3rd September 2009
The ugly side of South Africa’s attitude to gays 7
4:03 PM — As the South African city of Johannesburg hosts a gay film festival, three men go on trial for the rape and murder of a lesbian footballer. The high-profile case follows a number of reports of brutal attacks against lesbians.
Teachers in anti-gay harassment case ‘on voluntary leave’ 3
10:26 AM — Two Minnesota teachers who allegedly subjected a student to homophobic harassment have reportedly taken voluntary leave.
2nd September 2009
Washington to hold referendum on new gay rights laws 11
2:16 PM — Opponents of expanded rights for gay couples in Washington have secured a referendum over the issue. The law, known as the 'Everything but marriage' measure, was due to come into law in June but was put on hold due to the referendum campaign.
Gay hand-holding campaign goes monthly 7
1:36 PM — A Day in Hand, the campaign to encourage LGBT people to hold hands in public, is asking them to show their affection publicly on the last Saturday of each month.
Playboy’s Hugh Hefner was an early gay rights activist 5
11:13 AM — Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner was an early gay rights advocate, a new film of his life claims. The documentary, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, says the 83-year-old has a little-known history of campaigning for equal gay rights.
Indian government tipped to allow gay sex ruling 2
10:52 AM — The Indian government will not oppose a recent Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality in the capital, according to a report.
1st September 2009
Three fired over Texas gay bar raid 6
5:25 PM — Three officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission have been fired after an investigation into a raid on a Fort Worth gay bar.
L Word producers to create lesbian reality TV show 8
3:53 PM — The producers of the original lesbian series The L Word are set to create a new reality TV show, entitled The Real L Word: Los Angeles.
Ice cream renamed in honour of Vermont gay marriages 19
1:53 PM — Ben & Jerry's is celebrating the legalisation of gay marriage in Vermont by renaming its ice cream Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby for one month. The dessert giant has teamed up with Freedom to Marry, an equal rights group, to launch the new branding.
Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 8
11:37 AM — The legalisation of gay marriage in Vermont took effect at midnight last night. Vermont joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa to become the fifth American state to officially legalise gay marriage.
28th August 2009
Britain among countries backing Budapest Pride 9
6:31 PM — The Budapest embassies of the UK, US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France and Germany have expressed their support for Pride events in the city.
LGBT rights group’s conversations with the faithful now available online 9
3:22 PM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has announced the release of a unique online collection of meditations on religious belief.
Congressman demands Obama end ban on gays in US military 11
3:06 PM — A veteran Democratic member of the US House of Representatives has said he is "deeply disappointed" in President Obama's failure to deal with the ban on gays in the military.
Live Nation cancels concerts by homophobic Jamaican singer 16
2:36 PM — A series of US concerts by reggae star Buju Banton have been cancelled after protests from LGBT groups. Banton was due to perform in Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston.
Whoopi Goldberg records message of support for Budapest Pride 16
12:31 PM — Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg has recorded a special message of support for a Pride event marred by violent attacks in recent years.
VIDEO: Bucharest crowd boo Madonna’s defence of gays and Roma 34
11:26 AM — Romanian fans of singer Madonna showed their displeasure during a concert yesterday when she condemned discrimination against Roma people and gays.
27th August 2009
Germany’s highest court confirms adoption by mother’s lesbian partner 3
3:03 PM — The Federal Constitutional Court in Germany has confirmed that gay and lesbian people can adopt their partner's children, overturning a previous court ruling.
Miami appeals court hears gay adoption case 3
1:23 PM — Three judges in the US state of Florida will decide if two half-brothers can be adopted by their gay foster father. Under state law because their foster parent of four years is gay he is not eligible to adopt.
Indian cabinet could report next week on legalisation of gay sex 1
12:32 PM — The Indian government could give its official response to a court ruling that decriminalised homosexual acts as early as next week.
Italian gays condemn football manager and call for hate crimes legislation 3
12:12 PM — A leading gay rights group in Italy has condemned comments by the country's football coach about homosexual players.