17th June 2009
Gay animals confound Darwin but scientists say they could be key to survival of species 131
11:37 AM — More than 450 species of animals display gay behaviour, scientists have found. In a paper, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, they suggested that homosexuality among animals may be vital for the survival of the species.
LGBT activists ‘under-resourced, isolated and vulnerable’ 2
11:25 AM — Activists fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights are under-funded, lack support and face "routine" violence, a report has said.
China to ban criminals and those in relationships from having sex change operations 3
10:35 AM — China's Ministry of Health has published new proposed clinical guidelines on gender reassignment surgery. Those wishing to undergo surgery must have no criminal record, be single, over 20 years old and have lived as their desired gender for at least two years.
Lithuania passes Section 28-style law to ban mention of homosexuality in schools or media 42
10:20 AM — Lithuania's parliament has given final approval to a bill banning information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
16th June 2009
21 injured in bombing at Brazil Pride event 11
4:14 PM — Twenty-one people were injured on Sunday when a bomb exploded at Sao Paulo Pride. The parade is thought to be the largest Pride event in the world with almost three million visitors.
Gay travel agent offers lesbian wedding and IVF holiday package 10
1:33 PM — Lesbian couples can now have a Spanish holiday package that includes a marriage ceremony and insemination treatment.
San Francisco lesbian barred from visiting partner in hospital 12
11:17 AM — A gay woman from San Francisco was prevented from visiting her partner in hospital after she suffered a seizure. The couple had been taking part in a 'Meet in the Middle' rally in support of same-sex marriage, when Kristin Orbin, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure.
Australian survey finds rise in support for gay marriage 5
11:08 AM — A survey has found rising support for gay marriage in Australia. The research, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality (AME), showed that 60 per cent of those questioned are in favour of same-sex marriage, compared with 57 per cent two years ago.
15th June 2009
IVF delay for gay parents in Australia 1
6:00 PM — Despite government legislation to allow gay couples access to IVF treatment in Victoria, Australia, many aspiring parents have had their applications delayed due to a lack of resources.
Obama’s highest-ranking gay official says DOMA and the military gay ban currently have no chance of being repealed 20
5:44 PM — John Berry, the highest-ranking gay in the Obama administration, has given an interview on the administration's stance on gay rights.
Homophobic bullying ‘widespread’ in Ireland 9
3:25 PM — Irish Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, has spoken out against the widespread nature of homophobic bullying in the country.
Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black apologises for leaked unprotected gay sex photos 82
2:02 PM — Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the screenplay for Milk, the biopic of gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, has apologised after leaked photographs showed him having unprotected sex with another man.
12th June 2009
Ex-Miss California claims anti-gay marriage stance cost her title 19
4:32 PM — The former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, has said she believes her stance against gay marriage was what lost her the crown, not her failure to carry out her duties.
Leaked Dutch report says schools can ban gay teachers 15
3:50 PM — A leaked report from the Dutch government has said that religious schools can refuse to employ gay teachers.
School apologises for illegally banning student’s presentation on gay rights activist 11
2:35 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk has been forced to apologise.
US State Department condemns killings of Iraqi gays 20
2:05 PM — The US State Department has strongly condemned the reported killings of gay men in Iraq. In a department press briefing on Wednesday, spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed that the US embassy in Baghdad has raised the issue with Iraqi government officials.
First trans man to play competitive football in Australia 6
1:26 PM — Next season, a 25-year-old trans man will become the first to play competitive football in a men's team in Australia. Will, who did not want to give his full name, has been living as a man for the last two years.
LGBT demonstrators protest over alleged police beating 4
1:09 PM — Over 300 LGBT protesters met in Brooklyn to protest over the alleged beating of two lesbians at the hands of police.
Cher’s child to have sex change 82
11:25 AM — Cher's child is in the process of having a sex change, it has been revealed. Chaz Bono, who lived as a lesbian called Chastity for nearly 20 years, is to undergo gender reassignment.
11th June 2009
Gay marriage bans linked to higher HIV rates 6
4:38 PM — A study from Emory University has suggested that states with constitutional marriage bans are more likely to have higher rates of HIV infection.