26th November 2009
Australian government backs down on civil union ceremonies 9
11:54 AM — The Australian federal government has opted not to quash laws allowing legally-binding civil union ceremonies for gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Straight civil partnership couple’s MP to raise issue in parliament 41
11:47 AM — The local MP of a straight couple who are fighting to get a civil partnership has said she is supporting them and will raise the issue in parliament. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25 and of Holloway, London, were turned away from Islington's registry office on Tuesday.
25th November 2009
Comment: Trans deaths must not be forgotten 23
7:51 PM — London's Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil was attended by the friends and family of two trans women murdered in the UK in the last month. Sarah Brown argues that more attention should be given to transphobia and its victims.
Poll finds New Jersey voters opposed to gay marriage 3
7:09 PM — A survey of New Jersey voters has found that a slim majority are opposed to legalising gay marriage. The research, carried out by Quinnipiac University, found that 49 per cent of 1,615 voters were opposed, with 46 per cent in favour. The remainder were unsure.
Judge bars trans prisoner from hair removal 14
6:39 PM — A US trans woman who is serving life in prison for murdering her wife has had her request for hair removal therapy blocked again. Michelle Kosilek was denied the request by US District Judge Mark Wolf.
Lawsuit filed over Atlanta gay bar raid 4
4:47 PM — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 19 patrons who were detained in a police raid on a gay bar in Atlanta, US. The claimants say they were subjected to excessive force and allege police made homophobic remarks.
Gay couple have Australia’s first legally recognised civil union ceremony 8
2:16 PM — Warren McGaw and Chris Rumble have become the first Australian gay couple to have their civil partnership ceremony legally recognised. Their ceremony was performed yesterday in Canberra in the ACT.
Call for political parties to publish diversity of candidates 8
1:41 PM — Political parties are being urged to publish their lists of MP candidates to show the diversity of the selection process. It is expected the data would include the numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans candidates.
Police officers disciplined for homophobic emails 10
11:07 AM — Two police officers in Leith, Scotland, have been disciplined for sending homophobic emails to colleagues in the Gay Police Association and choir.
24th November 2009
Australian prime minister tipped to veto civil unions 10
8:32 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd will overturn legislation allowing legally-binding civil partnership ceremonies in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), it has been reported.
Lord Chris Smith celebrates 25 years of being an out gay politician 2
8:10 PM — Lord Chris Smith, the first openly gay MP, will celebrate his 25th year in his career this month. Twenty-five years ago, he announced to a rally in Warwickshire that he was gay.
Homophobic hate crime reports rise in US 3
6:00 PM — Statistics from the FBI have shown an 11 per cent rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America in the last year. Most of those targeted were gay men.
Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 81
1:27 PM — A straight couple who tried to apply for a civil partnership this morning have said they are willing to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Lesbian deserter to have asylum claim reviewed in Canada 1
10:45 AM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after claiming she had been physically abused and threatened has won the right to have her asylum case reviewed in Canada.
Man jailed for blackmailing gay cruisers 14
10:26 AM — A man who admitted blackmailing men meeting for sex has been jailed for three and a half years. Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities.
23rd November 2009
Uganda’s president claims that gays are ‘recruiting’ 24
7:28 PM — The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has warned that European gays are "recruiting" Ugandan citizens. Speaking at the Young Achievers Awards ceremony on Saturday at the Kampala Serena Hotel, he said: "I hear European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa."
Australian prime minister challenged on gay marriage by party 3
6:44 PM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has been challenged by his party to pass legislation allowing gay marriage. The Australian Labor Party in the state of Victoria passed a resolution in support of marriage equality last weekend.
MPs asked to support gay men’s HIV campaign 5
6:17 PM — The National AIDS Trust is asking members of parliament to sign an Early Day Motion to show their support for helping protect young gay men from HIV.
Thousands attend vigils for gay Puerto Rico teen 1
5:03 PM — Thousands of people attended a vigil in New York last night for Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, the gay Puerto Rico teenager who was murdered earlier this month.
Straight couple to apply for civil partnership tomorrow 26
1:46 PM — A straight couple who believe the ban on marriage for gay people is discriminatory will attempt to register their intention to have a civil partnership tomorrow. As the law stands, gay couples cannot marry and straight couples cannot have a civil partnership.