9th November 2009
Call to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 32
7:14 PM — Conservative peer Lord Waddington and Labour backbencher David Taylor MP have called for a 'free speech' defence to be kept in a bill designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
Trans woman murdered in Kentish Town, London 34
6:20 PM — A trans woman has been found murdered at her home in Kentish Town in north-west London. The 29-year-old woman, named as Destiny Lauren, was found by police at her flat in Leighton Crescent at 00.55am on Thursday morning.
Sweden ordains first openly lesbian bishop 3
3:28 PM — Eva Brunne, Sweden's first openly lesbian bishop, has been sworn into her new role. Brunne, 55, who is in a registered partnership and has a three-year-old son, is also believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop.
OutRage! calls for tolerance over gay cruising in Manchester 59
2:05 PM — Gay men meeting for sex in public places in Manchester should be tolerated, not arrested, gay rights group OutRage! has said. Cruisers in the canal area have been warned they may face arrest if caught.
Three Iranian men on death row for homosexuality offences 119
1:21 PM — Three Iranian men are thought to be facing the death penalty for having homosexual relations. The men, named as Nemat Safavi, Mehdi P and Moshen G, have been on death row for three years and allegedly committed the crimes while under the age of 18.
Men jailed for blackmailing gay civil servant 6
11:42 AM — A gay civil servant was blackmailed for over £5,300 after accidentally sending suggestive text messages to two men in April.
6th November 2009
Washington voters approve expanded gay rights 13
7:56 PM — Gay rights advocates have claimed a victory in Washington where the latest tally shows the state's voters opted to allow increased rights for gay couples.
Man jailed for six years for gay chatline robberies 3
7:09 PM — A 27-year-old man who admitted using gay chatlines to find men to rob has been sentenced to six years in prison.
UK government ‘concerned’ about Uganda’s anti-gay law 12
4:44 PM — The UK government has released a statement on the proposals in Uganda to execute people who have gay sex following condemnation of the bill from France and America.
Man charged over death of Brighton trans woman to plead in New Year 7
4:26 PM — A man arrested over the death of 29-year-old trans woman Andrea Waddell has appeared in court. The man arrested, 41-year-old Neil MacMillan, appeared at Lewes crown court today.
5th November 2009
Fundraising campaign launched to restore gay marriage in California 1
6:45 PM — A day after the anniversary of Proposition 8, gay marriages advocates have launched a new fundraising campaign to get the issue on next year's ballot.
Manchester police step up patrols in gay cruising area 19
5:28 PM — Manchester police are implementing more patrols along the canal tow path after a number of complaints about robberies and assaults. The area has long been a popular spot for men meeting for sex but cruisers are now being warned they face arrest if caught.
Compulsory sex education to include gay relationships and HIV 48
4:10 PM — The government announced today that sex education will become compulsory for all schools, including lessons on gay relationships and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV.
Trans writer defends ‘offensive’ Jesus, Queen of Heaven play 34
2:02 PM — A trans woman who wrote a play portraying Jesus as undergoing transition to become a woman has defended her work, saying that protests by angry Christians have no foundation in the Bible.
Push for rights reforms after Texas gay bar raid 1
1:24 PM — A task force set up after a police raid on a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar has recommended a drastic reform of gay and trans rights in the city.
Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay domestic partnerships
12:33 PM — Wisconsin's Supreme Court has thrown out a legal challenge to the state's domestic partnerships law. The law came into force on August 3rd, making Wisconsin the first mid-western state to pass such a law through legislation.
4th November 2009
Kalamazoo grants anti-discrimination protections for gay people 2
6:40 PM — The Michigan city of Kalamazoo has passed an ordinance to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people from discrimination in housing and employment.
Lesbian mothers in Tasmania get legal recognition 1
6:37 PM — Lesbian mothers who are not the biological parents of their children have been granted legal recognition by Tasmania's legislative council.
Lesbian Annise Parker is frontrunner for Houston mayor 3
4:33 PM — Annise Parker, a lesbian woman, has emerged as the frontrunner in Houston's mayoral race. Houston, in Texas, is the fourth largest city in America and would be the largest to have an openly gay or lesbian mayor if Parker is successful.
Early numbers suggest Washington voters approve expanded gay rights
1:08 PM — Early figures from Washington state suggest that voters have opted to approve a new 'everything but marriage' measure for gay couples.