4th September 2009
BNP set to change ‘racist’ membership policy 11
3:50 PM — Chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, has signalled his party will change its whites-only membership policy because it cannot afford a legal fight over the issue.
Trans killer wins right to move to female prison 24
2:34 PM — A trans woman who was jailed for the manslaughter of her boyfriend and the attempted rape of a female shop assistant has won the right to be placed in a women's prison.
Woman attacked in homophobic assault 4
2:14 PM — A young woman was kicked and punched by two teenage girls after defending her gay brother from their homophobic abuse.
Video: Irish gay marriage ad becomes a surprise internet hit 20
12:28 PM — A ad from Irish gay marriage group MarriagEquality has become a worldwide hit on the internet. The video, titled Sinead's Hand, sees a smartly-dressed young man traipsing through streets and the Irish countryside asking everyone he meets for 'Sinead's' hand in marriage.
Man jailed for hammer attack on gay partner 3
10:46 AM — A man who attacked his partner with a hammer and broke his leg in three places has been jailed for at least six years.
3rd September 2009
The ugly side of South Africa’s attitude to gays 7
4:03 PM — As the South African city of Johannesburg hosts a gay film festival, three men go on trial for the rape and murder of a lesbian footballer. The high-profile case follows a number of reports of brutal attacks against lesbians.
2nd September 2009
Gloucester council rejects LGBT sex club 14
2:48 PM — Plans to create a private sex club aimed at LGBT people would have turned Gloucester city into "Sodom and Gomorrah", opponents have said. Despite the vocal opposition of some, the plans were rejected by a slim 6-5 majority.
Washington to hold referendum on new gay rights laws 11
2:16 PM — Opponents of expanded rights for gay couples in Washington have secured a referendum over the issue. The law, known as the 'Everything but marriage' measure, was due to come into law in June but was put on hold due to the referendum campaign.
Councillor reveals his HIV status at Manchester Pride 12
11:42 AM — A Manchester councillor revealed he was HIV positive in front of thousands of people at the city's Pride event last weekend. Paul Fairweather made the announcement during a vigil for those who have died after contracting the virus.
Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling 2
10:52 AM — The Indian government will not oppose a recent Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality in the capital, according to a report.
1st September 2009
Welsh first minister sends message of support to Cardiff Mardi Gras 1
4:16 PM — Rhodri Morgan, the first minister of Wales, sent a message of support to revellers at this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras. The gay event was held last weekend in glorious sunshine, unlike last year when torrential rain meant it was cancelled.
Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 8
11:37 AM — The legalisation of gay marriage in Vermont took effect at midnight last night. Vermont joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa to become the fifth American state to officially legalise gay marriage.
Conservative gay group launched at Manchester Pride 106
10:57 AM — A Tory-affiliated LGBT group has been officially launched at Manchester Pride. LGBTory had a stall during the bank holiday festivities, while members marched in the parade to showcase the new rainbow Tory logo and the slogan 'Conservative and Proud'.
Lesbian parents now permitted to be named on birth certificates 44
9:55 AM — From today, lesbian couples who have children through fertility treatment can be named on birth certificates. Previously, only the birth mother could be named as a parent.
28th August 2009
Britain among countries backing Budapest Pride 9
6:31 PM — The Budapest embassies of the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France and Germany have expressed their support for Pride events in the city.
Gay bishop Gene Robinson to appear at Christian festival 25
3:43 PM — A controversial gay cleric will be one of the attractions a Christian music and arts festival being held in Cheltenham this Bank Holiday weekend.
LGBT rights group’s conversations with the faithful now available online 9
3:22 PM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has announced the release of a unique online collection of meditations on religious belief.
Congressman demands Obama end ban on gays in US military 11
3:06 PM — A veteran Democratic member of the US House of Representatives has said he is "deeply disappointed" in President Obama's failure to deal with the ban on gays in the military.
Bill to legalise gay adoption moves forward in Uruguay 3
11:55 AM — The Congress in Uruguay has passed a bill allowing adoption by gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. The legislation is expected to pass in the Senate, where the ruling party has a majority.
VIDEO: Bucharest crowd boo Madonna’s defence of gays and Roma 34
11:26 AM — Romanian fans of singer Madonna showed their displeasure during a concert yesterday when she condemned discrimination against Roma people and gays.