5th November 2009
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay domestic partnerships
12:33 PM — Wisconsin's Supreme Court has thrown out a legal challenge to the state's domestic partnerships law. The law came into force on August 3rd, making Wisconsin the first mid-western state to pass such a law through legislation.
4th November 2009
Kalamazoo grants anti-discrimination protections for gay people 2
6:40 PM — The Michigan city of Kalamazoo has passed an ordinance to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people from discrimination in housing and employment.
Lesbian mothers in Tasmania get legal recognition 1
6:37 PM — Lesbian mothers who are not the biological parents of their children have been granted legal recognition by Tasmania's legislative council.
Lesbian Annise Parker is frontrunner for Houston mayor 3
4:33 PM — Annise Parker, a lesbian woman, has emerged as the frontrunner in Houston's mayoral race. Houston, in Texas, is the fourth largest city in America and would be the largest to have an openly gay or lesbian mayor if Parker is successful.
Early numbers suggest Washington voters approve expanded gay rights
1:08 PM — Early figures from Washington state suggest that voters have opted to approve a new 'everything but marriage' measure for gay couples.
Christians protest over Glasgow play which shows Jesus as a trans woman 94
12:36 PM — Christian groups have been holding protests outside a Glasgow theatre which portrays Jesus as a trans woman. Jesus, Queen of Heaven is being shown as part of the Glasgay! art festival.
Gay man attacked in Ilford, London 36
11:55 AM — A gay man in his fifties was the victim of a homophobic attack in Ilford, east London, on Saturday. Two 18-year old men have been arrested on suspicion of assault and are being held in custody.
Echoes of Prop 8 as Maine voters repeal gay marriage 85
10:57 AM — Voters in Maine have opted to repeal a new law which would give gay couples in the state the right to marry. The latest figures show that 52.7 per cent of citizens voted against the new right, compared to 47.2 per cent in favour.
3rd November 2009
Judge’s sympathy for trans woman 7
9:25 PM — A trans woman who was caught robbing student flats has escaped jail after a judge decided her "unusual case" deserved sympathy.
Washington voters decide today on expanded gay rights 2
9:23 PM — Voters in Washington state are deciding today (Tuesday) whether to allow expanded rights for gay domestic partners.
France condemns Uganda’s proposed anti-gay law 10
8:04 PM — The French foreign ministry has attacked a bill in Uganda which would see gay people facing the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Scotland to give lesbians equal IVF rights 11
7:33 PM — Lesbian couples in Scotland will soon be given equal rights to fertility treatment on the NHS. Following legal action by one lesbian couple, the government has set up an advisory group which is expected to recommend early next year that lesbians should be routinely allowed access to NHS fertility services.
Three-year-old child ‘involved in homophobic attacks’ 18
1:21 PM — A three or four-year-old child was allegedly part of a gang which harassed a gay man at his home, Gloucester youth court heard this week.
Marine Commandant opposes lifting US military gay ban 11
12:12 PM — Marine Commandant General James Conway has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the US military.
2nd November 2009
Maine to vote on gay marriage today 13
9:17 PM — The US state of Maine will decide today whether a recent law allowing gay marriage should be allowed to remain.
Another teenager arrested over assault on gay Liverpool policeman 15
7:15 PM — A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the homophobic attack on gay Liverpool policeman James Parkes.
Obama lifts ban on HIV-positive people entering the US 4
3:40 PM — US president Barack Obama has lifted the ban on HIV-positive people entering the country. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV.
Christian registrar takes civil partnerships complaint to court of appeal 92
2:53 PM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples, will argue her case in the court of appeal today.
Gay MP Chris Bryant to have civil partnership in parliament 33
12:43 PM — Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant has confirmed he is engaged to his partner and is hoping to hold his civil partnership ceremony in parliament.
30th October 2009
Boris Johnson meets with police chief to discuss the rise in homophobic crime 19
3:53 PM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has sought assurances from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that everything is being done to tackle the problem of homophobic attacks in the capital.