6th August 2009
Australian MP says homosexuality is ‘not a normal part of life’ 95
4:39 PM — Australian MP Dorothy Pratt has caused controversy in the state parliament after she attacked plans to allow gay adoption, saying homosexuality was not a normal part of life.
Online LGBT school to launch in 2010 5
4:14 PM — An online school for LGBT students plans to launch in January 2010. The school, based in the US, is the first of its kind and is a part of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin ‘a gay icon’ 18
12:49 PM — Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin has been hailed as a gay icon following photographs of him riding bare-chested through a Siberian wilderness.
Gay Indian prince: ‘Yoga didn’t turn me straight’ 17
11:27 AM — A gay Indian prince has criticised claims made by a yoga guru that yoga can 'cure' homosexuality.
Survey finds almost half of Israelis think gays are deviants 16
10:59 AM — Days after a gunman killed two in a Tel Aviv gay youth centre, a poll has suggested that nearly half of Israelis think gays are deviants.
5th August 2009
Gay couples in Wisconsin sign up for domestic partnerships 7
5:56 PM — Gay couples across the US state of Wisconsin have begun registering for domestic partnerships since new laws came into force on Monday.
60 greatest gay bars announced 14
5:07 PM — Gay website Out.com has published a list of the 60 greatest gay bars in the world, which includes three British venues.
Laramie Project: Ten Years Later to be shown across US 3
3:23 PM — Around 100 theatres in America are expected to show a follow-up reading of the Laramie Project, a film about murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard.
Bollywood show enters fight for Indian gay rights 1
2:09 PM — An Indian television show is to screen an episode on gay rights. 'Yeh Chanda Kanoon Hai’, an Indian courtroom television show, is to include a court case on gay rights in its new series.
US military investigating Iraqi gay executions claim
1:43 PM — The US military is investigating claims that US soldiers committed atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians. Last week, two gay Iraqi refugees claimed they had photographic evidence of executions.
4th August 2009
Tel Aviv gay shooting: Israeli minister forms emergency committee 5
5:29 PM — Issac Herzog, the Israeli minister for welfare and social services, said yesterday he would form an emergency committee to meet the needs of LGBT people following a shooting at a gay centre.
Trans mayor censured by city council for short skirt 12
5:06 PM — Stu Rasmussen, the trans mayor of Silverton, Oregon, has been censured by the city's council for wearing "inappropriate clothing".
Catholic states ‘more likely to support gay rights’ 7
3:40 PM — US states with the highest proportion of Catholics are more likely to support gay rights, research has claimed.
Amsterdam mayor performs gay marriages for American-Dutch couples 1
3:14 PM — Mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen presided over the marriages of five American-Dutch couples at the city's Pride festival on Saturday.
Thai boxer may face ban for posing in gay magazine 13
2:38 PM — A Thai boxer who posed on the cover of a gay magazine in his underwear is facing a year-long ban. Worapoj Petchkoom is one of the country's best hopes for a medal at the 2012 London Olympics
Foreign Office condemns Tel Aviv gay killings 5
1:28 PM — The British Foreign Office has condemned the killing of two gay people in a LGBT centre in Tel Aviv, Israel. Two people were killed and a further 15 were injured on Saturday night when an gunman opened fire.
Gay Sherlock Holmes ‘will turn audiences off’ 87
1:12 PM — Plans to give legendary detective Sherlock Holmes a gay twist have been attacked by a film critic who said it could turn audiences off.
3rd August 2009
Tel Aviv gay killings: Police consider ‘personal motive’ 9
4:26 PM — Police sources have reportedly said they are considering that the murderer of two gay people in a Tel Aviv gay support group for young people may have had a personal motive for the attack.
Man charged with murdering gay US sailor commits suicide 9
2:26 PM — A sailor who was charged with the murder of a gay colleague was found dead in his prison cell on Friday. Petty officer Jonathan Campos, 32, of Lancaster, California, killed himself by stuffing toilet tissue into his mouth until he suffocated.
Gay couples protest Australian gay marriage ban with mock weddings 6
2:11 PM — Around 2,000 demonstrators marched on the Labor Party's annual conference in Sydney, Australia, to protest about the continuing ban on gay marriage.