12th November 2009
Straight couple want civil partnership 37
11:12 AM — A straight couple from London are demanding to be allowed a civil partnership because they do not believe in marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle believe everyone, gay or straight, should be allowed to chose whether to marry.
Lords vote again for ‘free speech’ protection in homophobic hate bill 73
11:00 AM — The House of Lords voted again yesterday to include an amendment protecting 'free speech' in a bill designed to protect gays and lesbians from homophobic hatred, although one peer, Lord Smith, warned it could lead to homophobic attacks.
11th November 2009
US school cancels prom after lesbian asks to invite girlfriend 15
7:49 PM — An Alabama school has cancelled its prom because one of the organisers, a lesbian student, asked permission to bring her girlfriend.
Governor says NY Senate will vote on gay marriage this year
7:40 PM — New York governor David Paterson has said that he is committed to ensuring that the Senate votes on a gay marriage bill by the end of this year.
Doctors: Gay marriage and military ban ‘bad for health’ 9
4:44 PM — The American Medical Association voted yesterday to oppose bans on gay marriage and out gay personnel in the military, saying that they were bad for health.
Australian territory legalises gay civil partnership ceremonies 4
3:48 PM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has legalised civil partnerships ceremonies for gay couples, making it the first territory in the country to do so.
US Mormons back gay rights laws as “fair and reasonable” 13
1:14 PM — The Mormon Church has supported Salt Lake City legislation giving gays and lesbians protection from discrimination, despite traditionally railing against equal rights measures.
10th November 2009
Calls grow for Uganda to reject anti-gay bill 9
6:41 PM — A bill in Uganda which would see gay people being executed has led to protests and public calls for it to be rejected. A demonstration was held on Saturday outside the country's embassy in London.
French lesbian couple win 11-year battle to adopt 2
5:57 PM — A lesbian couple in France have won their 11-year battle to adopt a child. An administrative tribunal in the eastern town of Besancon granted the couple the right after they had been turned down by regional authorities.
New York governor David Paterson asks legislature to vote this week on gay marriage
12:12 PM — The New York legislature may vote this week on whether to allow same-sex marriage in the state. AFP reports that governor David Paterson called on the state's upper house yesterday to hold a special legislative session on the issue before Friday.
MPs vote against ‘free speech’ protection in gay hate law 40
12:08 PM — The House of Commons voted last night to reject an amendment which would protect free speech in a bill designed to protect gays and lesbians from homophobic hatred.
9th November 2009
Call to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 32
7:14 PM — Conservative peer Lord Waddington and Labour backbencher David Taylor MP have called for a 'free speech' defence to be kept in a bill designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
Trans woman murdered in Kentish Town, London 34
6:20 PM — A trans woman has been found murdered at her home in Kentish Town in north-west London. The 29-year-old woman, named as Destiny Lauren, was found by police at her flat in Leighton Crescent at 00.55am on Thursday morning.
OutRage! calls for tolerance over gay cruising in Manchester 59
2:05 PM — Gay men meeting for sex in public places in Manchester should be tolerated, not arrested, gay rights group OutRage! has said. Cruisers in the canal area have been warned they may face arrest if caught.
Three Iranian men on death row for homosexuality offences 119
1:21 PM — Three Iranian men are thought to be facing the death penalty for having homosexual relations. The men, named as Nemat Safavi, Mehdi P and Moshen G, have been on death row for three years and allegedly committed the crimes while under the age of 18.
Men jailed for blackmailing gay civil servant 6
11:42 AM — A gay civil servant was blackmailed for over £5,300 after accidentally sending suggestive text messages to two men in April.
6th November 2009
Washington voters approve expanded gay rights 13
7:56 PM — Gay rights advocates have claimed a victory in Washington where the latest tally shows the state's voters opted to allow increased rights for gay couples.
Man jailed for six years for gay chatline robberies 3
7:09 PM — A 27-year-old man who admitted using gay chatlines to find men to rob has been sentenced to six years in prison.
UK government ‘concerned’ about Uganda’s anti-gay law 12
4:44 PM — The UK government has released a statement on the proposals in Uganda to execute people who have gay sex following condemnation of the bill from France and America.
Man charged over death of Brighton trans woman to plead in New Year 7
4:26 PM — A man arrested over the death of 29-year-old trans woman Andrea Waddell has appeared in court. The man arrested, 41-year-old Neil MacMillan, appeared at Lewes crown court today.