25th May 2011
Nevada governor signs transgender protection law 7
4:02 PM — The governor of Nevada has signed a law to protect transgender people from employment discrimination. Republican governor Brian Sandoval signed the bill into law at a ceremony in Carson City on Tuesday.
Plymouth man banned from city pubs over anti-gay abuse 12
10:56 AM — A Plymouth man has been barred from all of the city centre's pubs for 18 months after hurling anti-gay abuse at a group of women. Richard Ham, 38, was drinking in The Bank pub at Derry's Cross in February last year when he began verbally abusing the women, who were sitting at the next table.
White House condemns Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban 22
10:14 AM — The White House has issued a statement condemning proposals to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, although it stops short of backing marriage equality. The statement did not explicitly mention the move but called such efforts "divisive" and "discriminatory".
24th May 2011
Tennessee governor signs bill to wipe out gay legal protection 70
6:09 PM — The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill which gay rights campaigners say will wipe out all any laws which protect LGBT people from discrimination. Governor Bill Haslam signed the law yesterday. It bans cities and municipalities from making their own anti-discrimination ordinances and bans any area from having stronger protections than are available at state level.
Military chaplains want reassurances over opposition to homosexuality 57
4:12 PM — Military chaplains are calling for reassurances that troops will not be punished if they speak out about their opposition to homosexuality. According to Associated Press, a joint letter from retired chaplains from 21 religious groups to the lead chaplains of the Army, Navy and Air Force says that troops may be unable to speak openly if they fear punishment.
Roommate of gay suicide student pleads not guilty to intimidation
2:46 PM — The roommate of a New Jersey student who committed suicide has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges. Tyler Clementi, 18, jumped to his death after allegedly discovering that his roommate Dharun Ravi had secretly recorded him having sex with another man and showed the footage to classmates
23rd May 2011
Minnesota voters to decide on gay marriage ban 79
10:50 AM — Voters in the US state of Minnesota will decide next year whether to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Late on Saturday night, the state House voted to allow voters to decide the issue.
21st May 2011
Tennessee Senate approves ‘don’t say gay’ bill 629
12:08 AM — Tennessee’s Senate has passed a bill that proposes to introduce a ban of discussing homosexuality within schools. The bill, approved by 5 votes to 4 at the Senate will ban all teachers in public elementary and middle schools from talking about the subject.
20th May 2011
Gay MP says straight couples face discrimination over hymn Jerusalem 62
3:04 PM — The hymn Jerusalem risks becoming "reserved for homosexual couples", a gay MP has claimed. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, claimed that church policy means straight couples are increasingly being banned from using William Blake's famous hymn at their weddings because clergy deem it is "not addressed to God".
California firm agrees to drop gay websites ban in schools 5
2:45 PM — A California web filter provider has become the first major company to drop a feature which allows schools to ban gay websites. Lightspeed Systems says it is working to remove a filter which allows schools to block the non-adult educational or supportive LGBT websites.
Cardiff race equality chief accused of homophobia 69
2:19 PM — Calls have been made to sack the chief of a Cardiff racial equality group after he was filmed making apparently homophobic comments. Mohammed Tufail, director of Cardiff and Vale Race Equality First, was recorded seemingly questioning a Muslim group for supporting a gay candidate.
Rhode Island House approves civil unions 17
11:22 AM — The Rhode Island House approved a civil unions bill yesterday. The measure will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to receive broad support. However, some gay rights activists are furious that a gay marriage bill was scrapped in favour of what they see as watered-down legislation.
19th May 2011
California’s transgender protection bill makes progress 4
5:27 PM — A California bill to improve legal protections for trans people has been approved by the state assembly. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) passed with bipartisan support on a 54-24 vote on Monday. It will now go to the state Senate.
Reports say Ugandan parliament will return to the anti-gay bill 11
12:09 PM — Reports suggest that Uganda's new parliament will consider the notorious anti-homosexuality bill. The last parliament, which was dissolved last week, ran out of time to debate the draft legislation, which calls for the death penalty for some cases of gay sex.
18th May 2011
Moscow bans gay Pride march again 175
5:42 PM — Moscow has once again denied permission for a gay Pride march. Activists applied to hold the event in Bolotnaya Ploshchad city park on May 28th but Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's administration turned down the request, citing a risk of public disorder.
Scotland publishes figures for hate crime charges 6
2:52 PM — The Scottish prosecution service has released the first figures on homophobic and transphobic hate crime charges. In the year since new hate crime offences came into law, 448 charges were made where there was an "aggravation" of homophobia. Fourteen charges were made with an "aggravation" of gender identity.
17th May 2011
Teenagers charged with hate crimes for beating of Maryland trans woman
4:54 PM — Two teenage girls have been indicted on hate crime charges over an attack on a trans woman in a Maryland McDonald's restaurant last month. The attack on Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, was filmed by a store employee and posted online.
Wisconsin governor wants to stop defending gay domestic partnerships 26
3:37 PM — The governor of Wisconsin has said he wants to stop defending the state's domestic partnership registry for gay couples. Scott Walker, a Republican, told a judge he believes the law is unconstitutional because it mimics marriage.
Poll says most Minnesota voters don’t want gay marriage ban 2
2:18 PM — A poll suggests that just over half of Minnesota voters do not want a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The state may hold a referendum on the issue next year if the House follows the Senate in approving a bill.
Illinois trans woman sues employer over toilet ban 3
1:50 PM — A trans woman from the US state of Illinois is suing her employers for barring her from using the women's toilet. Meggan Sommerville, of Oswego, has filed two charges of discrimination with the Illinois Department of Human Rights.