21st July 2009
Venezuelan government moves to establish greater LGBT rights 21
4:33 PM — The Venezuelan National Assembly has voted to pass a bill for gender equity and equality through the first round of discussion.
Case begins on US teenager who shot gay classmate dead 7
12:37 PM — A hearing has begun into the case of a US teenager who allegedly killed his classmate because he was gay. Brandon McInerney, 15, is accused of shooting Larry King, also 15, on February 12th 2008 at a school in Oxnard, California as class started.
Gay bar raid chief apologises 4
11:37 AM — The chief of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has apologised for a raid on a gay bar that left one man seriously injured.
Man jailed for stabbing lesbian wife 2
11:23 AM — A man has been jailed for nine years after an "enraged" and "frenzied" attack on his ex-wife, after she told him she thought she was a lesbian.
20th July 2009
Hate crimes bill moves closer 9
5:31 PM — A bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act has been approved for a Senate vote. The bill, named after the murdered gay teenager, expands federal hate crime laws offer protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability.
Man convicted of trans woman’s manslaughter 4
4:50 PM — A court in New York has found a man guilty of first-degree manslaughter as a hate crime for the killing of 22-year-old trans woman Lateisha Green.
Equality and Human Rights Commission hit by resignations and ‘unacceptable’ spending 8
12:14 PM — Trevor Phillips, the newly-reappointed head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is under fire over the organisation's annual reports, while three commissioners have resigned in the last week over the way the quango is being run.
Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5
12:06 PM — The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.
Doctor removed from adoption panel for refusing to consider gay couples 64
11:20 AM — A Christian doctor has been removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was not "an appropriate lifestyle".
17th July 2009
Comment: If pagans can get time off for Halloween, can we set up a gay religion? 36
5:27 PM — Pagan members of the police force are to get holidays on their religious festivals, bringing them in line with more established faiths. While some religious groups have protested, it proves that no one religion is really any more entitled to respect than others. Are Druid spells any more irrational than prayers to an unseen and unresponsive God? We asked Stephen Price to consider whether gays should set up their own religion in order get Pride days off.
European Tory leader defends Polish MEP over ‘homophobia’ claims 19
4:50 PM — The head of the Tories in Europe has defended the new leader of David Cameron's bloc in Europe over footage which showed him making a homophobic comment.
Vatican heaps praise on Oscar Wilde.. who it once condemned as immoral 87
4:21 PM — The Vatican has praised the work of openly gay playwright Oscar Wilde, despite previously regarding him as an immoral degenerate.
Dead sailor’s aunt says he was killed by closeted colleague 1
3:16 PM — A gay sailor who was found shot and burned was killed by a colleague who was still in the closet, his aunt has said. August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
Gay partners of parents should have less rights, says report by former Tory leader 32
2:35 PM — A new report from the Centre for Social Justice has recommended that some rights of same-sex partners who are not biological parents should be downgraded.
Gay and single parents ‘ignored by the Catholic Church’ 10
1:02 PM — The chief executive of a marriage charity has said that there is no evidence that children do better with heterosexual parents.
Polish MEP and leader of Tories’ new group ‘called gays fags’ 29
10:27 AM — Footage has emerged of Polish Law and Justice Party MEP and the leader of the Tories' new bloc in Europe calling gay people "fags" in an interview in 2000.
16th July 2009
Rise in homophobic hate crime in London 74
6:33 PM — Figures released today by the Metropolitan Police show a 13.5 per cent rise in homophobic hate crimes reported across London.
Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5
4:44 PM — The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.
Jamaican lesbian appeals deportation as Home Office says sexuality ‘is a ruse’ 22
3:59 PM — A Jamaican lesbian who served time in a UK prison for drug offences is appealing her deportation order, saying she will be killed if she returns to the country. She was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in 2005.
Expenses exodus ‘could pave the way for more gay MPs’ 6
3:28 PM — A Speakers Conference report has suggested that the large numbers of MPs resigning following the expenses scandal could be replaced with more diverse candidates, such as gays, women and ethnic minorities.