24th September 2009
Peter Tatchell repeats calls for lowered age of consent 30
1:52 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has reiterated his calls to lower the age of consent for both straight and gay people.
Gay humanist groups plan protests for Pope’s 2010 visit 65
11:30 AM — Gay humanist groups are planning to hold "strong" protests when Pope Benedict XVI visits the UK early next year.
23rd September 2009
US poised to lift HIV immigration ban 1
3:23 PM — A memo has been released by the United States Customs and Immigrations Service which suggests the year-long wait for the HIV travel ban may be nearly over.
Congressman calls for more information about abused US Navy sailor’s case 3
2:43 PM — Democratic Representative Joe Sestak, a retired US Navy Rear Admiral, has called for an investigation into the case of the abused gay sailor John Rocha.
Met seeks gay, lesbian and transgender applicants for Royal family detail 22
1:55 PM — The Metropolitan Police is currently advertising vacancies in the Protection Command's Royalty Protection branch, specifically appealing to "women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic communities/people".
Serbian justice minister calls for ban on extremist threats 4
12:33 PM — Slobodan Homen, a justice minister in Belgrade, has told the B92 television station in the wake of the city's cancelled gay pride march the government hopes to silence organisations "that voice threats".
Gay lodger argued with landlady before murder 3
11:58 AM — Antonietta Guarino, a 61-year-old Trowbridge landlady, and her gay lodger had argued over his boyfriend before he murdered her, a jury in Bristol has been told.
22nd September 2009
Man jailed for life over murder and rape of lesbian footballer 1
5:32 PM — A man was jailed for life today for the murder and rape of a lesbian South African footballer. Eudy Simelane, a player for Banyana Banyana and prominent South African gay rights activist, was stabbed to death in April 2008.
US senator’s chief of staff: ‘Porn will turn you gay’ 35
5:06 PM — The well-known chief of staff for a Republican senator has said that boys should be told that looking at pornography will turn them gay.
Scottish gay couples to be allowed to adopt next week 3
3:19 PM — Gay couples in Scotland will be permitted to adopt children together from next week. Currently, a gay person can adopt a child but their partner has no legal rights or responsibilities as a parent.
Comment: Voters shouldn’t take their new-found equality for granted 28
1:58 PM — Former Labour parliamentary candidate Alex Bryce argues that although a Tory government will not roll back recent reforms for gay people, it will not focus on the subtle changes needed for an equal society.
21st September 2009
Atlanta demonstrators brave rain to protest gay bar raid 1
5:51 PM — Sixty demonstrators stood in driving rain on Saturday outside Atlanta City Hall to protest over the recent police raid of a gay bar. Claiming homophobia was the reason for the swoop, they denounced police for their handling of the affair.
Mark Oaten: ‘I couldn’t sue over rent boy stories’ 17
5:39 PM — Mark Oaten, the shamed Liberal Democrat MP, has said that many of the lurid allegations about his dalliances were rent boys were untrue.
Man pleads guilty to assault in gay man’s death 4
5:27 PM — A Washington DC man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a gay man who later died from his injuries. Robert Hannah, 19, was initially charged with manslaughter over the death of Tony Randolph Hunter but this was reduced to one charge of misdemeanor assault.
Chicago gay bar insists patron match the gender on their ID 9
3:03 PM — A Chicago gay bar has come under fire for insisting that patrons' appearances match the gender specified on their identification.
Teacher jailed for lesbian affair 21
12:45 PM — A London teacher who admitted having an affair with a 15-year-old female pupil has been jailed for 15 months. Helen Goddard, 26, was sentenced at Southwark crown court this morning. She was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
Estate agents reprimanded for ‘outing’ lesbian couple 15
11:14 AM — An estate agent which publicly outed a lesbian couple who were selling their house has been reprimanded by its trade body.
19th September 2009
Serbian police ‘cancel’ Belgrade Pride despite assurances it would be protected 24
3:43 PM — It has been claimed that Serbian police this morning effectively cancelled permission for tomorrow's Belgrade pride to be held in its planned city centre location.
17th September 2009
Meeting scheduled to deal with East End gay attacks 16
5:41 PM — A cross-party meeting is being held in Shoreditch, east London, after a reported spate of anti-gay attacks in the area.
Comment: We should be exposing and ridiculing the BNP, not banning it 25
4:41 PM — Much fuss has been made about whether we should ban the British National Party from appearing on Question Time and the Trades Union Congress now wants to bar anyone who is a member of the party from working in the public sector.