27th May 2010
US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5
10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.
26th May 2010
Gay immigration group hit out at ‘sensational’ asylum report 9
5:27 PM — The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) have expressed their misgivings over a recent newspaper article slamming the UK's border control policies. The article which appeared last weekend in the Independent on Sunday was headlined: "Virtually All Gay Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Persecution". UKLGIG say that the article created a false impression of the fate of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.
Gay father of twins to be allowed back into Israel this week 7
4:33 PM — A gay man with twin sons born to a surrogate mother in India is to be allowed to return to his native Isreal this week after being stranded in a Mumbai hotel for the past two months because of the Ministry of the Interior's refusal to issue a paternity test.
Canadian researchers argue for lifting of blood ban for gay men 9
3:47 PM — A team of investigators in the online edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal has argued that the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood should be replaced with a deferral for those who have been in a stable, monogamous relationship for at least one year. In Canada, the USA and the UK, gay men and any other men who partake in sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.
Zimbabwean gay activists due in court today 6
1:51 PM — The two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) human rights group who were arrested last Friday in the country's capital, Harare, are expected to appear in court this afternoon after five nights in custody.
Former German spy jailed for sharing state secrets with gay lover 4
1:06 PM — In Munich today, a former German spy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for sharing top-secret information with his boyfriend, a Macedonian interpreter who he met while on a clandestine mission to Kosovo for the German BND Intelligence Service in 2005.
Malawi couple separated by authorities 23
11:04 AM — Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple sentenced last week to 14 years in prison with hard labour, have been separated by the authorities.
Matt Lucas accepts damages from Daily Star 9
9:35 AM — The comedian Matt Lucas has accepted undisclosed damages from the Daily Star over articles published in the paper about his late former civil partner, Kevin McGee.
25th May 2010
Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81
11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.
Malta has poor record on gay rights 17
10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.
24th May 2010
Zimbabwean gay rights activists accused of ‘undermining’ President Mugabe’s authority 6
6:39 PM — Ellen Chademana (34) and Ignatius Muhambi (38), the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe organisation (GALZ) who were arrested at their Harare offices last Friday, will not be released today according to their attorney, David Hofisi.
Gay rights dismissed from Zimbabwe’s new Constitution 13
4:46 PM — Zimbabwe's Constitution Select Committee (Copac) has stated that gay rights will not be included in the new constitution and that they will not enter into debate or discussion over the issue.
21st May 2010
Fears over Uganda’s ‘discriminatory’ HIV bill 12
3:24 PM — A bill has been tabled in Uganda's parliament to make HIV testing mandatory for pregnant women, their partners and victims and perpetrators of sexual assaults.
Madonna condemns Malawi for jailing gay men 23
11:41 AM — Madonna has said she is "shocked" at Malawi for sentencing a gay couple to 14 years in jail. The singer, who is the adoptive mother of two Malawian children and possibly the country's most famous benefactor, called on the country to challenge the court's decision.
Moscow Pride banned as protesters say they will march anyway 25
11:12 AM — Moscow city hall has banned a Pride parade for the fifth year running. Gay rights activists applied for permission to hold a march on May 29th but officials turned it down, citing reasons of security.
20th May 2010
Exclusive: Alan Duncan writes ‘Malawi gay conviction is shocking – but we cannot stop aid’ 73
5:10 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan promises that the government will make "urgent representations" to Malawi over the 14-year-prison terms given to gay couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimabalanga.
Exclusive: International development minister Alan Duncan promises ‘urgent representations’ to Malawi 136
5:05 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan has warned against cutting aid money to Malawi but says the government will make "urgent representations" to the county over the 14-year jail term handed to two gay men.
Government ministers ‘deeply dismayed’ by Malawi gay conviction 9
2:58 PM — Three government ministers have said the UK will "continue to press" the African country of Malawi on LGBT rights after it sentenced a couple to 14 years in jail for being gay.
Iranian lesbian actress may face death if deported 17
1:18 PM — An Iranian actress is fighting to win asylum in the UK because she fears she will be killed if sent home. Kiana Firouz, 27, was told by the Home Office she could avoid persecution in Iran if she was "discreet" about being a lesbian.
Malawi gay couple receive maximum 14-year sentence 34
9:52 AM — A gay couple convicted of having homosexual sex in Malawi have received the maximum 14-year jail sentence. Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were told by a judge they would also serve hard labour as a warning to other gay people in the country.