9th June 2009
US gay advocates call for national march 4
11:16 AM — Gay rights activists in the US are calling for a national march on Washington to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11th.
8th June 2009
New mayor of Doncaster cuts funding for Pride 51
12:58 PM — The newly-elected mayor of Doncaster has vowed to cut funding for the town's annual gay Pride event. Peter Davies, an English Democrat, has said: "My policy on gays and lesbians is very simple. I don't think councils should be spending money on them parading through town advertising their sexuality."
4th June 2009
Tennessee schools to remove block on gay educational and news websites 1
4:34 PM — A long running battle to unblock educational gay websites from schools in Knox County, Tennessee may be over. Following the start of legal proceedings, the County Superintendent has said web filters would be adjusted.
Gay couples to be protected by Hong Kong domestic violence law 3
1:18 PM — The Domestic Violence Ordinance will have an amendment to include same sex couples, the Hong Kong Government have announced. However, they have been keen to stress that this will not mean the government will legally recognise same sex marriages or relationships in any other respect.
Section 28 style law likely to be passed in Lithuania to prohibit discussion of homosexuality in schools 59
12:15 PM — The Lithuanian Parliament is set to introduce a law to prohibit the discussion of homosexuality in schools. It is similar to the notorious Section 28 law in Britain that for years hampered the ability to teachers to discuss sexuality or help gay students. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has told PinkNews.co.uk that if passed, the country should have no right to remain in the EU.
Gay rights hero Peter Tatchell named Campaigner of the Year 54
11:36 AM — Human rights campaigner and Green Party Parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell, has won Campaigner of the Year at the fourth Observer Ethical Awards in London last night. In his acceptance speech, Mr Tatchell paid tribute to "the many human rights campaigners worldwide who risk their lives and freedom, in countries like Russia, Iran, Zimbabwe, Iraq and China. It is an honour to work with and support them."
Gay marriage law to be debated in Pennsylvania Senate 1
11:03 AM — Yesterday as the Governor of New Hampshire made gay marriage legal, a Pennsylvania Democrat Senator has introduced the state's first bill to legalise gay marriage. But at the same time a Republican Senator will propose a constitutional ban on gay marriage saying it could lead to polygamy.
Scottish Parliament passes anti-gay hate laws 7
9:49 AM — The Scottish Parliament yesterday passed legislation that seeks to ban hate crime against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The vote follows the adoption of similar legislation in England and Wales.
3rd June 2009
Gay marriage legal in New Hampshire after Governor signs law 10
10:34 PM — John Lynch, the Democrat governor of New Hampshire has confirmed that he would sign into law a bill to legalise gay marriage.
Activists to take Moscow mayor to court over homophobic comments 3
8:08 PM — Russian gay rights activists are to take the city's homophobic mayor to court for saying that gay people undermined the heart of a morally health society.
Gay penguins rearing chick in German Zoo 20
7:28 PM — A gay penguin couple living in a German zoo have hatched a chick which they are now rearing as if it were their own child. They're one of three gay couples living in the zoo.
Harvard university creates professorship of LGBT studies 5
7:15 PM — The prestigious American Harvard University is to appoint a professor of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)studies.
27th May 2009
Trans group boycotts London Pride march 125
4:45 PM — TransLondon, the largest group in the capital for all trans-identified people, has announced it is boycotting London Pride. The decision comes after trans women were denied access to female toilets at last year's Pride and one was allegedly sexually assaulted.
20th May 2009
Comment: Peter Tatchell on how Moscow’s ban on the gay parade led to massive media coverage of LGBT issues 64
9:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell on how Russia's repression of last Saturday's gay parade inadvertently promoted LGBT rights
18th May 2009
Sydney marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 6
10:57 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was marked in more than 50 countries yesterday, May 17th 2009.
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.
LGBT asylum seekers ‘facing high levels of homelessness and discrimination’ 5
2:54 PM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans asylum seekers are suffering from high levels of discrimination, homelessness and exploitation, a report has claimed.
12th May 2009
Transexual woman calls off week long hunger strike 7
10:00 PM — A transsexual woman from Nottingham has ended her week long huger strike after NHS officials agreed to reconsider whether they can fund gender reassignment treatment.
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
Comment: Peter Tatchell on why he’ll still march at Moscow Pride 39
5:07 PM — Despite threats to bash and arrest the marchers, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell explains why he will still be attending this Saturday's Moscow Gay Pride parade. Authorities have said the parade is banned and threatened "tough measures" to those who try to march. In 2007, Mr Tatchell was arrested and assaulted during the parade.