25th August 2009
Oprah protege Dr Phil accused of “pathologising” LGBT people 375
1:11 PM — American TV personality Dr Phil has been accused of giving a platform to controversial ex-gay therapists.
VIDEO: Trans mayoral candidate threatens to sue over false Twitter account 2
12:52 PM — A transgender politician in the United States has said she is going to sue social networking site Twitter over a fake account.
24th August 2009
Gay Iraq war veteran aims for US Congress seat 5
3:43 PM — A decorated US Army veteran who was honourably discharged after challenging the military’s "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law is making a bid for national office.
Gay news anchorman wins restraining order against former partner 1
1:17 PM — An American TV news presenter at the centre of allegations of workplace discrimination has been granted a two year restraining order against his former boyfriend.
Activists push for top level domain dedicated to the gay community 10
12:55 PM — Gay groups in the US and South Africa are backing a campaign to establish a new top level domain for the LGBT community.
Gay Congressman praises “positive” appointment of LGBT activist to Justice role
12:29 PM — The appointment of a prominent gay rights advocate as an adviser to the US Justice Department has been welcomed.
21st August 2009
Man steals earring-wearing Chihuahua from Florida gay bar 15
2:18 PM — A Chihuahua with pink earrings was allegedly stolen from a south Florida gay bar by a man with a Britney Spears tattoo.
First black lesbian mayor in America to marry her partner 3
11:30 AM — Denise Simmons, the first black lesbian mayor in America, has announced she is to marry her partner next weekend.
Clinic nurse claims he was Michael Jackson’s gay lover 9
10:43 AM — A man who worked at the offices of Michael Jackson's dermatologist is claiming he had an affair with the singer. Jason Pfeiffer said he first got to know Jackson over the phone and the couple began an affair when he gave the singer a lift home.
20th August 2009
Video: Maine gay marriage activists begin TV campaign 3
5:13 PM — Gay rights advocates in Maine, US, have begun airing TV advertisements to encourage voters to protect equality.
Lutherans agree to disagree on gay relationships 2
4:22 PM — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's assembly agreed by just one vote yesterday to recognise gay relationships but acknowledge differing views.
Gay Mad Men episode under fire from parents’ group 8
3:10 PM — An episode of TV drama Mad Men which featured a gay scene has been attacked by the Parents' Television Council which says it should have been given a higher rating.
Lesbian couple protest after being asked to leave Maryland restaurant 8
2:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were asked to leave a Montgomery County restaurant have held a small protest outside it. Aiyi'nah Ford and her partner Torian Brown say they were kicked out because they were hugging.
California judge sets January court date for Prop 8 trial
10:53 AM — A California judge has set a date in January 2010 for a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue the ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th.
19th August 2009
Texas police to revise policies after gay bar raid 1
5:10 PM — The chief of Fort Worth Police has said he is revising the force's policies after a controversial raid on a gay bar. One man was hospitalised with a head injury in the raid, which happened on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Homeless LGBT youth centre named after Golden Girls star 4
2:27 PM — A centre for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people is to be named after Golden Girls star Bea Arthur.
UPDATED: Reality TV star claims he was jailed because he is gay 8
10:19 AM — The first winner of US reality TV show Survivor has claimed he was only jailed for tax evasion because he is gay.
18th August 2009
Survey finds half of US football players have a gay teammate 8
5:48 PM — A survey of US football players has found that half of them know at least one gay teammate. The anonymous research, by ESPN magazine, asked 85 college football players if they had a gay athlete on their team.
Man sentenced to 25 years in jail for killing trans woman 4
5:07 PM — A man who shot dead a trans woman has been sentenced to the maximum term of 25 years in jail. Dwight DeLee, 20, killed 22-year-old Lateisha Green with a single bullet to the chest in November 2008.
Alaskan mayor vetoes gay discrimination protections 19
3:21 PM — The mayor of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, has vetoed a measure giving discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people.