5th May 2009
Breaking: Maine House of Representatives votes in favour of gay marriage 6
9:33 PM — The lower house of Maine's legislature has voted in favour of the state allowing gay marriages. If enacted, Maine would be the fifth state to allow same-sex marriages.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriage if Congress lets it 1
9:20 PM — Washington DC has voted to recognise gay marriages that are conducted in other US states. But because Washington DC is a city and not a state it requires the approval of Congress before the new law can be implemented,
4th May 2009
Equality Minister Harriet Harman denies she’ll fight to be Labour Leader 18
9:21 AM — The Minister for Equality and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman has denied a newspaper report that she would fight for the leadership of her party. The Daily Telegraph claims that Ms Harman has told friends that she would run for the leadership of the Labour Party in the event of a backbench revolt against the Prime Minister.
30th April 2009
US House votes to extend protection to victims of homophobic hate crimes 1
4:44 PM — The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.
Americans ‘want military gay ban to end’ 3
3:30 PM — A survey has suggested that the majority of Americans want to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law which bans gays from serving openly in the military, repealed.
Gay charities express concern over faith school sex education proposals 7
12:09 PM — New government plans to allow faith schools to teach sex education in line with their religious beliefs have come under fire from gay charities. Under the recommendations, faith schools will be allowed to present lessons in line with their own "context, values and ethos".
29th April 2009
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
David Cameron to appear at London Pride? 30
11:22 AM — David Cameron has accepted an invitation to appear at an event during London's Gay Pride week, it has been reported.
28th April 2009
First gay couples tie the knot in Iowa 1
5:51 PM — Yesterday saw the first batch of gay weddings in Iowa, just over three weeks after the state's Supreme Court made them legal.
Zimbabwean gays demand to be recognised in new Constitution 1
5:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Zimbabwe have demanded to be recognised in the country's new Constitution which is currently being drafted, saying they need protection as a vulnerable minority.
Australian government rejects civil unions 13
5:06 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has rejected a proposal that civil unions should be offered to gay couples. A government spokesperson stated that the decision “reflects the widely held view in the community that marriage is between a man and a woman”.
Interview: Dan Choi on the extra burdens Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell places on soldiers 1
4:44 PM — In the second part of a series of interviews, Dan Choi tells Adrian Tippetts of the mental and emotional burden the gay ban places on service members.
Anti-gay marriage protesters in DC to launch ‘marriage Armageddon’ 8
11:38 AM — An anti-gay marriage rally to be held today in front of Washington DC's Council offices will "launch the Armageddon of the marriage battle in this country", its organiser has claimed.
27th April 2009
Campaign urges LGBT voters to stop BNP gaining in European elections 39
5:17 PM — Anti-fascist magazine Searchlight has launched a new campaign urging LGBT voters to help prevent the British National Party from gaining a foothold in the European elections.
Burundi outlaws homosexuality 6
4:18 PM — The government of Burundi has criminalised homosexuality, punishing offenders with up to two years in prison. Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, secretly signed the legislation into law on April 22th.
Analysis: New bill aims to entrench gay rights in all aspects of public life 11
3:59 PM — The much-anticipated Equality Bill was unveiled today. It contains a range of measures that could prove contentious with opposition MPs and members of the House of Lords as it makes its way through the Parliamentary process.
First lesbian prime minister wins Iceland election under left-wing coalition 9
10:50 AM — Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly gay leader, has won Iceland's general election. The Social Democrat leader formed a left-wing coalition with the Left-Green Movement.
Gay MP Alan Duncan’s death threats to Miss California over gay marriage comments 21
10:09 AM — Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan has weighed in on the Miss California gay marriage row, apparently threatening to kill the beauty queen.
Equality Bill published today 14
9:53 AM — The government's long-awaited Equality Bill was published today by Minister for Equality Harriet Harman. It contains a raft of measures aimed to tackle social inequality, such as forcing employers to reveal how much staff are paid.
24th April 2009
Linguists fired under military gay ban ‘could have alerted US over 9/11′ 9
5:24 PM — A leading campaigner in the fight to repeal the US military gay ban has said that a lack of skilled linguists, who were fired for being gay, may have undermined the government's potential to prevent the September 11th bombings.