28th August 2009
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.
VIDEO: WWF boss criticised for using “gay” as an insult 6
11:55 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has criticised the Chairman of the Board of World Wrestling Entertainment for using the word 'gay' as an insult during a broadcast.
Russian lesbian couple go to court over right to marry 1
11:07 AM — A lesbian couple in Russia have accused the authorities of using "any excuse" to obstruct their legal case for gay marriage.
26th August 2009
Gay kiss for Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick 7
4:10 PM — The upcoming series of teen drama Gossip Girl will see one of the male leads lock lips in a gay kiss. The third series is currently in production in New York, and sources have revealed that Ed Westwick, who plays Chuck Bass, will have an encounter with a new gay character.
Gays pay tribute to “our protector, our leader, our friend” Ted Kennedy 13
3:50 PM — America's leading LGBT rights organisation has paid tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, who has died aged 77.
Italy’s football coach rejects hypothetical gay couple 9
3:38 PM — The coach of the Italian national football team has said that in "the current climate" it would be impossible for two of his players to be in a gay relationship.
Competition for top level domain from .gay ‘alliance’ 6
3:25 PM — A group bidding for the top level domain .gay (DOTgay) claims that if successful it will pay the majority of profits to the LGBT community around the world and in the US.
Christians begin drive to “reclaim” Iowa from gay marriage 7
2:22 PM — A group that opposes marriage rights for gay people has said its intervention in a state election in Iowa is just the start of their campaign.
VIDEO: Athlete at centre of gender row given hero’s welcome in South Africa 3
12:41 PM — More than 3,000 people were at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg yesterday to welcome home athlete Caster Semenya.
America mourns the death of Senator Ted Kennedy 11
12:03 PM — Veteran United States Senator and gay rights advocate Ted Kennedy has died. He was 77.
Lutheran decision on gay clergy welcomed by LGBT group 4
11:45 AM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has welcomed the decision by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to lift its ban on noncelibate lesbian and gay pastors.
25th August 2009
Harvey Milk to be inducted into California Hall of Fame 4
7:10 PM — Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver have chosen gay icon Harvey Milk as one of 13 inductees into the state's Hall of Fame.
Gay legal group calls for an end to America’s HIV travel ban 5
6:42 PM — Lambda Legal, a group that pursues litigation in support of LGBT rights, has called on the US government to end a ban on living with HIV from travelling to or taking residence in the country.