25th June 2009
Human rights group condemns Saudi Arabia for “cross-dressing” arrests 2
12:40 PM — The arrests of 67 men in Saudi Arabia on charges of cross-dressing is a violation of basic human rights, according to activists.
24th June 2009
Stonewall riots deputy inspector claims police were “on the side of right” 18
5:33 PM — Just before the 40th anniversary of the legendary Stonewall riots, a high-ranking New York police officer has said that the force was right to raid the bar.
Google discreetly celebrates Pride month 8
4:46 PM — Internet users searching Google this month may notice an addition to their usual search screen. Instead of a plain blue 'dividing bar' along the top of the search page, certain searches will bring up a rainbow bar graphic.
Perez demands apology over ‘faggot’ incident, then gives his own 15
11:08 AM — Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton chastised the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation yesterday for “criticising” his handling of the confrontation with Will.I.am that erupted on Monday night.
23rd June 2009
North Carolina passes anti-gay bullying bill 5
4:01 PM — Following 90 minutes of heated debate, the North Carolina House passed legislation yesterday to include specific protections for students who are bullied because of their sexuality in an anti-bullying law.
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”.
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
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.
Gay New Zealand man beaten to death with banjo 8
1:20 PM — The trial of a Hungarian tourist who allegedly killed a 69-year-old gay man with a banjo has begun today in the Auckland High Court.
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.
Irish civil partnerships could be enacted by end of the year 9
11:33 AM — Irish minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said he will soon seek cabinet approval for a civil partnerships bill which could be enacted by the end of the year.
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.
Indian city plans first gay parade 3
4:50 PM — The city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, is due to hold its first Rainbow Parade on June 28th. The event aims to raise awareness of the challenges facing the state's LGBT population.
President of Iran admits gays do exist in his country as 700-strong crowd protests in London 39
4:42 PM — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his opponents to pandering to the gay vote, despite previously saying gays do not exist in his country.