2nd July 2009
BBC 5Live reports that gay life in Iraq is worse than under Saddam 8
10:30 PM — The ability of gay people In Iraq to live relatively freely has been severely curtailed following the toppling of Saddam Hussein, a documentary to be aired on BBC 5Live will report. Although apparently not revealing anything that PinkNews.co.uk has already reported, the programme does inform the wider British public of the issue.
Exclusive: Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant welcomes Delhi court decision on decriminalising homosexuality 3
8:22 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the openly gay Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant has welcomed the Delhi High Court's judgement that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
Comment: Delhi court’s decision on gay rights is only the first step 3
7:12 PM — It took eight long years, but the verdict gay rights activists in India had long been hoping for was finally delivered by the Delhi High Court this morning.
Gay US sailor found dead after alleged harassment 4
6:59 PM — A gay US Navy sailor who was found dead had been harassed by another person, his family said this week. Seaman August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead early on Tuesday morning at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. He joined the Navy in March 2008.
Indian court rules to decriminalise gay sex 12
9:47 AM — The Delhi High Court today ruled that a ban on gay sex between adults violates India's constitution. Section 377 was enacted in 1860 under the British Raj, in line with the anti-sodomy laws in England at the time.
1st July 2009
US government formally apologises to fired gay astronomer 4
4:55 PM — A gay astronomer who was fired for his sexuality in 1957 has finally received a formal apology from the US government.
Obama tells gay activists: ‘Judge me by the promises I keep’ 11
12:33 PM — US president Barack Obama has addressed accusations he has been slow to keep his promises on gay rights.
Military board calls for gay soldier to be discharged 7
9:59 AM — A Syrcause military board has said that Lieutenant Dan Choi, who came out on national television, should be discharged for breaking the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law.
30th June 2009
Fired gay soldier Dan Choi to appear in military court today 4
3:22 PM — Dan Choi, a former lieutenant in the New York Army National Guard, was due to appear at military court this morning at 8am to face charges for violating the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay service men and women's requirement to keep their sexuality a secret.
Black men at higher risk of HIV 25
2:58 PM — Research has suggested that black men have an increased risk of HIV due to having fewer partners to choose from.
Police raid Texas gay bar on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots 20
1:59 PM — More than 100 protesters held a demonstration on Sunday evening after a gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas, was raided on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Michael Jackson biographer claims the star was gay 7
1:31 PM — The unofficial biographer of Michael Jackson has claimed he was gay and that he had spoken to two of the star's previous lovers.
29th June 2009
India moves closer to decriminalisation of homosexual acts 6
2:11 PM — The Indian government is to hold talks on repealing the country's colonial laws on gay sex.
Mixed response to civil partnerships bill from Ireland’s gay community 15
1:12 PM — The largest LGBT rights group in the Irish Republic has welcomed the publication of a bill that provides for a statutory civil partnership registration scheme for same-sex couples.
Castro’s daughter to discuss gay rights during London visit
10:38 AM — Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, is to speak at an event in London later this week.
Gay teen exorcism shows “medieval mindset” of ‘ex-gay’ ministries 27
10:29 AM — A group that works to counter religious groups who promote the "ex-gay" movement has spoken out after a video of a child being "exorcised" of gay demons appeared on the internet.
28th June 2009
It was 40 years ago today – how the Stonewall riots started the gay rights movement 20
3:05 PM — On the 27th June, 1969 a relatively unassuming gay bar in the West Village of Manhattan became the epicentre of an event that changed the course of gay history.
26th June 2009
Lithuanian President blocks homophobic law 21
4:05 PM — The President of Lithuania has vetoed a new law that would have banned materials that “agitate" for gay relationships from schools.
Pride in Sofia could be a “step forward” for Bulgaria 4
2:57 PM — The Rainbow Friendship Rally that will take place on Sunday in Sofia could serve "as a step forward in attitudes of acceptance and tolerance in Bulgarian society," a leading commentator has said.
Blogger Perez Hilton apologises for homophobic abuse 15
2:38 PM — Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton has apologised for calling Black Eyed Peas singer will.i.am a faggot.