13th August 2009
David Cameron refuses to fire gay Tory MP over ‘rations’ comment 11
2:19 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said he will not fire openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan for saying MPs were being "treated like s**t" in the aftermath of the expenses scandal.
12th August 2009
Tory LGBT group calls for ‘official reprimand’ for Tory MEP who said homophobia was propaganda 38
2:05 PM — An LGBT Conservative group has called for the Tory MEP who said homophobia does not exist to be officially reprimanded.
Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises for complaining about expenses 10
1:46 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP and shadow leader of the House of Commons Alan Duncan has apologised after being caught on camera complaining that MPs are now "treated like s**t".
Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan secretly filmed complaining about expenses 14
12:02 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP and shadow leader of the House of Commons Alan Duncan has been caught on camera saying that MPs are now "treated like s**t" and are forced to live on "rations" since the expenses scandal broke.
11th August 2009
MPs criticise Cayman Islands’ draft constitution for omitting gay rights
3:52 PM — A draft constitution for the Cayman Islands has been criticised by MPs for deliberately excluding gay rights. The Foreign Affairs Committee described the decision as "deplorable" and raised concerns that it breached human rights laws.
Tory MEP answers back over homophobia comments 194
10:51 AM — The Conservative MEP who said that homophobia is "merely a propaganda device" has been forced to defend his comments.
’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.
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.
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.
4th August 2009
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".