28th April 2009
US Presbyterian church votes against openly gay clergy 4
2:52 PM — The Presbyterian church has once again rejected allowing openly gay clergy to serve. Amendment B would have changed language in the church’s constitution which requires pastors to live in “"fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and woman or chastity in singleness."
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.
Controversy at Yale University’s first LGBT reunion
10:15 AM — Ivy League university Yale held its first LGBT student reunion last weekend, although the event saw controversy when a former student attacked the institution over its treatment of gay history.
27th April 2009
Golden Girl Bea Arthur passes away 1
3:09 PM — Bea Arthur, star of the US television sitcom, Golden Girls, has passed away. A spokesperson for the legendary Ms Arthur said that the actress died at home of cancer, aged 86.
Celebrities show their support for lesbian fundraising event
2:47 PM — Celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton and Sharon Obsourne were out in force to support An Evening With Women, a fundraising event for the LA Gay & Lesbian Centre held last Friday.
Iowa begins processing gay marriage applications 4
11:54 AM — Iowa will begin processing same-sex marriage applications today. The state legalised marriage for gay couples on April 3rd after a unanimous decision by judges at the Iowa Supreme Court.
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.
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.
Lesbian woman saved from deportation 1
2:37 PM — Shirley Tan, a Filipino woman living in Pacifica, USA, who recently faced deportation, has had the case blocked.
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
Colorado man guilty of murdering trans teenager 2
11:58 AM — A 32-year-old man has been found guilty of first degree murder of a trans woman in the US state of Colorado.
There is nothing shameful about being gay says Wolverine 10
10:45 AM — Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has said he isn't gay. The 40-year-old's latest movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens in UK cinemas next week.
Christian pop star Twitters her support for gays 21
10:29 AM — Miley Cyrus, the teen star of the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, has said that Jesus loves gay couples.
22nd April 2009
Transexual tennis star beaten at Buenos Aires tournament 2
6:46 PM — It has been over three decades since Renee Richards became the first transsexual in professional tennis. However, a Chilean transsexual called Andrea Paredes von Roth made her debut in Buenos Aires in a Futures tournament at the age of 37 yesterday.
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.