14th September 2009
Amnesty report warns of violence against gays and women in Serbia 3
12:14 PM — The Serbian government is failing to protect human rights groups fighting for LGBT and women's rights, an Amnesty International report has claimed.
Jamaican police claim murder of British consul was not homophobic despite note calling him a ‘batty man’ 39
11:16 AM — The murder of a British honorary consul in Jamaica was unlikely to be a homophobic attack, local police have said. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home last Thursday. A note promised the same would happen to "all gays".
11th September 2009
Man accused of robbing victims on gay chatlines
5:09 PM — A man accused of trawling gay chatlines to find men to rob will stand trial in October. Adil Zahid, 27, from Walthamstow, was charged with four counts of robbery, one of false imprisonment and one theft of a motor vehicle.
Iran may allow trans marriage 5
5:01 PM — Iran is set to allow a woman to marry a trans man. A woman, known only as Shaghayegh, told Tehran's family court she wanted to marry her best friend from school, who recently underwent gender reassignment to become male.
Women and ethnic minorites overrepresented in gay military ban firings
4:18 PM — Women and ethnic minorities are more likely than white men to be fired under the US military's ban on openly gay service members, official figures have suggested.
Belfast church allowed judicial review on ‘homophobic’ ads 23
2:20 PM — A Belfast church has been granted a judicial review on a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church appealed the decision in the high court.
Judge rules names of gay rights opponents can be kept secret 8
11:02 AM — A Washington judge has ruled that the names of those who signed a petition against equal rights for gay couples can be kept secret, despite arguments from gay groups that changing the law should be an open process.
Man found guilty of raping trans woman 7
10:26 AM — A Welsh man has been found guilty for raping a trans woman earlier this year. Kiron Singh Chand, 20, of Pottery Place, Llanelli, forced his victim to perform oral sex on him and beat her.
British consul killed in ‘homophobic’ attack in Jamaica – note on his bed called him a ‘batty man’ 64
9:52 AM — A British honourary consul has been found murdered at his home in Jamaica, in what police believe is a homophobic attack.
10th September 2009
Man accused of murdering lesbian couple escapes jail in a cardboard box
11:47 AM — A French man charged with the murder of two lesbian women managed to escape jail in a cardboard box, prison authorities have admitted.
Gay adoption now legal in Uruguay 8
10:53 AM — A bill allowing gay couples in Uruguay to adopt has been approved by the country's Senate. It was approved by Congress late last month and Uruguay's adoption statute will now be modified, making it the first Latin American country to allow gay adoption.
9th September 2009
Turkish man tried in absentia for ‘honour killing’ of gay son 7
4:21 PM — A Turkish man accused of killing his gay son has gone on trial this week in Istanbul. Yahya Yildiz, 49, is on the run and is being tried in absentia for allegedly shooting his son Ahmet, 26, dead in June last year.
Publisher forced to apologise to Peter Tatchell 11
3:46 PM — A small publishing company has apologised to gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for alleging he was racist and Islamophobic.
Amnesty sends warning over Lithuania’s criminalisation of ‘homosexual propaganda’ 9
2:10 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has condemned plans by Lithuania to criminalise the "promotion" of homosexuality, saying it could lead to increased violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Washington judge rejects attempt to block referendum on gay partnership law
12:12 PM — A Washington judge has refused to block a statewide referendum on whether gay couples should be given expanded rights under domestic partnerships.
Welsh man accused of raping trans woman
10:48 AM — A man from the Welsh town of Llanelli is on trial for the rape of a trans woman. Kiron Singh Chand, 20, of Pottery Place, is accused of forcing the alleged victim to perform oral sex on him on April 13th.
8th September 2009
Lesbian soldier who deserted US Army pleads for refugee status 2
5:40 PM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after allegedly being physically abused and threatened is appealing to be allowed to stay in Canada as a refugee.
Missouri city set to remove anti-gay law 5
4:38 PM — The city of Springfield, in the US state of Missouri, is set to remove a law which discriminates gays and lesbians from its ordinances tonight.
Neo-Nazi obsessed with homophobic bomber jailed for six years 10
3:39 PM — A white supremacist who was obsessed with homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland was jailed today for at least six years for a string of terrorist offences.
7th September 2009
Lesbian soldier: ‘Military gay ban same as ban on blacks and women’ 1
6:27 PM — A lesbian servicewoman fired under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has said that the argument behind the law is the same one used to keep women and African-Americans from serving in the military.