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.
14th July 2009
Bill Clinton says gays should be able to marry 10
6:31 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he is now "basically" in favour of gay marriage. During his term, he opposed equal rights for gay couples and introduced the Defence of Marriage Act.
Video: US protestors stage ‘kiss-in’ outside Mormon temple 16
5:55 PM — Around 100 gay and heterosexual couples held a 'kiss-in' outside a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City to protest over a couple who were stopped by security guards for embracing on its property.
Family of murdered New York trans woman call for protection under hate crimes bill 2
4:13 PM — The family of Lateisha Green, the trans woman who was shot dead last year, have called for trans people to be protected under New York's hate crime laws.
US bishops vote to overturn moratorium on gay clergy 12
11:37 AM — Anglican bishops in the US have voted to reject a three-year moratorium on the consecration of gay clergy. The result follows of a vote of clergy and laity on Sunday, which also voted against the moratorium.
13th July 2009
Texas politician calls for inquest into gay sailor’s death 8
6:12 PM — US representative Sheila Jackson Lee has called for an inquest into the "bizarre" death of sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
New York senator reportedly considering moratorium on military gay ban 2
5:39 PM — New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is reportedly considering an amendment which would place an 18-month moratorium on the discharges of gay military personnel.
Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘regret’ over move to ordain gay bishops 29
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his regret over a vote which called to reject a moratorium on gay bishops.
10th July 2009
Mother of boy who committed suicide after gay bullying urges Congress to take action 7
1:32 PM — The mother of Carl Hoover-Walker, the 11-year-old Massachusetts boy who hung himself after homophobic abuse from bullies, has pleaded with Congress to do more to tackle the problem.
Gay men ejected from Texas restaurant for kissing 50
11:34 AM — Five men who were kicked out of an El Paso restaurant say they were forced out because they are gay. Shortly after ordering a meal on June 26th, security staff allegedly ordered the group to leave after two of the men kissed.
9th July 2009
Massachusetts challenges Defence of Marriage Act 1
3:37 PM — Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit that argues the Defence of Marriage Act violates the US constitution by interfering with the right of states to define the marriage status of their own residents.
Maine gay marriage opponents collect enough signatures to get issue on November ballot 17
1:57 PM — Gay marriage opponents in Maine say they have already collected enough signatures opposing the new law to get the issue on the November ballot.
8th July 2009
Technical issues mean 2010 US census may not count gay married couples 5
5:29 PM — The US census scheduled for next year may not be able to count gay married couples due to technical issues in collecting data.