6th August 2009
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.
Online LGBT school to launch in 2010 5
4:14 PM — An online school for LGBT students plans to launch in January 2010. The school, based in the US, is the first of its kind and is a part of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.
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.
Laramie Project: Ten Years Later to be shown across US 3
3:23 PM — Around 100 theatres in America are expected to show a follow-up reading of the Laramie Project, a film about murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard.
4th August 2009
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".
Catholic states ‘more likely to support gay rights’ 7
3:40 PM — US states with the highest proportion of Catholics are more likely to support gay rights, research has claimed.
Amsterdam mayor performs gay marriages for American-Dutch couples 1
3:14 PM — Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen presided over the marriages of five American-Dutch couples at the city's Pride festival on Saturday.
3rd August 2009
Man charged with murdering gay US sailor commits suicide 9
2:26 PM — A sailor who was charged with the murder of a gay colleague was found dead in his prison cell on Friday. Petty officer Jonathan Campos, 32, of Lancaster, California, killed himself by stuffing toilet tissue into his mouth until he suffocated.
Two gay priests among nominations for LA bishop 9
11:40 AM — Two gay Episcopal priests are among the six nominated candidates for the role of assistant bishop of Los Angeles. The US Anglican church recently voted to reject a moratorium on consecrating new gay bishops.
31st July 2009
Gay student who was barred from prom denied compensation 16
5:15 PM — A gay student who was denied entry to his prom for wearing a dress has been denied reimbursement for the money he spent.
Gay couple who kissed on Mormon plaza will not be charged 10
5:04 PM — A gay couple who were stopped by security guards for kissing on the property of a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City will not face charges, police have said.
American football coach apologises for gay slur 9
3:03 PM — American football coach Greg McMackin has issued an apology for using the term 'faggot' in a press conference on Thursday morning. He had asked journalists not to report the slur.
Harvey Milk to be honoured with Medal of Freedom 12
11:09 AM — Gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk is to be posthumously awarded with a Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour.
30th July 2009
Refugees accuse US military of executing gay Iraqi civilians 8
5:56 PM — Two gay Iraqi refugees sparked astonishment at a LGBT meeting in Lebanon when they accused US soldiers of committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians.
Gay activists ‘undermining’ repeal of US military gay ban 3
4:42 PM — Gay activists have "undermined" efforts to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', a report has claimed. According to a report, they "worked to derail" the possibility of a suspension of the ban on gay personnel serving openly in the military.
Kid Rock brands Twitter ‘gay’ 11
3:59 PM — Controversial rock star Kid Rock has announced his hatred for social networking site Twitter, calling it 'gay'.
US survey finds almost a third of trans respondents have considered suicide 3
2:00 PM — A study has found that almost a third of trans respondents have seriously considered committing suicide in the last year.
Gay author E Lynn Harris died of a heart attack 1
1:13 PM — E Lynn Harris, who died unexpectedly last week, suffered a heart attack. The author, who wrote fiction on black gay relationships, was 54.
29th July 2009
HIV groups hit in Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts 2
7:44 PM — HIV and AIDS groups have suffered this week under a revised California state budget which will see funding slashed by up to $85m for care and prevention programmes.
28th July 2009
US Senate to hold hearing on gay military policy 3
11:44 AM — The US Senate will hold congressional hearings into the country's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The policy prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the US military and has so far seen nearly 13,000 servicemen and women dismissed on the grounds of their sexuality.