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.
Religious group warns of a ‘gathering storm’ over gay marriage 54
3:24 PM — A religious anti-gay group has defended its latest television ad which claims that gay marriage interferes with the way its members live their lives.
New Hampshire House reverses trans discrimination decision 2
12:00 PM — The New Hampshire House has opted to pass a bill extending discrimination protections to trans individuals. The bill will allow the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" to be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.
8th April 2009
New York woos gay tourists 5
4:05 PM — New York city is stepping up its efforts to attract gay and lesbian tourists. A marketing campaign titled The Rainbow Pilgrimage was unveiled yesterday in the city, which is aiming to retain its position as the top destination for pink tourism.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriages from other states 1
12:29 PM — The Washington DC council has voted unanimously to recognise gay marriages performed in other states. Previously, gay couples who were married in other states were recognised as domestic partners when they moved to DC.
Gay families invited for White House for Easter event
11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.
7th April 2009
Breaking: Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 16
4:40 PM — Gay marriage is legal in Vermont after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas. Earlier today, the Senate voted 23-5.
Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8
4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.
Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1
3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.
Christian university offers separate accommodation for gay students 11
2:50 PM — Texas Christian University is to provide LGBT students and their straight "allies" with special accommodation as part of a new scheme designed to allow like-minded students to live together. Shelly Newkirk, a TCU sophomore who is gay, helped create the community inclusion scheme in the Fort Worth campus.
Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10
11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.
6th April 2009
North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12
5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".
Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3
5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.
HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”
1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.