11th September 2009
Judge rules names of gay rights opponents can be kept secret 8
11:02 AM — A Washington judge has ruled that the names of those who signed a petition against equal rights for gay couples can be kept secret, despite arguments from gay groups that changing the law should be an open process.
British consul killed in ‘homophobic’ attack in Jamaica – note on his bed called him a ‘batty man’ 64
9:52 AM — A British honourary consul has been found murdered at his home in Jamaica, in what police believe is a homophobic attack.
10th September 2009
Gay-friendly church asks ‘Would Jesus discriminate?’ 99
5:28 PM — A liberal church movement has launched a new campaign designed to ask people whether Jesus would discriminate against others. The Metropolitan Community Church, which has congregations in more than 20 countries, is strongly committed to gay rights and support same-sex marriage.
Survey: Gays thought to face most discrimination 12
4:28 PM — A US survey has found that people believe gays are the most discriminated-against social group, with Muslims and Hispanics following.
Man accused of murdering lesbian couple escapes jail in a cardboard box
11:47 AM — A French man charged with the murder of two lesbian women managed to escape jail in a cardboard box, prison authorities have admitted.
Gay adoption now legal in Uruguay 8
10:53 AM — A bill allowing gay couples in Uruguay to adopt has been approved by the country's Senate. It was approved by Congress late last month and Uruguay's adoption statute will now be modified, making it the first Latin American country to allow gay adoption.
Lesbian star Ellen DeGeneres named as American Idol judge 3
10:25 AM — Ellen DeGeneres has been picked to replace Paula Adbul as a judge on American Idol. The actress and comedian is one of the most popular entertainers in the US and also one of the most high-profile lesbians.
9th September 2009
Lindsay Lohan appointed artistic advisor for House of Emanuel Ungaro 6
10:46 PM — Bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan has been appointed "artistic adviser" for House of Emanuel Ungaro. The 'Mean Girls' star- who already has her own range of leggings and fake tan - will work alongside Spanish designer Estrella Archs for the French fashion house and will be giving her own input on designs and styles.
Comment: We need to speak up against homophobia in music 4
5:54 PM — Several concerts by reggae artist Buju Banton were recently cancelled in America, amid controversy over notoriously homophobic lyrics which incite the murder of gay people. The campaign which led to the cancellations shows gay people need to confront musicians like him.
Australia’s HIV rates lowest for ten years 3
5:48 PM — Rates of HIV infections in Australia are at their lowest level in ten years, according to new official figures. However, experts have urged caution, saying the change may be due to new data collation methods.
Gay bishop Gene Robinson: ’20 years ago, coming out was almost like committing suicide’ 5
4:55 PM — The first gay US bishop, Gene Robinson, has spoken about coming out, his relationship with his former wife, and the chances of more gay bishops being elected.
Turkish man tried in absentia for ‘honour killing’ of gay son 7
4:21 PM — A Turkish man accused of killing his gay son has gone on trial this week in Istanbul. Yahya Yildiz, 49, is on the run and is being tried in absentia for allegedly shooting his son Ahmet, 26, dead in June last year.
Amnesty sends warning over Lithuania’s criminalisation of ‘homosexual propaganda’ 9
2:10 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has condemned plans by Lithuania to criminalise the "promotion" of homosexuality, saying it could lead to increased violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Washington judge rejects attempt to block referendum on gay partnership law
12:12 PM — A Washington judge has refused to block a statewide referendum on whether gay couples should be given expanded rights under domestic partnerships.
Video: George Clooney resists gay fan who stripped off for him 2
10:56 AM — George Clooney proved his reputation for smoothness this week when a half-naked man made a pass at him. The incident happened at a press conference at Venice Film Festival.
Caster Semenya unveils glamorous look as she learns she’ll keep gold medal 27
10:04 AM — South African athlete Caster Semenya has learned that she will be entitled to retain her 800-metre gold medal regardless of the results of tests to ascertain whether she is really a man or a woman. She has also taken part in a glamorous magazine shoot.
8th September 2009
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 1
5:49 PM — A trans woman running for mayor in Nampa in the US state of Idaho says she has been warmly received by voters. Melissa Sue Robinson filed her application last month after announcing her plans to run for the role in June.
Lesbian soldier who deserted US Army pleads for refugee status 2
5:40 PM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after allegedly being physically abused and threatened is appealing to be allowed to stay in Canada as a refugee.
Missouri city set to remove anti-gay law 5
4:38 PM — The city of Springfield, in the US state of Missouri, is set to remove a law which discriminates gays and lesbians from its ordinances tonight.
‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29
10:43 AM — An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island. Swami Baba Ramdev recently said homosexuality was a "disease" but could be cured by yoga.