8th July 2009
Polish Law and Justice Party confirms it’s still homophobic despite joining forces with the Tories in Europe 17
5:51 PM — A Polish Law and Justice Party (PiS) MEP has refuted statements made by former Tory leader William Hague that the party has changed its views on gay rights.
Technical issues mean 2010 US census may not count gay married couples 5
5:29 PM — The US census scheduled for next year may not be able to count gay married couples due to technical issues in collecting data.
Massachusetts senator reveals he’s gay 8
4:42 PM — Massachusetts senator Stan Rosenberg has revealed he is gay in an Independence Day editorial. Writing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette last weekend, he quietly revealed his sexuality about halfway down his column.
Calgary minister ‘stripped of responsibility’ after funding Pride event 6
2:21 PM — The Toronto tourism minister has reportedly been stripped of her responsibility for a major funding programme because she granted financial support for the city's annual Pride week.
Mother of gay son berates Irish minister over civil partnerships 51
11:03 AM — When Declan Doody wrote to Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern about the inequality of civil partnerships, he was dismayed to receive no response. However, when he posted a copy of the letter on his Facebook, his mother Helen was spurred into action to write her own.
7th July 2009
Out-of-state gay marriages become legal in DC 1
5:27 PM — A law allowing the recognition of gay marriages performed in other states has come into effect in Washington DC today.
6th July 2009
Mainstream comic world gets first gay kiss 18
4:48 PM — An X-Men-related comic book is the first mainstream title to feature a gay kiss. X-Factor's 45th issue shows characters Rictor and the previously-possessed Shatterstar sharing a kiss after years of sexual tension and ambiguity.
‘God Hates Fags’ church to picket Michael Jackson’s funeral 30
12:08 PM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who blame homosexuality for the world's ills, have said they will picket the funeral of Michael Jackson.
Colin Powell: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be reviewed’ 8
11:46 AM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said the military gay ban should be reviewed. He had previously supported the policy.
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.