4th August 2009
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.
Gay couples protest Australian gay marriage ban with mock weddings 6
2:11 PM — Around 2,000 demonstrators marched on the Labor Party's annual conference in Sydney, Australia, to protest about the continuing ban on gay marriage.
Two gay priests among nominations for LA bishop 9
11:40 AM — Two gay Episcopal priests are among the six nominated candidates for the role of assistant bishop of Los Angeles. The US Anglican church recently voted to reject a moratorium on consecrating new gay bishops.
2nd August 2009
Video: Soho joins world in vigils for victims of the Tel Aviv anti-gay massacre 26
11:40 PM — Organised by Twitter, Facebook and text message, all across the world vigils have been held for the victims of the massacre at an LGBT (lesbian, gay and bisexual) centre in Tel Aviv last night. Benjamin Cohen went to Soho to meet gay Israelis, Jews and those of no faith at all to share in their act of remembrance
Israeli PM and President condemn murder of gay youths in Tel Aviv massacre 28
11:23 AM — As two of the young LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) Israelis murdered in a shooting at a Tel Aviv gay centre have been named, the country's President and Prime Minister have condemned the atrocity.
Spontaneous demonstrations held following anti-gay massacre in Tel Aviv 19
1:33 AM — Thousands of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) Israelis have held an impromptu march through the streets of Tel Aviv after a masked gun man opened fire at a centre for gay teenagers, killing three late last night.
1st August 2009
Video: 2 Gay teens murdered in Tel Aviv “slaughterhouse” shooting 38
11:30 PM — At least three gay teens have been murdered and a further 12 injured at a shooting at a meeting for gay teenagers in Tel Aviv, Israel. Eye witnesses described the scene like a "slaughterhouse".
31st July 2009
Portugal upholds gay marriage ban after lesbians’ challenge 8
5:57 PM — The Portuguese constitutional court has today upheld the ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple tried to use a constitutional loophole to challenge the law.
Gay couple who kissed on Mormon plaza will not be charged 10
5:04 PM — A gay couple who were stopped by security guards for kissing on the property of a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City will not face charges, police have said.
Quakers agree to hold gay marriages 190
12:51 PM — The annual meeting of Quakers in York has decided to hold marriages for gay couples. According to those present, many hugged and burst into tears when the decision was announced.
Quakers to decide today on holding civil partnership ceremonies 8
10:36 AM — The annual meeting of Quakers will decide today whether to ask the government for legal authority to register civil partnerships in the same way as marriages.
30th July 2009
Gay activists ‘undermining’ repeal of US military gay ban 3
4:42 PM — Gay activists have "undermined" efforts to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', a report has claimed. According to a report, they "worked to derail" the possibility of a suspension of the ban on gay personnel serving openly in the military.
Albania’s government to legalise gay marriage 32
11:38 AM — The government of Albania has proposed to legalise gay marriage. Prime minister Sali Berisha told a cabinet meeting yesterday that the law was an important move against discrimination.
European commissioner calls for greater trans rights 3
11:17 AM — Thomas Hammarberg, the commissioner for human rights for the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, has called on Europe to do more to stop transphobia.