3rd November 2009
Three-year-old child ‘involved in homophobic attacks’ 18
1:21 PM — A three or four-year-old child was allegedly part of a gang which harassed a gay man at his home, Gloucester youth court heard this week.
Marine Commandant opposes lifting US military gay ban 11
12:12 PM — Marine Commandant General James Conway has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the US military.
2nd November 2009
Maine to vote on gay marriage today 13
9:17 PM — The US state of Maine will decide today whether a recent law allowing gay marriage should be allowed to remain.
Another teenager arrested over assault on gay Liverpool policeman 15
7:15 PM — A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the homophobic attack on gay Liverpool policeman James Parkes.
Obama lifts ban on HIV-positive people entering the US 4
3:40 PM — US president Barack Obama has lifted the ban on HIV-positive people entering the country. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV.
Christian registrar takes civil partnerships complaint to court of appeal 92
2:53 PM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples, will argue her case in the court of appeal today.
Gay MP Chris Bryant to have civil partnership in parliament 33
12:43 PM — Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant has confirmed he is engaged to his partner and is hoping to hold his civil partnership ceremony in parliament.
30th October 2009
Boris Johnson meets with police chief to discuss the rise in homophobic crime 19
3:53 PM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has sought assurances from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that everything is being done to tackle the problem of homophobic attacks in the capital.
Glasgow council makes controversial appointment for LGBT centre 55
2:44 PM — Gay rights groups in Glasgow have spoken out against the controversial decision to hand over the running of the Glasgow LGBT centre to one of its senior councillors.
29th October 2009
Man admits blackmailing cruisers meeting for sex 15
5:30 PM — A Portsmouth man has admitted posing as a police officer to blackmail men meeting for gay sex. Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities.
Lesbian policewoman sues force for discrimination 4
1:39 PM — A lesbian policewoman is suing the British Transport Police for not allowing her girlfriend to work with her. Sergeant Jasmine Stewart claims that heterosexual couples were allowed to work together at Ashford Police Station.
Former gay charity head jailed for sex attack on baby 137
12:17 PM — The former head of a Scottish LGBT youth charity has been sentenced to serve at least 13 years in prison. James Rennie, 38, was convicted in May of sexually assaulting three-month-old baby. The abuse continued for four years.
28th October 2009
Mother of Matthew Shepard welcomes US hate crimes bill 7
9:23 PM — Judy Shepard, the mother of murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard, has given her thanks to Congress and President Barack Obama for passing a new law to protect gays against hate crime.
Two days left to sign petition on religious civil partnerships 16
7:13 PM — There are only two days remaining to sign a petition to call for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.
Europe minister Chris Byrant mentions gay rights in death penalty speech 2
6:01 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay minister for Europe, mentioned executions of gay people in Iran while arguing for the need to press other countries to abolish the death penalty.
Six more boys arrested for attack on gay trainee policeman 16
2:56 PM — A further six boys have been arrested on suspicion of the assault on gay trainee policeman James Parkes on Sunday night in Liverpool's gay village.
Pennsylvania senator changes mind on gay marriage 14
2:36 PM — Arlen Specter, the Democrat senator for Pennsylvania, has changed his mind on the issue of gay marriage. He had previously been in favour of the Defence of Marriage Act and a ban on the practice in his state.
27th October 2009
Maine governor announces support for gay marriage 12
8:22 PM — John Baldacci, the governor of Maine, has given his support for gay marriage in the state and urged voters to do the same on November 3rd's referendum.
US Army Secretary says military is ready to lift gay ban 8
6:42 PM — US Secretary of the Army John McHugh said this weekend that the military is ready to lift the ban on openly gay personnel. He is the highest-ranking Army official to show his support for repealing the ban.
Six boys arrested over attack on gay policeman James Parkes 51
11:28 AM — Six boys between the ages of 14 and 17 have been arrested for the attack on Liverpool trainee policeman James Parkes. Parkes, who is gay, was out with friends and his partner in Liverpool's gay village on Sunday evening.