21st August 2009
Clinic nurse claims he was Michael Jackson’s gay lover 9
10:43 AM — A man who worked at the offices of Michael Jackson's dermatologist is claiming he had an affair with the singer. Jason Pfeiffer said he first got to know Jackson over the phone and the couple began an affair when he gave the singer a lift home.
20th August 2009
Video: Maine gay marriage activists begin TV campaign 3
5:13 PM — Gay rights advocates in Maine, US, have begun airing TV advertisements to encourage voters to protect equality.
Lutherans agree to disagree on gay relationships 2
4:22 PM — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's assembly agreed by just one vote yesterday to recognise gay relationships but acknowledge differing views.
Gay Mad Men episode under fire from parents’ group 8
3:10 PM — An episode of TV drama Mad Men which featured a gay scene has been attacked by the Parents' Television Council which says it should have been given a higher rating.
Lesbian couple protest after being asked to leave Maryland restaurant 8
2:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were asked to leave a Montgomery County restaurant have held a small protest outside it. Aiyi'nah Ford and her partner Torian Brown say they were kicked out because they were hugging.
California judge sets January court date for Prop 8 trial
10:53 AM — A California judge has set a date in January 2010 for a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue the ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th.
19th August 2009
Texas police to revise policies after gay bar raid 1
5:10 PM — The chief of Fort Worth Police has said he is revising the force's policies after a controversial raid on a gay bar. One man was hospitalised with a head injury in the raid, which happened on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Homeless LGBT youth centre named after Golden Girls star 4
2:27 PM — A centre for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people is to be named after Golden Girls star Bea Arthur.
UPDATED: Reality TV star claims he was jailed because he is gay 8
10:19 AM — The first winner of US reality TV show Survivor has claimed he was only jailed for tax evasion because he is gay.
18th August 2009
Survey finds half of US football players have a gay teammate 8
5:48 PM — A survey of US football players has found that half of them know at least one gay teammate. The anonymous research, by ESPN magazine, asked 85 college football players if they had a gay athlete on their team.
Man sentenced to 25 years in jail for killing trans woman 4
5:07 PM — A man who shot dead a trans woman has been sentenced to the maximum term of 25 years in jail. Dwight DeLee, 20, killed 22-year-old Lateisha Green with a single bullet to the chest in November 2008.
Alaskan mayor vetoes gay discrimination protections 19
3:21 PM — The mayor of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, has vetoed a measure giving discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people.
Lady Gaga: ‘I’m gay, my show is gay, my fans are gay’ 6
11:41 AM — Lady Gaga told Kanye West he had to accept the gayness of her show before they went on tour together. Speaking to Out magazine, the star said she told the rapper that their joint show had to remain gay to keep her fans happy.
Trans woman sues after being asked for photo of genitals 27
11:05 AM — A trans woman who claims she was asked by her employer for a photograph of her genitals has filed a lawsuit. The request was apparently made to confirm which bathroom she should use.
Lutheran church to vote on gay clergy 3
10:39 AM — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is to decide this week whether to acceptgay clergy in sexually active monogamous relationships. Currently, only celibate gays can serve.
17th August 2009
Obama administration says marriage law discriminates against gays but will still defend it 7
5:49 PM — The Obama administration has admitted that the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory but has said it will still defend it in court.
Video: Bill Clinton ‘regrets’ Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 6
2:34 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he regrets how the military's ban on gays serving openly was implemented. He was interrupted by a heckler last week in Pittsburgh.
14th August 2009
Gay men and lesbians more likely to seek treatment for mental health and substance abuse 6
2:01 PM — Gay men and lesbians are around twice as likely as their straight counterparts to seek treatment for mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse, a study has suggested.
Utah newspaper bars gay wedding announcement 13
10:11 AM — A gay couple who married in California last year have been barred from placing their wedding announcement in a Utah newspaper.
13th August 2009
Boy hit with homophobic slurs from teachers 13
6:39 PM — A high school student from Minnesota, US, was harassed by two teachers who believed he was gay, according to the state's Department of Human Rights.