27th May 2011
US House of Representatives passes bill to delay lifting of military gay ban 26
5:38 PM — The US House of Representatives has approved a defence bill with amendments to delay the lifting of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The Defense Authorization Bill was approved in a 322 to 96 vote yesterday.
India celebrates second gay film festival 11
5:07 PM — India's second annual gay film festival is underway in Mumbai. KASHISH 2011, which will show 124 LGBT films from 23 countries, was approved by India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and has failed to rouse the ire of anti-gay campaigners.
Moscow Pride marchers fear neo-Nazi attacks 36
4:45 PM — Marchers in tomorrow's Moscow Pride fear they may be targeted by neo-Nazi thugs. The march was banned by city authorities on the grounds of potential public disorder but a small group of gay rights activists say they will take to the streets anyway.
Christian ‘gay cure’ therapist guilty of malpractice 121
4:10 PM — A Christian therapist who tried to turn a gay undercover journalist straight has been found guilty of professional malpractice. This week, a professional trial at the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy unanimously ruled that Lesley Pilkington had acted unprofessionally.
Human Rights Campaign backs Obama for re-election 11
2:36 PM — America's largest gay rights organisation, Human Rights Campaign, is backing President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. HRC leader Joe Solmonese said that Obama was the only clear choice for the LGBT vote next year.
Moscow police will break up banned gay Pride march 107
1:29 PM — Moscow's police force says it will break up an unauthorised gay Pride march to be held tomorrow. Gay rights campaigners were denied permission to hold the event for the sixth year running but said they would hold it anyway.
Illinois Catholic groups stop foster care services over gay parents 59
12:05 PM — Catholic charities in Rockford, Illinois, have opted to cease all foster care services to avoid having to cater to gay couples. The charities must comply with a new state law which says any organisation receiving state funds must not discriminate.
26-year-old gay club in Portsmouth to close down 14
10:55 AM — One of the few gay night clubs in Portsmouth, England is to close its doors for good on Monday evening. Martha's, on Commercial Road in the city, will host its final night on the Bank Holiday.
Sarkozy ally compares gay marriage to bestiality in French parliament 79
10:24 AM — Brigitte Barèges, an MP in French president Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, has sparked an angry reaction in the French parliament by comparing gay marriage to bestiality.
US Sheriff’s department ‘paid evangelicals to turn lesbian straight’ 14
10:01 AM — A lesbian is suing a sheriff's department in Georgia, USA, after it allegedly paid $600 for two evangelicals to turn her straight. Amanda Booker, who is now in custody over a separate incident, is suing officials after she claims Bartow County Sheriff's Department in Georgia forced her to attend gay conversion therapy instead of taking her to a drug rehabilitation centre.
Sir Elton John and David Furnish nominated for celeb dad of the year 7
9:36 AM — Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish have become the first gay couple to be in the running for 'celebrity dad of the year.' The pair, who celebrated the birth of their son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John last Christmas, are said to be "thrilled" at the news.
New York Mayor Bloomberg: ‘Gay marriage is a fundamental civil right’ 19
9:14 AM — Michael Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York City, has described marriage equality as a "fundamental civil right". In a speech last night, he urged state politicians to legislate on introducing gay marriage immediately.