28th September 2009
Study finds no difference between children raised by gay or straight adoptive parents 26
12:04 PM — A study of adoptive parents has found "no significant difference" in emotional problems experienced by children brought up by gay adoptive parents.
Billboard featuring gay US marine is vandalised 10
10:49 AM — A billboard advertisement in Memphis featuring a former US marine and the tagline "I'm gay and I protected your freedom" has been torn down by vandals.
25th September 2009
Federal healthcare bill ‘will actually harm gays and lesbians’ 11
5:24 PM — A bill which proposes expanded federal healthcare discriminates against gay couples, the leader of a Republican gay group has said.
God Hates Fags church wins free speech appeal over funeral picket 61
5:06 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing the funerals of US soldiers with slogans such as 'God hates fags', has won an appeal on the First Amendment.
Gay activists file proposal to challenge Prop 8 2
10:47 AM — A coalition of gay groups have filed language to repeal Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California. They hope to get the measure on next year's ballot.
23rd September 2009
Frida Kahlo books under investigation after forgery claims 5
4:45 PM — More than 1,000 works from a private collection featured in two books on the bisexual Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are being investigated amid claims they were forged.
US poised to lift HIV immigration ban 1
3:23 PM — A memo has been released by the United States Customs and Immigrations Service which suggests the year-long wait for the HIV travel ban may be nearly over.
Congressman calls for more information about abused US Navy sailor’s case 3
2:43 PM — Democratic Representative Joe Sestak, a retired US Navy Rear Admiral, has called for an investigation into the case of the abused gay sailor John Rocha.
22nd September 2009
US senator’s chief of staff: ‘Porn will turn you gay’ 35
5:06 PM — The well-known chief of staff for a Republican senator has said that boys should be told that looking at pornography will turn them gay.
Chaz Bono to write memoir of sex change 4
4:37 PM — Chaz Bono, the son of singer Cher, is to write a memoir detailing his experiences of gender reassignment. Bono, who lived as a lesbian named Chastity for 20 years, announced his plans to transition in June.
Almost a quarter of US gay couples see themselves as married 2
3:48 PM — The first US census figures on gay marriage have revealed that nearly 150,000 same-sex couples in the country see themselves as married.
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.