11th October 2011
California removes surgery requirement for transgender birth certificates 29
3:12 PM — California's governor Jerry Brown has signed a law to make it easier for transgender people to get a revised birth certificate Previously, transgender people had to provide proof of surgery to obtain a birth certificate in the appropriate gender.
Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48
1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.
Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36
1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.
10th October 2011
South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16
4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".
Scottish Lib Dem leader attacks bishops for ‘imposing’ gay marriage views 34
3:48 PM — Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, has attacked Catholic bishops for seeking to "impose" their views on gay marriage. Speaking on Saturday to the Scottish Liberal Democrat party conference, he said that Catholic bishops' moves to scupper gay marriage plans were "an affront to liberal democracy".
Four convicted of Cape Town lesbian’s murder 2
2:08 PM — Four men have been found guilty of murdering a lesbian in Cape Town, South Africa. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha on February 4th 2006.
Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72
11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.
7th October 2011
Tory MP says gay marriage is ‘a step too far’ 192
3:12 PM — Conservative MPs have spoken out against prime minister David Cameron's support for gay marriage. On Wednesday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.
Man jailed for setting his dog on woman in anti-gay attack 92
10:49 AM — A Manchester man has been jailed for six and a half months for setting his dog on a woman in a homophobic attack. Jason Boswell, of Dean Road, Gorton, set his Japanese Akita on Karen Wilson in an unprovoked attack while she and another woman were cycling on the Fallowfield Loop last July.
6th October 2011
Gay rights activists report another murder in Johannesburg 8
4:40 PM — Gay rights campaigners in South Africa say a fifth gay murder in Johannesburg suggests there may be a homophobic killer at large. In the last year, there have been four cases in which gay men were found dead in similar circumstances - bound and strangled in their homes with no sign of a break-in.
California teenager will face re-trial over gay school shooting
1:36 PM — A California teenage is to face a retrial over the shooting of his gay classmate. However, Brandon McInerney, who was 14 at the time of the killing, will now not face hate crime charges.
Cameron faces religious backlash over gay marriage comments 203
11:33 AM — Religious leaders have criticised prime minister David Cameron's public backing for gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.
Australian transgender men win legal recognition 4
9:50 AM — Two transgender men in Australia have won the right to be legally recognised as men without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. The pair, who have not been named, have had their breasts removed and some hormone therapy, although they still have some female sexual organs.
5th October 2011
Tennessee student says principal assaulted him for wearing gay rights t-shirt 20
2:12 PM — A Tennessee student claims his principal assaulted him for wearing a t-shirt in support of a school gay-straight alliance. Chris Sigler, 17, a student at Sequoyah High School, wore a home-made shirt which read 'GSA: We've got your back' last Tuesday.
New medical rules for US transgender inmates
11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.
4th October 2011
Transgender woman tells of street abuse 28
5:56 PM — A transgender woman from Carlisle has told how she was subjected to transphobic abuse as she walked through the city centre.
Gay dads Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow accused of faking clinical trials
4:51 PM — Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the UK's first gay surrogate dads, have been accused of faking the results of clinical trials. The couple, who are parents to five children, including two sets of twins, deny five counts of contravening the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.
Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views 95
10:06 AM — US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".
3rd October 2011
Government moves to wipe gay sex convictions 46
6:05 PM — The government has tabled amendments to remove convictions of gay men convicted of now-legal sex acts. The promise to remove such criminal records announced by the Conservative Party before last year's election.
‘Serial killer’ may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg 8
3:18 PM — There are fears that a serial killer may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa. Four gay men have been discovered bound and strangled in their homes in the last ten months.