28th September 2009
Thousands protest in Rome against homophobic attacks 4
12:07 PM — An estimated 30,000 people turned out onto the streets of Rome last week to protest against a spate of homophobic attacks in Italy.
Study finds no difference between children raised by gay or straight adoptive parents 26
12:04 PM — A study of adoptive parents has found "no significant difference" in emotional problems experienced by children brought up by gay adoptive parents.
Billboard featuring gay US marine is vandalised 10
10:49 AM — A billboard advertisement in Memphis featuring a former US marine and the tagline "I'm gay and I protected your freedom" has been torn down by vandals.
25th September 2009
Gay man tipped as German foreign minister 12
6:07 PM — An openly gay man has been tipped to become Germany's foreign minister. Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the Free Democrat Party, may form a coalition government with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats after Sunday's elections, if the polls prove to be correct.
Federal healthcare bill ‘will actually harm gays and lesbians’ 11
5:24 PM — A bill which proposes expanded federal healthcare discriminates against gay couples, the leader of a Republican gay group has said.
God Hates Fags church wins free speech appeal over funeral picket 61
5:06 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing the funerals of US soldiers with slogans such as 'God hates fags', has won an appeal on the First Amendment.
Gay activists file proposal to challenge Prop 8 2
10:47 AM — A coalition of gay groups have filed language to repeal Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California. They hope to get the measure on next year's ballot.
24th September 2009
New United Nations General Assembly President calls homosexuality ‘unnacceptable’ 86
6:47 PM — The newly-installed president of the United Nations General Assembly, Ali Abdussalam Treki, has said that homosexuality is "not really acceptable".
Bullfighter to advertise gay drink on cape 14
3:39 PM — A Spanish matador has agreed to advertise a drink aimed at gay men in the ring. Joselito Ortega, who is not well-known, will have the name of the energy drink, Gay Up, embroidered on his cape.
Vaccine cuts risk of HIV infection ‘by a third’ 4
11:02 AM — Researchers have found that a combination of two experimental HIV vaccines cut infection rates by one third. The seven-year trial, carried out in Thailand on 16,000 people, is the first to cut infection rates.
23rd September 2009
Celebrate Bisexuality Day 10 years old 25
5:43 PM — People around the world have marked the tenth anniversary of the Celebrate Bisexuality Day, an annual event intended to demarginalise the bisexual community.
Frida Kahlo books under investigation after forgery claims 5
4:45 PM — More than 1,000 works from a private collection featured in two books on the bisexual Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are being investigated amid claims they were forged.
US poised to lift HIV immigration ban 1
3:23 PM — A memo has been released by the United States Customs and Immigrations Service which suggests the year-long wait for the HIV travel ban may be nearly over.
Congressman calls for more information about abused US Navy sailor’s case 3
2:43 PM — Democratic Representative Joe Sestak, a retired US Navy Rear Admiral, has called for an investigation into the case of the abused gay sailor John Rocha.
Serbian justice minister calls for ban on extremist threats 4
12:33 PM — Slobodan Homen, a justice minister in Belgrade, has told the B92 television station in the wake of the city's cancelled gay pride march the government hopes to silence organisations "that voice threats".
22nd September 2009
Man jailed for life over murder and rape of lesbian footballer 1
5:32 PM — A man was jailed for life today for the murder and rape of a lesbian South African footballer. Eudy Simelane, a player for Banyana Banyana and prominent South African gay rights activist, was stabbed to death in April 2008.
US senator’s chief of staff: ‘Porn will turn you gay’ 35
5:06 PM — The well-known chief of staff for a Republican senator has said that boys should be told that looking at pornography will turn them gay.
Chaz Bono to write memoir of sex change 4
4:37 PM — Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, is to write a memoir detailing his experiences of gender reassignment. Bono, who lived as a lesbian named Chastity for 20 years, announced his plans to transition in June.
Over a third of New Zealanders say homosexuality is ‘morally wrong’ 22
4:28 PM — A small survey of New Zealand residents has found that 39 per cent believe homosexuality is morally wrong. The research was carried out by UMR, which conducted telephone interviews with 750 people.
Almost a quarter of US gay couples see themselves as married 2
3:48 PM — The first US census figures on gay marriage have revealed that nearly 150,000 same-sex couples in the country see themselves as married.