6th July 2009
Mainstream comic world gets first gay kiss 18
4:48 PM — An X-Men-related comic book is the first mainstream title to feature a gay kiss. X-Factor's 45th issue shows characters Rictor and the previously-possessed Shatterstar sharing a kiss after years of sexual tension and ambiguity.
‘God Hates Fags’ church to picket Michael Jackson’s funeral 30
12:08 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who blame homosexuality for the world's ills, have said they will picket the funeral of Michael Jackson.
Colin Powell: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be reviewed’ 8
11:46 AM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said the military gay ban should be reviewed. He had previously supported the policy.
2nd July 2009
Gay US sailor found dead after alleged harassment 4
6:59 PM — A gay US Navy sailor who was found dead had been harassed by another person, his family said this week. Seaman August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead early on Tuesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He joined the Navy in March 2008.
1st July 2009
US government formally apologises to fired gay astronomer 4
4:55 PM — A gay astronomer who was fired for his sexuality in 1957 has finally received a formal apology from the US government.
Obama tells gay activists: ‘Judge me by the promises I keep’ 11
12:33 PM — US president Barack Obama has addressed accusations he has been slow to keep his promises on gay rights.
Military board calls for gay soldier to be discharged 7
9:59 AM — A Syrcause military board has said that Lieutenant Dan Choi, who came out on national television, should be discharged for breaking the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law.
30th June 2009
Fired gay soldier Dan Choi to appear in military court today 4
3:22 PM — Dan Choi, a former lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard, was due to appear at military court this morning at 8am to face charges for violating the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay service men and women's requirement to keep their sexuality a secret.
Black men at higher risk of HIV 25
2:58 PM — Research has suggested that black men have an increased risk of HIV due to having fewer partners to choose from.
Police raid Texas gay bar on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots 20
1:59 PM — More than 100 protesters held a demonstration on Sunday evening after a gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas, was raided on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Michael Jackson biographer claims the star was gay 7
1:31 PM — The unofficial biographer of Michael Jackson has claimed he was gay and that he had spoken to two of the star's previous lovers.
29th June 2009
Castro’s daughter to discuss gay rights during London visit
10:38 AM — Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, is to speak at an event in London later this week.
Gay teen exorcism shows “medieval mindset” of ‘ex-gay’ ministries 27
10:29 AM — A group that works to counter religious groups who promote the "ex-gay" movement has spoken out after a video of a child being "exorcised" of gay demons appeared on the internet.
28th June 2009
It was 40 years ago today – how the Stonewall riots started the gay rights movement 20
3:05 PM — On the 27th June, 1969 a relatively unassuming gay bar in the West Village of Manhattan became the epicentre of an event that changed the course of gay history.
26th June 2009
Blogger Perez Hilton apologises for homophobic abuse 15
2:38 PM — Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton has apologised for calling Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am a faggot.
Death of Michael Jackson casts a shadow over Elton’s fundraiser 8
2:29 PM — Guests at Sir Elton John's White Tie And Tiaras ball in Windsor yesterday evening were left shocked and saddened as news broke of the death of singer Michael Jackson.
Video: Gay “exorcism” performed on teenage boy 88
2:19 PM — A video has been posted on YouTube showing horrific abuse of a teenage boy by religious fundamentalists.
Gay legal group backs new employment discrimination law
1:15 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the United States Congress to act swifly to introduce new legislation protecting LGBT people in the workplace.
Obama ‘should have issued an executive order’ allowing gays in the military 7
1:05 PM — A leading Democrat in the US has said the country's President should have ordered that a ban on openly gay people serving in the Armed Forces come to an end.
25th June 2009
Gay US Congressman re-introduces workplace discrimination bill 7
1:38 PM — A Congressman in the United States has introduced an "inclusive" Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the House of Representatives.