22nd June 2009
Florida synagogue to offer ‘covenant of love’ ceremonies to gay couples 7
3:11 PM — The Temple Sholom synagogue in Pompano Beach, Florida, has placed adverts in a local Jewish newspaper offering 'Jewish Covenant of Love” ceremonies to gay couples.
US census to count married gay couples 5
1:12 PM — US Census Bureau officials have said that the 2010 census will count married gay couples, despite previous statements that they would not be recognised.
19th June 2009
Gay couple win $15,000 compensation from bullying neighbours 5
5:13 PM — A Vancouver family has been forced to pay $15,000 to a gay couple following two years of homophobic abuse.
Lawsuit brought against DC decision to recognise gay marriage
12:36 PM — A group of same-sex marriage opponents has brought a lawsuit against the Washington DC council, claiming that its refusal to hold a referendum on the decision to recognise gay marriages from other states “must be legally challenged”.
Ricky Martin comes out as bisexual 34
12:07 PM — Pop star Ricky Martin has revealed he is bisexual. The singer, most famous for his single Livin' La Vida Loca, told Hispanic magazine TV Aqui that his "heart could belong to a woman or a man".
Maine gay marriage opponents hire firm which led Proposition 8 campaign
11:52 AM — Opponents of gay marriage in Maine have hired the public relations firm which was instrumental in bringing about Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California.
Gay group asks Bruno producers to add positive message to film 12
11:16 AM — A group campaigning for positive gay representation have asked the makers of Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film, to include a pro-gay message to the end of the film.
18th June 2009
Cher ‘supportive’ of Chaz Bono’s sex change 8
1:08 PM — Cher has said she supports her child Chaz Bono's decision to change gender. Chaz, formerly known as Chastity, revealed his decision to undergo gender reassignment last week.
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 4
12:45 PM — Melissa Sue Robinson, a trans woman, is running in the mayoral election for Nampa, Idaho. Robinson is the founder of civil rights organisation the National Association for the Advancement of Transgendered Persons, which was established in Michigan in 2000.
17th June 2009
Georgia Supreme Court rules against ‘homophobic’ custody agreement 4
4:50 PM — A ruling by Georgia's Supreme Court to reject the custody agreement placed on a gay father has been heralded as a victory over “blatant discrimination”.
Christian ‘civil liberties’ group wants to burn gay book 44
2:30 PM — A book about a young gay man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality has provoked the wrath of a US Christian 'civil liberties' group who say it should be burned.
US LGBT hate murders at highest level since 1999 2
2:10 PM — A National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs report has revealed that gay bias-related killings in America were at their highest level for ten years in 2008.
Gay weddings could give US economy a $9.5 billion boost 4
2:00 PM — A survey carried out by the Williams Institute has predicted that legalising gay marriage across America could prove a lucrative move.
Obama’s gay federal benefits ‘not permanent and won’t include healthcare’ 10
12:18 PM — President Barack Obama is to extend federal benefits for partners to same-sex couples but critics have said the move will not be permanent, probably won't include healthcare and will not be applied to those serving in the military.
16th June 2009
21 injured in bombing at Brazil Pride event 11
4:14 PM — Twenty-one people were injured on Sunday when a bomb exploded at Sao Paulo Pride. The parade is thought to be the largest Pride event in the world with almost three million visitors.
San Francisco lesbian barred from visiting partner in hospital 12
11:17 AM — A gay woman from San Francisco was prevented from visiting her partner in hospital after she suffered a seizure. The couple had been taking part in a 'Meet in the Middle' rally in support of same-sex marriage, when Kristin Orbin, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure.
15th June 2009
Obama’s highest-ranking gay official says DOMA and the military gay ban currently have no chance of being repealed 20
5:44 PM — John Berry, the highest-ranking gay in the Obama administration, has given an interview on the administration's stance on gay rights.
Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black apologises for leaked unprotected gay sex photos 82
2:02 PM — Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the screenplay for Milk, the biopic of gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, has apologised after leaked photographs showed him having unprotected sex with another man.
12th June 2009
Ex-Miss California claims anti-gay marriage stance cost her title 19
4:32 PM — The former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, has said she believes her stance against gay marriage was what lost her the crown, not her failure to carry out her duties.
School apologises for illegally banning student’s presentation on gay rights activist 11
2:35 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk has been forced to apologise.