22nd June 2009
Florida synagogue to offer ‘covenant of love’ ceremonies to gay couples 7
3:11 PM — The Temple Sholom synagogue in Pompano Beach, Florida, has placed adverts in a local Jewish newspaper offering 'Jewish Covenant of Love” ceremonies to gay couples.
Gay New Zealand man beaten to death with banjo 8
1:20 PM — The trial of a Hungarian tourist who allegedly killed a 69-year-old gay man with a banjo has begun today in the Auckland High Court.
US census to count married gay couples 5
1:12 PM — US Census Bureau officials have said that the 2010 census will count married gay couples, despite previous statements that they would not be recognised.
Irish civil partnerships could be enacted by end of the year 9
11:33 AM — Irish minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said he will soon seek cabinet approval for a civil partnerships bill which could be enacted by the end of the year.
19th June 2009
Gay couple win $15,000 compensation from bullying neighbours 5
5:13 PM — A Vancouver family has been forced to pay $15,000 to a gay couple following two years of homophobic abuse.
Indian city plans first gay parade 3
4:50 PM — The city of Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, is due to hold its first Rainbow Parade on June 28th. The event aims to raise awareness of the challenges facing the state's LGBT population.
President of Iran admits gays do exist in his country as 700-strong crowd protests in London 39
4:42 PM — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his opponents to pandering to the gay vote, despite previously saying gays do not exist in his country.
Identity of New Zealand man who ‘deliberately infected partners with HIV’ revealed 9
3:18 PM — The identity of a New Zealand man accused of deliberately infecting his sexual partners with HIV has been revealed by a court.
Lawsuit brought against DC decision to recognise gay marriage
12:36 PM — A group of same-sex marriage opponents has brought a lawsuit against the Washington DC council, claiming that its refusal to hold a referendum on the decision to recognise gay marriages from other states “must be legally challenged”.
Comment: Where are all the gay indie musicians? 31
12:20 PM — From Elton John to Will Young, pop music has had a long and often celebrated gay history. Stephen Gateley was sent flowers by the Spice Girls and Freddie Mercury sang 'We are the champions'. So, who are the guitar-wielding alternative acts championing their gay identity?
Ricky Martin comes out as bisexual 34
12:07 PM — Pop star Ricky Martin has revealed he is bisexual. The singer, most famous for his single Livin' La Vida Loca, told Hispanic magazine TV Aqui that his "heart could belong to a woman or a man".
Maine gay marriage opponents hire firm which led Proposition 8 campaign
11:52 AM — Opponents of gay marriage in Maine have hired the public relations firm which was instrumental in bringing about Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California.
Gay group asks Bruno producers to add positive message to film 12
11:16 AM — A group campaigning for positive gay representation have asked the makers of Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film, to include a pro-gay message to the end of the film.
18th June 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for UK intervention after Gibraltar defeats equal age of consent 66
6:10 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for Foreign Secretary David Miliband to intervene after Gibraltar today voted to defeat a bill equalising the age of consent for gay men.
Bill to equalise age of consent in Gibraltar defeated 6
4:41 PM — A Private Members Bill aimed to equalise the age of consent for gay men in Gibraltar has been defeated in parliament. However, a gay group has argued that the wording of the bill meant it could not have been passed.
Fears for gay participants of World Outgames 1
3:56 PM — LGBT people may face imprisonment or even capital punishment after taking part in the annual World Outgames, a policitian has warned.
Cher ‘supportive’ of Chaz Bono’s sex change 8
1:08 PM — Cher has said she supports her child Chaz Bono's decision to change gender. Chaz, formerly known as Chastity, revealed his decision to undergo gender reassignment last week.
Trans woman runs for mayor in Idaho 4
12:45 PM — Melissa Sue Robinson, a trans woman, is running in the mayoral election for Nampa, Idaho. Robinson is the founder of civil rights organisation the National Association for the Advancement of Transgendered Persons, which was established in Michigan in 2000.
17th June 2009
China appears to back down over gay-ban internet filtering 6
5:33 PM — New internet software designed to filter out violence and porn in China may not be mandatory, it has been reported. The software blocks out discussion of homosexuality and other non-pornographic gay content. It had even been found to block pictures of pigs, mistaking the image for naked human skin.
Georgia Supreme Court rules against ‘homophobic’ custody agreement 4
4:50 PM — A ruling by Georgia's Supreme Court to reject the custody agreement placed on a gay father has been heralded as a victory over “blatant discrimination”.