18th August 2009
Survey finds half of US football players have a gay teammate 8
5:48 PM — A survey of US football players has found that half of them know at least one gay teammate. The anonymous research, by ESPN magazine, asked 85 college football players if they had a gay athlete on their team.
Richard O’Brien: ‘Society should not dictate gender’ 12
5:25 PM — The writer and star or the Rocky Horror Show, Richard O'Brien, has discussed coming to terms with his gender identity.
Man sentenced to 25 years in jail for killing trans woman 4
5:07 PM — A man who shot dead a trans woman has been sentenced to the maximum term of 25 years in jail. Dwight DeLee, 20, killed 22-year-old Lateisha Green with a single bullet to the chest in November 2008.
Supermarkets censor Lesbian Vampire Killers DVD 8
4:29 PM — A number of supermarkets are censoring the DVD cover of Lesbian Vampire Killers, the comedy by Gavin & Stacey's Matthew Horne and James Corden.
Gay networking event designed for twenty-something men
4:02 PM — A new gay networking club in London has been designed specially for men in their twenties. London Twenties was set up to give young gay men the opportunity to network without having to pay pricey fees or feel uncomfortable.
Alaskan mayor vetoes gay discrimination protections 19
3:21 PM — The mayor of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, has vetoed a measure giving discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people.
Lesbian author Jeanette Winterson pens new children’s show for BBC
1:58 PM — Jeanette Winterson, the openly lesbian author, has written a one-off children's programme for BBC1. Ingenious tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who finds a mysterious glass bottle.
Australian trans men win court appeal over surgery 7
1:26 PM — Two Australian trans men have won a court appeal allowing them to be legally recognised as men without having to have their female reproductive organs removed.
Lady Gaga: ‘I’m gay, my show is gay, my fans are gay’ 6
11:41 AM — Lady Gaga told Kanye West he had to accept the gayness of her show before they went on tour together. Speaking to Out magazine, the star said she told the rapper that their joint show had to remain gay to keep her fans happy.
Trans woman sues after being asked for photo of genitals 27
11:05 AM — A trans woman who claims she was asked by her employer for a photograph of her genitals has filed a lawsuit. The request was apparently made to confirm which bathroom she should use.
Lutheran church to vote on gay clergy 3
10:39 AM — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is to decide this week whether to acceptgay clergy in sexually active monogamous relationships. Currently, only celibate gays can serve.