16th September 2009
Obama nominates lesbian for commissioner role 2
4:28 PM — US president Barack Obama has nominated a lesbian as commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chai R Feldblum is thought to be the first openly gay person to be nominated to the commission.
Lady Gaga hits back at German TV presenter who ‘insulted’ her vagina 8
12:38 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga had a journalist thrown out of a press conference after she "insulted her vagina". The 'Poker Face' singer was promoting her new range of headphones in Berlin, Germany, when a reporter decided to quiz her on rumours she has both male and female sex organs.
15th September 2009
Lady Gaga wanted to ‘upstage’ everyone at the MTV Awards 2
9:28 PM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga wanted to walk down the red carpet with a lion at the MTV Video Music Awards, held last weekend.
Comment: Consul’s death thrusts Jamaican homophobia into the spotlight 13
7:28 PM — Last week John Terry, a British honorary consul, was murdered at his Jamaica home in what was suspected to be a homophobic attack. Although Jamaican police have since claimed it is unlikely that this was a factor in the killing, the act has brought the issue of Jamaica’s culture of homophobic violence to the fore in the world’s media.
Atlanta gay bar raid: Police ‘saw men having sex’ 4
2:29 PM — Police who raided an Atlanta gay leather bar saw patrons having sex on the premises on two occasions, Atlanta police chief Richard Pennington said yesterday.
14th September 2009
Schwarzenegger to decide on Harvey Milk Day 4
5:18 PM — A bill to designate May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day has reached the desk of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Milk was a gay activist who was assassinated in 1978.
Hundreds protest over raid on Atlanta gay bar 7
3:05 PM — Hundreds of demonstrators met yesterday to protest over a "heavy-handed" police raid on a gay leather bar in Atlanta.
Jamaican police claim murder of British consul was not homophobic despite note calling him a ‘batty man’ 39
11:16 AM — The murder of a British honorary consul in Jamaica was unlikely to be a homophobic attack, local police have said. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home last Thursday. A note promised the same would happen to "all gays".
11th September 2009
Designer Tom Ford says lack of rights for gay couples is ‘disgusting’
5:20 PM — Openly gay fashion designer Tom Ford has hit out at the bans on gay marriage and civil partnerships in many parts of the world.
Jodie Foster reportedly splits with lesbian partner 6
4:33 PM — Actress Jodie Foster is reportedly single again after splitting up with the woman she left her long-term partner for. According to reports, her partner Cindy Mort has returned to an old flame.
Women and ethnic minorites overrepresented in gay military ban firings
4:18 PM — Women and ethnic minorities are more likely than white men to be fired under the US military's ban on openly gay service members, official figures have suggested.
Judge rules names of gay rights opponents can be kept secret 8
11:02 AM — A Washington judge has ruled that the names of those who signed a petition against equal rights for gay couples can be kept secret, despite arguments from gay groups that changing the law should be an open process.
British consul killed in ‘homophobic’ attack in Jamaica – note on his bed called him a ‘batty man’ 64
9:52 AM — A British honourary consul has been found murdered at his home in Jamaica, in what police believe is a homophobic attack.
10th September 2009
Gay-friendly church asks ‘Would Jesus discriminate?’ 99
5:28 PM — A liberal church movement has launched a new campaign designed to ask people whether Jesus would discriminate against others. The Metropolitan Community Church, which has congregations in more than 20 countries, is strongly committed to gay rights and support same-sex marriage.
Survey: Gays thought to face most discrimination 12
4:28 PM — A US survey has found that people believe gays are the most discriminated-against social group, with Muslims and Hispanics following.
Gay adoption now legal in Uruguay 8
10:53 AM — A bill allowing gay couples in Uruguay to adopt has been approved by the country's Senate. It was approved by Congress late last month and Uruguay's adoption statute will now be modified, making it the first Latin American country to allow gay adoption.
Lesbian star Ellen DeGeneres named as American Idol judge 3
10:25 AM — Ellen DeGeneres has been picked to replace Paula Adbul as a judge on American Idol. The actress and comedian is one of the most popular entertainers in the US and also one of the most high-profile lesbians.
9th September 2009
Lindsay Lohan appointed artistic advisor for House of Emanuel Ungaro 6
10:46 PM — Bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan has been appointed "artistic adviser" for House of Emanuel Ungaro. The 'Mean Girls' star- who already has her own range of leggings and fake tan - will work alongside Spanish designer Estrella Archs for the French fashion house and will be giving her own input on designs and styles.
Comment: We need to speak up against homophobia in music 4
5:54 PM — Several concerts by reggae artist Buju Banton were recently cancelled in America, amid controversy over notoriously homophobic lyrics which incite the murder of gay people. The campaign which led to the cancellations shows gay people need to confront musicians like him.
Gay bishop Gene Robinson: ’20 years ago, coming out was almost like committing suicide’ 5
4:55 PM — The first gay US bishop, Gene Robinson, has spoken about coming out, his relationship with his former wife, and the chances of more gay bishops being elected.