18th June 2009
Bill to equalise age of consent in Gibraltar defeated 6
4:41 PM — A Private Members Bill aimed to equalise the age of consent for gay men in Gibraltar has been defeated in parliament. However, a gay group has argued that the wording of the bill meant it could not have been passed.
Straight teacher makes claim for homophobic abuse 12
1:45 PM — A straight teacher has told an employment tribunal that he suffered homophobic taunts from pupils who called him "perv", "gay", "poof", and "weirdo".
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 4
12:45 PM — Melissa Sue Robinson, a trans woman, is running in the mayoral election for Nampa, Idaho. Robinson is the founder of civil rights organisation the National Association for the Advancement of Transgendered Persons, which was established in Michigan in 2000.
Exclusive: British Foreign Office reacts to gay Iraqi killings 6
12:32 PM — The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a statement on the killings of gay men in Iraq, following strong condemnation of the reports from the US State Department last week.
Second ambassador in a week under fire for Pride support 10
11:20 AM — The British ambassador to Bulgaria has been criticised for his support of gay Pride. The attacks on Steve Williams follow criticism of British ambassador to Poland Ric Todd last week, when he gave gay groups a translated guide to LGBT rights.
17th June 2009
China appears to back down over gay-ban internet filtering 6
5:33 PM — New internet software designed to filter out violence and porn in China may not be mandatory, it has been reported. The software blocks out discussion of homosexuality and other non-pornographic gay content. It had even been found to block pictures of pigs, mistaking the image for naked human skin.
Women ‘up to seven times less likely to report homophobic crime than men’ 11
5:01 PM — A Metropolitan Police survey has suggested that women are up to seven times less likely to report homophobic or transphobic crime than men.
Georgia Supreme Court rules against ‘homophobic’ custody agreement 4
4:50 PM — A ruling by Georgia's Supreme Court to reject the custody agreement placed on a gay father has been heralded as a victory over “blatant discrimination”.
LGBT people urged to join Iran demonstration in London 18
3:45 PM — On the fifth day of violence and unrest in Iran following the country's elections, LGBT people are being urged to attend a demonstration calling for democracy and freedom.
Christian ‘civil liberties’ group wants to burn gay book 44
2:30 PM — A book about a young gay man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality has provoked the wrath of a US Christian 'civil liberties' group who say it should be burned.
US LGBT hate murders at highest level since 1999 2
2:10 PM — A National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs report has revealed that gay bias-related killings in America were at their highest level for ten years in 2008.
Gay weddings could give US economy a $9.5 billion boost 4
2:00 PM — A survey carried out by the Williams Institute has predicted that legalising gay marriage across America could prove a lucrative move.
Obama’s gay federal benefits ‘not permanent and won’t include healthcare’ 10
12:18 PM — President Barack Obama is to extend federal benefits for partners to same-sex couples but critics have said the move will not be permanent, probably won't include healthcare and will not be applied to those serving in the military.
Lithuania passes Section 28-style law to ban mention of homosexuality in schools or media 42
10:20 AM — Lithuania's parliament has given final approval to a bill banning information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
16th June 2009
Stonewall launches guidance for employers on tension between gay and religious issues 15
4:51 PM — Stonewall has released new guidance for employers on how to deal with tensions arising between religion and sexual orientation in the workplace. The guide is designed to provide essential advice on how to avoid conflicts which can arise at work.
Gay man could face jail for helping ill partner die 25
2:18 PM — A north London man who helped his partner access assisted suicide in Switzerland could face a 14-year prison sentence.
Australian survey finds rise in support for gay marriage 5
11:08 AM — A survey has found rising support for gay marriage in Australia. The research, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality (AME), showed that 60 per cent of those questioned are in favour of same-sex marriage, compared with 57 per cent two years ago.
15th June 2009
Gay postman awarded £2,400 by Royal Mail 21
5:51 PM — Liam Black, a postman from Chatham, Kent, has won £2,400 in an employment tribunal brought against the Royal Mail for “shocking and offensive” comments made about him by his boss Warren Taylor.
Obama’s highest-ranking gay official says DOMA and the military gay ban currently have no chance of being repealed 20
5:44 PM — John Berry, the highest-ranking gay in the Obama administration, has given an interview on the administration's stance on gay rights.
Man pleads not guilty to murder and stabbing of gay couple
3:59 PM — A Bromley man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. David Kilcullen, 46, pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing of Gerry Edwards, 59, and the attack on his partner, 56-year-old Chris Bevan at the Old Bailey