17th August 2009
Gay Israeli peace campaigner avoids jail for now
6:05 PM — A gay Israeli man who has opposed the demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank has escaped jail for now. Ezra Nawi will be sentenced on September 21st.
Obama administration says marriage law discriminates against gays but will still defend it 7
5:49 PM — The Obama administration has admitted that the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) is discriminatory but has said it will still defend it in court.
Video: Bill Clinton ‘regrets’ Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 6
2:34 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he regrets how the military's ban on gays serving openly was implemented. He was interrupted by a heckler last week in Pittsburgh.
Gay Iraqis face torture and murder, report finds 32
11:07 AM — A report has found that gays in Iraq are facing rising levels of homophobic violence from militia groups and the government is not doing enough to stop attacks.
14th August 2009
Gay men and lesbians more likely to seek treatment for mental health and substance abuse 6
2:01 PM — Gay men and lesbians are around twice as likely as their straight counterparts to seek treatment for mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse, a study has suggested.
Utah newspaper bars gay wedding announcement 13
10:11 AM — A gay couple who married in California last year have been barred from placing their wedding announcement in a Utah newspaper.
13th August 2009
Boy hit with homophobic slurs from teachers 13
6:39 PM — A high school student from Minnesota, US, was harassed by two teachers who believed he was gay, according to the state's Department of Human Rights.
Vandals deface Harvey Milk streetcar 22
5:39 PM — A San Francisco streetcar dedicated to gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk was taken out of service after vandals daubed homophobic graffiti on it.
Judge rules against Howard K Stern’s gay defamation claim 2
4:20 PM — A New York judge has ruled against Howard K Stern’s claim that being called gay is defamatory and entitles him to collect damages.
Anti-homophobia campaign makes use of high school stereotypes 12
2:58 PM — A US campaign against homophobia is attempting to combat negative use of the word 'gay' by replacing it with high school stereotypes.
Family Guy creator: ‘Stewie is gay’ 11
12:40 PM — The creator of cartoon Family Guy has outed Stewie, the youngest member of the Griffin family. In news that is unlikely to surprise frequent viewers, Seth MacFarlane said the baby would ultimately be "gay or a very unhappy repressed heterosexual".
19,000 people sign petition not to jail gay Israeli man 3
11:46 AM — An online petition to prevent a gay Israeli peace campaigner being jailed has gathered 19,000 signatures but more people are being asked to pledge their support.
California campaigners will wait until 2012 to fight gay marriage ban 9
9:54 AM — Gay marriage campaigners have said they will wait until 2012 to challenge Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California.
12th August 2009
‘No evidence’ of US atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians
4:17 PM — The US military has confirmed no evidence has been found of US soldiers committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians. Last month, two Iraqi refugees claimed they had photographic evidence of US troops executing gay men.
US columnist suggests using attack dogs to stop gay cruising 22
10:49 AM — A newspaper columnist in Georgia has suggested using attack dogs to prevent men meeting for sex in public spaces.
11th August 2009
Queen Latifah fuels lesbian rumours 9
5:32 PM — Actress, singer and rapper Queen Latifah was spotted in a New York lesbian bar last week. The star has never confirmed rumours about her sexuality.
US trans prisoner barred from hair removal therapy 15
5:19 PM — A trans prisoner has been denied further hair removal therapy after a judge said she would not suffer "serious harm" without it.
Israeli military’s chief rabbi complains over magazine feature on gay soldiers 10
2:42 PM — The chief rabbi of the Israeli Defence Forces has complained over an army magazine which featured gay soldiers. He said they were not appropriate.
Fired gay anchorman ‘told not to marry or have kids’ 5
2:14 PM — A TV news reporter in Florida who claimed he was removed as the presenter of a high-profile show because he is gay has said he was told not to get married or have children.
Canadian coffee shop backs down over anti-gay marriage support 6
10:55 AM — A Canadian coffee shop chain has been forced to pull out of a sponsorship deal with an anti-gay marriage organisation.