9th April 2009
Religious group warns of a ‘gathering storm’ over gay marriage 54
3:24 PM — A religious anti-gay group has defended its latest television ad which claims that gay marriage interferes with the way its members live their lives.
New Hampshire House reverses trans discrimination decision 2
12:00 PM — The New Hampshire House has opted to pass a bill extending discrimination protections to trans individuals. The bill will allow the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" to be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.
8th April 2009
New York woos gay tourists 5
4:05 PM — New York city is stepping up its efforts to attract gay and lesbian tourists. A marketing campaign titled The Rainbow Pilgrimage was unveiled yesterday in the city, which is aiming to retain its position as the top destination for pink tourism.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriages from other states 1
12:29 PM — The Washington DC council has voted unanimously to recognise gay marriages performed in other states. Previously, gay couples who were married in other states were recognised as domestic partners when they moved to DC.
Gay families invited for White House for Easter event
11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.
7th April 2009
Breaking: Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 16
4:40 PM — Gay marriage is legal in Vermont after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas. Earlier today, the Senate voted 23-5.
Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8
4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.
Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1
3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.
Christian university offers separate accommodation for gay students 11
2:50 PM — Texas Christian University is to provide LGBT students and their straight "allies" with special accommodation as part of a new scheme designed to allow like-minded students to live together. Shelly Newkirk, a TCU sophomore who is gay, helped create the community inclusion scheme in the Fort Worth campus.
Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10
11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.
6th April 2009
North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12
5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".
Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3
5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.
HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”
1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.
3rd April 2009
Chicago police officer accused of gay harassment 2
5:49 PM — A Chicago police officer has been accused of making false drink-driving arrests, using excessive force and gay harassment. The Chicago Tribune reports that four lawsuits were filed against Town Hall District Police Officer Richard Fiorito on Thursday.
Iowa Supreme Court allows gay marriage 7
3:06 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court has voted to allow gay marriage in the state. In a summary of the unanimous decision, the judges said: “The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution."
Vermont gay marriage bill passes through House 4
11:09 AM — A bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in Vermont has passed through the House of Representatives. However, it failed to gain enough votes to avoid a veto from Vermont governor Jim Douglas. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.
2nd April 2009
Gay marriage advocacy group shuts down 4
5:21 PM — Love Makes a Family, a group dedicated to campaigning for gay marriage, is to close at the end of this year. The group, which has been running for almost a decade, now considers its work complete.
Iowa likely to release gay marriage ruling tomorrow
5:12 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court is likely to release its decision on gay marriage tomorrow (Friday), according to reports. The lawsuit, Varnum vs. Brien, involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien in 2005 after they were denied marriage licences by his office.
Clementine Ford comes out 4
11:12 AM — Cybil Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford, has come out. The L Word guest star was pressed by Advocate.com to clear up the "confusion" that had been sparked when Diva magazine implied that Ford had officially come out and had an affair with co-star Katherine Moennig.
1st April 2009
Conservatives attempt to derail plans to lift US military gay ban 11
12:13 PM — A conservative group has said that allowing gays to serve openly in the US military could threaten national security. A letter urging President Barack Obama to preserve the gay ban was leaked to the Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California.