17th June 2009
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Obama’s highest-ranking gay official says DOMA and the military gay ban currently have no chance of being repealed 20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.
US State Department condemns killings of Iraqi gays 20
2:05 PM — The US State Department has strongly condemned the reported killings of gay men in Iraq. In a department press briefing on Wednesday, spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed that the US embassy in Baghdad has raised the issue with Iraqi government officials.
LGBT demonstrators protest over alleged police beating 4
1:09 PM — Over 300 LGBT protesters met in Brooklyn to protest over the alleged beating of two lesbians at the hands of police.
Cher’s child to have sex change 82
11:25 AM — Cher's child is in the process of having a sex change, it has been revealed. Chaz Bono, who lived as a lesbian called Chastity for nearly 20 years, is to undergo gender reassignment.
11th June 2009
Gay marriage bans linked to higher HIV rates 6
4:38 PM — A study from Emory University has suggested that states with constitutional marriage bans are more likely to have higher rates of HIV infection.
Banned DJ Michael Savage appeals to Gordon Brown 15
3:16 PM — Michael Savage, the shock-jock radio host who was banned from entering Britain, has written to prime minister Gordon Brown to appeal for the ban to be lifted.
Prisoners were segregated for ‘looking like lesbians’ 3
1:33 PM — Former inmates at a Virginia women's prison have spoken out about a culture of segregation in which lesbians, and those believed to be lesbian, were specifically housed in a separate area.
Anti-gay Miss California sacked for failing to turn up to appearances 73
11:40 AM — The recently crowned Miss California, Carrie Prejean, who caused outrage for expressing her anti gay marriage views, has been sacked for breaching her contract.
10th June 2009
Man arrested for urinating on three people at Detroit Pride event 2
3:50 PM — A man was arrested after urinating on people during a Pride event in Detroit, US. The man, who was drunk, faces an assault and battery charge after urinating on one man and spraying two bystanders at the Motor City Pride Festival on Sunday.
Trans man gives birth to second child 31
11:38 AM — Trans man Thomas Beatie has given birth to his second child. The healthy baby boy was born on Tuesday, three days premature. Beatie and his wife Nancy had their first child, a daughter named Susan Juliette, last June.
9th June 2009
Adam Lambert now officially gay 31
5:55 PM — Adam Lambert, the runner-up of American Idol, has officially come out. After weeks of speculation, the star confirmed he is gay in an interview, adding: “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that.”
Video: San Diego Pride organiser attacked at equality event 6
12:58 PM — The organiser of San Diego Pride, Ron deHarte, was attacked on Saturday at the city's annual Equality Torch Relay. Kenyatta Mitchell was arrested after taunting deHarte with homophobic slurs, kicking out at him and trying to take his Pride flag.
Groups threaten to publish names of US gay rights opponents 9
11:53 AM — Two groups are threatening to publish the names of Washington voters who oppose a new law granting same-sex couples many of the benefits received by straight married couples.