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.
7th May 2009
Former head of gay charity guilty of sex attacks on children 50
5:04 PM — Eight members of a paedophile ring, including the former head of LGBT Youth Scotland, were today found guilty of a number of child abuse image and abuse charges.
Moscow authorities promise to stop gay pride marches 8
3:59 PM — Moscow is preparing to break up any gay pride marches on May 16th. Mayor Yury Luzhkov's press secretary said today the city has once again turned down an application to hold a march next week.
Openly gay soldier Dan Choi dismissed from National Guard under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 18
2:02 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi, the National Guard soldier who publicly came out live on national television, has been dismissed from duty. He was dismissed for "homosexual conduct".
US radio presenter threatens to sue over UK entry ban 18
11:55 AM — American radio presenter Michael Savage has threatened to sue Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for placing him on a list of 'undesirables' banned from entering the UK.
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