15th May 2009
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson and husband tried to claim twice for same expenses bill 23
5:37 PM — Northern Ireland MPs Iris Robinson and her husband Peter tried to claim twice for the same £1,223 expenses bill on the same day.
Exclusive: BNP describes gay politicians as ‘buggers and criminals’ 133
3:48 PM — A list on the British National Party's website of politicians from all three main parties describes a number of gay MPs as "buggers" and "criminals", grouping them with convicted paedophiles.
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
Row deepens over ordination of gay minister as insults fly 24
5:37 PM — A supporter of openly gay minister Rev Scott Rennie has described his opponents as "terrorists". Rev Georgie Baxendale, one of Scotland’s first female preachers, said members of evangelical group Forward Together were damaging the church.
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.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert defends expenses claims 18
2:08 PM — Shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert has defended his expenses claims, saying that he had followed Commons rules which allow civil and unmarried partners to be treated the same as married partners.
Scottish minister compares supporters of gay clergy to Nazis 56
11:57 AM — Anti-gay Scottish minister Rev Ian Watson has compared the supporters of an openly gay minister to the Nazis.
Gay MPs rush to pay back expenses 5
11:00 AM — Last night, David Cameron said that any Tory MP who refused to pay back questionable expenses claims would face suspension from the party. Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
Gay MP Alan Duncan promises to pay back expenses 1
10:58 AM — Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
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
Gay Minister Ben Bradshaw tells PinkNews.co.uk that Daily Telegraph’s expenses expose was ‘homophobic’ 61
4:15 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Bradshaw, the openly gay Health Minister has accused the Daily Telegraph of homophobia in the way it published his expenses claims.
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises over expense claims 20
1:45 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan, has apologised for charging the taxpayer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.