21st July 2009
Venezuelan government moves to establish greater LGBT rights 21
4:33 PM — The Venezuelan National Assembly has voted to pass a bill for gender equity and equality through the first round of discussion.
Case begins on US teenager who shot gay classmate dead 7
12:37 PM — A hearing has begun into the case of a US teenager who allegedly killed his classmate because he was gay. Brandon McInerney, 15, is accused of shooting Larry King, also 15, on February 12th 2008 at a school in Oxnard, California as class started.
Gay bar raid chief apologises 4
11:37 AM — The chief of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has apologised for a raid on a gay bar that left one man seriously injured.
Man jailed for stabbing lesbian wife 2
11:23 AM — A man has been jailed for nine years after an "enraged" and "frenzied" attack on his ex-wife, after she told him she thought she was a lesbian.
20th July 2009
Hate crimes bill moves closer 9
5:31 PM — A bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act has been approved for a Senate vote. The bill, named after the murdered gay teenager, expands federal hate crime laws offer protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability.
Man convicted of trans woman’s manslaughter 4
4:50 PM — A court in New York has found a man guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime for the killing of 22-year-old trans woman Lateisha Green.
Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5
12:06 PM — The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.
17th July 2009
Dead sailor’s aunt says he was killed by closeted colleague 1
3:16 PM — A gay sailor who was found shot and burned was killed by a colleague who was still in the closet, his aunt has said. August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
16th July 2009
Rise in homophobic hate crime in London 74
6:33 PM — Figures released today by the Metropolitan Police show a 13.5 per cent rise in homophobic hate crimes reported across London.
Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5
4:44 PM — The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.
Jamaican lesbian appeals deportation as Home Office says sexuality ‘is a ruse’ 22
3:59 PM — A Jamaican lesbian who served time in a UK prison for drug offences is appealing her deportation order, saying she will be killed if she returns to the country. She was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in 2005.
Texas gay bar ‘raided after customer was seen drunk’ 3
2:42 PM — Police records have shown that a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar was raided because a man was arrested for being extremely drunk outside two days earlier.
15th July 2009
Politicians and gay groups raise concerns over the Equality Bill 10
4:29 PM — Last week, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell launched an attack on the Equality Bill, saying it was "discriminatory" and that LGBT people were "explicitly excluded" from some protections.
Neo-Nazi obsessed with homophobic bomber could face years behind bars 14
4:16 PM — A white supremacist who was obsessed with homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland was convicted today of a string of terrorism offences.
Man threatens legal action over Liverpool flying Pride flag 34
3:26 PM — A man has threatened to take legal action over Liverpool city council and Merseyside police for flying the rainbow flag in support of gay rights.
Analysis: A lawyer’s take on the Equality Bill 4
2:34 PM — The Equality Bill is now in the report stage before undergoing a third reading. It has been designed to consolidate and simplify existing laws and the government has hailed it as a gateway to "a fairer future".
14th July 2009
Lithuania’s parliament passes ‘Section 28-style’ law to ban homosexuality in schools 26
5:43 PM — The Lithuanian parliament today voted to pass a law that bans information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
Family of murdered New York trans woman call for protection under hate crimes bill 2
4:13 PM — The family of Lateisha Green, the trans woman who was shot dead last year, have called for trans people to be protected under New York's hate crime laws.
India’s Supreme Court accepts challenge to ruling on gay sex 4
1:49 PM — The Indian Supreme Court has agreed to consider a petition against a lower court's ruling that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
13th July 2009
Texas politician calls for inquest into gay sailor’s death 8
6:12 PM — US representative Sheila Jackson Lee has called for an inquest into the "bizarre" death of sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.