6th May 2009
Miss California forced to defend topless photos 23
10:30 AM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss World contestant who criticised gay marriage, has defended topless photos of her taken as a teenager. The beauty queen, who was crowned Miss California, said she did not believe in gay marriage when asked by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton at the final of the competition.
Greek court annuls first gay marriages 10
9:55 AM — A Greek court has ruled that two gay marriages performed on the island of Tilos are invalid. Tilos mayor Tassos Aliferis had allowed the marriages to take place in July last year, saying that civil marriage law did not specify gender.
5th May 2009
Breaking: Maine House of Representatives votes in favour of gay marriage 6
9:33 PM — The lower house of Maine's legislature has voted in favour of the state allowing gay marriages. If enacted, Maine would be the fifth state to allow same-sex marriages.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriage if Congress lets it 1
9:20 PM — Washington DC has voted to recognise gay marriages that are conducted in other US states. But because Washington DC is a city and not a state it requires the approval of Congress before the new law can be implemented,
Russian activists plan gay Pride march ahead of Eurovision 2
5:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have said they plan to hold a gay Pride march in Moscow hours before the city hosts the Eurovision Song Contest final.
Trans woman joins Welsh police force to tackle transphobia 1
5:12 PM — A Welsh police force has taken on a trans woman to help train officers about hate crimes. Michelle Douglas contacted Dyfed Powys Police last year to ask if she could help educate officers about transphobia.
Trans groups to campaign over ‘draconian’ gender clinic rules 16
4:53 PM — Trans Yorkshire and Press for Change are to lobby MPs at Westminster later this month in a bid to improve gender identity services in Leeds. The groups claim that Leeds Gender Identity Clinic insists on "complete compliance" during treatment, rather than promoting an atmosphere of health and wellbeing.
Gay footballers celebrate win privately for fear of being outed 13
1:28 PM — The Scottish football team which won the Gay National League Cup had to celebrate its victory in private because some players were afraid of losing their jobs.
God Hates Fags preachers banned from UK 38
1:05 PM — The fundamentalist Phelps family, who picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags' have been banned from entering the UK.
Lesbian couple found dead in suspected suicide pact 2
12:44 PM — A lesbian couple who were found dead in a north London hotel died in a suicide pact, it has been reported. Bose Ore, 30, and Frances Hamilton, in her fifties, were found in a room in Costello Palace Hotel in Finsbury Park on Sunday.
Gay man’s body removed twice from Senegal cemetery 5
11:56 AM — The body of a man believed to be gay has been removed twice from a cemetary in the town of Thies, Senegal. According to reports, the man, aged in his thirties, had died of natural causes.
Former paratrooper becomes Scotland’s first trans police officer 4
11:23 AM — A trans woman who successfully won a sex discrimination case against the Army has been accepted by Strathclyde Police as a trainee constable.
Gay Scottish minister reveals struggle over sexuality 30
11:00 AM — The Rev Scott Rennie, a gay minister whose appointment is threatening to split the Church of Scotland, has spoken about his struggle to face up to his sexuality and reconciling it with Biblical teachings.
Pink denies coming out as bisexual 4
10:12 AM — American singer Pink has denied being bisexual after a tabloid reported she had come out. The star, whose real name is Alecia Moore, was quoted by the News of the World as saying: "I'm not embarrassed about being bisexual. This is who I am."
4th May 2009
Brian Paddick to front gay public hand holding campaign 21
11:21 AM — Brian Paddick, the former Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London is fronting a campaign to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) couples to hold hands in public.
Equality Minister Harriet Harman denies she’ll fight to be Labour Leader 18
9:21 AM — The Minister for Equality and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman has denied a newspaper report that she would fight for the leadership of her party. The Daily Telegraph claims that Ms Harman has told friends that she would run for the leadership of the Labour Party in the event of a backbench revolt against the Prime Minister.
1st May 2009
Promotion: Norfolk becomes more gay-friendly 5
5:50 PM — Norfolk's first gay festival will be launched in Norwich on July 24th and July 25th. The event will be called Norwich Pride and will include a parade, a church service and an afternoon of live music. It is also set to feature stalls, lectures and workshops.
Campaigners prepare for international day against homophobia and transphobia 5
5:43 PM — The fifth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is to be held on May 17th. The date marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
Carol Ann Duffy: ‘Sexuality is a lovely, ordinary, normal thing’ 2
5:32 PM — The new Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has said it "fantastic" that she is an openly gay writer.
Moscow authorities to clamp down on gay Pride events 5
5:18 PM — Authorities in Moscow have said they will deal "firmly" with any attempts to hold gay Pride events in the city this month.