6th May 2009
Lesbian couple attempt to marry in Russia 3
3:29 PM — A lesbian couple are planning to apply for a marriage licence in Moscow later this month, it has been reported.
Conservative Party ‘to prioritise gay rights’ 63
2:17 PM — Reaching out to gay rights groups is one of Tory leader David Cameron's top five priorities, it has been claimed. A shadow cabinet member told ConservativeHome.com blogger Tim Montgomerie that the move is part of Cameron’s drive “to show that ‘new Toryism’ is still alive and kicking”.
Controversial pastor Rick Warren ‘one of the world’s most influential people’ 17
1:56 PM — Rick Warren, the US evangelist pastor who spoke out against gay marriage, has been included in Time magazine's latest list of the world's most influential people.
Scottish MPs condemn clergy for attacks on gay minister 20
11:43 AM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have criticised the clergy for attempting to block the appointment of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
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
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 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.
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."
1st May 2009
Exclusive: Chris Bryant criticises Tories over support for anti-gay Catholic adoption agencies 51
4:36 PM — The Openly gay Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Rhonda MP Chris Bryant, has criticised the Conservative party over a poll which suggested that 71 per cent of Tory candidates for the next election support the right of religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples.
Evangelical group forced to apologise over gay slurs against minister 13
2:47 PM — An Evangelical group which spread false rumours about a gay minister has been forced to apologise. Forward Together told its members that Scott Rennie left his wife and young daughter to live with another man.
Gay marriage becomes legal in Sweden today 8
11:53 AM — A gender-neutral marriage law in Sweden has come into force today, meaning gay couples can now marry in the country in religious or civil ceremonies. However, they cannot yet get married in church ceremonies.
Carol Ann Duffy is the first lesbian Poet Laureate 15
10:14 AM — Carol Ann Duffy is to be named as the first lesbian Poet Laureate today. Culture secretary Andy Burnham is expected to hold a press conference in Manchester at midday to confirm her appointment as the successor to Andrew Motion.
30th April 2009
US House votes to extend protection to victims of homophobic hate crimes 1
4:44 PM — The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.
Americans ‘want military gay ban to end’ 3
3:30 PM — A survey has suggested that the majority of Americans want to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law which bans gays from serving openly in the military, repealed.
Gay charities express concern over faith school sex education proposals 7
12:09 PM — New government plans to allow faith schools to teach sex education in line with their religious beliefs have come under fire from gay charities. Under the recommendations, faith schools will be allowed to present lessons in line with their own "context, values and ethos".
Transgender former Army Special Forces commander wins almost $500,000 in discrimination lawsuit 2
10:40 AM — A former Army Special Forces commander who was rejected from a job because she was undergoing gender reassigment has won her case for sexual discrimination.
Top Gun star Kelly McGillis comes out 6
10:06 AM — Actress Kelly McGillis, famous for playing Tom's Cruise's love interest in the film Top Gun, has come out as a lesbian. She revealed her sexual orientation in an interview with Shewired.com.
29th April 2009
Comedian Jim Davidson to explore his own homophobia on reality TV show 11
3:05 PM — The comedian Jim Davidson, who was kicked off TV show Hell's Kitchen for alleged homophobia in 2007, is to make a programme in which he learns to become more "politically correct".