29th April 2009
California to consider gay and trans prisoners’ housing needs 1
10:42 AM — A bill which would allow sexual orientation and trans status to be taken into account when housing prisoners is to be considered by California's state assembly tomorrow.
Gay squatter ‘attacked by three people’ 5
10:04 AM — A gay man who was squatting after becoming homeless was subjected to an hour-long attack by his ex-lover, a former X-Factor auditionee and another man, a court has heard.
28th April 2009
Prosecution closes at child sex abuse trial of former head of gay charity 4
6:47 PM — The prosecution have summed up eight weeks of evidence in the trial of a former gay charity chief, accused of sexually assaulting a three month old child.
First gay couples tie the knot in Iowa 1
5:51 PM — Yesterday saw the first batch of gay weddings in Iowa, just over three weeks after the state's Supreme Court made them legal.
Zimbabwean gays demand to be recognised in new Constitution 1
5:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Zimbabwe have demanded to be recognised in the country's new Constitution which is currently being drafted, saying they need protection as a vulnerable minority.
Teacher ‘suffered ten years of homophobic harassment’
5:25 PM — The case of an Irish teacher who was allegedly bullied by colleagues for ten years over his sexual orientation is being challenged in the High Court.
Australian government rejects civil unions 13
5:06 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has rejected a proposal that civil unions should be offered to gay couples. A government spokesperson stated that the decision “reflects the widely held view in the community that marriage is between a man and a woman”.
Interview: Dan Choi on the extra burdens Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell places on soldiers 1
4:44 PM — In the second part of a series of interviews, Dan Choi tells Adrian Tippetts of the mental and emotional burden the gay ban places on service members.
Catholic charity withdraws case over gay adoption 4
3:36 PM — One of the two Catholic adoption agencies which launched a legal challenge over gay adoption has withdrawn its case.
Turkish LGBT activists await ruling on closure of legal group
1:32 PM — Turkey's leading gay rights group Lambda Istanbul will soon hear whether a local court ruling will uphold a Supreme Court decision to safeguard its freedom.
Authorities ‘must protect’ nine Senegalese men from homophobic attacks
11:19 AM — Amnesty International has warned that the nine Senegalese men released from prison last week after being jailed for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are at risk of homophobic attacks.
27th April 2009
Burundi outlaws homosexuality 6
4:18 PM — The government of Burundi has criminalised homosexuality, punishing offenders with up to two years in prison. Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, secretly signed the legislation into law on April 22th.
Analysis: New bill aims to entrench gay rights in all aspects of public life 11
3:59 PM — The much-anticipated Equality Bill was unveiled today. It contains a range of measures that could prove contentious with opposition MPs and members of the House of Lords as it makes its way through the Parliamentary process.
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.
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.
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.
24th April 2009
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.