22nd September 2009
Man jailed for life over murder and rape of lesbian footballer 1
5:32 PM — A man was jailed for life today for the murder and rape of a lesbian South African footballer. Eudy Simelane, a player for Banyana Banyana and prominent South African gay rights activist, was stabbed to death in April 2008.
Scottish gay couples to be allowed to adopt next week 3
3:19 PM — Gay couples in Scotland will be permitted to adopt children together from next week. Currently, a gay person can adopt a child but their partner has no legal rights or responsibilities as a parent.
21st September 2009
Atlanta demonstrators brave rain to protest gay bar raid 1
5:51 PM — Sixty demonstrators stood in driving rain on Saturday outside Atlanta City Hall to protest over the recent police raid of a gay bar. Claiming homophobia was the reason for the swoop, they denounced police for their handling of the affair.
Man pleads guilty to assault in gay man’s death 4
5:27 PM — A Washington DC man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a gay man who later died from his injuries. Robert Hannah, 19, was initially charged with manslaughter over the death of Tony Randolph Hunter but this was reduced to one charge of misdemeanor assault.
Chicago gay bar insists patron match the gender on their ID 9
3:03 PM — A Chicago gay bar has come under fire for insisting that patrons' appearances match the gender specified on their identification.
Teacher jailed for lesbian affair 21
12:45 PM — A London teacher who admitted having an affair with a 15-year-old female pupil has been jailed for 15 months. Helen Goddard, 26, was sentenced at Southwark crown court this morning. She was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
Estate agents reprimanded for ‘outing’ lesbian couple 15
11:14 AM — An estate agent which publicly outed a lesbian couple who were selling their house has been reprimanded by its trade body.
17th September 2009
Meeting scheduled to deal with East End gay attacks 16
5:41 PM — A cross-party meeting is being held in Shoreditch, east London, after a reported spate of anti-gay attacks in the area.
EU opposes Lithuania’s ‘Section 28′ homosexuality law 27
3:29 PM — The European Union today voted to adopt a resolution criticising a recent law passed by Lithuania which prohibits any mention of homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
Man beaten in homophobic attack 6
1:31 PM — A Somerset man is recovering after being assaulted by three men in a homophobic attack. Police said he was working by the riverbank at Hankridge Way, Taunton, at 9.30pm on Tuesday, September 8th.
16th September 2009
Questions raised over Uruguay’s ‘gay adoption’ law
5:22 PM — Last week, Uruguay's Senate passed a new law on adoption which was welcomed by gay activists, who claimed it gave same-sex couples the right to adopt in the country.
Fans cleared of homophobic chants at footballer Sol Campbell 6
11:55 AM — A 14-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man who were found guilty of shouting "disgusting" homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell have had their convictions overturned.
15th September 2009
Detective fined 13 days pay for sexism and homophobia 5
3:00 PM — A Nottinghamshire detective constable who was found to have made homophobic, sexist and racist remarks to colleagues has been fined 13 days pay.
Atlanta gay bar raid: Police ‘saw men having sex’ 4
2:29 PM — Police who raided an Atlanta gay leather bar saw patrons having sex on the premises on two occasions, Atlanta police chief Richard Pennington said yesterday.
Karate instructor punches soldiers for ‘dancing like gays’ 12
11:56 AM — A Christmas ball at an army barracks last year descended into chaos when a petite female martial arts instructor knocked out a Coldstream Guard for "dancing gaily".
Gay man’s anger at police 14
10:49 AM — A man who was beaten in the street because he is gay has spoken of his anger at police for not prosecuting the people he claims attacked him.
14th September 2009
Indonesian province introduces severe penalties for homosexuality 16
4:52 PM — Aceh, a devoutly Muslim province of Indonesia, has passed new laws allowing heavy punishments for homosexuality, adultery and alcohol consumption.
Ukraine minister says Elton John is too old to adopt 18
4:13 PM — A Ukrainian minister said today that gay pop star Elton John will not be allowed to adopt a child from the country because he is not married and is too old.
Man arrested for gay attack in Italy 4
3:25 PM — A 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with the beating of a young gay man in Florence last week. The victim has had metal plates inserted in his face after sustaining fractures to his cheekbones, nose and jaw.
Hundreds protest over raid on Atlanta gay bar 7
3:05 PM — Hundreds of demonstrators met yesterday to protest over a "heavy-handed" police raid on a gay leather bar in Atlanta.