12th June 2009
School apologises for illegally banning student’s presentation on gay rights activist 11
2:35 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk has been forced to apologise.
US State Department condemns killings of Iraqi gays 20
2:05 PM — The US State Department has strongly condemned the reported killings of gay men in Iraq. In a department press briefing on Wednesday, spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed that the US embassy in Baghdad has raised the issue with Iraqi government officials.
LGBT demonstrators protest over alleged police beating 4
1:09 PM — Over 300 LGBT protesters met in Brooklyn to protest over the alleged beating of two lesbians at the hands of police.
11th June 2009
Israeli minister and rabbis call for Pride parade to be banned 18
4:21 PM — The Israeli interior minister has joined calls from rabbis asking for Tel Aviv's annual Pride parade to be cancelled, saying it should be held in a closed area for over 18s only.
Cannibal who killed gay lover fails to have sentence reduced 17
3:33 PM — A chef who killed his gay lover and ate his flesh has failed in his attempt to get his jail sentence reduced. Anthony Francis Morley, of Leeds, was convicted of the murder of Damian Oldfield, 33, last October and given a minimum term of 30 years. He had denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Banned DJ Michael Savage appeals to Gordon Brown 15
3:16 PM — Michael Savage, the shock-jock radio host who was banned from entering Britain, has written to prime minister Gordon Brown to appeal for the ban to be lifted.
Prisoners were segregated for ‘looking like lesbians’ 3
1:33 PM — Former inmates at a Virginia women's prison have spoken out about a culture of segregation in which lesbians, and those believed to be lesbian, were specifically housed in a separate area.
Six men jailed over Scottish paedophile ring 12
1:17 PM — Six of the eight men convicted of child abuse offences in a Scottish paedophile ring have received jail sentences. The remaining two, one of whom was a gay rights campaigner, are to be sentenced at a later date for more serious crimes.
China cancels part of Shanghai Pride 8
12:52 PM — Officials in China have cancelled part of Shanghai Pride. Venue owners were reportedly threatened with "severe consequences" if a planned play and a film screening went ahead. The play was to be The Laramie Project, which deals with the murder of a gay teenager.
10th June 2009
Fired lesbian editor loses in Finnish court 1
4:54 PM — A lesbian editor who claimed she was fired from her job due to her sexuality has lost her case for damages in a Finnish court. Johanna Korhonen was fired from Finnish daily paper Lapin Kansa last year after less than a month in the job.
Man arrested for urinating on three people at Detroit Pride event 2
3:50 PM — A man was arrested after urinating on people during a Pride event in Detroit, US. The man, who was drunk, faces an assault and battery charge after urinating on one man and spraying two bystanders at the Motor City Pride Festival on Sunday.
Con artist ‘beat gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher’
10:50 AM — A convicted con artist beat his boyfriend to death with a fire extinguisher at a Travelodge hotel in 2007, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.
9th June 2009
Parental rights for lesbian couples ‘are not automatic’
4:11 PM — Lesbian couples who have children together through IVF treatment must be aware that they do not have automatic parental rights if they split up, a legal expert has warned.
BNP ‘to face legal challenges over discrimination’ 25
3:31 PM — The British National Party is likely to face a number of legal challenges relating to issues such as discrimination, employment law and even criminal offences, legal experts have said.
Video: San Diego Pride organiser attacked at equality event 6
12:58 PM — The organiser of San Diego Pride, Ron deHarte, was attacked on Saturday at the city's annual Equality Torch Relay. Kenyatta Mitchell was arrested after taunting deHarte with homophobic slurs, kicking out at him and trying to take his Pride flag.
Groups threaten to publish names of US gay rights opponents 9
11:53 AM — Two groups are threatening to publish the names of Washington voters who oppose a new law granting same-sex couples many of the benefits received by straight married couples.
5th June 2009
Scottish parliament passes hate crime law to protect gays 14
4:04 PM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted to pass legislation to protect gay, trans and disabled people from hate crime. The new law means targeting victims because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability will become an aggravating factor and is likely to lead to heavier sentences.
4th June 2009
Gay couples to be protected by Hong Kong domestic violence law 3
1:18 PM — The Domestic Violence Ordinance will have an amendment to include same sex couples, the Hong Kong Government have announced. However, they have been keen to stress that this will not mean the government will legally recognise same sex marriages or relationships in any other respect.
Section 28 style law likely to be passed in Lithuania to prohibit discussion of homosexuality in schools 59
12:15 PM — The Lithuanian Parliament is set to introduce a law to prohibit the discussion of homosexuality in schools. It is similar to the notorious Section 28 law in Britain that for years hampered the ability to teachers to discuss sexuality or help gay students. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has told PinkNews.co.uk that if passed, the country should have no right to remain in the EU.
Scottish Parliament passes anti-gay hate laws 7
9:49 AM — The Scottish Parliament yesterday passed legislation that seeks to ban hate crime against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The vote follows the adoption of similar legislation in England and Wales.