13th September 2011
Section 28 backer Brian Souter accuses Google of censoring his website 69
10:58 AM — Scottish entrepreneur Brian Souter, who gave £1 million to the campaign to keep Section 28, has accused Google of blocking his personal website. The Stagecoach founder accused the search engine of censoring free speech and said his website, briansouter.com, had "mysteriously disappeared" from Google's top results for his name.
North Carolina House approves referendum on gay marriage ban 10
10:33 AM — North Carolina's House of Representatives have approved a measure for a voter referendum on a gay marriage ban. Although the US state does not currently recognise gay marriage, Republicans are seeking a constitutional ban on the practice, which would prevent courts from ruling for marriage equality.
12th September 2011
Gay campaigners urge Northern Ireland health minister to overturn blood donation ban 2
2:33 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland are pressuring health minister Edwin Poots to overturn the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.
Scottish Catholic Church steps up attack on gay marriage 127
12:35 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has intensified its attacks on proposals to give gay couples the right to marry. Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia, who is expected to become the next Archbishop of Glasgow when Mario Conti steps down, said marriage equality would be "an act of cultural vandalism".
9th September 2011
Three gay men attacked in Utah in a fortnight 23
5:08 PM — Three gay men have been been attacked in the US state of Utah in the last two weeks. Early on Thursday morning, 32-year-old Cameron Nelson was attacked in American Fork as he took out rubbish at a hair salon.
Police figures show rise in recorded anti-gay and transphobic crimes 86
3:52 PM — Recorded hate crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland fell by seven per cent last year - but crimes based on sexual orientation, transgender status and disability rose.
Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters 87
10:15 AM — Another Scottish Catholic leader has attacked proposals to bring marriage equality to the country. Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be "foolish" and render marriage "meaningless".
8th September 2011
Peter Tatchell: A 12-month blood donation ban is still unjustified 49
7:46 PM — Opinion: Although the new policy is a big improvement on the existing discriminatory rules, a 12-month ban is still excessive and unjustified. Most gay and bisexual men do not have HIV and will never have HIV.
Poll: North Carolina residents oppose gay marriage ban 8
5:08 PM — A small poll of voters in the US state of North Carolina says that most would vote against a proposed ban on gay marriage. Republican lawmakers announced last week that they will push for a voter referendum on the issue in 2012.
Two freed over South African lesbian’s murder
4:19 PM — Two of the nine suspects accused of murdering a South African lesbian have been released. Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned and stabbed to death after a night out in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on February 4th 2006.
Teenager jailed for car-jacking at gay cruising spot 11
3:30 PM — A 19-year-old man has been jailed for five years for car-jacking a man at a gay cruising spot. Lewis Harding, of Kingshurst, West Midlands, was arrested when he was seen driving the vehicle the following day.
Man who falsely accused Louis Walsh of sexual assault charged
3:02 PM — A man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of sexual assault has been charged with making false claims. Leonard Watters, 24, initially claimed that 58-year-old Walsh had groped him at the Krystle nightclub in Dublin after a Westlife concert in June.
Disgraced designer John Galliano avoids jail over anti-Semitic slurs 25
2:16 PM — Former Dior designer John Galliano has been given a suspended fine of 6,000 euros for using racist and anti-Semitic slurs. The disgraced fashion star avoided jail for two outbursts in a Parisian cafe last February and October.
One-year blood donation deferral for UK gay men 64
11:33 AM — The Department of Health has announced it will remove the lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has ever had gay sex. Instead, there will be a one-year deferral period, meaning that men who have not had gay sex in the last 12 months may donate blood.
Scottish Catholic leader attacks gay marriage 102
10:34 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has accused marriage equality campaigners of trying to "rewrite nature". In a strongly-worded attack on same-sex marriage, he said the plans would be "strenuously opposed".
Man convicted of sending death threats to Stonewall head Ben Summerskill 11
10:12 AM — A man has reportedly been given a suspended prison sentence for sending death threats to Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill. Anthony Ryan threatened to "put a bullet in the head of Dame Summerskill" after Stonewall supported a gay couple who were turned away from a bed and breakfast.
7th September 2011
Ugandan ‘family’ campaign calls for progress on anti-gay bill 79
3:40 PM — A 'family' campaign in Uganda is urging lawmakers to pass the anti-homosexuality bill. The Family Life Network and Uganda Coalition for Moral Values says the government should do the "right" thing, rather than bow to international pressure.
Video: ‘Rory’s story’ shows inequalities of civil partnerships in Ireland 16
1:26 PM — A short video clip about a boy and his two mothers shows the consequences of 'discriminatory' civil partnerships in Ireland. Made by Marriage Equality Ireland, the clip, titled 'Rory's Story', shows the family as happy and accepted until the day the law classes them as strangers.
Court says Arizona must continue paying benefits to gay government workers 5
11:58 AM — A court has ruled that the US state of Arizona must continue to pay spouse health benefits to gay and lesbian government workers. The state began granting the benefits in 2008 but a 2009 law sought to remove them.
California governor signs equal benefits law 13
10:37 AM — California's governor, Jerry Brown. has signed into law a measure to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees.