30th April 2009
US House votes to extend protection to victims of homophobic hate crimes 1
4:44 PM — The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.
California Supreme Court rules school can expel students for being gay 10
4:23 PM — A lower-court ruling that said a private religious high school could expel gay students was confirmed by the California's Supreme Court yesterday.
Americans ‘want military gay ban to end’ 3
3:30 PM — A survey has suggested that the majority of Americans want to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law which bans gays from serving openly in the military, repealed.
New Hampshire Senate passes gay marriage bill 4
11:14 AM — New Hampshire's Senate passed a bill yesterday to allow gay marriage. The bill looked set for defeat until an amendment was added to allow clergy to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Transgender former Army Special Forces commander wins almost $500,000 in discrimination lawsuit 2
10:40 AM — A former Army Special Forces commander who was rejected from a job because she was undergoing gender reassigment has won her case for sexual discrimination.
Top Gun star Kelly McGillis comes out 6
10:06 AM — Actress Kelly McGillis, famous for playing Tom's Cruise's love interest in the film Top Gun, has come out as a lesbian. She revealed her sexual orientation in an interview with Shewired.com.
29th April 2009
French National Assembly approves recognising foreign civil partnerships 8
6:29 PM — France's National Assembly finally approved of the measure to have foreign legal same-sex marriages recognised in France as PACS in the early hours of this morning.
New York’s lesbian finance commissioner forced to resign after allegations of nepotism 2
4:56 PM — Martha Stark, New York's finance commissioner, was forced to resign on Tuesday amidst charges of nepotism and allegations that she was having a romantic relationship with a female subordinate.
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
California to consider gay and trans prisoners’ housing needs 1
10:42 AM — A bill which would allow sexual orientation and trans status to be taken into account when housing prisoners is to be considered by California's state assembly tomorrow.
28th April 2009
First gay couples tie the knot in Iowa 1
5:51 PM — Yesterday saw the first batch of gay weddings in Iowa, just over three weeks after the state's Supreme Court made them legal.
Interview: Dan Choi on the extra burdens Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell places on soldiers 1
4:44 PM — In the second part of a series of interviews, Dan Choi tells Adrian Tippetts of the mental and emotional burden the gay ban places on service members.
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.