20th May 2009
100 arrested in hate crime raids across London 20
3:13 PM — One hundred people were arrested today as part of a police swoop on hate crimes in London. The Metropolitan Police Service began a series of raids on addresses across the capital this morning to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crime.
Vigilantes ‘patrolling woods with chainsaws’ to discourage cottaging 27
2:37 PM — A group of vigilantes apparently armed with chainsaws and shotguns have been patrolling a Derbyshire wood to discourage gay men meeting for sex.
New Hampshire to vote today on amendments to gay marriage bill
11:13 AM — The New Hampshire House and Senate are to vote today on whether to pass an amended gay marriage bill in the state.
Obama has four weeks to decide on Defence of Marriage Act 4
10:49 AM — President Barack Obama, who promised in his election campaign to repeal the controversial DOMA law, must respond to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of eight gay married couples and three surviving spouses in the next four weeks.
Police carry out raids across London to tackle homophobic hate crime
10:23 AM — The Metropolitan Police Service began a series of raids on addresses across London this morning to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crime.
19th May 2009
Police complaints body publishes new guidelines on homophobia 5
5:22 PM — The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has published new guidelines on dealing with allegations of discriminatory behaviour, including homophobia.
Pennsylvania senator introduces gay marriage ban 6
4:32 PM — Republican Senator John Eichelberger has announced he intends to introduce a bill to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ban gay marriage.
Vigilante who filmed men cottaging is spared jail 27
11:04 AM — A self-styled 'protector of morals' who filmed gay men having sex in a woodland was spared jail yesterday. Colin Haw, 47, led a group of men who dressed in balaclavas and combat kit to patrol a wood near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
Gay Chief Whip claimed £18,880 for food without submitting receipts 18
10:33 AM — Nick Brown, the openly gay Chief Whip and Labour MP, claimed £18,880 for food expenses between 2004 and 2008 without submitting any expenses.
18th May 2009
Jacqui Smith defends UK ban on anti-gay shock jock 19
6:07 PM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was today forced to defend her decision to ban US shock jock Michael Savage from entering Britain.
Gay man stabbed to death in north London
5:51 PM — A gay man was stabbed to death at an address in Tottenham, north London on Saturday. Daryl Phillips, 39, had been stabbed in the leg and was treated at the scene at Avenue Road, but was later pronounced dead at 3.35am.
Ex-wife of gay minister offers public support 5
5:42 PM — The former wife of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie, whose ordination is threatening to create a schism in the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in his defence.
California appeals court upholds sentences for men who killed trans teenager 2
3:17 PM — California’s First District Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the second-degree murder convictions of two men who killed a 17-year-old trans woman.
Uruguay lifts military gay ban 4
2:09 PM — Uruguay has opted to lift a ban on gays serving in its military. The ban was imposed under the 1973-85 military dictatorship. Under it, people with "open sexual deviations", which includes homosexuality, were banned from entering the military academies.
Gay MP Chris Bryant forced to move house after homophobic attacks 44
11:50 AM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay Labour MP for Rhondda, has said the reason he 'flipped' his second home was to escape homophobic thugs who daubed lewd messages on his main constituency property.
16th May 2009
Peter Tatchell among protesters arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by ‘violent’ anti-riot police 57
11:45 AM — Around 40 activists including gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell have been arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by anti-riot police, reports indicate. Violence was allegedly used to break up the peaceful march, which had been banned by Moscow authorities.
15th May 2009
Finland allows gay couples to adopt partner’s children 5
5:53 PM — The Finnish parliament today voted to allow gay couples in registered partnerships to adopt the biological children of their partners.
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.