20th August 2009
Video: Maine gay marriage activists begin TV campaign 3
5:13 PM — Gay rights advocates in Maine, US, have begun airing TV advertisements to encourage voters to protect equality.
New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defence 8
1:32 PM — A bill to abolish the so-called 'gay panic defence' has passed its first reading in New Zealand's parliament. The Crimes Provocation Repeal Amendment Bill was unanimously passed on Tuesday night.
MP calls for halt on deportation of Iraqi gay man 5
12:01 PM — An MP has said that a recent report on the plight of gays in Iraq means a gay Iraqi man living in her north London constituency must not be deported.
California judge sets January court date for Prop 8 trial
10:53 AM — A California judge has set a date in January 2010 for a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue the ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th.
19th August 2009
Texas police to revise policies after gay bar raid 1
5:10 PM — The chief of Fort Worth Police has said he is revising the force's policies after a controversial raid on a gay bar. One man was hospitalised with a head injury in the raid, which happened on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Government consultant jailed for attempted male rape 6
3:32 PM — A Labour consultant has been jailed for 30 months for the attempted rape of a man he met at a party. Derek Barrett, 34, met his victim at a social event in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, in January 2007.
Music teacher pleads guilty to lesbian affair with pupil, 15 8
11:02 AM — A lesbian music teacher at a private London school has pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a child. Helen Goddard, 26, pleaded guilty to the five-month affair at Southwark crown court yesterday.
18th August 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
17th August 2009
Gay Israeli peace campaigner avoids jail for now
6:05 PM — A gay Israeli man who has opposed the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank has escaped jail for now. Ezra Nawi will be sentenced on September 21st.
Obama administration says marriage law discriminates against gays but will still defend it 7
5:49 PM — The Obama administration has admitted that the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory but has said it will still defend it in court.
Street preacher takes legal action after claiming he was threatened with arrest 28
4:33 PM — A street preacher who read out anti-gay Bible passages in Manchester city centre has accused police of abusing their powers.
Gay Iraqis face torture and murder, report finds 32
11:07 AM — A report has found that gays in Iraq are facing rising levels of homophobic violence from militia groups and the government is not doing enough to stop attacks.
15th August 2009
George Michael arrested after collision with lorry 12
9:43 AM — Openly gay pop star George Michael was arrested by police in the early hours of yesterday morning following a collision with a lorry it has been revealed.
13th August 2009
Judge rules against Howard K Stern’s gay defamation claim 2
4:20 PM — A New York judge has ruled against Howard K Stern’s claim that being called gay is defamatory and entitles him to collect damages.
19,000 people sign petition not to jail gay Israeli man 3
11:46 AM — An online petition to prevent a gay Israeli peace campaigner being jailed has gathered 19,000 signatures but more people are being asked to pledge their support.
California campaigners will wait until 2012 to fight gay marriage ban 9
9:54 AM — Gay marriage campaigners have said they will wait until 2012 to challenge Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California.
12th August 2009
‘No evidence’ of US atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians
4:17 PM — The US military has confirmed no evidence has been found of US soldiers committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians. Last month, two Iraqi refugees claimed they had photographic evidence of US troops executing gay men.