23rd June 2009
Gay couples can use married names in passports 3
3:19 PM — The US State Department has stated that same-sex married couples can use their married names in their passports. The change comes in response to an amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations in February 2008.
Gay Mormons seek ‘reconciliation’ and an ‘apology’ from church leaders 10
1:33 PM — A website launched by current and former Mormons has petitioned leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show “understanding” and “forgiveness” towards the gay and lesbian community.
Perez Hilton asked to apologise over ‘gay slur’ 12
11:28 AM — Gay celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has been criticised by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for using a homophobic slur against singer and producer Will.i.am.
US military gay ban ‘linked to poor performance’ 2
11:14 AM — Research has suggested that the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the US military may be lowering performance to life-threatening levels.
Lesbian parents test Florida adoption law 5
10:23 AM — The case of Lara Embry and Kimberly Ryan, two lesbians who adopted each others' daughters and are now separated, has forced the gay adoption issue in Florida into further deliberation.
22nd June 2009
Gay Indian prince opens Pride parade 5
5:17 PM — An Indian prince who had been disowned by his family because of his sexuality inaugurated the Gay Pride Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, earlier this month.
Gay CNN presenter Richard Quest on his comeback after that embarrassing park incident 51
4:46 PM — Richard Quest is described by CNN as “one of the most instantly recognisable members of the CNN team”. Quest describes himself as gay and Jewish. Gawker, on the other hand, describes him as a “park-cruising meth-head”.
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.