5th October 2009
Obama tipped to address gay rights dinner 7
6:23 PM — US president Barack Obama is reportedly planning to speak at a gay rights dinner on Saturday, the day before a gay rights march on Washington. He will attend the Human Rights Campaign fundraising dinner gala, a White House source told Associated Press.
Mother of boy Elton John hoped to adopt says she will not give him up 11
2:04 PM — A woman who claims she is the mother of a 15-month-old Ukrainian boy Elton John has said she will not let the star adopt him. John said that Lev had stolen his heart.
Obama to tackle gay military ban ‘at the right time’ 15
2:02 PM — US president Barack Obama's national security adviser has said he will tackle the issue of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military "at the appropriate time".
Former student supports gay White House staffer over condom comment 3
1:08 PM — The former student of a gay White House official has released a statement in his support. Kevin Jennings, who is the head of the department's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, told the student 21 years ago that if he was having a relationship with an older man, he should be careful to use a condom.
Man arrested over ‘homophobic’ death of British honorary consul 11
10:47 AM — A 23-year-old Jamaican man has been arrested over the death of a British honorary consul. John Terry, 65, was found dead at his home on the island in early September. It is thought the attack may have been motivated by homophobia.
2nd October 2009
Joint ‘gay tour’ between Kanye West and Lady Gaga is cancelled 2
5:37 PM — A joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga which the latter described as completely "gay" has been cancelled.
Texas judge rules that gay marriage ban violates equal rights laws 5
5:15 PM — A judge in Dallas, Texas, has ruled that a gay couple can get divorced in the state, even though it does not recognise gay marriage.
Statistician Nate Silver believes Maine gay marriage ban will fail 10
2:16 PM — A statistician has predicted that a religious challenge to overturn gay marriage in Maine will fail. Nate Silver correctly predicted the winners in 49 out of 50 states in the last November 2008 election.
Washington DC councilman to introduce gay marriage bill 1
12:48 PM — Washington DC councilman David Catania has said he will introduce a bill to give gay couples in the district the right to marry. The bill has nine co-sponsors. It will be introduced on Tuesday.
Rapper 50 Cent defends ‘gay’ comments 14
12:45 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has said his comments were taken out of context after apparently saying that a joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga was for gay people.
1st October 2009
Cleve Jones, Dan Choi and Judy Shepard among speakers for Equality March 1
5:45 PM — Speakers for next month's National Equality March in Washington DC have been announced. The event, held to coincide with National Coming Out Day, is on October 11th.
White House official criticised for advice he gave to gay student 8
4:08 PM — An Education Department official in the Obama administration has defended remarks he made as a teacher to a student 21 years ago.
Report finds better gay representation on US TV 4
2:25 PM — A report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has suggested that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans TV characters are becoming more prominent and realistic.
Melissa Etheridge considers lesbian coalition 6
2:24 PM — Lesbian rock icon Melissa Etheridge has discussed the possibility of forming a sisterly coalition with other female gay celebrity activists.
Catholic church sex abuse ’caused by homosexuals, not paedophiles’ 183
10:33 AM — A Vatican official has said that the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was caused by gay men preying on teenage boys, rather than paedophilia.
30th September 2009
Cleveland, Ohio, chosen to host Gay Games 2014 2
5:22 PM — The Ohio city of Cleveland has been picked to host the 2014 Gay Games, beating Boston and Washington DC. Organisers say the sporting and cultural event, held every four years, attracts as many as 12,000 athletes and generates tens of millions of dollars in spending.
New Jersey Republicans call for vote on gay marriage 8
5:20 PM — Republican politicians in New Jersey are calling for a constitutional amendment in 2010 to allow voters to decide whether gay marriage should be legal.
Civil partnerships legal in Nevada from tomorrow 5
5:18 PM — From tomorrow, hundreds of gay couples in the US state of Nevada will be official civil partners. The law allowing civil partnerships was passed in June but does not become effective until tomorrow.
Gay version of Real Housewives in development 5
12:36 PM — An version of Bravo's Real Housewives featuring only gay couples is reportedly in development. The series has been tentatively titled Kept and will be aired in 2010 on MTV's gay channel Logo.
Re-elected Portuguese prime minister promised to allow gay marriage 16
12:32 PM — Gay couples in Portugal are waiting to see whether their re-elected prime minister will follow through with his campaign promise for gay marriage.