28th April 2009
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.
Comment: Can Lord Alli save the Equality Bill? 11
2:56 PM — Last week one of only three openly gay peers in the House of Lords launched a bold attempt to prevent history repeating itself. Waheed Alli is collecting and marshalling public opinion in the hope of forcing the House of Lords, known as the place equality legislation goes to die, to pass the government’s upcoming Equality Bill.
New Hampshire committee rejects trans protection bill 4
2:43 PM — The Senate Judiciary Committee of the New Hampshire state Senate has voted 5-0 to reject new protections for trans people.
Interview: Dan Choi on the US military gay ban 6
1:00 PM — In the first part of series of interviews with Dan Choi, the infantry platoon leader leading the fight against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', Adrian Tippetts highlights the serious national security issues surrounding expelling vital service members for being gay.
Maine hears arguments on gay marriage 2
11:36 AM — Maine is the latest New England state to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. Approximately 4,000 people packed into the Augusta Civic Centre after the public were invited to a hearing to discuss the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
23rd April 2009
New rules will widen access to gender reassignment in Wales 3
4:20 PM — The Health Commission Wales (HCW) will allow transgender patients in Wales to access funding for gender reassignment therapy, it has been announced.
Rightwing Polish politician angry at elephant’s gay tendencies 30
3:54 PM — A member of Poland's Law and Justice party has criticised a zoo for acquiring an elephant that might be gay.
Gays urged to vote in European Parliament elections 2
2:25 PM — The European Parliament elections are taking place between 4th and 7th June and gay rights group ILGA-Europe has recently launched a campaign encouraging people to take part.
Claims of anal torture of gay Iraqis “consistent” with human rights violations 20
10:13 AM — A leading LGBT human rights organisation has said that reports of horrific torture of gay Iraqis by militias "are consistent with patterns of human rights violations being reported from within the country."
Police investigation into website that targets Portsmouth councillors 1
9:54 AM — Hampshire police are to investigate a website that contains "scurrilous and intrusive postings" about the private lives of seven elected councillors in Portsmouth.