22nd April 2009
New York State passes trangendered protection law 3
3:33 PM — The New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act yesterday. This bill prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, access to credit, and other key areas. It also adds gender identity and expression as protected categories in the state's human rights law.
Conservatives still fuming as Iowa heads towards its first gay marriages 2
2:21 PM — Iowa became the first Midwestern state to allow gay marriage on April 3 but conservatives are still expressing disdain over the decision. Iowa will see a formalisation of this issue on 27 April and from then on, same-sex couples can begin to seek marriage licenses.
Britney comes out for gay marriage following Miss California row 22
12:19 PM — After Miss California, Carrie Prejean expressed her disapproval of same-sex unions, a worldwide debate has ensued. A-list celebrities, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus have jumped on the bandwagon, throwing their support behind same-sex marriage.
21st April 2009
Stephen Fry: ‘It doesn’t matter what you call marriage’ 26
3:08 PM — Stephen Fry has spoken out on gay marriage, saying it doesn't matter what wording is used. Speaking from California, he suggested that 'yoking' could be an appropriate word.
Majority of New Yorkers back same-sex marriage 3
2:10 PM — A telephone poll of 682 New York State voters has suggested that a majority back Governor David Paterson's proposal enabling same-sex marriage.
Morality campaigner blames gun crime on gays 51
12:18 PM — There is a direct link between the gay rights movement and gun crime, a morality campaigner has claimed. Robert Peters, the president of Morality in Media, which was founded to "combat pornography", made the comments in a press release issued earlier this month.
Miss California defends gay marriage comments 39
11:44 AM — Miss California Carrie Prejan believes that it was her candid opinions on same-sex marriage that lost her the title of Miss USA as she was named runner-up with Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton winning the title.
20th April 2009
Inteview: Peterson Toscano speaks about his experiences with ex-gay therapy 14
5:38 PM — Omar Hassan speaks to Peterson Toscano about his experiences with ex-gay therapy and his work in highlighting its harmful effects.
Miss California blasted by Perez Hilton over views on gay marriage 18
3:06 PM — The runner-up of the Miss USA beauty pageant received a mixture of boos and cheers at the competition's crowning ceremony when she answered a question about gay marriage by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Brits with HIV ‘still being refused entry to US’ 4
2:36 PM — People living with HIV are still being refused entry to the US despite government plans to change legislation, it has been claimed.
17th April 2009
US schools mark National Day of Silence
5:11 PM — Schools in the US marked the National Day of Silence today to bring attention to LGBT bullying. This year's date is considered especially significant as Carl Walker-Hoover, of Massachusetts, would have been 12 today. Carl killed himself last week after suffering months of homophobic bullying at school.
US defence secretary: Repeal of military gay ban could take years 9
4:08 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has suggested that repealing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military could take years - and implied it might not happen at all.
Bruno fails to seduce US Congressman 7
2:50 PM — Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film about his alter-ego Bruno, an outlandish Austrian gay fashion reporter, has already caused controversy despite not being released until July.
Gay penguins book tops list of titles Americans want banned 33
11:49 AM — A children's book about two male penguins who adopt a baby chick is the book most Americans want banned, according to the American Library Association (ALA). And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell has been slammed as anti-family, anti-religion and pro-gay.
16th April 2009
Christian association bites back after gay marriage video faces widespread ridicule 10
4:21 PM — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which released an ominous video last week detailing its fears over gay marriage, has insisted on its widely-mocked audition tapes being removed from YouTube.
New York governor confirms introduction of gay marriage bill 1
2:42 PM — David Paterson, the governor of New York, has confirmed he will introduce legislation to make gay marriage legal in the state. If passed, the bill will make it the fifth state to legalise gay marriage, after Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Iowa.
Military gay ban supporter warns of mass resignations 21
2:26 PM — A retired army general who is leading the campaign against allowing gays to serve openly in the US military has warned of "mass resignations" if Section 654 of US Code Title 10 is repealed.
Civil liberties group challenges US school boards to remove internet ban on gay sites
12:10 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked school board officials in Tennessee to stop censoring gay websites. Schools in the area use a web filtering system that censors out unsuitable material such as websites which have sexual content but this also excludes educational gay sites.
15th April 2009
Man goes on trial over murder of trans woman 7
2:25 PM — A man who allegedly battered a trans woman to death when he discovered she had been born physically male has gone on trial in Colorado, US.
Congress could partially repeal Defence of Marriage Act
1:31 PM — Some Congressional leaders are discussing partially repealing the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) to allow the federal government to recognise gay marriages.