10th July 2009
Conservatives’ grouping with homophobic Polish party ‘will give them more power’ 20
5:21 PM — The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.
Christian arts festival is ‘too gay’ 34
2:43 PM — A Christian arts and music festival has been attacked for being too gay by a conservative Anglican pressure group.
Gay men ejected from Texas restaurant for kissing 50
11:34 AM — Five men who were kicked out of an El Paso restaurant say they were forced out because they are gay. Shortly after ordering a meal on June 26th, security staff allegedly ordered the group to leave after two of the men kissed.
9th July 2009
House of Lords votes to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 64
4:10 PM — The House of Lords has voted to keep an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
House of Lords votes today on anti-gay hate speech 5
3:02 PM — The House of Lords will vote today on whether to remove an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
Maine gay marriage opponents collect enough signatures to get issue on November ballot 17
1:57 PM — Gay marriage opponents in Maine say they have already collected enough signatures opposing the new law to get the issue on the November ballot.
Guru challenges Indian ruling on gay sex, saying homosexuality ‘can be cured by yoga’ 31
1:21 PM — A recent judgement by the Delhi high court that homosexuality should be decriminalised is being challenged. Swami Baba Ramdev, a yoga guru, filed the challenge saying homosexuality was a "disease" and could be cured by yoga.
Exclusive: Anti-cruising website publishes uncensored photos of faces and car registrations 70
10:27 AM — The Information Commissioner is to investigate an anti-cruising website after an exclusive report by PinkNews.co.uk. The website, set up to raise awareness of the "disgusting" practice of gay men meeting for sex, publishes uncensored images of car registration plates and faces of men allegedly involved.
8th July 2009
Polish Law and Justice Party confirms it’s still homophobic despite joining forces with the Tories in Europe 17
5:51 PM — A Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) MEP has refuted statements made by former Tory leader William Hague that the party has changed its views on gay rights.
Technical issues mean 2010 US census may not count gay married couples 5
5:29 PM — The US census scheduled for next year may not be able to count gay married couples due to technical issues in collecting data.
Massachusetts senator reveals he’s gay 8
4:42 PM — Massachusetts senator Stan Rosenberg has revealed he is gay in an Independence Day editorial. Writing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette last weekend, he quietly revealed his sexuality about halfway down his column.
Calgary minister ‘stripped of responsibility’ after funding Pride event 6
2:21 PM — The Toronto tourism minister has reportedly been stripped of her responsibility for a major funding programme because she granted financial support for the city's annual Pride week.
Catholic adoption agency allowed to appeal over gay parents 9
11:24 AM — The Charity Tribunal has given permission for a Catholic adoption agency to appeal against a ruling which said it could not discriminate against gay couples.
7th July 2009
Out-of-state gay marriages become legal in DC 1
5:27 PM — A law allowing the recognition of gay marriages performed in other states has come into effect in Washington DC today.
Gay couple ‘backed out of foster plans after negative media coverage’ 69
5:04 PM — Brighton and Hove council has denied it halted plans to place a ten-year-old boy with gay foster parents after his Catholic mother objected. Instead, PinkNews.co.uk understands that the gay couple decided to pull out of the plan after negative stories in the national media about them.
Lesbian policewomen guilty over insurance fraud crash 5
4:39 PM — A lesbian couple who worked as police officers have been convicted of deception after lying about who was driving in a car crash.
Gay killing ‘was self-defence’
2:56 PM — A teenager who beat a gay man to death was acting in self-defence, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, admitted punching and kicking David Cooper, 28, but denied murdering him, claiming he was trying to protect himself from rape.
Lesbian couple win £22,000 over sexual harassment at work 9
11:40 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won £22,000 in compensation. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.
Brighton council halts gay foster case 35
11:01 AM — Brighton and Hove council has halted the fostering of a ten-year-old boy by a male gay couple. His Catholic mother, who was unable to look after him, planned to take legal action over the case, saying the child could be "encouraged" into a lifestyle which is against her beliefs.
6th July 2009
Comment: How very dare he! Woolas claims UK fair on LGBT asylum 10
5:56 PM — In a shameless piece of bandwagon climbing, immigration minister Phil Woolas has published a piece on LabourList claiming that his department is fair on LGBT asylum. He says he is “proud” that people were at Saturday’s London LGBT Pride march who have won asylum.