13th July 2009
Texas politician calls for inquest into gay sailor’s death 8
6:12 PM — US representative Sheila Jackson Lee has called for an inquest into the "bizarre" death of sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
New York senator reportedly considering moratorium on military gay ban 2
5:39 PM — New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is reportedly considering an amendment which would place an 18-month moratorium on the discharges of gay military personnel.
Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘regret’ over move to ordain gay bishops 29
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his regret over a vote which called to reject a moratorium on gay bishops.
10th July 2009
Conservatives’ grouping with homophobic Polish party ‘will give them more power’ 20
5:21 PM — The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.
Swedish nursing home may cater specifically for gays 2
1:54 PM — Elderly gays and lesbians in Stockholm may soon be able to live in a special gay-friendly nursing home.
Mother of boy who committed suicide after gay bullying urges Congress to take action 7
1:32 PM — The mother of Carl Hoover-Walker, the 11-year-old Massachusetts boy who hung himself after homophobic abuse from bullies, has pleaded with Congress to do more to tackle the problem.
Gay men ejected from Texas restaurant for kissing 50
11:34 AM — Five men who were kicked out of an El Paso restaurant say they were forced out because they are gay. Shortly after ordering a meal on June 26th, security staff allegedly ordered the group to leave after two of the men kissed.
9th July 2009
Massachusetts challenges Defence of Marriage Act 1
3:37 PM — Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit that argues the Defence of Marriage Act violates the US constitution by interfering with the right of states to define the marriage status of their own residents.
Maine gay marriage opponents collect enough signatures to get issue on November ballot 17
1:57 PM — Gay marriage opponents in Maine say they have already collected enough signatures opposing the new law to get the issue on the November ballot.
Guru challenges Indian ruling on gay sex, saying homosexuality ‘can be cured by yoga’ 31
1:21 PM — A recent judgement by the Delhi high court that homosexuality should be decriminalised is being challenged. Swami Baba Ramdev, a yoga guru, filed the challenge saying homosexuality was a "disease" and could be cured by yoga.
Mother’s letter inspires gay marriage protest outside Irish parliament 4
10:01 AM — A letter sent to the Irish justice minister by the mother of a gay son has inspired a protest today outside the Irish parliament for gay marriage.
8th July 2009
Polish Law and Justice Party confirms it’s still homophobic despite joining forces with the Tories in Europe 17
5:51 PM — A Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) MEP has refuted statements made by former Tory leader William Hague that the party has changed its views on gay rights.
Technical issues mean 2010 US census may not count gay married couples 5
5:29 PM — The US census scheduled for next year may not be able to count gay married couples due to technical issues in collecting data.
Massachusetts senator reveals he’s gay 8
4:42 PM — Massachusetts senator Stan Rosenberg has revealed he is gay in an Independence Day editorial. Writing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette last weekend, he quietly revealed his sexuality about halfway down his column.
Calgary minister ‘stripped of responsibility’ after funding Pride event 6
2:21 PM — The Toronto tourism minister has reportedly been stripped of her responsibility for a major funding programme because she granted financial support for the city's annual Pride week.
Mother of gay son berates Irish minister over civil partnerships 51
11:03 AM — When Declan Doody wrote to Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern about the inequality of civil partnerships, he was dismayed to receive no response. However, when he posted a copy of the letter on his Facebook, his mother Helen was spurred into action to write her own.
7th July 2009
Out-of-state gay marriages become legal in DC 1
5:27 PM — A law allowing the recognition of gay marriages performed in other states has come into effect in Washington DC today.
6th July 2009
Mainstream comic world gets first gay kiss 18
4:48 PM — An X-Men-related comic book is the first mainstream title to feature a gay kiss. X-Factor's 45th issue shows characters Rictor and the previously-possessed Shatterstar sharing a kiss after years of sexual tension and ambiguity.
‘God Hates Fags’ church to picket Michael Jackson’s funeral 30
12:08 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who blame homosexuality for the world's ills, have said they will picket the funeral of Michael Jackson.
Colin Powell: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be reviewed’ 8
11:46 AM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said the military gay ban should be reviewed. He had previously supported the policy.