23rd July 2009
Washington DC gives parental rights to lesbian couples 2
5:33 PM — A law which gives lesbian parents in DC more rights has come into effect. The legislation, which was enacted on Saturday, gives lesbians the right to become the legal parent of a partner's artificially-inseminated child without having to adopt.
Map shows legal status of gays across Europe 13
4:34 PM — A map has been released to show the political status of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Europe, revealing some disturbing trends within the eastern European bloc.
Complaint over trans mayor’s clothing choices 13
4:16 PM — A trans mayor in Oregon, US, has come under fire for wearing "inappropriate" clothes. Stu Rasmussen, the mayor of Silverton, identifies as a heterosexual man but expresses his gender as female and has had breast surgery.
Men banned from lesbian event in Australia 26
12:43 PM — A company in Australia specialising in lesbian parties has won a case allowing it to ban men from its events. The judgement comes just days after a row involving a gay bar in Torquay, where a lesbian was turned away.
22nd July 2009
Vandals attack American Apparel’s ‘Legalize Gay’ display 8
6:18 PM — The clothing store American Apparel has had its shop in Washington DC vandalised today for displaying 'Legalize Gay' t-shirts, and telephoned a follow up threat to another store.
Belarus customs officials seize copies of gay magazine 4
6:03 PM — Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of gay magazine Pride. The magazine is published by international group InterPride.
Obama’s call to civil rights group to back gay rights 12
1:04 PM — In a speech to National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), US president Barack Obama called for an end to discrimination of gays and lesbians.
Nations of the world meet to discuss and celebrate gay rights movement 1
12:55 PM — Copenhagen is next week hosting World Outgames 2009, a nine-day festival of sports, culture, and a conference on gay rights that will involve over 100 countries under the banner "Love of freedom, freedom to love".
21st July 2009
Second annual gay rodeo held in Philadelphia 3
5:34 PM — The second annual gay rodeo, 'Stampede', is being held by the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association in Philadelphia from July 31st - August 2nd.
Lesbian couple celebrate 70th anniversary 19
5:05 PM — A lesbian couple in Florida are celebrating their 70th anniversary together. Caroline Leto, 96, and Venera Magazzu, 97, from Dania Beach, will celebrate the landmark anniversary on August 17th.
Venezuelan government moves to establish greater LGBT rights 21
4:33 PM — The Venezuelan National Assembly has voted to pass a bill for gender equity and equality through the first round of discussion.
Fox News commentator speaks out against ‘gay slur’ 9
3:28 PM — A political commentator on Fox News has spoken out against the use of the "trendy" gay slur 'no homo', which has become popular amongst the American hip-hop scene, saying it "reinforces the idea that gay and lesbian people are worthy of ridicule, shame, and surveillance".
Case begins on US teenager who shot gay classmate dead 7
12:37 PM — A hearing has begun into the case of a US teenager who allegedly killed his classmate because he was gay. Brandon McInerney, 15, is accused of shooting Larry King, also 15, on February 12th 2008 at a school in Oxnard, California as class started.
Video: Durex condom ad shows gay policemen 11
12:21 PM — The condom manufacturer Durex has released a new advert which shows two policemen about to get it on to the sound of ABBA.
Gay bar raid chief apologises 4
11:37 AM — The chief of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has apologised for a raid on a gay bar that left one man seriously injured.
Parents of ‘ex-gay’ student threaten lawsuits 76
11:12 AM — The parents of a US student who is thought to be in 'ex-gay' therapy have threatened legal action over a website set up to find him, his boyfriend has said.
20th July 2009
Hate crimes bill moves closer 9
5:31 PM — A bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act has been approved for a Senate vote. The bill, named after the murdered gay teenager, expands federal hate crime laws offer protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability.
Homophobia blamed for high levels of HIV in African gay men 7
4:28 PM — Research has suggested that HIV rates for gay men in sub-Saharan Africa are ten times higher than the average rate for the general male population.
Video game allows players to shoot gays 21
3:40 PM — Gay groups are outraged over a video game where the object is to shoot gay men before they 'rape' the player.
Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5
12:06 PM — The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.