote follows the adoption of similar legislation in England and Wales.
Bruno star Sasha Baron Cohen sued for allegedly leaving woman wheelchair bound after stunt at bingo contest 6
9:29 AM — A case has been filed in the the Los Angeles Superior Court against comic Sasha Baron Cohen. He is accused of leaving a woman wheelchair bound as a result of a stunt while playing gay fashion reporter Bruno.
3rd June 2009
Gay marriage legal in New Hampshire after Governor signs law 10
10:34 PM — John Lynch, the Democrat governor of New Hampshire has confirmed that he would sign into law a bill to legalise gay marriage.
Activists to take Moscow mayor to court over homophobic comments 3
8:08 PM — Russian gay rights activists are to take the city's homophobic mayor to court for saying that gay people undermined the heart of a morally health society.
2nd June 2009
US President Barack Obama proclaims June to be LGBT Pride Month 17
1:03 PM — The President of the United States yesterday issued a proclamation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Pride month.
64% of homophobic incidents in Northern Ireland are not reported 16
12:59 PM — One of the largest surveys on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Northern Ireland has revealed many have been the victim of homophobic abuse and violence.