18th November 2009
Austria allows civil partnerships but gay adoption ban stays 9
5:39 PM — Austria's government has agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 if it is approved by parliament. Bans on adoption and fertility treatment will remain.
Washington Blade successor could be launched this week 1
5:22 PM — A new gay newspaper and website to replace the Washington Blade could hit the streets as soon as Friday. Former editor Kevin Naff said staff hoped to release the first edition under a new name.
Gay priests ‘no more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals’ 19
4:35 PM — A study commissioned by the US Roman Catholic Church has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual clergy.
Exclusive: HIV film ‘dangerous and misleading’ 468
12:32 PM — A film about HIV and what causes AIDS has been attacked for being misleading and even dangerous. HIV charities and health experts have told PinkNews.co.uk that the ideas the film promotes are "pseudo-science" and could damage the public health.
17th November 2009
Georgia teacher ‘threatened to have gay student killed’
5:53 PM — A teacher in the US state of Georgia is accused of trying to "put a hit" on a student he thought was gay Randolph Forde, a teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, has been suspended with pay after being arrested last month.
Lesbian mayor candidate in Houston ‘targeted by conservatives’ 3
5:12 PM — Annise Parker, the frontrunning candidate for Houston's mayor, is the subject of a campaign by a conservative group to discourage residents from voting from her. They fear a "gay takeover" of City Hall.
Adam Lambert: ‘People are freaked out by male sexuality’ 9
4:46 PM — American Idol star Adam Lambert has said that people find his expressions of his sexuality offensive because he is gay. The star also said that promiscuity was not for him.
Gay marriage campaign kicks off in California 3
12:57 PM — The fight to win back gay marriage has begun in California. Yesterday, gay rights group Love Honor Cherish launched its campaign to get one million signatures in favour of repealing the ban.
Elton John says young people are ‘complacent’ about HIV 3
11:45 AM — Elton John has said that young people are putting themselves at risk of HIV infection by not having safe sex. Speaking at a charity gala for his AIDS charity last night, he warned that the latest generation are "complacent" about the dangers.
Updated: Gay teenager murdered in Puerto Rico 16
11:20 AM — A gay teenager has been found burned and decapitated on the island of Puerto Rico. The body of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found on Saturday (November 14th) in Cayey, a city several miles away from his hometown of Caguas.
16th November 2009
Buenos Aires issues first gay marriage licence following last week’s court ruling 6
11:57 PM — Following the ruling by a judge in Buenos Aires last week, an Argentinian gay couple were today granted a same sex marriage licence. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre argued that a ban on gay marriage violated the constitution of Argentina.
Carrie Prejean has another seven sex tape ‘mistakes’ 26
7:13 PM — Former Miss California Carrie Prejean has another seven sex tapes and 30 nude photos, it has been reported. Religious groups are now severing all ties with her.
America’s biggest gay media company forced to close
6:15 PM — Window Media LCC, the largest publisher of LGBT newspapers and websites in America, has closed down. The company owns the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, David magazine and the South Florida Blade.
Video: Dolly Parton supports gay marriage 1
5:41 PM — Country legend Dolly Parton has given her support for gay marriage. The gay icon talked to CNN's Joy Behar on Friday about why her gay audience loves her and added that gays should have to "suffer" marriage too.
‘Homophobic’ Beenie Man concerts axed in Australia and New Zealand 13
11:41 AM — A string of concerts by Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man have been cancelled after organisers faced a wave of protest from gay rights groups. Big Day Out said his appearance would "mar" the festival for many people.
13th November 2009
Indian voters allowed ‘third gender’ option 3
6:14 PM — The Electoral Commission of India decided to give recognition on voter forms to those who see themselves as neither male or female. They can now list themselves as 'other'.
Argentinian judge permits gay couple to marry 3
5:28 PM — A gay couple in Argentina have been given permission to marry by a judge. Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello were granted the right by Judge Gabriela Seijas in Buenos Aires.
10-year-old refuses to pledge allegiance until there’s gay equality in the USA 49
5:06 PM — A ten-year-old boy from Arkansas has refused to pledge allegiance to the flag until gays and lesbians have equal rights. Will Phillips said some of his peers had called him gay slurs over his choice.
New Zealand festival under pressure over homophobic reggae star Beenie Man 10
4:08 PM — Big Day Out, the New Zealand music festival, is under pressure to ban a Jamaican reggae artist from performing at the event. Beenie Man has a number of songs which mention killing gays and lesbians.
Rhode Island governor vetoes burial rights for gay partners 19
1:44 PM — The Republican governor of Rhode Island, Don Carcieri, has vetoed a bill which would allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners.