22nd May 2009
Illinois tipped to allow civil unions next week 4
4:34 PM — The Illinois General Assembly is expected to pass a measure next week allowing civil unions for gay couples. Rick Garcia, political director for Equality Illinois, told the Washington Blade that he “absolutely” expects the House and Senate to pass a civil union measure next Tuesday or Thursday.
Texas mayor resigns for gay partner 8
1:47 PM — The mayor of San Angelo, Texas, has resigned just ten days after a landslide re-election victory to pursue his relationship with his gay partner, an illegal immigrant.
Comment: Is America ready for a gay Idol? 21
10:56 AM — Following gay singer Adam Lambert's loss in the final of American Idol, Omar Hassan questions whether 'Glambert's' sexuality dissuaded voters.
Clinton to give equal benefits to gay US diplomats 6
10:41 AM — Gay partners of US diplomats stationed overseas are to receive equal benefits in plans unveiled by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
21st May 2009
Student banned from making presentation on gay rights leader Harvey Milk 8
6:12 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk may face a lawsuit.
Prop 8 decision draws closer
1:25 PM — The California Supreme Court's decision on whether to strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, could come as soon as Tuesday.
New Hampshire gay marriage bill stalls
10:44 AM — New Hampshire has voted against an amended bill to allow gay marriage in the state. The Senate yesterday approved the bill 14-10 but the House of Representatives voted it down by 188 votes to 186.
20th May 2009
Lesbian student wins $25,000 payout over homophobic harassment 1
5:55 PM — A lesbian student who claimed she was the victim of anti-gay harassment and discrimination at a California school has received $25,000 (£15,950) in a settlement.
Maine drafts ballot question for possible gay marriage referendum 1
5:39 PM — Election officials in Maine have drafted the question which will appear on ballot papers if opponents gather enough signatures to call a referendum on the state's recent decision to legalise gay marriage.
Pentagon: ‘No plans to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ 4
5:23 PM — The Pentagon said yesterday there are no plans to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the directive that bans gays from serving openly in the military.
Obama nominates lesbian for US Attorney role
4:53 PM — President Barack Obama has nominated an out lesbian, Jenny Durkan, for the position of US Attorney for the Western District of Washington.
Tennessee schools face lawsuit for blocking gay sites 3
4:37 PM — Two school districts in Tennessee, US, have been hit with a lawsuit for blocking access to websites discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
Elton John: ‘HIV/AIDS is still winning’
3:06 PM — Sir Elton John has spoken out on the issue of HIV/AIDS, saying governments and the medical industry are not doing enough to prevent the world epidemic.
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.
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.