11th August 2009
’50-50 chance’ of Zimbabwe constitution protecting gays 2
10:31 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Zimbabwe believe they have a 50-50 chance of having gay, lesbian and bisexual people protected under the country's new constitution.
10th August 2009
Comment: Will Cameron back MEP who thinks marriage is not ‘relevant or appropriate’ for gay people? 18
3:13 PM — Roger Helmer also said homophobia was a "merely a propaganda device" designed to stigamatise conventional opinions.
Israeli president speaks at Tel Aviv gay rally
2:09 PM — The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, has addressed tens of thousands of people at a gay solidarity rally in Tel Aviv. Just over a week ago, two were killed at an LGBT youth centre.
Gay Israeli peace campaigner to be jailed over protest 8
11:38 AM — A gay Israeli peace activist is facing jail after opposing the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank.
Tory MEP says homophobia doesn’t exist 171
10:33 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that homophobia does not exist and is simply a "propaganda device". Roger Helmer said it was used to "stigamatise those holding conventional opinions".
7th August 2009
Billie Jean King and Harvey Milk to be honoured by Obama 4
4:06 PM — Two American gay icons will be honoured by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Wednesday.
Peter Tatchell calls for a Cornwall parliament 21
1:47 PM — Gay campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell has compared the fight for LGBT rights with the little-known movement for self-rule for Cornwall.
Glasgay festival’s play Jesus, Queen of Heaven upsets Christians 54
1:00 PM — Fundamentalist Christians have claimed that a play to be performed later this year as part of the Glasgay arts festival is insulting to their beliefs.
Irish gay marriage activists call on straight supporters to march 13
11:40 AM — A group that advocates gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland has called on heterosexuals to take part in a protest march in Dublin on Sunday.
Homophobic SNP councillor faces investigation 52
10:24 AM — A lesbian couple have complained to Scottish Borders Council about remarks made by a councillor about gay people.
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.