18th August 2009
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.
Vandals deface Harvey Milk streetcar 22
5:39 PM — A San Francisco streetcar dedicated to gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk was taken out of service after vandals daubed homophobic graffiti on it.
Judge rules against Howard K Stern’s gay defamation claim 2
4:20 PM — A New York judge has ruled against Howard K Stern’s claim that being called gay is defamatory and entitles him to collect damages.
Anti-homophobia campaign makes use of high school stereotypes 12
2:58 PM — A US campaign against homophobia is attempting to combat negative use of the word 'gay' by replacing it with high school stereotypes.
Family Guy creator: ‘Stewie is gay’ 11
12:40 PM — The creator of cartoon Family Guy has outed Stewie, the youngest member of the Griffin family. In news that is unlikely to surprise frequent viewers, Seth MacFarlane said the baby would ultimately be "gay or a very unhappy repressed heterosexual".
California campaigners will wait until 2012 to fight gay marriage ban 9
9:54 AM — Gay marriage campaigners have said they will wait until 2012 to challenge Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California.
12th August 2009
‘No evidence’ of US atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians
4:17 PM — The US military has confirmed no evidence has been found of US soldiers committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians. Last month, two Iraqi refugees claimed they had photographic evidence of US troops executing gay men.
US columnist suggests using attack dogs to stop gay cruising 22
10:49 AM — A newspaper columnist in Georgia has suggested using attack dogs to prevent men meeting for sex in public spaces.
11th August 2009
Queen Latifah fuels lesbian rumours 9
5:32 PM — Actress, singer and rapper Queen Latifah was spotted in a New York lesbian bar last week. The star has never confirmed rumours about her sexuality.
US trans prisoner barred from hair removal therapy 15
5:19 PM — A trans prisoner has been denied further hair removal therapy after a judge said she would not suffer "serious harm" without it.
Fired gay anchorman ‘told not to marry or have kids’ 5
2:14 PM — A TV news reporter in Florida who claimed he was removed as the presenter of a high-profile show because he is gay has said he was told not to get married or have children.
Canadian coffee shop backs down over anti-gay marriage support 6
10:55 AM — A Canadian coffee shop chain has been forced to pull out of a sponsorship deal with an anti-gay marriage organisation.
10th August 2009
Daniel Radcliffe supports LGBT youth helpline 6
4:32 PM — Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has given a major donation to a US anti-suicide helpline for LGBT teenagers. The actor recently described gay rumours about himself as "awesome".
Library asked to stock ‘ex-gay’ literature 26
3:00 PM — A Wisconsin library which was attacked earlier this year for stocking a book about a gay teenager, has now come under fire from an ex-gay group which says it is "discriminatory" for not having books by ex-gay authors.