30th July 2009
Refugees accuse US military of executing gay Iraqi civilians 8
5:56 PM — Two gay Iraqi refugees sparked astonishment at a LGBT meeting in Lebanon when they accused US soldiers of committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians.
Gay activists ‘undermining’ repeal of US military gay ban 3
4:42 PM — Gay activists have "undermined" efforts to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', a report has claimed. According to a report, they "worked to derail" the possibility of a suspension of the ban on gay personnel serving openly in the military.
Kid Rock brands Twitter ‘gay’ 11
3:59 PM — Controversial rock star Kid Rock has announced his hatred for social networking site Twitter, calling it 'gay'.
US survey finds almost a third of trans respondents have considered suicide 3
2:00 PM — A study has found that almost a third of trans respondents have seriously considered committing suicide in the last year.
Gay author E Lynn Harris died of a heart attack 1
1:13 PM — E Lynn Harris, who died unexpectedly last week, suffered a heart attack. The author, who wrote fiction on black gay relationships, was 54.
Dutch Olympic champions promote gay tolerance in sport 2
11:48 AM — Several Dutch Olympic champions, including openly gay swimmer Johan Kenkhuis, take part in this year’s Amsterdam gay pride canal parade to promote acceptance and tolerance of LGBT people in sport. Adrian Tippetts reports.
Albania’s government to legalise gay marriage 32
11:38 AM — The government of Albania has proposed to legalise gay marriage. Prime minister Sali Berisha told a cabinet meeting yesterday that the law was an important move against discrimination.
European commissioner calls for greater trans rights 3
11:17 AM — Thomas Hammarberg, the commissioner for human rights for the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, has called on Europe to do more to stop transphobia.
Man arrested for ‘hate crime’ at World Outgames
10:56 AM — A man has been arrested at the World Outgames in Copenhagen for allegedly throwing fireworks at athletes. The 31-year-old man told a court he had thrown one firework against a wall but did not intend to hurt athletes.
29th July 2009
HIV groups hit in Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts 2
7:44 PM — HIV and AIDS groups have suffered this week under a revised California state budget which will see funding slashed by up to $85m for care and prevention programmes.
Trial resumes on rape and murder of lesbian sportswoman
7:40 PM — Protestors gathered outside the Delmas circuit court in South Africa on Wednesday as the trial of three men accused of murdering lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane resumed.
Australian prime minister stands firm against gay marriage 17
10:39 AM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has said that while he welcomes debate on gay marriage, he will not support it.
28th July 2009
BT named most gay-friendly company in the world 8
3:31 PM — The BT group has been named the most gay-friendly company in the world in the International Business Equality Index by the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC).
Chinese lesbians protest blood donation ban 2
2:42 PM — Lesbians in China have set up an online petition to be allowed to donate blood. According to state-run China Daily, the petition asks the government to repeal the 1998 ban.
US Senate to hold hearing on gay military policy 3
11:44 AM — The US Senate will hold congressional hearings into the country's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. The policy prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the US military and has so far seen nearly 13,000 servicemen and women dismissed on the grounds of their sexuality.
Irish civil partnerships are for ‘second-class people’ 50
10:53 AM — The Irish government's proposals to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples have been attacked by Amnesty International as being "a second-class form of marriage".
27th July 2009
Gay media group ranks US TV networks on gay representation 1
2:22 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has released a list of the top US television networks for the representation of gay and lesbian characters.
World Outgames kicks off 1
1:38 PM — The World Outgames 2009, a celebration of gay sport and cultural diversity, kicks off today in the Copenhagen.
Gay writer E Lynn Harris dies aged 54 6
10:19 AM — E Lynn Harris, who wrote fiction on black gay relationships, has died aged 54. The author, who penned works such as A Love of My Own, Abide With Me and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, collapsed on a business trip in Los Angeles last Thursday.
24th July 2009
Colleague charged over murder of gay sailor 2
4:10 PM — A man has been charged with the death of gay US sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead on June 30th at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He had been shot and his body had been burned.