20th May 2009
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.
19th May 2009
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.
Eight-year-old trans girl barred from Catholic school 28
3:17 PM — A trans girl has been barred from attending her Catholic school in Omaha, Nebraska, after officials objected to her wearing girls' clothes.
Nine-year-old boy organises gay marriage rally 36
2:09 PM — After overhearing that a same-sex couple in his neighbourhood couldn't get married, nine-year-old Ethan McNamee decided to organise a gay rights rally.
18th May 2009
Fergie follows Megan Fox as the latest star to come out as bisexual 11
4:37 PM — Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is the latest celebrity to come out as bisexual. The star, who married Josh Duchamel in January, told the Sun: “Put it this way, I’ve experimented definitely, but I have never had a steady girlfriend.”
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.
Lindsay Lohan is the most-Googled gay
1:41 PM — Lindsay Lohan has topped a list of the most-Googled LGBT celebrities. The bisexual star, who has rarely been out of the headlines recently following her failed romance with DJ Samantha Ronson, was the LGBT celebrity most searched for in a list revealed by Advocate.com.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon announces engagement 7
11:15 AM — Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda in Sex and the City, announced her engagement to long-term girlfriend Christine Marinoni yesterday.
15th May 2009
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.
14th May 2009
Comedian Wanda Sykes’ partner gives birth to twins 1
2:05 PM — US comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife are now the parents of twins. Sykes' partner, known only as Alex, gave birth to a boy and a girl on April 27th. They have been named Olivia Lou and Lucas Claude.
Peru bans gays from joining the police 2
11:51 AM — Peru is planning to ban gays from joining the police, in an attempt to improve the reputation of the institution. Interior Minister Mercedes Cabanillas has proposed a raft of new measures to raise public confidence in the police.
13th May 2009
Tennessee trans woman has marriage declared invalid 7
7:28 PM — A trans woman in Tennessee has had her marriage declared invalid after the state refused to recognise her female status.
Megan Fox talks about being bisexual 25
12:01 PM — Transformers actress Megan Fox is the latest Hollywood star to discuss her bisexuality However, the actress said she would only date lesbians, rather than bisexual women.
New York moves closer to gay marriage 34
9:29 AM — The New York Assembly passed a bill last night to legalise gay marriage. After four hours of debate, the bill passed 89-52 and will now go to the Senate for a vote.
12th May 2009
Miss California allowed to keep crown 22
4:57 PM — Miss California Carrie Prejean, who criticised gay marriage, has been allowed to keep her title despite appearing in a string of topless photographs.
Obama ‘can end military gay ban with a single order’ 4
1:41 PM — Military law experts have said that President Barack Obama can end the dismissal of openly gay soldiers with just a single order.
Anti-gay Miss California may be stripped of her title later today 50
1:24 PM — Miss Calfornia, Carrie Prejean could be stripped of her title later today. The decision follows the allegedly homophobic comments made by Miss Prejean about gay marriage.
Man convicted of murder of trans woman jailed for another 60 years 6
10:12 AM — A Colorado man who beat a woman to death when he discovered her trans status has had another 60 years added to his sentence.
11th May 2009
Equality California enlists clergy to help fight gay marriage ban 26
11:16 AM — Equality California (EQCA), the advocacy group fighting to win back gay marriage in California, is seeking to enlist 1,000 clergy members to help change attitudes in the state.