18th December 2009
Man who killed gay council worker has sentence reduced 13
11:41 AM — A man who murdered a gay council officer has had his prison sentenced reduced by two years. David Meehan, who was 19 at the time, admitted murdering James Kerr, 51, in a public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.
Former drag queen accuses boss of homophobia
11:31 AM — A gay man who once worked as a drag queen is suing his boss for unfair dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination. Dean Awford claims David Gray was homophobic and referred to him as "she" in front of customers.
17th December 2009
Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant attacks BBC’s ‘ludicrous mistake’ on gay execution debate 42
7:29 PM — Minister for Europe Chris Bryant has attacked the BBC for holding a debate on whether gays should be executed. Bryant, who is gay, told PinkNews.co.uk he would be writing to the BBC's World Service director Peter Horrocks to demand an explanation.
Portugal tipped to allow gay marriage 16
6:06 PM — Portugal's government is drawing up a law to allow gay marriage. According to Associated Press, the legislative change would remove any references to gender and if passed, would come in to force by April.
Gay Christian group welcomes assurances from Archbishop of Canterbury on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 7
2:02 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has received assurances from the Archbishop of Canterbury's office that he condemns the proposed anti-homosexuality bill currently before the Ugandan parliament.
Australian music teacher acquitted of lesbian affair with student 3
12:09 PM — An Australian music teacher has been acquitted over allegations she had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Leonie Pech, 42, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of indecent assault.
Homophobic singer Buju Banton ‘innocent’ of drug charges 22
11:45 AM — Buju Banton, the homophobic Jamaican reggae star, is innocent of the drug charges against him, his lawyer has said. The Grammy-nominated singer was arrested last Thursday in Miami.
Gay activist killed in Honduras 12
11:32 AM — A gay rights activist has been killed in Honduras in a drive-by shooting. Walter Trochez, 25, was well-known for campaigning for equality in the country and had reportedly been harassed and beaten recently.
16th December 2009
Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10
4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.
More schools running ‘anti-gay’ Christian crash-courses 16
2:19 PM — Increasing numbers of schools are opting to run a youth version of the Alpha course, it has been reported. The adult ten-week evangelical courses act as an introduction to Christianity but have been criticised for being anti-gay and manipulative.
Man convicted of homophobic murder jailed for life 18
12:53 PM — A man who was convicted yesterday of the murder and attempted murder of a south London gay couple has received a life prison sentence. The judge told David Kilcullen he may never been freed.
Rwanda to vote on criminalising homosexuality 31
11:11 AM — Rwanda's lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. It would impose prison sentences of five to ten years, or fines higher than the average yearly wage.
15th December 2009
Guardian- The election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith 4
10:18 PM — The Guardian's Amanda Marcotte argues that the election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith. But asks why the media can't accept that?
Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10
9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.
Man, 19, kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Texas 1
6:02 PM — Two men have been arrested in connection with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 19-year-old man in west Texas. The victim was reportedly picked up in a bar before the attack took place.
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
Lesbian couple win UK appeal over Gibraltar’s housing policy 2
4:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar have won their UK appeal. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant the unnamed couple a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses civil partnerships appeal 3
3:42 PM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
Video: Man guilty of homophobic murder and assault on gay couple 11
3:15 PM — A man has been found guilty of murdering one man and attempting to murder his partner in a homophobic attack. David Kilcullen, 46, had pleaded not guilty to the attack in March in south London.
Hundreds attend gay marriage rally ahead of Washington DC council vote 2
1:14 PM — Washington DC's council will today vote on a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. Advocates are quietly confident, as nine of the council's 13 members are listed as co-sponsors and mayor Adrian Fenty has clearly signalled he will sign it.