13th November 2009
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.
Workplace equality and violence top concerns for Irish gays and lesbians 1
1:16 PM — A nationwide survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Ireland has found that their top concerns are equality in the workplace, anti-gay violence and bullying.
12th November 2009
Jewish settler accused of attacks on gay Israelis 12
6:32 PM — A Jewish settler accused of killing two Israelis and carrying out attacks on gays, left-wing Israelis and messianic Jews told a court this week that God was "proud" of him.
Gay blogger accused of terrorism by religious right-wingers 16
3:18 PM — A gay US blogger whose readers warned that radical gays and lesbians could attack right-wingers has been accused of terrorism and reported to the FBI.
Alabama school backs down over lesbian’s prom date 10
2:47 PM — An Alabama school which cancelled its prom after a lesbian student asked to bring a date has reversed its decision.
San Francisco Presbytery approves lesbian’s ordination 2
2:20 PM — A San Francisco lesbian who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years has finally won her battle to be ordained.
Video: Anti-gay Miss California threatens to storm off chat show over sex tape 20
12:05 PM — Carrie Prejean, the anti-gay Miss California, tore off her microphone and refused to speak to a gay caller on Larry King's show last night. King had questioned her about her sex tape.
11th November 2009
US school cancels prom after lesbian asks to invite girlfriend 15
7:49 PM — An Alabama school has cancelled its prom because one of the organisers, a lesbian student, asked permission to bring her girlfriend.
Governor says NY Senate will vote on gay marriage this year
7:40 PM — New York governor David Paterson has said that he is committed to ensuring that the Senate votes on a gay marriage bill by the end of this year.
Doctors: Gay marriage and military ban ‘bad for health’ 9
4:44 PM — The American Medical Association voted yesterday to oppose bans on gay marriage and out gay personnel in the military, saying that they were bad for health.
Australian territory legalises gay civil partnership ceremonies 4
3:48 PM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has legalised civil partnerships ceremonies for gay couples, making it the first territory in the country to do so.
Oprah not a lesbian, best friend says 11
1:35 PM — Gayle King, the best friend of American TV superstar Oprah Winfrey, has brushed off rumours that the two are in a gay relationship.
US Mormons back gay rights laws as “fair and reasonable” 13
1:14 PM — The Mormon Church has supported Salt Lake City legislation giving gays and lesbians protection from discrimination, despite traditionally railing against equal rights measures.
10th November 2009
Calls grow for Uganda to reject anti-gay bill 9
6:41 PM — A bill in Uganda which would see gay people being executed has led to protests and public calls for it to be rejected. A demonstration was held on Saturday outside the country's embassy in London.
French lesbian couple win 11-year battle to adopt 2
5:57 PM — A lesbian couple in France have won their 11-year battle to adopt a child. An administrative tribunal in the eastern town of Besancon granted the couple the right after they had been turned down by regional authorities.
Portia de Rossi: ‘I thought my career would be over if I came out’ 4
4:12 PM — Actress Portia de Rossi has said she was too frightened for years to admit she was a lesbian. De Rossi is now married to television presenter Ellen DeGeneres but has revealed that she thought coming out would mean the end of her acting career.
Gwyneth Paltrow to appear in film about trans painter 18
12:21 PM — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been lined up to play opposite Nicole Kidman in a film about the Dutch painter Einar Wegener, who in 1930 was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment.
New York governor David Paterson asks legislature to vote this week on gay marriage
12:12 PM — The New York legislature may vote this week on whether to allow same-sex marriage in the state. AFP reports that governor David Paterson called on the state's upper house yesterday to hold a special legislative session on the issue before Friday.
9th November 2009
Sweden ordains first openly lesbian bishop 3
3:28 PM — Eva Brunne, Sweden's first openly lesbian bishop, has been sworn into her new role. Brunne, 55, who is in a registered partnership and has a three-year-old son, is also believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop.