10th August 2009
Tory MEP says homophobia doesn’t exist 171
10:33 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that homophobia does not exist and is simply a "propaganda device". Roger Helmer said it was used to "stigamatise those holding conventional opinions".
7th August 2009
Billie Jean King and Harvey Milk to be honoured by Obama 4
4:06 PM — Two American gay icons will be honoured by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Wednesday.
AIDS chief stresses importance of positive media respresentation of LGBT Indians 1
1:14 PM — The man leading the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has said that the media should reject sensationalist reporting when dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
Irish gay marriage activists call on straight supporters to march 13
11:40 AM — A group that advocates gay marriage in the Republic of Ireland has called on heterosexuals to take part in a protest march in Dublin on Sunday.
Anchorman claims he was demoted for becoming too gay 11
10:56 AM — A TV news reporter in the US state of Florida has claimed he was removed as the presenter of a high-profile show because of his sexual orientation.
Russia’s newest LGBT support group to focus on education and health 1
10:34 AM — A new organisation that aims to develop social services for LGBT people has been formed in Moscow.
US gay groups hail appointment of first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice 12
9:59 AM — America's biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organisations have welcomed the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
6th August 2009
Brad Pitt: ‘I don’t care if my child is gay’ 11
5:05 PM — Hollywood star Brad Pitt has said that he doesn't care if any of his children are gay, saying: "I hope I teach my kids to be who they really are".
Israeli prime minister visits scene of gay shooting 4
4:45 PM — The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has visited the gay youth centre where two people were killed last weekend.
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.