18th December 2009
Former drag queen accuses boss of homophobia
11:31 AM — A gay man who once worked as a drag queen is suing his boss for unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Dean Awford claims David Gray was homophobic and referred to him as "she" in front of customers.
17th December 2009
Portugal tipped to allow gay marriage 16
6:06 PM — Portugal's government is drawing up a law to allow gay marriage. According to Associated Press, the legislative change would remove any references to gender and if passed, would come in to force by April.
Gay Christian group welcomes assurances from Archbishop of Canterbury on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 7
2:02 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has received assurances from the Archbishop of Canterbury's office that he condemns the proposed anti-homosexuality bill currently before the Ugandan parliament.
Australian music teacher acquitted of lesbian affair with student 3
12:09 PM — An Australian music teacher has been acquitted over allegations she had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Leonie Pech, 42, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of indecent assault.
Homophobic singer Buju Banton ‘innocent’ of drug charges 22
11:45 AM — Buju Banton, the homophobic Jamaican reggae star, is innocent of the drug charges against him, his lawyer has said. The Grammy-nominated singer was arrested last Thursday in Miami.
Gay activist killed in Honduras 12
11:32 AM — A gay rights activist has been killed in Honduras in a drive-by shooting. Walter Trochez, 25, was well-known for campaigning for equality in the country and had reportedly been harassed and beaten recently.
16th December 2009
Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10
4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.
Man convicted of homophobic murder jailed for life 18
12:53 PM — A man who was convicted yesterday of the murder and attempted murder of a south London gay couple has received a life prison sentence. The judge told David Kilcullen he may never been freed.
Rwanda to vote on criminalising homosexuality 31
11:11 AM — Rwanda's lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. It would impose prison sentences of five to ten years, or fines higher than the average yearly wage.
15th December 2009
Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10
9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.
Man, 19, kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Texas 1
6:02 PM — Two men have been arrested in connection with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 19-year-old man in west Texas. The victim was reportedly picked up in a bar before the attack took place.
Lesbian couple win UK appeal over Gibraltar’s housing policy 2
4:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar have won their UK appeal. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant the unnamed couple a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses civil partnerships appeal 3
3:42 PM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
Video: Man guilty of homophobic murder and assault on gay couple 11
3:15 PM — A man has been found guilty of murdering one man and attempting to murder his partner in a homophobic attack. David Kilcullen, 46, had pleaded not guilty to the attack in March in south London.
Hundreds attend gay marriage rally ahead of Washington DC council vote 2
1:14 PM — Washington DC's council will today vote on a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. Advocates are quietly confident, as nine of the council's 13 members are listed as co-sponsors and mayor Adrian Fenty has clearly signalled he will sign it.
Gay porn star dies in taser arrest 34
11:35 AM — A gay porn star has died in Florida after choking while being arrested. Andrew Grande, 23, whose screen name was Dustin Michaels, choked on a bag of marijuana he was trying to swallow.
Updated: Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses appeal 254
10:47 AM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
14th December 2009
Man evicted for homophobic hate campaign 6
7:11 PM — A man who made his neighbours' lives hell has been served with a 56-day eviction notice. Richard Leonard, 57, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, had been accused of waging a homophobic and anti-social hate campaign against his neighbours since May.
Straight teacher loses homophobic harassment claim 12
4:18 PM — A straight Scottish teacher who tried to make a claim for homophobic harassment has lost his case. James Campbell, who worked at at Denny High School, claimed that the homophobic insults he received amount to sexual orientation discrimination, despite being straight.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton arrested on drug charges 24
2:12 PM — The Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is in custody pending charges of drug offences. The singer, who has been condemned for lyrics calling for gays to be killed, was arrested in Miami on Thursday.