22nd September 2009
Almost a quarter of US gay couples see themselves as married 2
3:48 PM — The first US census figures on gay marriage have revealed that nearly 150,000 same-sex couples in the country see themselves as married.
Gay men ‘can be outed by their Facebook profiles’ 9
11:33 AM — Gay men can be outed by looking at their Facebook friends, a study has found. According to researchers, the information can be found despite discretion and privacy settings.
21st September 2009
Atlanta demonstrators brave rain to protest gay bar raid 1
5:51 PM — Sixty demonstrators stood in driving rain on Saturday outside Atlanta City Hall to protest over the recent police raid of a gay bar. Claiming homophobia was the reason for the swoop, they denounced police for their handling of the affair.
Man pleads guilty to assault in gay man’s death 4
5:27 PM — A Washington DC man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a gay man who later died from his injuries. Robert Hannah, 19, was initially charged with manslaughter over the death of Tony Randolph Hunter but this was reduced to one charge of misdemeanor assault.
Video: Charlize Theron steps up support for gay marriage 1
3:59 PM — Actress Charlize Theron has repeated her calls for gay marriage, saying she will not tie the knot with her boyfriend until gay and lesbian couples can do the same.
Sacked Miss California: ‘God made me criticise gay marriage’ 36
2:37 PM — Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California, has suggested that divine intervention made her publicly criticise gay marriage. Prejean was sacked in June for breaching her contract.
19th September 2009
Serbian police ‘cancel’ Belgrade Pride despite assurances it would be protected 24
3:43 PM — It has been claimed that Serbian police this morning effectively cancelled permission for tomorrow's Belgrade pride to be held in its planned city centre location.
17th September 2009
Gay celebrity couple to appear on The Newlywed Game 9
5:13 PM — A gay couple will appear on US TV show The Newlywed Game for the first time. Former Star Trek actor George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, wed in California last year while gay marriage was briefly legal.
EU opposes Lithuania’s ‘Section 28′ homosexuality law 27
3:29 PM — The European Union today voted to adopt a resolution criticising a recent law passed by Lithuania which prohibits any mention of homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
Video: Teenage girl’s plea for gay marriage 10
2:40 PM — A video of a 16-year-old girl's speech at her gay parents' wedding is becoming an internet sensation. Chelsea Montgomery-Duban addressed the crowds at her dads' wedding last October with a tearful speech on how marriage is about love, not gender.
16th September 2009
Questions raised over Uruguay’s ‘gay adoption’ law
5:22 PM — Last week, Uruguay's Senate passed a new law on adoption which was welcomed by gay activists, who claimed it gave same-sex couples the right to adopt in the country.
Obama nominates lesbian for commissioner role 2
4:28 PM — US president Barack Obama has nominated a lesbian as commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Chai R Feldblum is thought to be the first openly gay person to be nominated to the commission.
Lady Gaga hits back at German TV presenter who ‘insulted’ her vagina 8
12:38 PM — Bisexual singer Lady Gaga had a journalist thrown out of a press conference after she "insulted her vagina". The 'Poker Face' singer was promoting her new range of headphones in Berlin, Germany, when a reporter decided to quiz her on rumours she has both male and female sex organs.
15th September 2009
Lady Gaga wanted to ‘upstage’ everyone at the MTV Awards 2
9:28 PM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga wanted to walk down the red carpet with a lion at the MTV Video Music Awards, held last weekend.
Comment: Consul’s death thrusts Jamaican homophobia into the spotlight 13
7:28 PM — Last week John Terry, a British honorary consul, was murdered at his Jamaica home in what was suspected to be a homophobic attack. Although Jamaican police have since claimed it is unlikely that this was a factor in the killing, the act has brought the issue of Jamaica’s culture of homophobic violence to the fore in the world’s media.
Video: Paris Hilton booed at Italian gay club 10
5:04 PM — Paris Hilton managed to upset Italy's gay community last night when she refused to hold up an anti-homophobia sign. The socialite appeared at Join the Gap, which was organised by Arcigay Milano at the Borgo del Tempo Perso club in Milan.
Atlanta gay bar raid: Police ‘saw men having sex’ 4
2:29 PM — Police who raided an Atlanta gay leather bar saw patrons having sex on the premises on two occasions, Atlanta police chief Richard Pennington said yesterday.
14th September 2009
Schwarzenegger to decide on Harvey Milk Day 4
5:18 PM — A bill to designate May 22nd as Harvey Milk Day has reached the desk of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Milk was a gay activist who was assassinated in 1978.
Indonesian province introduces severe penalties for homosexuality 16
4:52 PM — Aceh, a devoutly Muslim province of Indonesia, has passed new laws allowing heavy punishments for homosexuality, adultery and alcohol consumption.
Man arrested for gay attack in Italy 4
3:25 PM — A 32-year-old has been arrested in connection with the beating of a young gay man in Florence last week. The victim has had metal plates inserted in his face after sustaining fractures to his cheekbones, nose and jaw.