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.
Brighton cruising spot sees rise in homophobic attacks 14
10:33 AM — Police say there has been a rise in homophobic attacks at a popular Brighton cruising spot. Dukes Mound, off Madeira Drive, is regularly used as a meeting place for men to have sex.
11th August 2009
US trans prisoner barred from hair removal therapy 15
5:19 PM — A trans prisoner has been denied further hair removal therapy after a judge said she would not suffer "serious harm" without it.
MPs criticise Cayman Islands’ draft constitution for omitting gay rights
3:52 PM — A draft constitution for the Cayman Islands has been criticised by MPs for deliberately excluding gay rights. The Foreign Affairs Committee described the decision as "deplorable" and raised concerns that it breached human rights laws.
Fired gay anchorman ‘told not to marry or have kids’ 5
2:14 PM — A TV news reporter in Florida who claimed he was removed as the presenter of a high-profile show because he is gay has said he was told not to get married or have children.
10th August 2009
Gay Israeli peace campaigner to be jailed over protest 8
11:38 AM — A gay Israeli peace activist is facing jail after opposing the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank.
7th August 2009
Irish gay marriage activists call on straight supporters to march 13
11:40 AM — A group that advocates gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland has called on heterosexuals to take part in a protest march in Dublin on Sunday.
US gay groups hail appointment of first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice 12
9:59 AM — America's biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organisations have welcomed the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
5th August 2009
Gay couples in Wisconsin sign up for domestic partnerships 7
5:56 PM — Gay couples across the US state of Wisconsin have begun registering for domestic partnerships since new laws came into force on Monday.
Gay man beaten after leaving Torquay nightclub 3
5:26 PM — A gay man was robbed and beaten while leaving a gay club in Torquay in the early hours of Saturday morning.
US military investigating Iraqi gay executions claim
1:43 PM — The US military is investigating claims that US soldiers committed atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians. Last week, two gay Iraqi refugees claimed they had photographic evidence of executions.
Stonewall publishes advice for lesbians on getting pregnant 2
12:08 PM — Stonewall, the gay and lesbian rights group, has published a guide for lesbians on how to get pregnant in the wake of the new laws protecting the rights of lesbian couples seeking fertility treatment.