2nd October 2009
Washington DC councilman to introduce gay marriage bill 1
12:48 PM — Washington DC councilman David Catania has said he will introduce a bill to give gay couples in the district the right to marry. The bill has nine co-sponsors. It will be introduced on Tuesday.
Rapper 50 Cent defends ‘gay’ comments 14
12:45 PM — Rapper 50 Cent has said his comments were taken out of context after apparently saying that a joint tour between Kanye West and Lady Gaga was for gay people.
1st October 2009
Cleve Jones, Dan Choi and Judy Shepard among speakers for Equality March 1
5:45 PM — Speakers for next month's National Equality March in Washington DC have been announced. The event, held to coincide with National Coming Out Day, is on October 11th.
White House official criticised for advice he gave to gay student 8
4:08 PM — An Education Department official in the Obama administration has defended remarks he made as a teacher to a student 21 years ago.
Report finds better gay representation on US TV 4
2:25 PM — A report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has suggested that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans TV characters are becoming more prominent and realistic.
Melissa Etheridge considers lesbian coalition 6
2:24 PM — Lesbian rock icon Melissa Etheridge has discussed the possibility of forming a sisterly coalition with other female gay celebrity activists.
Catholic church sex abuse ’caused by homosexuals, not paedophiles’ 183
10:33 AM — A Vatican official has said that the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was caused by gay men preying on teenage boys, rather than paedophilia.
30th September 2009
Cleveland, Ohio, chosen to host Gay Games 2014 2
5:22 PM — The Ohio city of Cleveland has been picked to host the 2014 Gay Games, beating Boston and Washington DC. Organisers say the sporting and cultural event, held every four years, attracts as many as 12,000 athletes and generates tens of millions of dollars in spending.
New Jersey Republicans call for vote on gay marriage 8
5:20 PM — Republican politicians in New Jersey are calling for a constitutional amendment in 2010 to allow voters to decide whether gay marriage should be legal.
Civil partnerships legal in Nevada from tomorrow 5
5:18 PM — From tomorrow, hundreds of gay couples in the US state of Nevada will be official civil partners. The law allowing civil partnerships was passed in June but does not become effective until tomorrow.
Gay version of Real Housewives in development 5
12:36 PM — An version of Bravo's Real Housewives featuring only gay couples is reportedly in development. The series has been tentatively titled Kept and will be aired in 2010 on MTV's gay channel Logo.
Re-elected Portuguese prime minister promised to allow gay marriage 16
12:32 PM — Gay couples in Portugal are waiting to see whether their re-elected prime minister will follow through with his campaign promise for gay marriage.
Florida court throws out case of lesbian banned from seeing dying partner 23
12:29 PM — A lesbian who was banned by a hospital from visiting her dying partner has had her case thrown out of court. Janice Langbehn sued Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for not allowing her to see Lisa Pond, 39, her partner of 17 years.
German minister apologises for homophobic slur against gay party leader 8
10:41 AM — A German minister has been forced to apologise after making an anti-gay slur against the man tipped to be the country's next foreign minister.
Tasmania to give gay couples official ceremonies 4
10:39 AM — Gay couples in the Australian state of Tasmania will soon be able to have an official ceremony in which to register their relationships.
29th September 2009
False rape allegation forces gay US soldier to out himself 14
3:46 PM — A gay US Air Force officer was forced to reveal his sexuality in order to clear himself of a false rape allegation, an admission which cost him his job.
Bruno banned in Malaysia 12
9:56 AM — The film Bruno, about a gay fashion journalist, has been banned in Malaysia for its gay sex scenes. Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, the film has already been banned in Ukraine for the same reason.
28th September 2009
New York governor David Paterson confirms plans to run again in 2010 1
5:33 PM — New York governor David Paterson, a strong gay rights ally, has confirmed he plans to run for re-election in 2010.
Bill Clinton: ‘I decided I was wrong about gay marriage’ 16
12:11 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has discussed how he came to change his views over gay marriage and adoption. He said he was personally no longer opposed to the issue.
Thousands protest in Rome against homophobic attacks 4
12:07 PM — An estimated 30,000 people turned out onto the streets of Rome last week to protest against a spate of homophobic attacks in Italy.