9th June 2009
Australian prime minister weighs in on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘lesbian pig’ row 9
4:50 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has criticised TV chef Gordon Ramsay for calling a journalist a 'lesbian pig'. Rudd dubbed the fiery chef a "lowlife" over the allegedly homophobic comments he made while giving a demonstration at a food show in Melbourne on Saturday.
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.
Russian activists plan picket for Obama’s visit to Moscow 2
12:42 PM — Gay rights campaigners are planning to stage a picket during US President Barack Obama's visit to Moscow in July to highlight his pledge to increase rights for same-sex couples.
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.
US gay advocates call for national march 4
11:16 AM — Gay rights activists in the US are calling for a national march on Washington to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th.
8th June 2009
Poll finds rising support for gay US troops 6
5:30 PM — A poll has found rising support for repealing the US ban on openly gay military personnel. The Gallup-conducted research found the biggest increases in support among conservatives and weekly churchgoers - up 12 and 11 percentage points respectively.
Supreme Court rejects challenge to military gay ban
4:47 PM — The Supreme Court has today rejected a challenge to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rule, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military.
Gordon Ramsay calls journalist a ‘lesbian pig’ 21
12:35 PM — TV chef Gordon Ramsay has been condemned after calling a leading Australian journalist a "lesbian pig". He made the comment while giving a demonstration at a food show in Melbourne.
5th June 2009
Comment: Is Obama all talk and no action on gay issues? 36
6:43 PM — Impatience is growing amongst the USA’s gay and lesbian community over President Barack Obama’s slow approach to tackling the LGBT issues he promised to address.
LGBT group claims Iraq is waging a ‘campaign of violence and murder’ against gays 13
2:34 PM — An Iraqi gay group has said it has evidence the Iraqi government is involved with militia groups advocating violence and murder towards gays. Iraqi LGBT also described a statement from the Baghdad US Embassy as "offensive and insulting".
Study finds gay men do better at college but bisexual women lag behind 6
12:56 PM — New research has indicated that gay men achieve more at college than their straight male counterparts. However, the work also showed that bisexual women do worse during higher education than straight women.
Gay couples refused marriage and partnership announcements 7
10:44 AM — A number of American newspapers in states where gay marriage is illegal are refusing to print announcements of civil unions.
4th June 2009
Tennessee schools to remove block on gay educational and news websites 1
4:34 PM — A long running battle to unblock educational gay websites from schools in Knox County, Tennessee may be over. Following the start of legal proceedings, the County Superintendent has said web filters would be adjusted.
Gay couples to be protected by Hong Kong domestic violence law 3
1:18 PM — The Domestic Violence Ordinance will have an amendment to include same sex couples, the Hong Kong Government have announced. However, they have been keen to stress that this will not mean the government will legally recognise same sex marriages or relationships in any other respect.
Section 28 style law likely to be passed in Lithuania to prohibit discussion of homosexuality in schools 59
12:15 PM — The Lithuanian Parliament is set to introduce a law to prohibit the discussion of homosexuality in schools. It is similar to the notorious Section 28 law in Britain that for years hampered the ability to teachers to discuss sexuality or help gay students. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has told PinkNews.co.uk that if passed, the country should have no right to remain in the EU.
Gay marriage law to be debated in Pennsylvania Senate 1
11:03 AM — Yesterday as the Governor of New Hampshire made gay marriage legal, a Pennsylvania Democrat Senator has introduced the state's first bill to legalise gay marriage. But at the same time a Republican Senator will propose a constitutional ban on gay marriage saying it could lead to polygamy.
Lady Gaga reveals she is bisexual but her boyfriends never want a threesome 13
10:17 AM — Singer Lady Gaga has told the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine that she's disappointed at her boyfriends' reactions to the fact that she is bisexual.
Bruno star Sasha Baron Cohen sued for allegedly leaving woman wheelchair bound after stunt at bingo contest 6
9:29 AM — A case has been filed in the the Los Angeles Superior Court against comic Sasha Baron Cohen. He is accused of leaving a woman wheelchair bound as a result of a stunt while playing gay fashion reporter Bruno.
3rd June 2009
Gay marriage legal in New Hampshire after Governor signs law 10
10:34 PM — John Lynch, the Democrat governor of New Hampshire has confirmed that he would sign into law a bill to legalise gay marriage.
Activists to take Moscow mayor to court over homophobic comments 3
8:08 PM — Russian gay rights activists are to take the city's homophobic mayor to court for saying that gay people undermined the heart of a morally health society.