20th August 2009
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.
Homeless LGBT youth centre named after Golden Girls star 4
2:27 PM — A centre for homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people is to be named after Golden Girls star Bea Arthur.
UPDATED: Reality TV star claims he was jailed because he is gay 8
10:19 AM — The first winner of US reality TV show Survivor has claimed he was only jailed for tax evasion because he is gay.
18th August 2009
Survey finds half of US football players have a gay teammate 8
5:48 PM — A survey of US football players has found that half of them know at least one gay teammate. The anonymous research, by ESPN magazine, asked 85 college football players if they had a gay athlete on their team.
Man sentenced to 25 years in jail for killing trans woman 4
5:07 PM — A man who shot dead a trans woman has been sentenced to the maximum term of 25 years in jail. Dwight DeLee, 20, killed 22-year-old Lateisha Green with a single bullet to the chest in November 2008.
Alaskan mayor vetoes gay discrimination protections 19
3:21 PM — The mayor of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, has vetoed a measure giving discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and trans people.
Australian trans men win court appeal over surgery 7
1:26 PM — Two Australian trans men have won a court appeal allowing them to be legally recognised as men without having to have their female reproductive organs removed.
Lady Gaga: ‘I’m gay, my show is gay, my fans are gay’ 6
11:41 AM — Lady Gaga told Kanye West he had to accept the gayness of her show before they went on tour together. Speaking to Out magazine, the star said she told the rapper that their joint show had to remain gay to keep her fans happy.
Trans woman sues after being asked for photo of genitals 27
11:05 AM — A trans woman who claims she was asked by her employer for a photograph of her genitals has filed a lawsuit. The request was apparently made to confirm which bathroom she should use.
Lutheran church to vote on gay clergy 3
10:39 AM — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is to decide this week whether to acceptgay clergy in sexually active monogamous relationships. Currently, only celibate gays can serve.
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.