31st July 2009
Portugal upholds gay marriage ban after lesbians’ challenge 8
5:57 PM — The Portuguese constitutional court has today upheld the ban on same-sex marriage after a lesbian couple tried to use a constitutional loophole to challenge the law.
Gay student who was barred from prom denied compensation 16
5:15 PM — A gay student who was denied entry to his prom for wearing a dress has been denied reimbursement for the money he spent.
Gay couple who kissed on Mormon plaza will not be charged 10
5:04 PM — A gay couple who were stopped by security guards for kissing on the property of a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City will not face charges, police have said.
American football coach apologises for gay slur 9
3:03 PM — American football coach Greg McMackin has issued an apology for using the term 'faggot' in a press conference on Thursday morning. He had asked journalists not to report the slur.
Harvey Milk to be honoured with Medal of Freedom 12
11:09 AM — Gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk is to be posthumously awarded with a Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour.
30th July 2009
Appeal for Burundi to end criminalisation of homosexuality 2
6:12 PM — The Human Rights Watch (HRC) has called on Burundi to reverse its law criminalising gay sex.
Refugees accuse US military of executing gay Iraqi civilians 8
5:56 PM — Two gay Iraqi refugees sparked astonishment at a LGBT meeting in Lebanon when they accused US soldiers of committing atrocities against gay Iraqi civilians.
Gay activists ‘undermining’ repeal of US military gay ban 3
4:42 PM — Gay activists have "undermined" efforts to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', a report has claimed. According to a report, they "worked to derail" the possibility of a suspension of the ban on gay personnel serving openly in the military.
Kid Rock brands Twitter ‘gay’ 11
3:59 PM — Controversial rock star Kid Rock has announced his hatred for social networking site Twitter, calling it 'gay'.
US survey finds almost a third of trans respondents have considered suicide 3
2:00 PM — A study has found that almost a third of trans respondents have seriously considered committing suicide in the last year.
Gay author E Lynn Harris died of a heart attack 1
1:13 PM — E Lynn Harris, who died unexpectedly last week, suffered a heart attack. The author, who wrote fiction on black gay relationships, was 54.
Dutch Olympic champions promote gay tolerance in sport 2
11:48 AM — Several Dutch Olympic champions, including openly gay swimmer Johan Kenkhuis, take part in this year’s Amsterdam gay pride canal parade to promote acceptance and tolerance of LGBT people in sport. Adrian Tippetts reports.
Albania’s government to legalise gay marriage 32
11:38 AM — The government of Albania has proposed to legalise gay marriage. Prime minister Sali Berisha told a cabinet meeting yesterday that the law was an important move against discrimination.
European commissioner calls for greater trans rights 3
11:17 AM — Thomas Hammarberg, the commissioner for human rights for the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly, has called on Europe to do more to stop transphobia.
Man arrested for ‘hate crime’ at World Outgames
10:56 AM — A man has been arrested at the World Outgames in Copenhagen for allegedly throwing fireworks at athletes. The 31-year-old man told a court he had thrown one firework against a wall but did not intend to hurt athletes.
29th July 2009
HIV groups hit in Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts 2
7:44 PM — HIV and AIDS groups have suffered this week under a revised California state budget which will see funding slashed by up to $85m for care and prevention programmes.
Trial resumes on rape and murder of lesbian sportswoman
7:40 PM — Protestors gathered outside the Delmas circuit court in South Africa on Wednesday as the trial of three men accused of murdering lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane resumed.
Australian prime minister stands firm against gay marriage 17
10:39 AM — Kevin Rudd, the prime minister of Australia, has said that while he welcomes debate on gay marriage, he will not support it.
28th July 2009
BT named most gay-friendly company in the world 8
3:31 PM — The BT group has been named the most gay-friendly company in the world in the International Business Equality Index by the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC).
Chinese lesbians protest blood donation ban 2
2:42 PM — Lesbians in China have set up an online petition to be allowed to donate blood. According to state-run China Daily, the petition asks the government to repeal the 1998 ban.