23rd November 2009
Mother fights for NHS treatment of trans daughter 6
1:09 PM — The mother of a 14-year-old trans girl is fighting to get her hormone treatment on the NHS. Carole Smith, 41, said that her child needed hormone treatment to prevent her from entering puberty as a boy.
Church leaders in Liverpool release ‘groundbreaking’ condemnation of homophobia 48
12:27 PM — Leaders of the six main Christian churches in Liverpool have released a joint statement condemning homophobia in the city. Local councillor Steve Radford said it was a "real breakthrough".
Liverpool teenager hurt in homophobic attack 24
11:31 AM — A gay 19-year-old student was beaten by eight boys last week in Liverpool's city centre for being "flamboyantly dressed".
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
20th November 2009
Gordon Brown and equalities minister Maria Eagle mark Transgender Day of Remembrance 12
6:32 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has made a statement describing violence and harassment against trans people as "utterly unacceptable". He also thanked trans campaigners for their work.
Gay Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell is Councillor of the Year 11
5:44 PM — Steven Purcell, the leader of Glasgow city council, has been named the Herald's Councillor of the Year. Purcell, who is gay, was ranked at number 16 this year on PinkNews.co.uk's 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics.
New York court grants married gay couples some government benefits 3
4:27 PM — Gay couples who married in states where gay marriage is legal should be able to claim some government benefits, a New York court ruled yesterday.
Gay rights advocate Cathy Ashton is new EU foreign affairs chief 28
2:17 PM — Baroness Cathy Ashton, who won Stonewall's Politician of the Year award in 2006, has been named as the new European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
Trans woman in Italian political scandal found dead 3
2:12 PM — A Brazillian trans woman at the centre of a scandal involving an Italian politician has been found dead in a burnt-out basement.
Suspect in Puerto Rico teen’s murder ‘may use gay panic defence’ 41
11:35 AM — The man arrested in connection with the murder of gay Puerto Rico teenage Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado will reportedly use the 'gay panic' defence.
Newspaper roundup: New EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton has strong gay rights record 15
1:26 AM — In a profile published for The Guardian, Caroline Davies argues that the new European Union's new High Representative For Foreign Affairs has a strong history of standing up for equality. In 2006 she was the first recipient of the Stonewall Politician of the Year award.
19th November 2009
Texas ‘accidentally banned all marriages’ 17
4:31 PM — A Texas candidate for attorney general has argued that an amendment made to the state's constitution to ban gay marriages has actually made all marriages illegal.
Video: Gordon Brown records message for World AIDS Day 4
4:15 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has recorded a video message for World AIDS Day. In the message, Brown paid tribute to the gay community in the 1980s, which he said had "led the way" on HIV and AIDS campaigning.
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.