26th June 2009
Lithuanian President blocks homophobic law 21
4:05 PM — The President of Lithuania has vetoed a new law that would have banned materials that “agitate" for gay relationships from schools.
Pride in Sofia could be a “step forward” for Bulgaria 4
2:57 PM — The Rainbow Friendship Rally that will take place on Sunday in Sofia could serve "as a step forward in attitudes of acceptance and tolerance in Bulgarian society," a leading commentator has said.
Blogger Perez Hilton apologises for homophobic abuse 15
2:38 PM — Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton has apologised for calling Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am a faggot.
Death of Michael Jackson casts a shadow over Elton’s fundraiser 8
2:29 PM — Guests at Sir Elton John's White Tie And Tiaras ball in Windsor yesterday evening were left shocked and saddened as news broke of the death of singer Michael Jackson.
Video: Gay “exorcism” performed on teenage boy 88
2:19 PM — A video has been posted on YouTube showing horrific abuse of a teenage boy by religious fundamentalists.
Irish gays ‘deserve marriage rights’ claim campaigners 11
1:45 PM — A group campaiging for gay marriage in Ireland has criticised the government after the publication of the civil partnership bill.
Gay legal group backs new employment discrimination law
1:15 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the United States Congress to act swifly to introduce new legislation protecting LGBT people in the workplace.
Obama ‘should have issued an executive order’ allowing gays in the military 7
1:05 PM — A leading Democrat in the US has said the country's President should have ordered that a ban on openly gay people serving in the Armed Forces come to an end.
Irish parliament hit by gay protest 2
12:55 PM — A gay rights activists was arrested in Dublin yesterday after a protest at the Irish parliament.
25th June 2009
British parliamentarians condemn Lithuania’s anti-gay law 13
3:33 PM — A new law passed in Lithuania that "protects" minors by restricting publication of information on homosexual and bisexual relationships has been condemned across Europe.
Jerusalem ready for a peaceful Pride event 4
1:45 PM — More than two thousand people are expected to take part in a Pride march in Jerusalem today. In previous years the event has been marred by violence, threats of violence and the disapproval of some devout Jews.
Gay US Congressman re-introduces workplace discrimination bill 7
1:38 PM — A Congressman in the United States has introduced an "inclusive" Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the House of Representatives.
White House to hold gay Pride reception 18
1:18 PM — The President of the United States is to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots with a reception for LGBT people at the White House.
Sarkozy accused of abandoning human rights after Yade is moved to sport 4
12:57 PM — The President of France has been criticised for moving his minister for human rights to a new department and failing to fill her role.
Gay referee divides opinion in Turkish football 4
12:47 PM — A football referee in Turkey has claimed he was dismissed by the game's governing body for being gay.
Human rights group condemns Saudi Arabia for “cross-dressing” arrests 2
12:40 PM — The arrests of 67 men in Saudi Arabia on charges of cross-dressing is a violation of basic human rights, according to activists.
24th June 2009
Stonewall riots deputy inspector claims police were “on the side of right” 18
5:33 PM — Just before the 40th anniversary of the legendary Stonewall riots, a high-ranking New York police officer has said that the force was right to raid the bar.
Google discreetly celebrates Pride month 8
4:46 PM — Internet users searching Google this month may notice an addition to their usual search screen. Instead of a plain blue 'dividing bar' along the top of the search page, certain searches will bring up a rainbow bar graphic.
Perez demands apology over ‘faggot’ incident, then gives his own 15
11:08 AM — Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton chastised the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation yesterday for “criticising” his handling of the confrontation with Will.I.am that erupted on Monday night.
23rd June 2009
North Carolina passes anti-gay bullying bill 5
4:01 PM — Following 90 minutes of heated debate, the North Carolina House passed legislation yesterday to include specific protections for students who are bullied because of their sexuality in an anti-bullying law.