20th April 2009
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gays to serve openly in the US military has warned of "mass resignations" if Section 654 of US Code Title 10 is repealed.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.
Alberta agrees to fund final 50 genital reassignment surgeries 2
11:30 AM — The Canadian province of Alberta has said it will pay for almost 50 final genital reassignment surgeries before ceasing funding for the operations.
California allows trans people living in other states to amend birth certificates
10:42 AM — Trans people with California birth certificates who live in other states can now change their birth certificates to reflect their real gender, a Court of Appeal ruling has decided.
14th April 2009
New York governor to introduce gay marriage bill
5:21 PM — New York governor David Paterson is planning to introduce a gay marriage bill this week, according to reports. Various reports suggest that sources close to the governor say he will unveil the legislation this week.
Gay Iowa senator receives death threat 6
4:28 PM — Openly gay Iowa senator Matt McCoy has been the target of a death threat. Public safety officials in the state confirmed that he received the threatening telephone call yesterday.
Gay rights activists clash over tackling Jamaican homophobia 6
2:08 PM — US gay rights activists have launched a campaign encouraging the boycotting of Jamaican products and services as a protest against the island's treatment of gays and lesbians. However, an LGB group has criticised the campaign.
Boy, 11, commits suicide after gay taunts 8
1:40 PM — An 11-year-old boy from Massachusetts, US, killed himself after he was repeatedly bullied by classmates who bombarded him with anti-gay taunts. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was found dead at his Springfield home last Monday night. He had hanged himself with an extension cable.
13th April 2009
Outrage as Amazon removes thousands of gay authored and themed books from sales rankings 18
10:16 PM — The internet retailer Amazon has denied any anti-gay cause for thousands of books about gay and lesbian topics losing their sales ranking over the past few days after they have been labelled as "adult" books. The "adult" books include Dr Who star, John Barrowman's autobiography.
9th April 2009
Rick Warren denies supporting gay marriage ban 18
5:27 PM — Preacher Rick Warren, who spoke out against gay marriage, has been accused of lying after he said he had never supported Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.
South Park lampoons Kanye West as a ‘gay fish’ 7
4:20 PM — R'n'B star Kanye West has been called a 'gay fish' in the latest episode of lewd TV animation show, South Park. The episode, aired on 8th April, sees West being made the butt of a joke he does not understand.