20th July 2009
Hate crimes bill moves closer 9
5:31 PM — A bill known as the Matthew Shepard Act has been approved for a Senate vote. The bill, named after the murdered gay teenager, expands federal hate crime laws offer protection on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, and disability.
Homophobia blamed for high levels of HIV in African gay men 7
4:28 PM — Research has suggested that HIV rates for gay men in sub-Saharan Africa are ten times higher than the average rate for the general male population.
Video game allows players to shoot gays 21
3:40 PM — Gay groups are outraged over a video game where the object is to shoot gay men before they 'rape' the player.
Indian Supreme Court refuses to stay verdict on gay sex 5
12:06 PM — The Indian Supreme Court today decided to reject a petition to put a recent High Court judgement on decriminalising gay sex on hold.
17th July 2009
European Tory leader defends Polish MEP over ‘homophobia’ claims 19
4:50 PM — The head of the Tories in Europe has defended the new leader of David Cameron's bloc in Europe over footage which showed him making a homophobic comment.
Vatican heaps praise on Oscar Wilde.. who it once condemned as immoral 87
4:21 PM — The Vatican has praised the work of openly gay playwright Oscar Wilde, despite previously regarding him as an immoral degenerate.
Dead sailor’s aunt says he was killed by closeted colleague 1
3:16 PM — A gay sailor who was found shot and burned was killed by a colleague who was still in the closet, his aunt has said. August Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
Polish MEP and leader of Tories’ new group ‘called gays fags’ 29
10:27 AM — Footage has emerged of Polish Law and Justice Party MEP and the leader of the Tories' new bloc in Europe calling gay people "fags" in an interview in 2000.
16th July 2009
Pakistan court orders equal benefits for trans people 5
4:44 PM — The Supreme Court in Islamabad has ordered that trans people should receive equal protection and support from the government.
Texas gay bar ‘raided after customer was seen drunk’ 3
2:42 PM — Police records have shown that a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar was raided because a man was arrested for being extremely drunk outside two days earlier.
US student ‘forced’ into ex-gay therapy 81
11:44 AM — A gay pre-med student from Arkansas has been "forced" into therapy to cure him of homosexuality. According to his friends, Bryce Faulkner, 23, was preparing to come out to deeply religious family when his mother discovered emails to his boyfriend.
Tory MEP expelled for standing against candidate from ‘homophobic’ Polish Law and Justice Party 20
11:02 AM — A Tory MEP expelled from David Cameron's new grouping in the European Parliament for standing against a Polish Law and Justice candidate has told PinkNews.co.uk that the party's 'homophobia' contributed to his decision.
US Episcopal church begins drafting prayer for gay couples 6
10:13 AM — Episcopal bishops have given permission for an official prayer for gay couples to be drafted. The news follows a vote of the church this week to reject a moratorium on the consecrations of gay bishops in committed partnerships.
15th July 2009
Ukraine confirms Bruno ban, says the film ‘damages morality’ 8
5:39 PM — The Ukraine culture ministry has confirmed it is banning the film Bruno because is likely to offend conservative and religious opinion.
Gay American Idol star Adam Lambert’s concert targeted by anti-gay protestors 10
5:29 PM — An American Idol concert featuring openly gay runner-up Adam Lambert has been picketed by homophobic protesters.
Trans woman dies after voodoo ‘cleansing’ ritual 3
12:02 PM — A trans woman from Arkansas has died after apparently taking part in a voodoo ritual. Lucille Hamilton, 21, flew to Jersey on Friday to undergo a ritual that would remove her "spiritual grime".
Ukraine may ban Bruno 1
11:10 AM — Ukraine is planning to ban the film Bruno because is likely to offend conservative and religious opionion, reports suggest. The film, about a gay Austrian journalist, features full-frontal nudity and sexual acts.
Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas apologises for raid on gay bar 3
10:51 AM — The mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, has apologised for a raid in a gay bar on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
14th July 2009
MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin 19
6:49 PM — On the day that BNP MEPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons took up their seats in the European Parliament, a Democratic Unionist MEP refused to sit next to them.
Bill Clinton says gays should be able to marry 10
6:31 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he is now "basically" in favour of gay marriage. During his term, he opposed equal rights for gay couples and introduced the Defence of Marriage Act.