27th November 2009
Israeli ambassador first to be accompanied by gay spouse 19
6:06 PM — A Liverpool-born man has become the first gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador. Yitzhak Yanouka, known as Izzy, will soon be moving to Angola to become the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda and will be taking his partner Mikie Goldstein, 44, with him.
Thailand to limit gender reassignment surgery 20
5:35 PM — Thailand's government has passed stricter rules for patients seeking gender reassignment surgery. Patients will now be required to live and dress as the opposite gender for a year before surgery and must be over 18. Men aged between 18 and 20 must also gain parental consent.
California town’s mayor calls gays ‘sinful’ 42
11:08 AM — Gay rights activists are calling for the mayor of Vallejo, California, to be censured after he called gay people "sinful". Mayor Osby Davis has since apologised for the remarks and said they were taken out of context.
26th November 2009
United Reform Church first to speak out on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 18
1:42 PM — The United Reform Church has become the first major Christian denomination in the UK to criticise Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill. The church said it was "appalled" at the legislation.
Australian government backs down on civil union ceremonies 9
11:54 AM — The Australian federal government has opted not to quash laws allowing legally-binding civil union ceremonies for gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
25th November 2009
Poll finds New Jersey voters opposed to gay marriage 3
7:09 PM — A survey of New Jersey voters has found that a slim majority are opposed to legalising gay marriage. The research, carried out by Quinnipiac University, found that 49 per cent of 1,615 voters were opposed, with 46 per cent in favour. The remainder were unsure.
Judge bars trans prisoner from hair removal 14
6:39 PM — A US trans woman who is serving life in prison for murdering her wife has had her request for hair removal therapy blocked again. Michelle Kosilek was denied the request by US District Judge Mark Wolf.
Lawsuit filed over Atlanta gay bar raid 4
4:47 PM — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 19 patrons who were detained in a police raid on a gay bar in Atlanta, US. The claimants say they were subjected to excessive force and allege police made homophobic remarks.
Gay couple have Australia’s first legally recognised civil union ceremony 8
2:16 PM — Warren McGaw and Chris Rumble have become the first Australian gay couple to have their civil partnership ceremony legally recognised. Their ceremony was performed yesterday in Canberra in the ACT.
Video: Game features secret gay sex scene 10
11:37 AM — A scene in new video game Dragon Age: Orgins features a secret gay sex scene between a man an a elf. The new game, which has received high ratings, allows players to access the scenes by using the correct combination of chat-up lines on warrior elf Zevran.
24th November 2009
Australian prime minister tipped to veto civil unions 10
8:32 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd will overturn legislation allowing legally-binding civil partnership ceremonies in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), it has been reported.
Homophobic hate crime reports rise in US 3
6:00 PM — Statistics from the FBI have shown an 11 per cent rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America in the last year. Most of those targeted were gay men.
New HIV infections down globally but diagnoses rise for gay men in the UK 29
5:16 PM — The UNAIDS 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update, released today, shows that new HIV infections are down by 17 per cent over the last eight years around the world. But in the last eight years, there has been a 74 per cent rise in new diagnoses of infections of gay men in the UK.
1,500 Americans complain over Adam Lambert’s gay kiss 35
1:53 PM — More than 1,500 US viewers have complained over a gay kiss and simulated oral sex in American Idol star Adam Lambert's performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday.
Lesbian deserter to have asylum claim reviewed in Canada 1
10:45 AM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after claiming she had been physically abused and threatened has won the right to have her asylum case reviewed in Canada.
23rd November 2009
Staff relaunch Washington’s oldest gay newspaper 2
8:05 PM — The Washington Blade has been relaunched as the DC Agenda by its staff. It was distributed as an eight-page newsletter on Friday and former employees of the Blade hope to print a 16-page edition this week.
Uganda’s president claims that gays are ‘recruiting’ 24
7:28 PM — The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, has warned that European gays are "recruiting" Ugandan citizens. Speaking at the Young Achievers Awards ceremony on Saturday at the Kampala Serena Hotel, he said: "I hear European homosexuals are recruiting in Africa."
Australian prime minister challenged on gay marriage by party 3
6:44 PM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has been challenged by his party to pass legislation allowing gay marriage. The Australian Labor Party in the state of Victoria passed a resolution in support of marriage equality last weekend.
Thousands attend vigils for gay Puerto Rico teen 1
5:03 PM — Thousands of people attended a vigil in New York last night for Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, the gay Puerto Rico teenager who was murdered earlier this month.
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.