19th November 2009
Gay German spy accused of betraying state secrets 1
2:31 PM — A German spy is on trial accused of handing over secret documents to his lover. The 42-year-old spy, named only as Anton K, reportedly began the affair with a Macedonian translator when he was posted to Kosovo in 2005.
Man charged with murder of gay Puerto Rico teen
11:47 AM — A man has been charged with the first degree murder of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado. Lopez Mercado, 19, was found dead by the side of a road Saturday in the city of Cayey. His body had been burnt and dismembered.
Gay unions threaten ‘fabric of society’, bishops say 92
11:42 AM — A pastoral letter agreed at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops warns about the dangers of same-sex marriage and partnerships, saying they will affect everyone.
18th November 2009
Consortium demands no ‘faith opt-outs’ in Equality Bill 8
6:24 PM — A consortium of liberal religious and secular groups will be launched at the House of Commons next Tuesday to examine exemptions for faith groups in the Equality Bill.
Austria allows civil partnerships but gay adoption ban stays 9
5:39 PM — Austria's government has agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 if it is approved by parliament. Bans on adoption and fertility treatment will remain.
Washington Blade successor could be launched this week 1
5:22 PM — A new gay newspaper and website to replace the Washington Blade could hit the streets as soon as Friday. Former editor Kevin Naff said staff hoped to release the first edition under a new name.
Gay priests ‘no more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals’ 19
4:35 PM — A study commissioned by the US Roman Catholic Church has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual clergy.
Scottish presbytery ‘broke gay moratorium’ by accepting gay man for training 4
3:56 PM — A Church of Scotland court has upheld a complaint that a presbytery broke the moratorium on gay clergy by nominating a gay man for training as a minister. It said no new gay candidates would be taken on.
Thief robs gay men in Brighton 4
3:25 PM — Police have appealed for information to help catch a thief who befriends gay men in order to steal from them. Two men have reported having their possessions stolen by him after they invited him home.
Exclusive: Stonewall to fight for civil partnerships to be held in churches 63
1:17 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall said last night it will seek to add an amendment to the Equality Bill to allow religious buildings such as churches to hold civil partnership ceremonies.
Gay man killed by sparring partner he paid to fight him
11:10 AM — A gay businessman died after being beaten by a man he paid to fight for sexual thrills, a court heard yesterday. Colin Butler, 49, suffered fractures to his head, neck and ribs.
17th November 2009
Georgia teacher ‘threatened to have gay student killed’
5:53 PM — A teacher in the US state of Georgia is accused of trying to "put a hit" on a student he thought was gay Randolph Forde, a teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, has been suspended with pay after being arrested last month.
Lesbian mayor candidate in Houston ‘targeted by conservatives’ 3
5:12 PM — Annise Parker, the frontrunning candidate for Houston's mayor, is the subject of a campaign by a conservative group to discourage residents from voting from her. They fear a "gay takeover" of City Hall.
Peter Tatchell to speak with former Bishop of Edinburgh tonight 5
3:59 PM — Peter Tatchell will appear in conversation with Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, tonight. Holloway has supported Tatchell in the past, even defending him when he appeared in court in 1998 for storming the Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter sermon.
Gay marriage campaign kicks off in California 3
12:57 PM — The fight to win back gay marriage has begun in California. Yesterday, gay rights group Love Honor Cherish launched its campaign to get one million signatures in favour of repealing the ban.
Updated: Gay teenager murdered in Puerto Rico 16
11:20 AM — A gay teenager has been found burned and decapitated on the island of Puerto Rico. The body of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found on Saturday (November 14th) in Cayey, a city several miles away from his hometown of Caguas.
16th November 2009
Buenos Aires issues first gay marriage licence following last week’s court ruling 6
11:57 PM — Following the ruling by a judge in Buenos Aires last week, an Argentinian gay couple were today granted a same sex marriage licence. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre argued that a ban on gay marriage violated the constitution of Argentina.
America’s biggest gay media company forced to close
6:15 PM — Window Media LCC, the largest publisher of LGBT newspapers and websites in America, has closed down. The company owns the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, David magazine and the South Florida Blade.
Man charged with murder of trans woman Destiny Lauren
4:28 PM — A 21-year-old man was due to appear in court today charged with the murder of Destiny Lauren, a trans woman. Lauren was found dead at her Kentish Town home earlier this month.
Archbishop of Liverpool commended for support of gay vigil 26
1:45 PM — Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly has been commended for showing support to a vigil held against homophobic hatred. He cited the thousands of people who "said no to hatred".