7th May 2009
California Senate committee gives green light for Harvey Milk Day 4
11:39 AM — The California Senate Education Committee voted 7-2 yesterday to designate a day to honour murdered gay rights activist Harvey Milk. If passed by the Senate, it would designate May 22nd, Milk's birthday, as a special commemorative day.
6th May 2009
Gay group lobbies Obama for lesbian Supreme Court nominee
5:32 PM — A new grassroots group called Equal Rep is lobbying US president Barack Obama to appoint a lesbian to the Supreme Court.
Former employee wins unfair dismissal case against gay charity 1
4:40 PM — An employment tribunal has decided that Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation unfairly dismissed an employee. Molly Dunn, a therapeutic services manager, won her case against the LGF.
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.
Lesbian couple to appeal in the UK over Gibraltar’s housing policy
1:25 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar are to appeal in the UK. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant them a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.
Men convicted of attack on gay squatter 5
10:49 AM — A man who attacked his former lover has been convicted of assault, criminal damage and theft. Jonathan Wicks and his co-defendant Neil Warner, both 21, smashed ceramic vase over the head of Kieran Dulai and beat him with a curtain rod
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.
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.
Lesbian couple found dead in suspected suicide pact 2
12:44 PM — A lesbian couple who were found dead in a north London hotel died in a suicide pact, it has been reported. Bose Ore, 30, and Frances Hamilton, in her fifties, were found in a room in Costello Palace Hotel in Finsbury Park on Sunday.
1st May 2009
Moscow authorities to clamp down on gay Pride events 5
5:18 PM — Authorities in Moscow have said they will deal "firmly" with any attempts to hold gay Pride events in the city this month.
Gay lawyer sues Miami firm for discrimination 1
12:16 PM — A gay man is suing a law firm for discrimination, claiming he had been passed over for promotion and denied holiday requests.
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.
Man charged with murder of shooting of gay couple
11:34 AM — A man has been charged with murder after a gay couple were shot in their home in Bradford. Neville Corby, 44, died in the "execution-style" attack, while his partner Craig Freer, 31, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
30th April 2009
Man denies attacking gay squatter
5:10 PM — A man accused of taking part in a one-hour attack on gay squatter has continued to deny his involvement. Neil Warner, his former lover Jonathan Wicks, and 2007 X-Factor contestant Kim Marrero were charged with carrying out the attack on Keiran Dulai.
Man jailed for attack after gay joke 3
4:58 PM — A man who severely beat a Good Samaritan over a gay joke has been jailed for four and a half years. Craig Stewart, 20, beat David Torrance unconscious in the attack in March 2008, causing him to spend almost three months in hospital.
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.
California Supreme Court rules school can expel students for being gay 10
4:23 PM — A lower-court ruling that said a private religious high school could expel gay students was confirmed by the California's Supreme Court yesterday.
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.