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".
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.
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 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.
2nd August 2009
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.