18th May 2009
Uruguay lifts military gay ban 4
2:09 PM — Uruguay has opted to lift a ban on gays serving in its military. The ban was imposed under the 1973-85 military dictatorship. Under it, people with "open sexual deviations", which includes homosexuality, were banned from entering the military academies.
16th May 2009
Peter Tatchell among protesters arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by ‘violent’ anti-riot police 57
11:45 AM — Around 40 activists including gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell have been arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by anti-riot police, reports indicate. Violence was allegedly used to break up the peaceful march, which had been banned by Moscow authorities.
15th May 2009
Finland allows gay couples to adopt partner’s children 5
5:53 PM — The Finnish parliament today voted to allow gay couples in registered partnerships to adopt the biological children of their partners.
New Hampshire governor to sign gay marriage bill 8
11:24 AM — New Hampshire governor John Lynch has signalled he will sign a bill legalising gay marriage in the state, despite his personal objections.
14th May 2009
Catholic adoption agency continues to fight to bar gay couples 9
4:58 PM — A Catholic adoption agency has argued before a tribunal that it should be allowed to continue rejecting same-sex couples as potential adoptive parents.
Moscow activists seek meeting with mayor over Slavic Pride 10
4:08 PM — Gay rights campaigners have asked Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov to meet them to discuss Saturday's planned Slavic Pride event.
Riga bans Baltic Pride 13
12:21 PM — The planned Baltic Pride march due to take place on Saturday in Riga, Latvia, has been banned by city officials.
Peru bans gays from joining the police 2
11:51 AM — Peru is planning to ban gays from joining the police, in an attempt to improve the reputation of the institution. Interior Minister Mercedes Cabanillas has proposed a raft of new measures to raise public confidence in the police.
13th May 2009
Tennessee trans woman has marriage declared invalid 7
7:28 PM — A trans woman in Tennessee has had her marriage declared invalid after the state refused to recognise her female status.
New York moves closer to gay marriage 34
9:29 AM — The New York Assembly passed a bill last night to legalise gay marriage. After four hours of debate, the bill passed 89-52 and will now go to the Senate for a vote.
12th May 2009
Equality Bill passes second reading in House of Commons 15
5:51 PM — The Equality Bill passed its second reading in parliament yesterday despite concerns it may burden businesses at a time of financial pressure. Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Equality, Harriet Harman said public bodies must "lead the way" in abolishing discrimination, adding the Bill would make Britain "fairer and more prosperous".
Russian lesbian couple refused marriage licence 1
3:18 PM — A lesbian couple who applied for a marriage licence in Russia have had their application rejected. Gay rights activists Irina Fedotova and Irina Shipitko received a hand-written rejection letter from an official at the central Moscow registry office yesterday.
Obama ‘can end military gay ban with a single order’ 4
1:41 PM — Military law experts have said that President Barack Obama can end the dismissal of openly gay soldiers with just a single order.
Man convicted of murder of trans woman jailed for another 60 years 6
10:12 AM — A Colorado man who beat a woman to death when he discovered her trans status has had another 60 years added to his sentence.
11th May 2009
Equality California enlists clergy to help fight gay marriage ban 26
11:16 AM — Equality California (EQCA), the advocacy group fighting to win back gay marriage in California, is seeking to enlist 1,000 clergy members to help change attitudes in the state.
Obama holding ‘preliminary talks’ on repealing military gay ban 12
10:46 AM — The Obama administration is holding "preliminary discussions" on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell but change may take months, if at all, an advisor to the President has said.
8th May 2009
Jersey to debate civil partnerships 10
5:34 PM — The States of Jersey are to debate civil partnerships, four years after they were made legal in England and Wales. Although no date has yet been set for the debate, the Council of Ministers has agreed to take the matter to the House later this year.
Tatchell condemns Irish civil partnerships as ‘sexual apartheid’ 21
5:20 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has attacked plans by the Irish government to introduce civil partnerships, saying the country should offer gay couples full marriage rights.
Opponents file challenge to gay marriage in Maine 14
11:03 AM — Gay couples in Maine hoping to take advantage of this week's legalisation of gay marriage may be forced to wait months or even a year to hold their ceremonies after opponents filed a 'people's veto' challenge to the new law.
Fired gay soldier to fight dismissal ‘tooth and nail’ 7
10:25 AM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was fired after revealing he was gay, has said he will fight his dismissal "tooth and nail". Choi, a West Point graduate and Arabic linguist, came out live on the Rachel Maddow show in March, knowing it could cost him his job.