2nd October 2009
Washington DC councilman to introduce gay marriage bill 1
12:48 PM — Washington DC councilman David Catania has said he will introduce a bill to give gay couples in the district the right to marry. The bill has nine co-sponsors. It will be introduced on Tuesday.
Tatchell ‘ignored’ over Equality Bill concerns 42
10:31 AM — Peter Tatchell has complained that the Equality Bill is discriminatory and that the government has failed to respond to his concerns about harassment protection for gays.
1st October 2009
Man jailed for homophobic sexual assault and robbery 8
5:57 PM — A Northampton man has been jailed for four and a half years for attacking and robbing a gay man he met in a bar.
Welsh man who raped trans woman jailed for eight years 4
11:00 AM — A Welsh man found guilty of raping a trans woman has been jailed for eight years. Kiron Singh Chand, of Llanelli, forced his victim to perform oral sex on him and beat her on April 13th in Llanelli town centre.
30th September 2009
Civil partnerships legal in Nevada from tomorrow 5
5:18 PM — From tomorrow, hundreds of gay couples in the US state of Nevada will be official civil partners. The law allowing civil partnerships was passed in June but does not become effective until tomorrow.
Florida court throws out case of lesbian banned from seeing dying partner 23
12:29 PM — A lesbian who was banned by a hospital from visiting her dying partner has had her case thrown out of court. Janice Langbehn sued Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for not allowing her to see Lisa Pond, 39, her partner of 17 years.
Gay couple forced to leave home after homophobic abuse 38
10:46 AM — A gay couple in Kent have spoken of how they had to flee their home after suffering weeks of homophobic abuse. Keith Stepney and John Mead said they began to fear for their lives during the campaign by local youths in Northfleet.
Tasmania to give gay couples official ceremonies 4
10:39 AM — Gay couples in the Australian state of Tasmania will soon be able to have an official ceremony in which to register their relationships.
29th September 2009
False rape allegation forces gay US soldier to out himself 14
3:46 PM — A gay US Air Force officer was forced to reveal his sexuality in order to clear himself of a false rape allegation, an admission which cost him his job.
Holidaymaker jailed after drunken homophobic slur 22
10:03 AM — A holidaymaker who got drunk and called an air steward a "poof" has been jailed for ten and a half months. Grant Smith, 36, was drinking heavily aboard the New Year's Eve flight to the Dominican Republic.
28th September 2009
Equal adoption rights for Scottish gay couples begin today 4
10:33 AM — From today, gay and unmarried couples in Scotland will now have the same adoption rights as straight married couples. This brings Scotland into line with England and Wales.
25th September 2009
Federal healthcare bill ‘will actually harm gays and lesbians’ 11
5:24 PM — A bill which proposes expanded federal healthcare discriminates against gay couples, the leader of a Republican gay group has said.
God Hates Fags church wins free speech appeal over funeral picket 61
5:06 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing the funerals of US soldiers with slogans such as 'God hates fags', has won an appeal on the First Amendment.
Police appeal after men suffer homophobic abuse 24
3:52 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after two men received homophobic abuse in Yately, in Hampshire. The incident happened on Wednesday (September 23rd) on Reading Road between 1.30pm and 1.55pm.
Dating website used for ‘gay blackmail con’ 3
2:04 PM — Two men have been arrested for posing as police officers in order to rob a man they met through internet dating. The 49-year-old victim, from Darlington, agreed to meet a man after chatting to him on a well-known gay dating website.
Woman injured in homophobic attack 2
10:52 AM — An 18-year-old woman was left with cuts and bruises after being the victim of a homophobic assault in Coalville, Leicestershire.
Gay activists file proposal to challenge Prop 8 2
10:47 AM — A coalition of gay groups have filed language to repeal Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California. They hope to get the measure on next year's ballot.
24th September 2009
Man killed boyfriend’s landlady ‘to prove his love’
2:13 PM — A gay man murdered his landlady to prove his love to his partner, a friend of the couple has claimed. Lodger Marc Riley has admitted murdering Antonietta Guarino, 61, but a friend of the couple claimed he acted on a joke made by his boyfriend.
Peter Tatchell repeats calls for lowered age of consent 30
1:52 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has reiterated his calls to lower the age of consent for both straight and gay people.
23rd September 2009
Met seeks gay, lesbian and transgender applicants for Royal family detail 22
1:55 PM — The Metropolitan Police is currently advertising vacancies in the Protection Command's Royalty Protection branch, specifically appealing to "women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic communities/people".