5th June 2009
Gordon Brown’s reshuffle results in three openly gay cabinet figures 37
5:36 PM — Openly gay MP Ben Bradshaw has been appointed as the new culture secretary, replacing Andy Burnham, who is to become health secretary. The latest reshuffle means that there will be three openly gay figures in the cabinet.
Scottish parliament passes hate crime law to protect gays 14
4:04 PM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted to pass legislation to protect gay, trans and disabled people from hate crime. The new law means targeting victims because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability will become an aggravating factor and is likely to lead to heavier sentences.
4th June 2009
Tennessee schools to remove block on gay educational and news websites 1
4:34 PM — A long running battle to unblock educational gay websites from schools in Knox County, Tennessee may be over. Following the start of legal proceedings, the County Superintendent has said web filters would be adjusted.
Gay couples to be protected by Hong Kong domestic violence law 3
1:18 PM — The Domestic Violence Ordinance will have an amendment to include same sex couples, the Hong Kong Government have announced. However, they have been keen to stress that this will not mean the government will legally recognise same sex marriages or relationships in any other respect.
Section 28 style law likely to be passed in Lithuania to prohibit discussion of homosexuality in schools 59
12:15 PM — The Lithuanian Parliament is set to introduce a law to prohibit the discussion of homosexuality in schools. It is similar to the notorious Section 28 law in Britain that for years hampered the ability to teachers to discuss sexuality or help gay students. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has told PinkNews.co.uk that if passed, the country should have no right to remain in the EU.
Gay rights hero Peter Tatchell named Campaigner of the Year 54
11:36 AM — Human rights campaigner and Green Party Parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell, has won Campaigner of the Year at the fourth Observer Ethical Awards in London last night. In his acceptance speech, Mr Tatchell paid tribute to "the many human rights campaigners worldwide who risk their lives and freedom, in countries like Russia, Iran, Zimbabwe, Iraq and China. It is an honour to work with and support them."
Gay marriage law to be debated in Pennsylvania Senate 1
11:03 AM — Yesterday as the Governor of New Hampshire made gay marriage legal, a Pennsylvania Democrat Senator has introduced the state's first bill to legalise gay marriage. But at the same time a Republican Senator will propose a constitutional ban on gay marriage saying it could lead to polygamy.
Scottish Parliament passes anti-gay hate laws 7
9:49 AM — The Scottish Parliament yesterday passed legislation that seeks to ban hate crime against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The vote follows the adoption of similar legislation in England and Wales.
Bruno star Sasha Baron Cohen sued for allegedly leaving woman wheelchair bound after stunt at bingo contest 6
9:29 AM — A case has been filed in the the Los Angeles Superior Court against comic Sasha Baron Cohen. He is accused of leaving a woman wheelchair bound as a result of a stunt while playing gay fashion reporter Bruno.
3rd June 2009
Gay marriage legal in New Hampshire after Governor signs law 10
10:34 PM — John Lynch, the Democrat governor of New Hampshire has confirmed that he would sign into law a bill to legalise gay marriage.
Labour launch gay election video ahead of European elections 16
8:25 PM — Village bar in Soho saw the launch of the Labour Party’s LGBT Election Broadcast last night by the Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell.
Activists to take Moscow mayor to court over homophobic comments 3
8:08 PM — Russian gay rights activists are to take the city's homophobic mayor to court for saying that gay people undermined the heart of a morally health society.
Stonewall: Go and vote tomorrow to keep homophobes out 47
2:28 PM — As the homophobic British National Party (BNP) look set to gain a seat in the European Parliament, Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill calls on gay voters to go to the polls.
Chicago may appoint ‘anti-gay’ city councillor 5
1:05 PM — The mayor of Chicago may be about to appoint an openly homophobic alderman to its city council, according to reports.
Tribunal rules Catholic charities are breaking the law over gay adoptions 42
10:56 AM — The Charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic adoption charities which refuse to serve gay couples are breaking the law.
2nd June 2009
Hillary Clinton promises to fight for gay rights abroad 10
7:25 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said yesterday she will fight for gay rights abroad. Speaking prior to this month's 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Clinton called the persecution of gays and lesbians "an affront to human decency".
LGBT legal group praises Obama’s nomination of Sotomayor for US Supreme Court 2
6:16 PM — US President Barack Obama's nominee for the vacant seat on the country's Supreme Court is on Capitol Hill this morning meeting with key Senators ahead of her confirmation hearings.
Dick Cheney speaks out in favour of gay marriage 17
3:17 PM — Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has said gay Americans should have the right to get married. Addressing the National Press Club Mr Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian, said that freedom "means freedom for everyone".
Comment: Barack Obama’s proclamation for LGBT Pride Month 7
1:59 PM — Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
US President Barack Obama proclaims June to be LGBT Pride Month 17
1:03 PM — The President of the United States yesterday issued a proclamation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Pride month.