2nd September 2009
Washington to hold referendum on new gay rights laws 11
2:16 PM — Opponents of expanded rights for gay couples in Washington have secured a referendum over the issue. The law, known as the 'Everything but marriage' measure, was due to come into law in June but was put on hold due to the referendum campaign.
Playboy’s Hugh Hefner was an early gay rights activist 5
11:13 AM — Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner was an early gay rights advocate, a new film of his life claims. The documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, says the 83-year-old has a little-known history of campaigning for equal gay rights.
1st September 2009
Three fired over Texas gay bar raid 6
5:25 PM — Three officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission have been fired after an investigation into a raid on a Fort Worth gay bar.
L Word producers to create lesbian reality TV show 8
3:53 PM — The producers of the original lesbian series The L Word are set to create a new reality TV show, entitled The Real L Word: Los Angeles.
Ice cream renamed in honour of Vermont gay marriages 19
1:53 PM — Ben & Jerry's is celebrating the legalisation of gay marriage in Vermont by renaming its ice cream Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby for one month. The dessert giant has teamed up with Freedom to Marry, an equal rights group, to launch the new branding.
Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 8
11:37 AM — The legalisation of gay marriage in Vermont took effect at midnight last night. Vermont joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa to become the fifth American state to officially legalise gay marriage.
28th August 2009
LGBT rights group’s conversations with the faithful now available online 9
3:22 PM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has announced the release of a unique online collection of meditations on religious belief.
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.