23rd August 2010
New American pro-gay Catholic group formed 12
5:12 PM — A group of American LGBT Catholics have created a new organisation to promote gay political causes and help bridge the gap between the traditional wing of the Church and the more progressive followers of the faith.
Anti-gay student loses legal appeal 56
3:51 PM — A federal judge has upheld the right of a university in the state of Georgia to enforce standards in its counselling graduate programmes after an anti-gay student sued the institution for insisting she comply with the rule that gay people be treated equally.
New US poll report finds changing attitudes to homosexuality 7
12:54 PM — According to new national research, Americans have become more accepting of homosexuality of the past 16 years, with over half of those polled saying they support civil unions.
Mexican gay rights activists and Catholic protestors clash 7
12:05 PM — In Mexico yesterday, gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics clashed during a demonstration over the issue of same-sex marriage which is currently legal only in the country's capital, Mexico City.
18th August 2010
US gay group angry at retailer Target’s donations to ‘anti-gay’ Republican 2
4:25 PM — America's largest gay group, Human Rights Campaign, is protesting over Target's $150,000 donation which was used to support a Republican gubernatorial candidate who has opposed gay rights.
US lesbian student sues school after being excluded from yearbook 19
2:00 PM — An American teenager is suing her school district after being excluded from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo in her photo. Ceara Sturgis, 18, is a lesbian and prefers to wear masculine clothing.
17th August 2010
Mexico City’s gay adoption law upheld
1:01 PM — Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that a law allowing gay couples to adopt in the country's capital is constitutional.
Temporary ban on California gay marriages extended to end of year 16
9:21 AM — A California appeals court has extended the ban on gay marriage until the end of this year. After US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, weddings were to begin today at 5pm.
16th August 2010
Teenager shot dead at Brazil pride festival 1
11:49 AM — A teenage boy was killed in a shooting at a pride festival in south-east Brazil on Saturday. The teenager was killed at the Juiz de Fora Pride, which attracted nearly 70,000 people.
13th August 2010
Trans woman refused treatment at Indiana hospital 7
4:55 PM — A trans woman who went to hospital in Muncie, Indiana, last month with a serious lung complaint has said she was ridiculed and ultimately refused treatment by staff.
Orthodox rabbis sign pro-gay document 14
3:57 PM — Three Montreal rabbis became the latest signatories yesterday of a statement calling for the acceptance of Jewish gay men and lesbians into synagogues.
American comedian suggests ‘ground zero gay bar’ 23
1:03 PM — Left-wing American commentator and comedian Greg Gutfeld suggested on his blog yesterday that opening a gay bar next to the proposed "Ground Zero Mosque" in New York City would be a way of "building bridges".
Top-ranking lesbian cadet quits West Point over anti-gay military policy
10:55 AM — A lesbian cadet offered her resignation this week to top US military academy West Point over the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars openly LGBT people from serving in the US armed forces.
12th August 2010
Judge rules gay marriage in California to resume next week 25
9:18 PM — Same-sex marriages are to resume next week in California after a federal judge lifted the ban. Judge Vaughn Walker ruled last week that banning gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional but ruled on Thursday that his verdict should apply now, rather than staying the order while gay marriage opponents appeal.
Gay US Air Force officer sues over dismissal 2
11:25 AM — A gay US Air Force officer who lost his job last year after a false rape allegation forced him to reveal his sexuality has sued to block his dismissal from the military and to overturn the US army's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
Judge Walker to rule on whether gay marriages in California can resume immediately 8
10:51 AM — Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker, who last week invalidated Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state of California, is to rule today on whether marriages can resume.
Father of Mel Gibson brands Pope ‘gay’ 24
9:57 AM — The 91-year-old father of actor Mel Gibson has outed himself as a homophobe during a live phone-in on a US Christian radio station.
11th August 2010
Costa Rica court says no to referendum on civil unions 4
4:41 PM — Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ruled against allowing a referendum on whether gay couples should be permitted to have civil unions. The referendum was supported by Catholic groups but the court said that the majority should not decide the rights of a minority.
Mexico must recognise gay marriages, court rules 8
11:40 AM — Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriages must be recognised throughout the country. The country's capital, Mexico City, legalised marriage for gay couples seven months ago.
10th August 2010
Flight attendant quits his job by sliding down escape chute 22
4:40 PM — A flight attendant who became fed-up with rude passengers quit his job yesterday in a way that most disgruntled employees can only dream of.