27th April 2009
Bollywood star receives hate mail after supporting gays 7
2:17 PM — Bollywood star Celina Jaitley has been the target of hate mail after expressing support for the gay community. The Indian actress and Miss Universe finalist is a vocal supporter of gay rights.
Robert Carlyle: ‘My Trainspotting character was gay’ 6
1:25 PM — Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle has announced in a Bafta website interview that he thinks the character he played in the film was gay despite Francis Begbie being considered one of fiction's most stereotypical alpha-males.
Christian teacher suspended for complaining over gay rights presentation 39
1:11 PM — A Christian teacher was suspended from his post after complaining that a training day was being used to "promote" gay rights.
Iowa begins processing gay marriage applications 4
11:54 AM — Iowa will begin processing same-sex marriage applications today. The state legalised marriage for gay couples on April 3rd after a unanimous decision by judges at the Iowa Supreme Court.
Lesbian writer Carol Ann Duffy tipped as next Poet Laureate 1
11:47 AM — Carol Ann Duffy has reportedly been chosen as the first female and openly gay Poet Laureate. Ms Duffy, 53, will also be the first Scot to hold the position after incumbent Andrew Motion steps down this week.
First lesbian prime minister wins Iceland election under left-wing coalition 9
10:50 AM — Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly gay leader, has won Iceland's general election. The Social Democrat leader formed a left-wing coalition with the Left-Green Movement.
Gay MP Alan Duncan’s death threats to Miss California over gay marriage comments 21
10:09 AM — Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan has weighed in on the Miss California gay marriage row, apparently threatening to kill the beauty queen.
Equality Bill published today 14
9:53 AM — The government's long-awaited Equality Bill was published today by Minister for Equality Harriet Harman. It contains a raft of measures aimed to tackle social inequality, such as forcing employers to reveal how much staff are paid.
26th April 2009
100 protest outside London “gay cure” conference 68
10:32 PM — More than 100 protesters gathered outside the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, Central London during a conference on curing homosexuality organised by evangelical Christian group Anglican Mainstream and CARE.
24th April 2009
Pop star claims he had gay relationship with rocker Gavin Rossdale 11
5:42 PM — The lead singer of rock band Bush had a five-year sexual relationship with an out British singer, it has been alleged.
Linguists fired under military gay ban ‘could have alerted US over 9/11′ 9
5:24 PM — A leading campaigner in the fight to repeal the US military gay ban has said that a lack of skilled linguists, who were fired for being gay, may have undermined the government's potential to prevent the September 11th bombings.
Six years for attempted killing of ‘bisexual transvestite’ 3
3:04 PM — A 27-year-old who stabbed a bisexual man after his girlfriend discoved them "play fighting" and accused him of being gay has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Comment: Can Lord Alli save the Equality Bill? 11
2:56 PM — Last week one of only three openly gay peers in the House of Lords launched a bold attempt to prevent history repeating itself. Waheed Alli is collecting and marshalling public opinion in the hope of forcing the House of Lords, known as the place equality legislation goes to die, to pass the government’s upcoming Equality Bill.
New Hampshire committee rejects trans protection bill 4
2:43 PM — The Senate Judiciary Committee of the New Hampshire state Senate has voted 5-0 to reject new protections for trans people.
Dutch survey reveals lesbian women suffer depression and stigmatisation
2:41 PM — Research from the Netherlands has reported that bisexual and lesbian women suffer anxiety, depression and insomnia and are the targets of gossip and abuse.
Lesbian woman saved from deportation 1
2:37 PM — Shirley Tan, a Filipino woman living in Pacifica, USA, who recently faced deportation, has had the case blocked.
Interview: Dan Choi on the US military gay ban 6
1:00 PM — In the first part of series of interviews with Dan Choi, the infantry platoon leader leading the fight against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', Adrian Tippetts highlights the serious national security issues surrounding expelling vital service members for being gay.
Maine hears arguments on gay marriage 2
11:36 AM — Maine is the latest New England state to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. Approximately 4,000 people packed into the Augusta Civic Centre after the public were invited to a hearing to discuss the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Activists to protest at ‘gay cure’ conference 253
11:02 AM — Around 150 demonstrators are expected to protest at a 'gay cure' conference in London tomorrow. The conference, which has been denounced by gay groups, will feature Joseph Nicolosi, who claims reparative therapy can 'cure' homosexuality.
23rd April 2009
Same-sex couples urged to hold hands in public 18
4:57 PM — A new campaign aims to encourage same-sex couples to publicly and unashamedly hold hands. A Day in Hand is asking people to upload photos.