1st September 2009
Lesbian parents now permitted to be named on birth certificates 44
9:55 AM — From today, lesbian couples who have children through fertility treatment can be named on birth certificates. Previously, only the birth mother could be named as a parent.
28th August 2009
Britain among countries backing Budapest Pride 9
6:31 PM — The Budapest embassies of the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France and Germany have expressed their support for Pride events in the city.
Gay bishop Gene Robinson to appear at Christian festival 25
3:43 PM — A controversial gay cleric will be one of the attractions a Christian music and arts festival being held in Cheltenham this Bank Holiday weekend.
LGBT rights group’s conversations with the faithful now available online 9
3:22 PM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has announced the release of a unique online collection of meditations on religious belief.
Congressman demands Obama end ban on gays in US military 11
3:06 PM — A veteran Democratic member of the US House of Representatives has said he is "deeply disappointed" in President Obama's failure to deal with the ban on gays in the military.
Bill to legalise gay adoption moves forward in Uruguay 3
11:55 AM — The Congress in Uruguay has passed a bill allowing adoption by gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. The legislation is expected to pass in the Senate, where the ruling party has a majority.
VIDEO: Bucharest crowd boo Madonna’s defence of gays and Roma 34
11:26 AM — Romanian fans of singer Madonna showed their displeasure during a concert yesterday when she condemned discrimination against Roma people and gays.
CPS brings domestic violence message to Soho
10:52 AM — A Crown Prosecution Service Community Prosecutor spent last Friday night in London’s West End. The visit aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and homophobic crime.
27th August 2009
Germany’s highest court confirms adoption by mother’s lesbian partner 3
3:03 PM — The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has confirmed that gay and lesbian people can adopt their partner's children, overturning a previous court ruling.
22 police forces to march at Manchester Pride 8
2:24 PM — Police officers and staff from all over the UK will be in Manchester this weekend for Pride.
Lesbian ex-soldier “disgusted at MoD” over payouts to injured
2:10 PM — A lesbian former soldier who was awarded £187,000 in compensation for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment has said she is disgusted at the low sums paid to servicemen and women injured in action.
Plans to ban “ex-Lords” from Commons could end speculation about Mandelson 9
1:47 PM — The Justice Secretary may amend new legislation that would allow Lords to resign their seats to stop ex-peers from becoming an MP for up to five years.
Miami appeals court hears gay adoption case 3
1:23 PM — Three judges in the US state of Florida will decide if two half-brothers can be adopted by their gay foster father. Under state law because their foster parent of four years is gay he is not eligible to adopt.
Lib Dem MP accuses Tories and local paper of twisting the facts over gay group grant 20
12:56 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused both the Tories on Bristol council and one of the city's newspapers of misrepresenting a National Lottery grant to a gay group.
Indian cabinet could report next week on legalisation of gay sex 1
12:32 PM — The Indian government could give its official response to a court ruling that decriminalised homosexual acts as early as next week.
Italian gays condemn football manager and call for hate crimes legislation 3
12:12 PM — A leading gay rights group in Italy has condemned comments by the country's football coach about homosexual players.
Russian lesbian couple go to court over right to marry 1
11:07 AM — A lesbian couple in Russia have accused the authorities of using "any excuse" to obstruct their legal case for gay marriage.
26th August 2009
Gays pay tribute to “our protector, our leader, our friend” Ted Kennedy 13
3:50 PM — America's leading LGBT rights organisation has paid tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, who has died aged 77.
Downing St responds to petition against deportation of gays 10
2:53 PM — A petition on the Downing St website calling on the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned because of their sexuality has prompted a response from the government.
Christians begin drive to “reclaim” Iowa from gay marriage 7
2:22 PM — A group that opposes marriage rights for gay people has said its intervention in a state election in Iowa is just the start of their campaign.