22nd September 2009
Scottish gay couples to be allowed to adopt next week 3
3:19 PM — Gay couples in Scotland will be permitted to adopt children together from next week. Currently, a gay person can adopt a child but their partner has no legal rights or responsibilities as a parent.
Comment: Voters shouldn’t take their new-found equality for granted 28
1:58 PM — Former Labour parliamentary candidate Alex Bryce argues that although a Tory government will not roll back recent reforms for gay people, it will not focus on the subtle changes needed for an equal society.
Elton John calls for crackdown on music piracy 6
1:08 PM — Singer Elton John has written to business secretary Peter Mandelson to back the clampdown on music piracy. Lord Mandelson is currently considering whether to increase penalties for illegal file-sharers.
Sexual health charity criticised for distributing condoms in gay cruising areas 43
12:00 PM — A Yorkshire-based sexual health charity has been attacked for reportedly nailing bags of condoms to trees in gay cruising areas.
21st September 2009
Mark Oaten: ‘I couldn’t sue over rent boy stories’ 17
5:39 PM — Mark Oaten, the shamed Liberal Democrat MP, has said that many of the lurid allegations about his dalliances were rent boys were untrue.
Chicago gay bar insists patron match the gender on their ID 9
3:03 PM — A Chicago gay bar has come under fire for insisting that patrons' appearances match the gender specified on their identification.
Teacher jailed for lesbian affair 21
12:45 PM — A London teacher who admitted having an affair with a 15-year-old female pupil has been jailed for 15 months. Helen Goddard, 26, was sentenced at Southwark crown court this morning. She was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
Comment: Pots, kettles and the rise of the homo-hypocrites 22
11:29 AM — Last week, Derren Brown said the bonus ball was "for women and gays". While Jonathan Ross jokes that gay children should be adopted and Chris Moyles uses 'gay' as an insult, is it OK for gay people to make 'gay' jokes?
Estate agents reprimanded for ‘outing’ lesbian couple 15
11:14 AM — An estate agent which publicly outed a lesbian couple who were selling their house has been reprimanded by its trade body.
18th September 2009
Gay MP Adam Price will not stand at next election 3
6:16 PM — Openly gay Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price has confirmed that he will be stepping down at the next election. Price, who came 37th in this years poll of most influential LGBT people in politics, announced in a statement today that he intends to take up a year-long Fulbright scholarship in the United States.
Amnesty calls for repeal of new anti-gay laws in Indonesia 15
5:37 PM — Amnesty International has demanded that a new Indonesian bylaw that endorses stoning to death for adultery and caning of up to 100 lashes for homosexuality should be repealed immediately.
Political leaders in Belgrade make plea for non violent Pride
4:54 PM — Political leaders have today warned right-wing extremists not to resort to violence ahead of Belgrade's gay pride parade. The Pride march will be the first one held for a decade after violent scenes caused the event to be cancelled last time it was held.
Plans underway for London’s first ever LGBT Tourist Information Office 12
3:24 PM — Plans have been unveiled which will provide LGBT tourists and London's community with its first ever purpose built LGBT tourist information office.
GayGames 2010 set to be biggest yet as record numbers of LGBT athletes apply 8
2:15 PM — More than 1,700 athletes and artists from across the world have now registered to take part in next year’s Gay Games being held in Cologne, Germany from 31 July.
Clampdown on “thinspiration” sites will help gay men 8
1:41 PM — Psychiatrists have called on the government to address the soaring numbers of websites which promote anorexia and bulimia as a lifestyle choice rather than an eating disorder. More than 15% of gay or bisexual men had at some time suffered anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder, or at least certain symptoms of those disorders, compared with less than five percent of heterosexual men.
Sir Elton may be able to care for ‘baby Lev’ after all 5
1:10 PM — Sir Elton John has been given new hope in his bid to adopt a Ukrainian toddler after it was announced that he could look after 14 month of toddler 'Lev'. Authorities have come up with a compromise that would allow him to raise the child in the UK.
Parents’ anger over trans girl 184
12:18 PM — A 12-year-old pupil is set to become one of the youngest people to transistion in the world after her parents decided to allow her to return to school as a girl.
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.
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.