22nd April 2009
New York State passes trangendered protection law 3
3:33 PM — The New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act yesterday. This bill prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, access to credit, and other key areas. It also adds gender identity and expression as protected categories in the state's human rights law.
Gay humanists denounce London Christian “gay cure” conference 96
2:44 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has denounced a two day "gay cure" conference that is being held in London this weekend. The event organised by the evangelical Anglican Mainstream Organisation to hold a two-day anti-gay "Sex and the City" conference at a "secret location" in London on April 24 and 25.
Conservatives still fuming as Iowa heads towards its first gay marriages 2
2:21 PM — Iowa became the first Midwestern state to allow gay marriage on April 3 but conservatives are still expressing disdain over the decision. Iowa will see a formalisation of this issue on 27 April and from then on, same-sex couples can begin to seek marriage licenses.
Adoption and fostering by gay couples to become easier in Scotland 11
2:01 PM — Scotland's Children's Minister, Adam Ingram (pictured), has announced that the Scottish Government will introduce regulations to make it easier for gay couples to jointly adopt children. A decision that has already outraged the Scottish Catholic Church.
21st April 2009
Inquest opens into lesbian prison suicide 9
5:31 PM — The inquest into the death of a woman who was found hanging in her cell has heard that her lesbian lover had been unfaithful. Lisa Doe, 25, was found hanging in her cell on September 11, 2007.
Survey to explore what barriers gay lawyers face 1
5:17 PM — A major study into how being gay can affect the careers of lawyers is being carried out. Only four law firms made it on to Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index this year, making law the second least gay-friendly profession on the list.
Man jailed for seven weeks for verbally abusing local councillor’s partner 6
3:47 PM — A man who taunted the partner of a local councillor with homophobic abuse has been jailed for seven weeks. Christoper Small, 30 of Dent Street, Hartlepool, was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of using threatening and abusive words.
Funding for LGBT MPs hits £2,000 target 2
3:27 PM — A campaign fund to help more LGBT Labour parliamentary candidates has achieved its target of £2,000. Called Dorothy's List, the fund met its target in advance of the likely general election.
Majority of New Yorkers back same-sex marriage 3
2:10 PM — A telephone poll of 682 New York State voters has suggested that a majority back Governor David Paterson's proposal enabling same-sex marriage.
Dublin gay rights activists rally for same-sex marriage 5
1:48 PM — More than 600 activists protested in Dublin's city centre on Sunday to call for marriage rights rather than same-sex partnerships. A civil partnership bill will appear before the Dáil (parliament) shortly.
Morality campaigner blames gun crime on gays 51
12:18 PM — There is a direct link between the gay rights movement and gun crime, a morality campaigner has claimed. Robert Peters, the president of Morality in Media, which was founded to "combat pornography", made the comments in a press release issued earlier this month.
20th April 2009
Wales sees gay hate convictions rise 11
6:14 PM — Gay hate crime convictions in Wales have doubled in the last three years, figures from the Crown Prosecution Service show. Statistics show there were 58 successful prosecutions last year compared with 29 in 2006.
Inteview: Peterson Toscano speaks about his experiences with ex-gay therapy 14
5:38 PM — Omar Hassan speaks to Peterson Toscano about his experiences with ex-gay therapy and his work in highlighting its harmful effects.
Miss California blasted by Perez Hilton over views on gay marriage 18
3:06 PM — The runner-up of the Miss USA beauty pageant received a mixture of boos and cheers at the competition's crowning ceremony when she answered a question about gay marriage by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Brits with HIV ‘still being refused entry to US’ 4
2:36 PM — People living with HIV are still being refused entry to the US despite government plans to change legislation, it has been claimed.
Magistrate quits after linking gays to paedophiles in interview with Steps star 13
2:04 PM — A Welsh magistrate who aired his homophobic views in a television documentary has quit. Byron Butler was asked by former Steps singer Ian 'H' Watkins about his views on gays.
Senegal overturns ‘gay’ jail terms 1
1:19 PM — Nine men in Senegal who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" have had their convictions overturned. Dakar's court of appeal has ruled they must be released immediately.
Church of Scotland’s official magazine criticises those who use the Bible as excuse for homophobia 10
11:38 AM — Christians who use the Bible as an excuse for homophobia have been criticised by the Church of Scotland's official magazine. The editorial in Life and Work states that the Bible cannot be taken literally.
17th April 2009
‘Fear of being outed’ prevents lesbians from seeking help over domestic abuse 7
4:25 PM — A study carried out by the University of Derby suggests that the fear of being outed is one of the reasons why some gay women in abusive relationships don't seek help.
US defence secretary: Repeal of military gay ban could take years 9
4:08 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has suggested that repealing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military could take years - and implied it might not happen at all.