8th September 2009
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister 3
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
Update: Sir George Young to replace Alan Duncan as shadow Commons leader 14
10:20 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has announced that Sir George Young, a former Speaker candidate, will replace Alan Duncan in the shadow cabinet.
7th September 2009
Gay MP Alan Duncan demoted from Conservative Shadow Cabinet 8
8:41 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan is to be demoted from his role as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He will now be a junior Justice spokesman.
Lesbian soldier: ‘Military gay ban same as ban on blacks and women’ 1
6:27 PM — A lesbian servicewoman fired under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has said that the argument behind the law is the same one used to keep women and African-Americans from serving in the military.
Trans woman stabbed to death in DC 3
5:15 PM — Two trans women who were attacked in the street may have been the victims of a hate crime,Washington DC police have said.
New York senate could vote on gay marriage this month
4:33 PM — A gay New York state senator has said that the Senate could vote on gay marriage in the next few weeks. Democrat Tom Duane, who is the state's only openly gay senator, was hopeful it could be dealt with in a special session.
4th September 2009
Catholic editor of Italian magazine forced to step down over gay allegations 7
4:57 PM — The editor of Italy's national Catholic newspaper has resigned after "defamatory" media attacks which claimed he was gay. Dino Buffo had criticised Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for his "immoral" lifestyle.
BNP set to change ‘racist’ membership policy 11
3:50 PM — Chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, has signalled his party will change its whites-only membership policy because it cannot afford a legal fight over the issue.
Trans killer wins right to move to female prison 24
2:34 PM — A trans woman who was jailed for the manslaughter of her boyfriend and the attempted rape of a female shop assistant has won the right to be placed in a women's prison.
Woman attacked in homophobic assault 4
2:14 PM — A young woman was kicked and punched by two teenage girls after defending her gay brother from their homophobic abuse.
Video: Irish gay marriage ad becomes a surprise internet hit 20
12:28 PM — A ad from Irish gay marriage group MarriagEquality has become a worldwide hit on the internet. The video, titled Sinead's Hand, sees a smartly-dressed young man traipsing through streets and the Irish countryside asking everyone he meets for 'Sinead's' hand in marriage.
Man jailed for hammer attack on gay partner 3
10:46 AM — A man who attacked his partner with a hammer and broke his leg in three places has been jailed for at least six years.
3rd September 2009
The ugly side of South Africa’s attitude to gays 7
4:03 PM — As the South African city of Johannesburg hosts a gay film festival, three men go on trial for the rape and murder of a lesbian footballer. The high-profile case follows a number of reports of brutal attacks against lesbians.
2nd September 2009
Gloucester council rejects LGBT sex club 14
2:48 PM — Plans to create a private sex club aimed at LGBT people would have turned Gloucester city into "Sodom and Gomorrah", opponents have said. Despite the vocal opposition of some, the plans were rejected by a slim 6-5 majority.
Washington to hold referendum on new gay rights laws 11
2:16 PM — Opponents of expanded rights for gay couples in Washington have secured a referendum over the issue. The law, known as the 'Everything but marriage' measure, was due to come into law in June but was put on hold due to the referendum campaign.
Councillor reveals his HIV status at Manchester Pride 12
11:42 AM — A Manchester councillor revealed he was HIV positive in front of thousands of people at the city's Pride event last weekend. Paul Fairweather made the announcement during a vigil for those who have died after contracting the virus.
Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling 2
10:52 AM — The Indian government will not oppose a recent Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality in the capital, according to a report.
1st September 2009
Welsh first minister sends message of support to Cardiff Mardi Gras 1
4:16 PM — Rhodri Morgan, the first minister of Wales, sent a message of support to revellers at this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras. The gay event was held last weekend in glorious sunshine, unlike last year when torrential rain meant it was cancelled.
Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 8
11:37 AM — The legalisation of gay marriage in Vermont took effect at midnight last night. Vermont joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa to become the fifth American state to officially legalise gay marriage.
Conservative gay group launched at Manchester Pride 106
10:57 AM — A Tory-affiliated LGBT group has been officially launched at Manchester Pride. LGBTory had a stall during the bank holiday festivities, while members marched in the parade to showcase the new rainbow Tory logo and the slogan 'Conservative and Proud'.