24th July 2009
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".
Case begins on US teenager who shot gay classmate dead 7
12:37 PM — A hearing has begun into the case of a US teenager who allegedly killed his classmate because he was gay. Brandon McInerney, 15, is accused of shooting Larry King, also 15, on February 12th 2008 at a school in Oxnard, California as class started.
Gay bar raid chief apologises 4
11:37 AM — The chief of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has apologised for a raid on a gay bar that left one man seriously injured.
Parents of ‘ex-gay’ student threaten lawsuits 76
11:12 AM — The parents of a US student who is thought to be in 'ex-gay' therapy have threatened legal action over a website set up to find him, his boyfriend has said.
20th July 2009
Hate crimes bill moves closer 9
5:31 PM — A bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act has been approved for a Senate vote. The bill, named after the murdered gay teenager, expands federal hate crime laws offer protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability.
17th July 2009
Dead sailor’s aunt says he was killed by closeted colleague 1
3:16 PM — A gay sailor who was found shot and burned was killed by a colleague who was still in the closet, his aunt has said. August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
16th July 2009
Texas gay bar ‘raided after customer was seen drunk’ 3
2:42 PM — Police records have shown that a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar was raided because a man was arrested for being extremely drunk outside two days earlier.
US student ‘forced’ into ex-gay therapy 81
11:44 AM — A gay pre-med student from Arkansas has been "forced" into therapy to cure him of homosexuality. According to his friends, Bryce Faulkner, 23, was preparing to come out to deeply religious family when his mother discovered emails to his boyfriend.
US Episcopal church begins drafting prayer for gay couples 6
10:13 AM — Episcopal bishops have given permission for an official prayer for gay couples to be drafted. The news follows a vote of the church this week to reject a moratorium on the consecrations of gay bishops in committed partnerships.
15th July 2009
Gay American Idol star Adam Lambert’s concert targeted by anti-gay protestors 10
5:29 PM — An American Idol concert featuring openly gay runner-up Adam Lambert has been picketed by homophobic protesters.
Trans woman dies after voodoo ‘cleansing’ ritual 3
12:02 PM — A trans woman from Arkansas has died after apparently taking part in a voodoo ritual. Lucille Hamilton, 21, flew to Jersey on Friday to undergo a ritual that would remove her "spiritual grime".
Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas apologises for raid on gay bar 3
10:51 AM — The mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, has apologised for a raid in a gay bar on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.