26th May 2009
Nigel Lythgoe apologises for anti-gay comments on dance show 10
12:40 PM — British producer Nigel Lythgoe has apologised after being accused of homophobia. The former choreographer, who is currently appearing as a judge on US TV show So You Think You Can Dance? was criticised for comments he made over a gay couple's performance.
California Supreme Court to announce Prop 8 decision today 3
10:55 AM — The California Supreme Court is to announce its decision on whether Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in the state, is constitutional.
24th May 2009
Church of Scotland approves appointment of openly gay minister 27
11:56 AM — The Church of Scotland General Assembly last night voted to approve the ordination of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
22nd May 2009
NHS offers 20-minute HIV test 5
5:10 PM — A new HIV test which takes only 20 minutes to deliver a result is now available on the NHS. Previously, those wishing to take an HIV test had to wait a week for their results.
Stephen Fry: Public anger over MPs’ expenses is ‘revolting’ 32
2:27 PM — Openly gay broadcaster Stephen Fry has waded into the row over MPs' extravagant expenses claims, saying public anger over the scandal was "revolting".
Exclusive: BBC denies live radio ban on Jonathan Ross was caused by gay ‘joke’ controversy 92
2:22 PM — The BBC has denied that complaints over a gay joke made by Jonathan Ross were the reason for axing his live Radio 2 show.
BBC star Jonathan Ross loses live radio show to avoid further complaints 17
11:30 AM — Jonathan Ross's Radio 2 show is to be pre-recorded from this weekend, the BBC has said. Last week, PinkNews.co.uk revealed that complaints had been received after he said boys who ask for a Hannah Montana MP3 should be adopted before they brought their gay partner home.
21st May 2009
Student banned from making presentation on gay rights leader Harvey Milk 8
6:12 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk may face a lawsuit.
Trevor Phillips acknowledges ‘intense hurt’ caused by Evangelical appointment 33
2:38 PM — Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has acknowledged the anger felt by LGBT groups at the appointment of Evangelical leader and gay rights critic Joel Edwards to the organisation.
Prop 8 decision draws closer
1:25 PM — The California Supreme Court's decision on whether to strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, could come as soon as Tuesday.
Churches to be banned from turning down gay staff 206
12:11 PM — Religious groups are to be forced to accept gay youth workers, secretaries and other staff under new anti-discrimination laws.
Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for flood damage despite having home insurance 12
11:42 AM — Former Equality Minister Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for water damage caused by a burst pipe, despite having home insurance at the time.
20th May 2009
Maine drafts ballot question for possible gay marriage referendum 1
5:39 PM — Election officials in Maine have drafted the question which will appear on ballot papers if opponents gather enough signatures to call a referendum on the state's recent decision to legalise gay marriage.
Gay domestic violence campaign to be launched at Birmingham Pride 3
4:57 PM — A new campaign is urging gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence to report it to the police. 'Unzip the Silence' is to be launched at Birmingham Pride this weekend.
Tennessee schools face lawsuit for blocking gay sites 3
4:37 PM — Two school districts in Tennessee, US, have been hit with a lawsuit for blocking access to websites discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
100 arrested in hate crime raids across London 20
3:13 PM — One hundred people were arrested today as part of a police swoop on hate crimes in London. The Metropolitan Police Service began a series of raids on addresses across the capital this morning to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crime.
Elton John: ‘HIV/AIDS is still winning’
3:06 PM — Sir Elton John has spoken out on the issue of HIV/AIDS, saying governments and the medical industry are not doing enough to prevent the world epidemic.
New Hampshire to vote today on amendments to gay marriage bill
11:13 AM — The New Hampshire House and Senate are to vote today on whether to pass an amended gay marriage bill in the state.
Obama has four weeks to decide on Defence of Marriage Act 4
10:49 AM — President Barack Obama, who promised in his election campaign to repeal the controversial DOMA law, must respond to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of eight gay married couples and three surviving spouses in the next four weeks.
Police carry out raids across London to tackle homophobic hate crime
10:23 AM — The Metropolitan Police Service began a series of raids on addresses across London this morning to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crime.