24th August 2009
Serbia’s Interior Minister promises police protection for Pride parade 2
1:47 PM — Police in Belgrade will ensure public safety during next month's Pride events, a senior politician has said.
Gay news anchorman wins restraining order against former partner 1
1:17 PM — An American TV news presenter at the centre of allegations of workplace discrimination has been granted a two year restraining order against his former boyfriend.
Activists push for top level domain dedicated to the gay community 10
12:55 PM — Gay groups in the US and South Africa are backing a campaign to establish a new top level domain for the LGBT community.
Gay Congressman praises “positive” appointment of LGBT activist to Justice role
12:29 PM — The appointment of a prominent gay rights advocate as an adviser to the US Justice Department has been welcomed.
Irish cardinal renews attack on civil partnerships 102
11:13 AM — The spiritual leader of Ireland's Roman Catholics has said that civil partnerships undermine marriage.
MEPs complain to Lithuania about proposed criminalisation of gay “propaganda” 10
10:27 AM — The European Parliament Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has written to MPs in Lithuania about new legislation that aims to criminalise 'propagation of homosexual relations'.
21st August 2009
Israeli rabbis discuss gay parenting 12
3:25 PM — A Jewish initiative may see gay men marrying women to have children while continuing relationships with their male partners.
Man steals earring-wearing Chihuahua from Florida gay bar 15
2:18 PM — A Chihuahua with pink earrings was allegedly stolen from a south Florida gay bar by a man with a Britney Spears tattoo.
First black lesbian mayor in America to marry her partner 3
11:30 AM — Denise Simmons, the first black lesbian mayor in America, has announced she is to marry her partner next weekend.
17-year-old faces homosexuality trial in Senegal 9
11:28 AM — A 17-year-old boy is due to face trial for "acts against nature" in Senegal next week, according to the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
Clinic nurse claims he was Michael Jackson’s gay lover 9
10:43 AM — A man who worked at the offices of Michael Jackson's dermatologist is claiming he had an affair with the singer. Jason Pfeiffer said he first got to know Jackson over the phone and the couple began an affair when he gave the singer a lift home.
20th August 2009
Video: Maine gay marriage activists begin TV campaign 3
5:13 PM — Gay rights advocates in Maine, US, have begun airing TV advertisements to encourage voters to protect equality.
Lutherans agree to disagree on gay relationships 2
4:22 PM — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's assembly agreed by just one vote yesterday to recognise gay relationships but acknowledge differing views.
Gay Mad Men episode under fire from parents’ group 8
3:10 PM — An episode of TV drama Mad Men which featured a gay scene has been attacked by the Parents' Television Council which says it should have been given a higher rating.
Lesbian couple protest after being asked to leave Maryland restaurant 8
2:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were asked to leave a Montgomery County restaurant have held a small protest outside it. Aiyi'nah Ford and her partner Torian Brown say they were kicked out because they were hugging.
New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defence 8
1:32 PM — A bill to abolish the so-called 'gay panic defence' has passed its first reading in New Zealand's parliament. The Crimes Provocation Repeal Amendment Bill was unanimously passed on Tuesday night.
Jerusalem gay community centre hires armed guard
11:20 AM — Following a fatal shooting at a Tel Aviv gay youth venue several weeks ago, Jerusalem's only gay community centre has now employed an armed security guard.
California judge sets January court date for Prop 8 trial
10:53 AM — A California judge has set a date in January 2010 for a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue the ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th.
19th August 2009
Gender tests on South African gold medallist sprinter Caster Semenya 20
10:52 PM — South African sprinter Caster Semenya might have won the 800m in 1min 55.45sec but all eyes are now on whether she is indeed a woman.
Texas police to revise policies after gay bar raid 1
5:10 PM — The chief of Fort Worth Police has said he is revising the force's policies after a controversial raid on a gay bar. One man was hospitalised with a head injury in the raid, which happened on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.