21st September 2009
Atlanta demonstrators brave rain to protest gay bar raid 1
5:51 PM — Sixty demonstrators stood in driving rain on Saturday outside Atlanta City Hall to protest over the recent police raid of a gay bar. Claiming homophobia was the reason for the swoop, they denounced police for their handling of the affair.
Man pleads guilty to assault in gay man’s death 4
5:27 PM — A Washington DC man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a gay man who later died from his injuries. Robert Hannah, 19, was initially charged with manslaughter over the death of Tony Randolph Hunter but this was reduced to one charge of misdemeanor assault.
Video: Charlize Theron steps up support for gay marriage 1
3:59 PM — Actress Charlize Theron has repeated her calls for gay marriage, saying she will not tie the knot with her boyfriend until gay and lesbian couples can do the same.
Sacked Miss California: ‘God made me criticise gay marriage’ 36
2:37 PM — Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California, has suggested that divine intervention made her publicly criticise gay marriage. Prejean was sacked in June for breaching her contract.
17th September 2009
Gay celebrity couple to appear on The Newlywed Game 9
5:13 PM — A gay couple will appear on US TV show The Newlywed Game for the first time. Former Star Trek actor George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, wed in California last year while gay marriage was briefly legal.
Video: Teenage girl’s plea for gay marriage 10
2:40 PM — A video of a 16-year-old girl's speech at her gay parents' wedding is becoming an internet sensation. Chelsea Montgomery-Duban addressed the crowds at her dads' wedding last October with a tearful speech on how marriage is about love, not gender.
16th September 2009
Questions raised over Uruguay’s ‘gay adoption’ law
5:22 PM — Last week, Uruguay's Senate passed a new law on adoption which was welcomed by gay activists, who claimed it gave same-sex couples the right to adopt in the country.
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.