5th October 2009
Lesbians still being denied fertility treatment 4
6:21 PM — A Freedom of Information Act request has found that lesbian women are still being denied fertility treatment. According to a survey, primary care trusts appear to be turning down lesbian couples for treatment on the grounds that funding is only available for those with fertility problems.
Tory leader David Cameron challenged to commit to gay rights 24
2:48 PM — As the Conservative Party Conference gets underway in Manchester, party leader David Cameron has been called on to prove his commitment to gay rights.
Obama to tackle gay military ban ‘at the right time’ 15
2:02 PM — US president Barack Obama's national security adviser has said he will tackle the issue of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military "at the appropriate time".
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ death of British honorary consul 11
10:47 AM — A 23-year-old Jamaican man has been arrested over the death of a British honorary consul. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home on the island in early September. It is thought the attack may have been motivated by homophobia.
4th October 2009
Police appeal for witnesses to Central London homophobic attack 15
11:05 PM — Police are urgently appealing for witnesses to a homophobic attack in central London. A 62-year-old man is in hospital suffering serious head injuries after he was attacked near Trafalgar Square on September 25th just before midnight.
2nd October 2009
Raped trans woman ‘harassed in public and on the internet’ 10
5:36 PM — A trans woman who was raped has said she was forced to move house after her identity became public. The unnamed victim saw her attacker, Kiron Singh, Chand, jailed for eight years this week.
Anti-gay National Organisation for Marriage to have finances probed 11
5:17 PM — A group campaigning against gay marriage in Maine is to have its finances investigated over accusations of fraud.
Texas judge rules that gay marriage ban violates equal rights laws 5
5:15 PM — A judge in Dallas, Texas, has ruled that a gay couple can get divorced in the state, even though it does not recognise gay marriage.
Washington DC councilman to introduce gay marriage bill 1
12:48 PM — Washington DC councilman David Catania has said he will introduce a bill to give gay couples in the district the right to marry. The bill has nine co-sponsors. It will be introduced on Tuesday.
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson turns down gay play invite 25
11:05 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson has declined an invite to see a play about anti-gay discrimination. The politician, who has called homosexuality "an abomination", is one of the stars of the show, as her voice is being used as part of the storyline.
Tatchell ‘ignored’ over Equality Bill concerns 42
10:31 AM — Peter Tatchell has complained that the Equality Bill is discriminatory and that the government has failed to respond to his concerns about harassment protection for gays.
1st October 2009
Man jailed for homophobic sexual assault and robbery 8
5:57 PM — A Northampton man has been jailed for four and a half years for attacking and robbing a gay man he met in a bar.
White House official criticised for advice he gave to gay student 8
4:08 PM — An Education Department official in the Obama administration has defended remarks he made as a teacher to a student 21 years ago.
Iain Dale condemns Daily Mail for ‘homophobic attack’ 27
11:42 AM — Political blogger Iain Dale has made an official complaint over a Daily Mail article which called him "overtly gay".
Welsh man who raped trans woman jailed for eight years 4
11:00 AM — A Welsh man found guilty of raping a trans woman has been jailed for eight years. Kiron Singh Chand, of Llanelli, forced his victim to perform oral sex on him and beat her on April 13th in Llanelli town centre.
New Archbishop of Birmingham helped organise gay Masses 24
10:42 AM — The man tipped to be named as the new Archbishop of Birmingham today has played a strong part in reaching out to gay Catholics.
Catholic church sex abuse ’caused by homosexuals, not paedophiles’ 183
10:33 AM — A Vatican official has said that the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was caused by gay men preying on teenage boys, rather than paedophilia.
30th September 2009
New Jersey Republicans call for vote on gay marriage 8
5:20 PM — Republican politicians in New Jersey are calling for a constitutional amendment in 2010 to allow voters to decide whether gay marriage should be legal.
Civil partnerships legal in Nevada from tomorrow 5
5:18 PM — From tomorrow, hundreds of gay couples in the US state of Nevada will be official civil partners. The law allowing civil partnerships was passed in June but does not become effective until tomorrow.
Gay MEP Michael Cashman criticises UN General Assembly president’s ‘unacceptable’ anti-gay views 13
3:09 PM — Gay MEP Michael Cashman has condemned homophobic comments made by the new United Nations General Assembly president.