9th September 2009
Gay bishop Gene Robinson: ’20 years ago, coming out was almost like committing suicide’ 5
4:55 PM — The first gay US bishop, Gene Robinson, has spoken about coming out, his relationship with his former wife, and the chances of more gay bishops being elected.
Turkish man tried in absentia for ‘honour killing’ of gay son 7
4:21 PM — A Turkish man accused of killing his gay son has gone on trial this week in Istanbul. Yahya Yildiz, 49, is on the run and is being tried in absentia for allegedly shooting his son Ahmet, 26, dead in June last year.
Publisher forced to apologise to Peter Tatchell 11
3:46 PM — A small publishing company has apologised to gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for alleging he was racist and Islamophobic.
Would-be Iowa governor promises to repeal gay marriage 15
2:54 PM — One of the six Republican candidates in the challenge for governor of Iowa has promised that if successful, he will repeal gay marriage in the state.
Amnesty sends warning over Lithuania’s criminalisation of ‘homosexual propaganda’ 9
2:10 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has condemned plans by Lithuania to criminalise the "promotion" of homosexuality, saying it could lead to increased violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Washington judge rejects attempt to block referendum on gay partnership law
12:12 PM — A Washington judge has refused to block a statewide referendum on whether gay couples should be given expanded rights under domestic partnerships.
Mayor who tried to ban gay pride praises Taliban ‘family values’ 57
11:17 AM — The Doncaster mayor who tried to ban funding for gay Pride marches has caused shock by claiming people should look to the Taliban as a good example of family values.
Welsh man accused of raping trans woman
10:48 AM — A man from the Welsh town of Llanelli is on trial for the rape of a trans woman. Kiron Singh Chand, 20, of Pottery Place, is accused of forcing the alleged victim to perform oral sex on him on April 13th.
8th September 2009
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 1
5:49 PM — A trans woman running for mayor in Nampa in the US state of Idaho says she has been warmly received by voters. Melissa Sue Robinson filed her application last month after announcing her plans to run for the role in June.
Lesbian soldier who deserted US Army pleads for refugee status 2
5:40 PM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after allegedly being physically abused and threatened is appealing to be allowed to stay in Canada as a refugee.
Missouri city set to remove anti-gay law 5
4:38 PM — The city of Springfield, in the US state of Missouri, is set to remove a law which discriminates gays and lesbians from its ordinances tonight.
Neo-Nazi obsessed with homophobic bomber jailed for six years 10
3:39 PM — A white supremacist who was obsessed with homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland was jailed today for at least six years for a string of terrorist offences.
Gay man ‘reported to police’ for questioning MP Iris Robinson’s views 38
11:51 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called homosexuality an "abomination", reportedly had a constituent questioned by police after he challenged her views.
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister 3
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
Update: Sir George Young to replace Alan Duncan as shadow Commons leader 14
10:20 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has announced that Sir George Young, a former Speaker candidate, will replace Alan Duncan in the shadow cabinet.
7th September 2009
Gay MP Alan Duncan demoted from Conservative Shadow Cabinet 8
8:41 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan is to be demoted from his role as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He will now be a junior Justice spokesman.
Lesbian soldier: ‘Military gay ban same as ban on blacks and women’ 1
6:27 PM — A lesbian servicewoman fired under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has said that the argument behind the law is the same one used to keep women and African-Americans from serving in the military.
Trans woman stabbed to death in DC 3
5:15 PM — Two trans women who were attacked in the street may have been the victims of a hate crime,Washington DC police have said.
New York senate could vote on gay marriage this month
4:33 PM — A gay New York state senator has said that the Senate could vote on gay marriage in the next few weeks. Democrat Tom Duane, who is the state's only openly gay senator, was hopeful it could be dealt with in a special session.
4th September 2009
Catholic editor of Italian magazine forced to step down over gay allegations 7
4:57 PM — The editor of Italy's national Catholic newspaper has resigned after "defamatory" media attacks which claimed he was gay. Dino Buffo had criticised Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for his "immoral" lifestyle.