25th June 2009
Jerusalem ready for a peaceful Pride event 4
1:45 PM — More than two thousand people are expected to take part in a Pride march in Jerusalem today. In previous years the event has been marred by violence, threats of violence and the disapproval of some devout Jews.
Gay US Congressman re-introduces workplace discrimination bill 7
1:38 PM — A Congressman in the United States has introduced an "inclusive" Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the House of Representatives.
White House to hold gay Pride reception 18
1:18 PM — The President of the United States is to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a reception for LGBT people at the White House.
Sarkozy accused of abandoning human rights after Yade is moved to sport 4
12:57 PM — The President of France has been criticised for moving his minister for human rights to a new department and failing to fill her role.
Human rights group condemns Saudi Arabia for “cross-dressing” arrests 2
12:40 PM — The arrests of 67 men in Saudi Arabia on charges of cross-dressing is a violation of basic human rights, according to activists.
24th June 2009
Catholic agency to cease new adoptions over gay parents 16
4:54 PM — The Catholic Children's Society has announced it will stop placing children with adoptive parents due to new legislation which requires it to cease discriminating against gay couples.
Man jailed for 23 years over murder of ex-boyfriend 8
11:48 AM — A man who killed his former boyfriend by setting him alight has been jailed for 23 years. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, poured petrol over the head of Charlie Davies and set him alight outside his home in Templedene Avenue, Staines two months after their relationship ended.
23rd June 2009
North Carolina passes anti-gay bullying bill 5
4:01 PM — Following 90 minutes of heated debate, the North Carolina House passed legislation yesterday to include specific protections for students who are bullied because of their sexuality in an anti-bullying law.
Gay couples can use married names in passports 3
3:19 PM — The US State Department has stated that same-sex married couples can use their married names in their passports. The change comes in response to an amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations in February 2008.
John Bercow wins race for Speaker 8
2:58 PM — John Bercow, the Tory MP for Buckinghamshire, has won the race to succeed Michael Martin as the new Speaker. The MP has been something of a leader for gay rights in his party since changing his views on the gay age of consent in 2000.
Gay Mormons seek ‘reconciliation’ and an ‘apology’ from church leaders 10
1:33 PM — A website launched by current and former Mormons has petitioned leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show “understanding” and “forgiveness” towards the gay and lesbian community.
BNP could face court injunction over membership policy 12
1:07 PM — The British National Party may face legal action over its membership policy, which essentially bans non-white people from joining the party.
US military gay ban ‘linked to poor performance’ 2
11:14 AM — Research has suggested that the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the US military may be lowering performance to life-threatening levels.
Lesbian parents test Florida adoption law 5
10:23 AM — The case of Lara Embry and Kimberly Ryan, two lesbians who adopted each others' daughters and are now separated, has forced the gay adoption issue in Florida into further deliberation.
22nd June 2009
Northern Ireland pastor calls homosexuality ‘an abomination’ 44
5:39 PM — The pastor of a Northern Ireland church has attacked homosexuality, saying it is associated with shortened lifespans and mental health problems and that people should change themselves.
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
Florida synagogue to offer ‘covenant of love’ ceremonies to gay couples 7
3:11 PM — The Temple Sholom synagogue in Pompano Beach, Florida, has placed adverts in a local Jewish newspaper offering 'Jewish Covenant of Love” ceremonies to gay couples.
Gay New Zealand man beaten to death with banjo 8
1:20 PM — The trial of a Hungarian tourist who allegedly killed a 69-year-old gay man with a banjo has begun today in the Auckland High Court.
US census to count married gay couples 5
1:12 PM — US Census Bureau officials have said that the 2010 census will count married gay couples, despite previous statements that they would not be recognised.
Irish civil partnerships could be enacted by end of the year 9
11:33 AM — Irish minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said he will soon seek cabinet approval for a civil partnerships bill which could be enacted by the end of the year.