27th August 2009
Russian lesbian couple go to court over right to marry 1
11:07 AM — A lesbian couple in Russia have accused the authorities of using "any excuse" to obstruct their legal case for gay marriage.
26th August 2009
Downing St responds to petition against deportation of gays 10
2:53 PM — A petition on the Downing St website calling on the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned because of their sexuality has prompted a response from the government.
25th August 2009
Gay legal group calls for an end to America’s HIV travel ban 5
6:42 PM — Lambda Legal, a group that pursues litigation in support of LGBT rights, has called on the US government to end a ban on living with HIV from travelling to or taking residence in the country.
Government to make “party drug” GBL a controlled substance 21
11:19 AM — The Home Office has announced that it will ban a drug which has become popular on the gay club curcuit.
24th August 2009
Equality Commission takes BNP to court over “racist” membership policy 112
4:31 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today issued county court proceedings against the British National Party because of its constitution and membership criteria.
Polish gay man wins damages from homophobic neighbour in landmark case 11
4:21 PM — A Polish woman who repeatedly verbally abused one of her neighbours about his sexual orientation has been ordered to pay him more than £3,000 in damages.
New research finds 33% of Brighton’s LGBT population have used cannabis 15
2:03 PM — New research has revealed that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in Brighton are much more likely to use illegal drugs than the general population.
Serbia’s Interior Minister promises police protection for Pride parade 2
1:47 PM — Police in Belgrade will ensure public safety during next month's Pride events, a senior politician has said.
Gay news anchorman wins restraining order against former partner 1
1:17 PM — An American TV news presenter at the centre of allegations of workplace discrimination has been granted a two year restraining order against his former boyfriend.
Gay Congressman praises “positive” appointment of LGBT activist to Justice role
12:29 PM — The appointment of a prominent gay rights advocate as an adviser to the US Justice Department has been welcomed.
MEPs complain to Lithuania about proposed criminalisation of gay “propaganda” 10
10:27 AM — The European Parliament Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has written to MPs in Lithuania about new legislation that aims to criminalise 'propagation of homosexual relations'.
21st August 2009
Men charged after eggs thrown in Manchester’s gay village
5:37 PM — Two men have been charged for throwing eggs and shouting homophobic abuse at members of the public in Manchester's gay village.
Man steals earring-wearing Chihuahua from Florida gay bar 15
2:18 PM — A Chihuahua with pink earrings was allegedly stolen from a south Florida gay bar by a man with a Britney Spears tattoo.
17-year-old faces homosexuality trial in Senegal 9
11:28 AM — A 17-year-old boy is due to face trial for "acts against nature" in Senegal next week, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
20th August 2009
New Zealand judge calls for gay couples to be given right to adopt 4
5:34 PM — The acting head judge of the Family Court in New Zealand has said the country is lagging behind others when it comes to gay adoption.
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.