24th August 2009
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.
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.