29th April 2010
Counsellor who refused to work with gays loses appeal bid 54
1:27 PM — Gary McFarlane, the Christian sex counsellor who refused to work with gay couples, has lost his Court of Appeal bid. He wanted to challenge a ruling that found in favour of counselling service Relate, which sacked him in 2008 after he said he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples
28th April 2010
Jailed gay Malawi couple thank supporters 1
3:12 PM — The gay Malawian couple who were arrested in December for holding a marriage ceremony have thanked their supporters from jail. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been in custody in a Blantyre prison for four months, having been denied bail.
China lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors
2:13 PM — The Chinese government has announced it has overturned the ban on HIV-positive visitors entering the country. The ban was introduced in 1989, although China has temporarily lifted it for major events in the past, such as the1990 Beijing Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
27th April 2010
California Assembly approves amending ‘gay cure’ law 7
12:59 PM — The California Assembly has unanimously approved modifying a law which requires the state to seek cures for homosexuality.
UK ‘breaching UN rules’ on returning gay asylum seekers 32
11:43 AM — An Amnesty International report claims that the UK and several other European countries are breaching United Nations rules on returning vulnerable Iraqi asylum seekers.
26th April 2010
Illinois House approves bill against homophobic and transphobic bullying 1
6:07 PM — The House in the US state of Illinois has unanimously approved a bill to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying.
God Hates Fags church will picket lesbian student’s graduation 23
5:45 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has announced it will picket the graduate of lesbian student Constance McMillen, who challenged her school's anti-gay policy.
‘Gay’ dog barred from restaurant 18
3:04 PM — A blind man and his guide dog were barred from an Australian restaurant after a waiter thought the dog was gay. A tribunal last week heard that Ian Jolly, 57, was told to leave the Adelaide restaurant Thai Spice in May last year after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a "gay dog".
US students ‘tried to push lesbian off cliff’
2:25 PM — Two teenagers in the US state of Kentucky were arrested last week after allegedly trying to kill a lesbian classmate.
Church of Scotland could ban ministers who have sex outside marriage 19
12:06 PM — The Church of Scotland could consider banning ministers who have sex outside of a marriage as a way to deal with the issue of gay ministers.
Second Puerto Rican LGBT killing in six months 1
11:22 AM — Puerto Rican police are investigating after a trans woman was found murdered in her home last week. Ashley Santiago Ocasio, a 31-year-old beauty salon owner, was shot in the head in the central mountain town of Corozal last week
23rd April 2010
White House protesters released 6
4:12 PM — Gay US soldier Dan Choi and five other military veterans have been released from jail after chaining themselves to the White House fence.
Gay man ‘knocked out after argument with girl’
11:41 AM — The trial of three teenagers accused of the manslaughter of a gay man in Trafalgar Square heard this week that he was punched after hitting one of the girls with her handbag.
22nd April 2010
Allowing gay divorce ‘strengthens’ Texas gay marriage ban 2
5:48 PM — An attorney from one of the gay men attempting to get a divorce in Texas has argued that it would actually strengthen the state's gay marriage ban.
Chinese man arrested for ‘killing six in gay sex games’
5:27 PM — A Chinese man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of six men who joined in sado-masochistic games. Zhou Youping, a singer in bars in the central province of Hunan, is said to have advertised for men to be his "slave" on gay websites.
Gay centre at heart of Purcell corruption probe
2:11 PM — Glasgow's LGBT centre is at the heart of claims that former council leader Steven Purcell was involved in corruption. The Labour leader resigned from his position in early March citing stress and exhaustion.
Bisexual men ‘not gay enough’ for softball team 23
11:45 AM — Three bisexual American men are suing after they were ruled to be not gay enough to play in a gay softball league. The trio say they were interrogated about their sex lives.
21st April 2010
Brighton Police launch summer hate crime drive 3
1:44 PM — Police in Brighton have launched their annual summer operation to tackle homophobic hate crime. The area has a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population of around 35,000 people, with this number increasing in the summer due to the city's popularity as a gay tourism hotspot.
Gay soldier Dan Choi arrested again at White House 12
11:14 AM — Gay US soldier Dan Choi and five other people in uniform chained themselves to the White House fence yesterday to protest the military's ban on out gay soldiers. Lt Choi was arrested last month for a similar stunt.
20th April 2010
Anti-gay sign protected by law 34
6:15 PM — An American homeowner who painted his fence with an anti-gay phrase will be allowed to keep the message because it does not break the law. Chris Trumbull, who lives in Casper, Wyoming, painted the words "Leviticus 20:13, To be gay = death" on his fence.