27th May 2009
Stars out in force to oppose Prop 8 ruling 6
12:50 PM — Celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Perez Hilton, Pete Wentz, and Emmy Rossum joined the vocal protesters who marched on Los Angeles yesterday to demonstrate their opposition to the California Supreme Court's decision not to overturn the ban on gay marriage.
Hundreds of protesters voice their opposition to Supreme Court marriage ruling 4
12:11 PM — The California Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8 and repeal same sex marriage has been met with defiance by protesters in the state.
Gay marriage supporters aim to get Prop 8 back on the ballot next year 19
11:05 AM — Yesterday, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8. The decision was met with disappointment, but not surprise, from gay marriage advocates, who have vowed to fight on.
26th May 2009
California Supreme Court to announce Prop 8 decision today 3
10:55 AM — The California Supreme Court is to announce its decision on whether Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in the state, is constitutional.
22nd May 2009
Charities launch guide on prosecutions for HIV transmission 1
5:23 PM — Two leading HIV charities have launched a guide for people living with HIV in England and Wales explaining criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.
Illinois tipped to allow civil unions next week 4
4:34 PM — The Illinois General Assembly is expected to pass a measure next week allowing civil unions for gay couples. Rick Garcia, political director for Equality Illinois, told the Washington Blade that he “absolutely” expects the House and Senate to pass a civil union measure next Tuesday or Thursday.
Clinton to give equal benefits to gay US diplomats 6
10:41 AM — Gay partners of US diplomats stationed overseas are to receive equal benefits in plans unveiled by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
21st May 2009
Student banned from making presentation on gay rights leader Harvey Milk 8
6:12 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk may face a lawsuit.
Prop 8 decision draws closer
1:25 PM — The California Supreme Court's decision on whether to strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, could come as soon as Tuesday.
New Hampshire gay marriage bill stalls
10:44 AM — New Hampshire has voted against an amended bill to allow gay marriage in the state. The Senate yesterday approved the bill 14-10 but the House of Representatives voted it down by 188 votes to 186.
20th May 2009
Lesbian student wins $25,000 payout over homophobic harassment 1
5:55 PM — A lesbian student who claimed she was the victim of anti-gay harassment and discrimination at a California school has received $25,000 (£15,950) in a settlement.
Maine drafts ballot question for possible gay marriage referendum 1
5:39 PM — Election officials in Maine have drafted the question which will appear on ballot papers if opponents gather enough signatures to call a referendum on the state's recent decision to legalise gay marriage.
Pentagon: ‘No plans to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ 4
5:23 PM — The Pentagon said yesterday there are no plans to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the directive that bans gays from serving openly in the military.
Gay domestic violence campaign to be launched at Birmingham Pride 3
4:57 PM — A new campaign is urging gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence to report it to the police. 'Unzip the Silence' is to be launched at Birmingham Pride this weekend.
Obama nominates lesbian for US Attorney role
4:53 PM — President Barack Obama has nominated an out lesbian, Jenny Durkan, for the position of US Attorney for the Western District of Washington.
Tennessee schools face lawsuit for blocking gay sites 3
4:37 PM — Two school districts in Tennessee, US, have been hit with a lawsuit for blocking access to websites discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
100 arrested in hate crime raids across London 20
3:13 PM — One hundred people were arrested today as part of a police swoop on hate crimes in London. The Metropolitan Police Service began a series of raids on addresses across the capital this morning to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crime.
Vigilantes ‘patrolling woods with chainsaws’ to discourage cottaging 27
2:37 PM — A group of vigilantes apparently armed with chainsaws and shotguns have been patrolling a Derbyshire wood to discourage gay men meeting for sex.
New Hampshire to vote today on amendments to gay marriage bill
11:13 AM — The New Hampshire House and Senate are to vote today on whether to pass an amended gay marriage bill in the state.
Obama has four weeks to decide on Defence of Marriage Act 4
10:49 AM — President Barack Obama, who promised in his election campaign to repeal the controversial DOMA law, must respond to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of eight gay married couples and three surviving spouses in the next four weeks.