14th September 2009
Amnesty report warns of violence against gays and women in Serbia 3
12:14 PM — The Serbian government is failing to protect human rights groups fighting for LGBT and women's rights, an Amnesty International report has claimed.
Jamaican police claim murder of British consul was not homophobic despite note calling him a ‘batty man’ 39
11:16 AM — The murder of a British honorary consul in Jamaica was unlikely to be a homophobic attack, local police have said. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home last Thursday. A note promised the same would happen to "all gays".
Gay Australians want marriage, not partnerships 9
10:49 AM — A survey of gay and lesbian Australians has found that the majority would prefer marriage over civil partnerships.
11th September 2009
Designer Tom Ford says lack of rights for gay couples is ‘disgusting’
5:20 PM — Openly gay fashion designer Tom Ford has hit out at the bans on gay marriage and civil partnerships in many parts of the world.
Iran may allow trans marriage 5
5:01 PM — Iran is set to allow a woman to marry a trans man. A woman, known only as Shaghayegh, told Tehran's family court she wanted to marry her best friend from school, who recently underwent gender reassignment to become male.
Jodie Foster reportedly splits with lesbian partner 6
4:33 PM — Actress Jodie Foster is reportedly single again after splitting up with the woman she left her long-term partner for. According to reports, her partner Cindy Mort has returned to an old flame.
Women and ethnic minorites overrepresented in gay military ban firings
4:18 PM — Women and ethnic minorities are more likely than white men to be fired under the US military's ban on openly gay service members, official figures have suggested.
Report claims South African runner is intersex 34
11:55 AM — Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose gender has come under scrutiny, is intersex, an Australian newspaper has claimed.
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.