7th August 2009
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.
6th August 2009
Israeli prime minister visits scene of gay shooting 4
4:45 PM — The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has visited the gay youth centre where two people were killed last weekend.
Australian MP says homosexuality is ‘not a normal part of life’ 95
4:39 PM — Australian MP Dorothy Pratt has caused controversy in the state parliament after she attacked plans to allow gay adoption, saying homosexuality was not a normal part of life.
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin ‘a gay icon’ 18
12:49 PM — Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has been hailed as a gay icon following photographs of him riding bare-chested through a Siberian wilderness.
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.
Church of England groups push for gay ordinations 10
11:52 AM — A number of progessive groups in the Church of England are pushing for gay ordinations of bishops and same-sex blessings.
4th August 2009
Police hold meeting to deal with East End gay attacks 23
5:57 PM — Police are holding a public meeting to encourage people to report homophobic attacks in the East End of London. There have been a number of claims of violence against gays in the Shoreditch area.
Tel Aviv gay shooting: Israeli minister forms emergency committee 5
5:29 PM — Issac Herzog, the Israeli minister for welfare and social services, said yesterday he would form an emergency committee to meet the needs of LGBT people following a shooting at a gay centre.
Trans mayor censured by city council for short skirt 12
5:06 PM — Stu Rasmussen, the trans mayor of Silverton, Oregon, has been censured by the city's council for wearing "inappropriate clothing".
Catholic states ‘more likely to support gay rights’ 7
3:40 PM — US states with the highest proportion of Catholics are more likely to support gay rights, research has claimed.
Amsterdam mayor performs gay marriages for American-Dutch couples 1
3:14 PM — Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen presided over the marriages of five American-Dutch couples at the city's Pride festival on Saturday.
Foreign Office condemns Tel Aviv gay killings 5
1:28 PM — The British Foreign Office has condemned the killing of two gay people in a LGBT centre in Tel Aviv, Israel. Two people were killed and a further 15 were injured on Saturday night when an gunman opened fire.
Number of civil partnerships continues to fall 13
11:54 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into by gay and lesbian couples has continued to fall since a peak when they were legalised in 2005.
3rd August 2009
Scottish councillor: ‘Gays are sad and atheists are damned to hell’ 329
5:33 PM — A Scottish councillor has described "so-called" gays as "really very sad people" and said that non-believers are "damned to hell".
Gay man blackmailed lover for thousands of pounds 19
4:59 PM — A gay man who blackmailed his former lover for thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years. Kriston Cook, 20, threatened to tell the family and friends of his ex-lover about their relationship if his victim did not hand over nearly £2,000.
Tel Aviv gay killings: Police consider ‘personal motive’ 9
4:26 PM — Police sources have reportedly said they are considering that the murderer of two gay people in a Tel Aviv gay support group for young people may have had a personal motive for the attack.
Man charged with murdering gay US sailor commits suicide 9
2:26 PM — A sailor who was charged with the murder of a gay colleague was found dead in his prison cell on Friday. Petty officer Jonathan Campos, 32, of Lancaster, California, killed himself by stuffing toilet tissue into his mouth until he suffocated.