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”.
LGBT people urged to join Iran demonstration in London 18
3:45 PM — On the fifth day of violence and unrest in Iran following the country's elections, LGBT people are being urged to attend a demonstration calling for democracy and freedom.
Christian ‘civil liberties’ group wants to burn gay book 44
2:30 PM — A book about a young gay man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality has provoked the wrath of a US Christian 'civil liberties' group who say it should be burned.
US LGBT hate murders at highest level since 1999 2
2:10 PM — A National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs report has revealed that gay bias-related killings in America were at their highest level for ten years in 2008.
Gay weddings could give US economy a $9.5 billion boost 4
2:00 PM — A survey carried out by the Williams Institute has predicted that legalising gay marriage across America could prove a lucrative move.
Obama’s gay federal benefits ‘not permanent and won’t include healthcare’ 10
12:18 PM — President Barack Obama is to extend federal benefits for partners to same-sex couples but critics have said the move will not be permanent, probably won't include healthcare and will not be applied to those serving in the military.
Gay animals confound Darwin but scientists say they could be key to survival of species 131
11:37 AM — More than 450 species of animals display gay behaviour, scientists have found. In a paper, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, they suggested that homosexuality among animals may be vital for the survival of the species.
LGBT activists ‘under-resourced, isolated and vulnerable’ 2
11:25 AM — Activists fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights are under-funded, lack support and face "routine" violence, a report has said.
China to ban criminals and those in relationships from having sex change operations 3
10:35 AM — China's Ministry of Health has published new proposed clinical guidelines on gender reassignment surgery. Those wishing to undergo surgery must have no criminal record, be single, over 20 years old and have lived as their desired gender for at least two years.
Lithuania passes Section 28-style law to ban mention of homosexuality in schools or media 42
10:20 AM — Lithuania's parliament has given final approval to a bill banning information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
16th June 2009
21 injured in bombing at Brazil Pride event 11
4:14 PM — Twenty-one people were injured on Sunday when a bomb exploded at Sao Paulo Pride. The parade is thought to be the largest Pride event in the world with almost three million visitors.
Gay travel agent offers lesbian wedding and IVF holiday package 10
1:33 PM — Lesbian couples can now have a Spanish holiday package that includes a marriage ceremony and insemination treatment.
San Francisco lesbian barred from visiting partner in hospital 12
11:17 AM — A gay woman from San Francisco was prevented from visiting her partner in hospital after she suffered a seizure. The couple had been taking part in a 'Meet in the Middle' rally in support of same-sex marriage, when Kristin Orbin, who suffers from epilepsy, had a seizure.
Australian survey finds rise in support for gay marriage 5
11:08 AM — A survey has found rising support for gay marriage in Australia. The research, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality (AME), showed that 60 per cent of those questioned are in favour of same-sex marriage, compared with 57 per cent two years ago.
15th June 2009
IVF delay for gay parents in Australia 1
6:00 PM — Despite government legislation to allow gay couples access to IVF treatment in Victoria, Australia, many aspiring parents have had their applications delayed due to a lack of resources.
Obama’s highest-ranking gay official says DOMA and the military gay ban currently have no chance of being repealed 20
5:44 PM — John Berry, the highest-ranking gay in the Obama administration, has given an interview on the administration's stance on gay rights.
Homophobic bullying ‘widespread’ in Ireland 9
3:25 PM — Irish Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, has spoken out against the widespread nature of homophobic bullying in the country.
Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black apologises for leaked unprotected gay sex photos 82
2:02 PM — Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the screenplay for Milk, the biopic of gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, has apologised after leaked photographs showed him having unprotected sex with another man.
12th June 2009
Ex-Miss California claims anti-gay marriage stance cost her title 19
4:32 PM — The former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, has said she believes her stance against gay marriage was what lost her the crown, not her failure to carry out her duties.