31st July 2009
Harvey Milk to be honoured with Medal of Freedom 12
11:09 AM — Gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk is to be posthumously awarded with a Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour.
30th July 2009
Refugees accuse US military of executing gay Iraqi civilians 8
5:56 PM — Two gay Iraqi refugees sparked astonishment at a LGBT meeting in Lebanon when they accused US soldiers of committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians.
Gay activists ‘undermining’ repeal of US military gay ban 3
4:42 PM — Gay activists have "undermined" efforts to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', a report has claimed. According to a report, they "worked to derail" the possibility of a suspension of the ban on gay personnel serving openly in the military.
Kid Rock brands Twitter ‘gay’ 11
3:59 PM — Controversial rock star Kid Rock has announced his hatred for social networking site Twitter, calling it 'gay'.
US survey finds almost a third of trans respondents have considered suicide 3
2:00 PM — A study has found that almost a third of trans respondents have seriously considered committing suicide in the last year.
Gay author E Lynn Harris died of a heart attack 1
1:13 PM — E Lynn Harris, who died unexpectedly last week, suffered a heart attack. The author, who wrote fiction on black gay relationships, was 54.
29th July 2009
HIV groups hit in Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts 2
7:44 PM — HIV and AIDS groups have suffered this week under a revised California state budget which will see funding slashed by up to $85m for care and prevention programmes.
28th July 2009
US Senate to hold hearing on gay military policy 3
11:44 AM — The US Senate will hold congressional hearings into the country's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The policy prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the US military and has so far seen nearly 13,000 servicemen and women dismissed on the grounds of their sexuality.
27th July 2009
Gay media group ranks US TV networks on gay representation 1
2:22 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has released a list of the top US television networks for the representation of gay and lesbian characters.
Gay writer E Lynn Harris dies aged 54 6
10:19 AM — E Lynn Harris, who wrote fiction on black gay relationships, has died aged 54. The author, who penned works such as A Love of My Own, Abide With Me and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, collapsed on a business trip in Los Angeles last Thursday.
24th July 2009
Colleague charged over murder of gay sailor 2
4:10 PM — A man has been charged with the death of gay US sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead on June 30th at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He had been shot and his body had been burned.
Normal again: The reasons and realities behind the ex-gay movement 132
3:47 PM — The ex-gay movement, which professes to 'cure' homosexuality, is in the news yet again following the disappearance of American student Bryce Faulkner, who is thought to have been sent to one of the controversial centres by his parents after they discovered he was gay.
23rd July 2009
Washington DC gives parental rights to lesbian couples 2
5:33 PM — A law which gives lesbian parents in DC more rights has come into effect. The legislation, which was enacted on Saturday, gives lesbians the right to become the legal parent of a partner's artificially-inseminated child without having to adopt.
Complaint over trans mayor’s clothing choices 13
4:16 PM — A trans mayor in Oregon, US, has come under fire for wearing "inappropriate" clothes. Stu Rasmussen, the mayor of Silverton, identifies as a heterosexual man but expresses his gender as female and has had breast surgery.
22nd July 2009
Vandals attack American Apparel’s ‘Legalize Gay’ display 8
6:18 PM — The clothing store American Apparel has had its shop in Washington DC vandalised today for displaying 'Legalize Gay' t-shirts, and telephoned a follow up threat to another store.
Obama’s call to civil rights group to back gay rights 12
1:04 PM — In a speech to National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), US president Barack Obama called for an end to discrimination of gays and lesbians.
21st July 2009
Second annual gay rodeo held in Philadelphia 3
5:34 PM — The second annual gay rodeo, 'Stampede', is being held by the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association in Philadelphia from July 31st - August 2nd.
Lesbian couple celebrate 70th anniversary 19
5:05 PM — A lesbian couple in Florida are celebrating their 70th anniversary together. Caroline Leto, 96, and Venera Magazzu, 97, from Dania Beach, will celebrate the landmark anniversary on August 17th.
Venezuelan government moves to establish greater LGBT rights 21
4:33 PM — The Venezuelan National Assembly has voted to pass a bill for gender equity and equality through the first round of discussion.
Fox News commentator speaks out against ‘gay slur’ 9
3:28 PM — A political commentator on Fox News has spoken out against the use of the "trendy" gay slur 'no homo', which has become popular amongst the American hip-hop scene, saying it "reinforces the idea that gay and lesbian people are worthy of ridicule, shame, and surveillance".