17th September 2009
Meeting scheduled to deal with East End gay attacks 16
5:41 PM — A cross-party meeting is being held in Shoreditch, east London, after a reported spate of anti-gay attacks in the area.
Comment: We should be exposing and ridiculing the BNP, not banning it 25
4:41 PM — Much fuss has been made about whether we should ban the British National Party from appearing on Question Time and the Trades Union Congress now wants to bar anyone who is a member of the party from working in the public sector.
EU opposes Lithuania’s ‘Section 28′ homosexuality law 27
3:29 PM — The European Union today voted to adopt a resolution criticising a recent law passed by Lithuania which prohibits any mention of homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
Ask a lawyer: Should I make a will? 9
1:55 PM — Gay couples, whether they are in civil partnerships or not, should view making a will as an essential task, legal experts say. Here, a lawyer from Russell Jones & Walker answers some basic questions on inheritance.
Man beaten in homophobic attack 6
1:31 PM — A Somerset man is recovering after being assaulted by three men in a homophobic attack. Police said he was working by the riverbank at Hankridge Way, Taunton, at 9.30pm on Tuesday, September 8th.
Scottish would-be gay minister withdraws candidacy 11
10:29 AM — An openly gay man who was nominated to train as a Church of Scotland minister has withdrawn his candidacy. The man, named as Dmitri Ross, is in a civil partnership. He was nominated this month by Hamilton Presbytery.
16th September 2009
Fundraising dinner for only out lesbian MP 4
5:35 PM — A fundraising dinner is to be held for Labour MP Angela Eagle, who is currently the only out lesbian in parliament. She faces a tough battle to retain her Wallasey seat in the next general election.
Questions raised over Uruguay’s ‘gay adoption’ law
5:22 PM — Last week, Uruguay's Senate passed a new law on adoption which was welcomed by gay activists, who claimed it gave same-sex couples the right to adopt in the country.
Obama nominates lesbian for commissioner role 2
4:28 PM — US president Barack Obama has nominated a lesbian as commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chai R Feldblum is thought to be the first openly gay person to be nominated to the commission.
BNP refutes allegations of homophobia and sexism as unions vote to ban its members 52
3:10 PM — The British National Party has denied being homophobic and sexist, following a Trades Union Congress decision to recognise it as such.
Transvestite comedian Eddie Izzard wants to stand as an MP 8
1:36 PM — Comedian Eddie Izzard has repeated his plans to stand as an MP or MEP in the future. The transvestite star yesterday finished 43 marathons in 51 days and posed with prime minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah outside 10 Downing Street.
Fans cleared of homophobic chants at footballer Sol Campbell 6
11:55 AM — A 14-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man who were found guilty of shouting "disgusting" homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell have had their convictions overturned.
15th September 2009
Detective fined 13 days pay for sexism and homophobia 5
3:00 PM — A Nottinghamshire detective constable who was found to have made homophobic, sexist and racist remarks to colleagues has been fined 13 days pay.
Atlanta gay bar raid: Police ‘saw men having sex’ 4
2:29 PM — Police who raided an Atlanta gay leather bar saw patrons having sex on the premises on two occasions, Atlanta police chief Richard Pennington said yesterday.
Karate instructor punches soldiers for ‘dancing like gays’ 12
11:56 AM — A Christmas ball at an army barracks last year descended into chaos when a petite female martial arts instructor knocked out a Coldstream Guard for "dancing gaily".
Demonstration to be held against Bristol councillor accused of homophobia 15
11:05 AM — A demonstration is to be held tonight in Bristol to call for the resignation of a local councillor who said giving Lottery money to a gay group was "mistaken and misguided" and "an outrageous waste of money".
Gay man’s anger at police 14
10:49 AM — A man who was beaten in the street because he is gay has spoken of his anger at police for not prosecuting the people he claims attacked him.
14th September 2009
Indonesian province introduces severe penalties for homosexuality 16
4:52 PM — Aceh, a devoutly Muslim province of Indonesia, has passed new laws allowing heavy punishments for homosexuality, adultery and alcohol consumption.
Ukraine minister says Elton John is too old to adopt 18
4:13 PM — A Ukrainian minister said today that gay pop star Elton John will not be allowed to adopt a child from the country because he is not married and is too old.
Man arrested for gay attack in Italy 4
3:25 PM — A 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with the beating of a young gay man in Florence last week. The victim has had metal plates inserted in his face after sustaining fractures to his cheekbones, nose and jaw.