29th September 2009
Gay political blogger Iain Dale on shortlist for Tory parliamentary candidate 20
12:28 PM — Iain Dale, the openly gay political blogger and broadcaster, has reached the final stage of parliamentary selection for Bracknell.
Holidaymaker jailed after drunken homophobic slur 22
10:03 AM — A holidaymaker who got drunk and called an air steward a "poof" has been jailed for ten and a half months. Grant Smith, 36, was drinking heavily aboard the New Year's Eve flight to the Dominican Republic.
28th September 2009
New York governor David Paterson confirms plans to run again in 2010 1
5:33 PM — New York governor David Paterson, a strong gay rights ally, has confirmed he plans to run for re-election in 2010.
Gay humanist group to protest against Pope’s visit at Labour Conference 27
3:49 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has organised a protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK to be held at the Labour Party's annual conference this week.
Bill Clinton: ‘I decided I was wrong about gay marriage’ 16
12:11 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has discussed how he came to change his views over gay marriage and adoption. He said he was personally no longer opposed to the issue.
Equal adoption rights for Scottish gay couples begin today 4
10:33 AM — From today, gay and unmarried couples in Scotland will now have the same adoption rights as straight married couples. This brings Scotland into line with England and Wales.
25th September 2009
Gay man tipped as German foreign minister 12
6:07 PM — An openly gay man has been tipped to become Germany's foreign minister. Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the Free Democrat Party, may form a coalition government with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats after Sunday's elections, if the polls prove to be correct.
Federal healthcare bill ‘will actually harm gays and lesbians’ 11
5:24 PM — A bill which proposes expanded federal healthcare discriminates against gay couples, the leader of a Republican gay group has said.
God Hates Fags church wins free speech appeal over funeral picket 61
5:06 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing the funerals of US soldiers with slogans such as 'God hates fags', has won an appeal on the First Amendment.
Police appeal after men suffer homophobic abuse 24
3:52 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after two men received homophobic abuse in Yately, in Hampshire. The incident happened on Wednesday (September 23rd) on Reading Road between 1.30pm and 1.55pm.
Dating website used for ‘gay blackmail con’ 3
2:04 PM — Two men have been arrested for posing as police officers in order to rob a man they met through internet dating. The 49-year-old victim, from Darlington, agreed to meet a man after chatting to him on a well-known gay dating website.
Woman injured in homophobic attack 2
10:52 AM — An 18-year-old woman was left with cuts and bruises after being the victim of a homophobic assault in Coalville, Leicestershire.
Gay activists file proposal to challenge Prop 8 2
10:47 AM — A coalition of gay groups have filed language to repeal Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California. They hope to get the measure on next year's ballot.
24th September 2009
New United Nations General Assembly President calls homosexuality ‘unnacceptable’ 86
6:47 PM — The newly-installed president of the United Nations General Assembly, Ali Abdussalam Treki, has said that homosexuality is "not really acceptable".
Man killed boyfriend’s landlady ‘to prove his love’
2:13 PM — A gay man murdered his landlady to prove his love to his partner, a friend of the couple has claimed. Lodger Marc Riley has admitted murdering Antonietta Guarino, 61, but a friend of the couple claimed he acted on a joke made by his boyfriend.
Peter Tatchell repeats calls for lowered age of consent 30
1:52 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has reiterated his calls to lower the age of consent for both straight and gay people.
Gay humanist groups plan protests for Pope’s 2010 visit 65
11:30 AM — Gay humanist groups are planning to hold "strong" protests when Pope Benedict XVI visits the UK early next year.
23rd September 2009
US poised to lift HIV immigration ban 1
3:23 PM — A memo has been released by the United States Customs and Immigrations Service which suggests the year-long wait for the HIV travel ban may be nearly over.
Congressman calls for more information about abused US Navy sailor’s case 3
2:43 PM — Democratic Representative Joe Sestak, a retired US Navy Rear Admiral, has called for an investigation into the case of the abused gay sailor John Rocha.
Met seeks gay, lesbian and transgender applicants for Royal family detail 22
1:55 PM — The Metropolitan Police is currently advertising vacancies in the Protection Command's Royalty Protection branch, specifically appealing to "women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic communities/people".