23rd November 2009
Straight couple to apply for civil partnership tomorrow 26
1:46 PM — A straight couple who believe the ban on marriage for gay people is discriminatory will attempt to register their intention to have a civil partnership tomorrow. As the law stands, gay couples cannot marry and straight couples cannot have a civil partnership.
Mother fights for NHS treatment of trans daughter 6
1:09 PM — The mother of a 14-year-old trans girl is fighting to get her hormone treatment on the NHS. Carole Smith, 41, said that her child needed hormone treatment to prevent her from entering puberty as a boy.
Liverpool teenager hurt in homophobic attack 24
11:31 AM — A gay 19-year-old student was beaten by eight boys last week in Liverpool's city centre for being "flamboyantly dressed".
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
20th November 2009
New York court grants married gay couples some government benefits 3
4:27 PM — Gay couples who married in states where gay marriage is legal should be able to claim some government benefits, a New York court ruled yesterday.
Trans woman in Italian political scandal found dead 3
2:12 PM — A Brazillian trans woman at the centre of a scandal involving an Italian politician has been found dead in a burnt-out basement.
Suspect in Puerto Rico teen’s murder ‘may use gay panic defence’ 41
11:35 AM — The man arrested in connection with the murder of gay Puerto Rico teenage Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado will reportedly use the 'gay panic' defence.
19th November 2009
Texas ‘accidentally banned all marriages’ 17
4:31 PM — A Texas candidate for attorney general has argued that an amendment made to the state's constitution to ban gay marriages has actually made all marriages illegal.
Gay German spy accused of betraying state secrets 1
2:31 PM — A German spy is on trial accused of handing over secret documents to his lover. The 42-year-old spy, named only as Anton K, reportedly began the affair with a Macedonian translator when he was posted to Kosovo in 2005.
Man charged with murder of gay Puerto Rico teen
11:47 AM — A man has been charged with the first degree murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado. Lopez Mercado, 19, was found dead by the side of a road Saturday in the city of Cayey. His body had been burnt and dismembered.
18th November 2009
Consortium demands no ‘faith opt-outs’ in Equality Bill 8
6:24 PM — A consortium of liberal religious and secular groups will be launched at the House of Commons next Tuesday to examine exemptions for faith groups in the Equality Bill.
Austria allows civil partnerships but gay adoption ban stays 9
5:39 PM — Austria's government has agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 if it is approved by parliament. Bans on adoption and fertility treatment will remain.
Thief robs gay men in Brighton 4
3:25 PM — Police have appealed for information to help catch a thief who befriends gay men in order to steal from them. Two men have reported having their possessions stolen by him after they invited him home.
Exclusive: Stonewall to fight for civil partnerships to be held in churches 63
1:17 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall said last night it will seek to add an amendment to the Equality Bill to allow religious buildings such as churches to hold civil partnership ceremonies.
Gay man killed by sparring partner he paid to fight him
11:10 AM — A gay businessman died after being beaten by a man he paid to fight for sexual thrills, a court heard yesterday. Colin Butler, 49, suffered fractures to his head, neck and ribs.
17th November 2009
Georgia teacher ‘threatened to have gay student killed’
5:53 PM — A teacher in the US state of Georgia is accused of trying to "put a hit" on a student he thought was gay Randolph Forde, a teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, has been suspended with pay after being arrested last month.
Gay marriage campaign kicks off in California 3
12:57 PM — The fight to win back gay marriage has begun in California. Yesterday, gay rights group Love Honor Cherish launched its campaign to get one million signatures in favour of repealing the ban.
Updated: Gay teenager murdered in Puerto Rico 16
11:20 AM — A gay teenager has been found burned and decapitated on the island of Puerto Rico. The body of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found on Saturday (November 14th) in Cayey, a city several miles away from his hometown of Caguas.
16th November 2009
Buenos Aires issues first gay marriage licence following last week’s court ruling 6
11:57 PM — Following the ruling by a judge in Buenos Aires last week, an Argentinian gay couple were today granted a same sex marriage licence. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre argued that a ban on gay marriage violated the constitution of Argentina.
Man charged with murder of trans woman Destiny Lauren
4:28 PM — A 21-year-old man was due to appear in court today charged with the murder of Destiny Lauren, a trans woman. Lauren was found dead at her Kentish Town home earlier this month.