13th August 2009
Vandals deface Harvey Milk streetcar 22
5:39 PM — A San Francisco streetcar dedicated to gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk was taken out of service after vandals daubed homophobic graffiti on it.
Judge rules against Howard K Stern’s gay defamation claim 2
4:20 PM — A New York judge has ruled against Howard K Stern’s claim that being called gay is defamatory and entitles him to collect damages.
Anti-homophobia campaign makes use of high school stereotypes 12
2:58 PM — A US campaign against homophobia is attempting to combat negative use of the word 'gay' by replacing it with high school stereotypes.
Family Guy creator: ‘Stewie is gay’ 11
12:40 PM — The creator of cartoon Family Guy has outed Stewie, the youngest member of the Griffin family. In news that is unlikely to surprise frequent viewers, Seth MacFarlane said the baby would ultimately be "gay or a very unhappy repressed heterosexual".
19,000 people sign petition not to jail gay Israeli man 3
11:46 AM — An online petition to prevent a gay Israeli peace campaigner being jailed has gathered 19,000 signatures but more people are being asked to pledge their support.
California campaigners will wait until 2012 to fight gay marriage ban 9
9:54 AM — Gay marriage campaigners have said they will wait until 2012 to challenge Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California.
12th August 2009
‘No evidence’ of US atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians
4:17 PM — The US military has confirmed no evidence has been found of US soldiers committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians. Last month, two Iraqi refugees claimed they had photographic evidence of US troops executing gay men.
US columnist suggests using attack dogs to stop gay cruising 22
10:49 AM — A newspaper columnist in Georgia has suggested using attack dogs to prevent men meeting for sex in public spaces.
11th August 2009
Queen Latifah fuels lesbian rumours 9
5:32 PM — Actress, singer and rapper Queen Latifah was spotted in a New York lesbian bar last week. The star has never confirmed rumours about her sexuality.
US trans prisoner barred from hair removal therapy 15
5:19 PM — A trans prisoner has been denied further hair removal therapy after a judge said she would not suffer "serious harm" without it.
Israeli military’s chief rabbi complains over magazine feature on gay soldiers 10
2:42 PM — The chief rabbi of the Israeli Defence Forces has complained over an army magazine which featured gay soldiers. He said they were not appropriate.
Fired gay anchorman ‘told not to marry or have kids’ 5
2:14 PM — A TV news reporter in Florida who claimed he was removed as the presenter of a high-profile show because he is gay has said he was told not to get married or have children.
Canadian coffee shop backs down over anti-gay marriage support 6
10:55 AM — A Canadian coffee shop chain has been forced to pull out of a sponsorship deal with an anti-gay marriage organisation.
’50-50 chance’ of Zimbabwe constitution protecting gays 2
10:31 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Zimbabwe believe they have a 50-50 chance of having gay, lesbian and bisexual people protected under the country's new constitution.
10th August 2009
Feature: Pride in Reykjavik, 64° north 8
11:31 PM — Adam Smith reviews pride in Reykjavik held last weekend where almost half of the city turns out to celebrate LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights 64° north.
Daniel Radcliffe supports LGBT youth helpline 6
4:32 PM — Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has given a major donation to a US anti-suicide helpline for LGBT teenagers. The actor recently described gay rumours about himself as "awesome".
Comment: Will Cameron back MEP who thinks marriage is not ‘relevant or appropriate’ for gay people? 18
3:13 PM — Roger Helmer also said homophobia was a "merely a propaganda device" designed to stigamatise conventional opinions.
Library asked to stock ‘ex-gay’ literature 26
3:00 PM — A Wisconsin library which was attacked earlier this year for stocking a book about a gay teenager, has now come under fire from an ex-gay group which says it is "discriminatory" for not having books by ex-gay authors.
Israeli president speaks at Tel Aviv gay rally
2:09 PM — The Israeli president, Shimon Peres, has addressed tens of thousands of people at a gay solidarity rally in Tel Aviv. Just over a week ago, two were killed at an LGBT youth centre.
Thousands march for gay marriage in Dublin 7
1:55 PM — Up to 5,000 people joined a rally to call for full marriage equality in Dublin, Ireland, yesterday. The rally was organised by equality group LGBT Noise, which are campaigning against government proposals to introduce civil partnerships.