13th May 2009
Row in Canterbury as gay group accuses council of ‘ignoring’ gay issues 33
5:27 PM — A gay group called Pride in Canterbury has accused the city council of ignoring gay issues and failing to respond to their complaints.
Scottish minister compares supporters of gay clergy to Nazis 56
11:57 AM — Anti-gay Scottish minister Rev Ian Watson has compared the supporters of an openly gay minister to the Nazis.
Gay MPs rush to pay back expenses 5
11:00 AM — Last night, David Cameron said that any Tory MP who refused to pay back questionable expenses claims would face suspension from the party. Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
Gay MP Alan Duncan promises to pay back expenses 1
10:58 AM — Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
New York moves closer to gay marriage 34
9:29 AM — The New York Assembly passed a bill last night to legalise gay marriage. After four hours of debate, the bill passed 89-52 and will now go to the Senate for a vote.
12th May 2009
Miss California allowed to keep crown 22
4:57 PM — Miss California Carrie Prejean, who criticised gay marriage, has been allowed to keep her title despite appearing in a string of topless photographs.
Obama ‘can end military gay ban with a single order’ 4
1:41 PM — Military law experts have said that President Barack Obama can end the dismissal of openly gay soldiers with just a single order.
Foreign Office revises guidance for gay travellers in Moscow 42
12:24 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released new guidance for gay travellers in Russia, advising that visitors to Moscow should be aware of possible violence at a planned gay pride march this weekend.
Liverpool to fly the rainbow flag for international day against homophobia 7
10:44 AM — Liverpool, the city in which gay teenager Michael Causer was beaten to death last year, is to fly the rainbow flag from its town hall on Sunday to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
11th May 2009
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises over expense claims 20
1:45 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan, has apologised for charging the taxpayer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
Obama holding ‘preliminary talks’ on repealing military gay ban 12
10:46 AM — The Obama administration is holding "preliminary discussions" on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell but change may take months, if at all, an advisor to the President has said.
8th May 2009
God hates fags preacher joins calls to block gay Scottish minister 20
12:23 PM — Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church which picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags', has said the ordination of openly gay minister Scot Rennie to a Scottish church would be an "abomination".
Opponents file challenge to gay marriage in Maine 14
11:03 AM — Gay couples in Maine hoping to take advantage of this week's legalisation of gay marriage may be forced to wait months or even a year to hold their ceremonies after opponents filed a 'people's veto' challenge to the new law.
Fired gay soldier to fight dismissal ‘tooth and nail’ 7
10:25 AM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was fired after revealing he was gay, has said he will fight his dismissal "tooth and nail". Choi, a West Point graduate and Arabic linguist, came out live on the Rachel Maddow show in March, knowing it could cost him his job.
7th May 2009
Gay men ‘at risk’ as UK rates for new HIV infections soar to highest in Europe 8
4:27 PM — Charity Unicef has warned that Britain now has the highest number of new HIV infections in western Europe, with gay and bisexual men and black Africans most at risk.
Openly gay soldier Dan Choi dismissed from National Guard under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 18
2:02 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi, the National Guard soldier who publicly came out live on national television, has been dismissed from duty. He was dismissed for "homosexual conduct".
US radio presenter threatens to sue over UK entry ban 18
11:55 AM — American radio presenter Michael Savage has threatened to sue Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for placing him on a list of 'undesirables' banned from entering the UK.
Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims 225
11:20 AM — A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
6th May 2009
Breaking: Maine’s governor passes gay marriage bill 7
5:56 PM — Gay marriage is now legal in Maine after Governor John Baldacci signed it into law. The Governor had previously opposed gay marriage but said in a statement he believed a civil union was not equal to marriage.
Former employee wins unfair dismissal case against gay charity 1
4:40 PM — An employment tribunal has decided that Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation unfairly dismissed an employee. Molly Dunn, a therapeutic services manager, won her case against the LGF.