28th July 2009
Man appears in court over murder of gay pensioner
11:05 AM — A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a gay pensioner. Edward Highwood, 79, who was known as Teddy, was found dead at his home in Greenwich, south-east London, on Saturday July 18th.
Irish civil partnerships are for ‘second-class people’ 50
10:53 AM — The Irish government's proposals to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples have been attacked by Amnesty International as being "a second-class form of marriage".
Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Gays have split Anglican church in two’ 71
10:23 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that the church may have to accept "two styles of being Anglican" in order to avoid a schism.
27th July 2009
Boy George rejected by Hare Krishnas for being gay
5:14 PM — Pop star Boy George has been blocked from becoming a fully-fledged member of the Hare Krishna movement because of his sexuality.
Rookie policeman disciplined for ‘gays on Hollyoaks’ rant 20
4:34 PM — A newly-recruited policeman has been giving a warning by Lothian and Borders Police for a homophobic internet rant.
Man claims he was ‘raped and beaten’ by gay lover
3:36 PM — A man has claimed he was repeatedly beaten and raped by his former lover, who threatened to reveal his sexuality. The High Court heard on Friday that the alleged victim was forced to stand in a freezing shower and was repeatedly attacked.
Trevor Phillips ‘shocked’ over senior aide’s departure from equality commission 8
11:50 AM — The head of communications at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Kamal Ahmed, is the latest to depart the quango after a series of high-profile resignations.
24th July 2009
Trans woman demands move to female prison 21
4:59 PM — A trans woman who is serving life for manslaughter and attempted rape has claimed that the refusal to move her to a women's prison is a violation of her human rights.
Colleague charged over murder of gay sailor 2
4:10 PM — A man has been charged with the death of gay US sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead on June 30th at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He had been shot and his body had been burned.
Normal again: The reasons and realities behind the ex-gay movement 132
3:47 PM — The ex-gay movement, which professes to 'cure' homosexuality, is in the news yet again following the disappearance of American student Bryce Faulkner, who is thought to have been sent to one of the controversial centres by his parents after they discovered he was gay.
Anger as Bible is defaced in the name of art 82
2:53 PM — An art gallery in Scotland has been attacked by the church after an exhibition inviting people to write messages on a Bible was met with "abuse" and "obscenity", including one person writing "f*** the bible". It was designed to close the gaps between LGBTs and the church.
Ben Summerskill resigns from Equality and Human Rights Commission 26
2:22 PM — Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill has become the fourth commissioner to resign from the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the last few weeks. He told PinkNews.co.uk he emailed his resignation to Harriet Harman this afternoon.
Teacher arrested for ‘lesbian relationship’ with pupil, 15
12:14 PM — A teacher at a private London school has been accused of having a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. The music teacher was arrested on Monday. She was named today as Helen Goddard, 26, from Greenwich, and is now on police bail.
Comment: They’re at it again 20
11:04 AM — Around this time last year, the Presbyterian Church of Wales made national news after paying out a record sum to a gay employee who had endured ‘grotesquely’ discriminatory conduct and sexual harassment. You might reasonably assume, then, that they’d watch their step when it comes to the ever-so-touchy subject of homosexuality. You would, of course, be wrong to make such an assumption.
23rd July 2009
Washington DC gives parental rights to lesbian couples 2
5:33 PM — A law which gives lesbian parents in DC more rights has come into effect. The legislation, which was enacted on Saturday, gives lesbians the right to become the legal parent of a partner's artificially-inseminated child without having to adopt.
Map shows legal status of gays across Europe 13
4:34 PM — A map has been released to show the political status of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Europe, revealing some disturbing trends within the eastern European bloc.
Complaint over trans mayor’s clothing choices 13
4:16 PM — A trans mayor in Oregon, US, has come under fire for wearing "inappropriate" clothes. Stu Rasmussen, the mayor of Silverton, identifies as a heterosexual man but expresses his gender as female and has had breast surgery.
Quakers to debate holding civil partnership ceremonies 6
3:34 PM — The annual meeting of Quakers is to consider whether to request legal authority to register civil partnerships in the same way as marriages.
Gay couple bit neighbour in row over cat 14
2:21 PM — A gay couple have been convicted of attacking their neighbour in a row over a cat damaging their garden. Bill Young, 51, and David Dickman, 45, beat and bit Tony Dyson, 47, in the late-night argument in March. They also tried to gouge his eyes out.
British churches performing ‘exorcisms’ on gays 73
12:06 PM — A number of fundamentalist Christian churches in London are thought to be performing 'exorcisms' on gays and lesbians to cure them of homosexuality.