28th August 2009
Congressman demands Obama end ban on gays in US military 11
3:06 PM — A veteran Democratic member of the US House of Representatives has said he is "deeply disappointed" in President Obama's failure to deal with the ban on gays in the military.
Live Nation cancels concerts by homophobic Jamaican singer 16
2:36 PM — A series of US concerts by reggae star Buju Banton have been cancelled after protests from LGBT groups. Banton was due to perform in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston.
27th August 2009
Miami appeals court hears gay adoption case 3
1:23 PM — Three judges in the US state of Florida will decide if two half-brothers can be adopted by their gay foster father. Under state law because their foster parent of four years is gay he is not eligible to adopt.
VIDEO: WWF boss criticised for using “gay” as an insult 6
11:55 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has criticised the Chairman of the Board of World Wrestling Entertainment for using the word 'gay' as an insult during a broadcast.
26th August 2009
Gay kiss for Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick 7
4:10 PM — The upcoming series of teen drama Gossip Girl will see one of the male leads lock lips in a gay kiss. The third series is currently in production in New York, and sources have revealed that Ed Westwick, who plays Chuck Bass, will have an encounter with a new gay character.
Gays pay tribute to “our protector, our leader, our friend” Ted Kennedy 13
3:50 PM — America's leading LGBT rights organisation has paid tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, who has died aged 77.
Competition for top level domain from .gay ‘alliance’ 6
3:25 PM — A group bidding for the top level domain .gay (DOTgay) claims that if successful it will pay the majority of profits to the LGBT community around the world and in the US.
Christians begin drive to “reclaim” Iowa from gay marriage 7
2:22 PM — A group that opposes marriage rights for gay people has said its intervention in a state election in Iowa is just the start of their campaign.
America mourns the death of Senator Ted Kennedy 11
12:03 PM — Veteran United States Senator and gay rights advocate Ted Kennedy has died. He was 77.
Lutheran decision on gay clergy welcomed by LGBT group 4
11:45 AM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has welcomed the decision by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to lift its ban on noncelibate lesbian and gay pastors.
25th August 2009
Harvey Milk to be inducted into California Hall of Fame 4
7:10 PM — Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver have chosen gay icon Harvey Milk as one of 13 inductees into the state's Hall of Fame.
Gay legal group calls for an end to America’s HIV travel ban 5
6:42 PM — Lambda Legal, a group that pursues litigation in support of LGBT rights, has called on the US government to end a ban on living with HIV from travelling to or taking residence in the country.
Oprah protege Dr Phil accused of “pathologising” LGBT people 375
1:11 PM — American TV personality Dr Phil has been accused of giving a platform to controversial ex-gay therapists.
VIDEO: Trans mayoral candidate threatens to sue over false Twitter account 2
12:52 PM — A transgender politician in the United States has said she is going to sue social networking site Twitter over a fake account.
24th August 2009
Gay Iraq war veteran aims for US Congress seat 5
3:43 PM — A decorated US Army veteran who was honourably discharged after challenging the military’s "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law is making a bid for national office.
Gay news anchorman wins restraining order against former partner 1
1:17 PM — An American TV news presenter at the centre of allegations of workplace discrimination has been granted a two year restraining order against his former boyfriend.
Activists push for top level domain dedicated to the gay community 10
12:55 PM — Gay groups in the US and South Africa are backing a campaign to establish a new top level domain for the LGBT community.
Gay Congressman praises “positive” appointment of LGBT activist to Justice role
12:29 PM — The appointment of a prominent gay rights advocate as an adviser to the US Justice Department has been welcomed.
21st August 2009
Man steals earring-wearing Chihuahua from Florida gay bar 15
2:18 PM — A Chihuahua with pink earrings was allegedly stolen from a south Florida gay bar by a man with a Britney Spears tattoo.
First black lesbian mayor in America to marry her partner 3
11:30 AM — Denise Simmons, the first black lesbian mayor in America, has announced she is to marry her partner next weekend.