21st May 2010
Australian Rules football star says gays should stay in the closet 12
4:27 PM — A veteran star of Australian Rules football has been attacked for saying gay players should stay in the closet. Jason Akermanis wrote that such players "could break the fabric of a club".
Fears over Uganda’s ‘discriminatory’ HIV bill 12
3:24 PM — A bill has been tabled in Uganda's parliament to make HIV testing mandatory for pregnant women, their partners and victims and perpetrators of sexual assaults.
Madonna condemns Malawi for jailing gay men 23
11:41 AM — Madonna has said she is "shocked" at Malawi for sentencing a gay couple to 14 years in jail. The singer, who is the adoptive mother of two Malawian children and possibly the country's most famous benefactor, called on the country to challenge the court's decision.
Moscow Pride banned as protesters say they will march anyway 25
11:12 AM — Moscow city hall has banned a Pride parade for the fifth year running. Gay rights activists applied for permission to hold a march on May 29th but officials turned it down, citing reasons of security.
20th May 2010
Exclusive: International development minister Alan Duncan promises ‘urgent representations’ to Malawi 136
5:05 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan has warned against cutting aid money to Malawi but says the government will make "urgent representations" to the county over the 14-year jail term handed to two gay men.
Australian minister David Campbell quits after being filmed at gay sex club 22
4:13 PM — Australian politician David Campbell has resigned after he was filmed leaving a gay sex club. The New South Wales minister for roads and transport was filmed on Tuesday leaving Ken's of Kensington, in eastern Sydney.
Government ministers ‘deeply dismayed’ by Malawi gay conviction 9
2:58 PM — Three government ministers have said the UK will "continue to press" the African country of Malawi on LGBT rights after it sentenced a couple to 14 years in jail for being gay.
Iranian lesbian actress may face death if deported 17
1:18 PM — An Iranian actress is fighting to win asylum in the UK because she fears she will be killed if sent home. Kiana Firouz, 27, was told by the Home Office she could avoid persecution in Iran if she was "discreet" about being a lesbian.
Courtney Love claims she had lesbian fling with Kate Moss 8
10:25 AM — Courtney Love has told a magazine she slept with Kate Moss more than a decade ago in Milan, Italy. The Hole singer and widow of deceased Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain recently hinted at having slept with a female supermodel.
Malawi gay couple receive maximum 14-year sentence 34
9:52 AM — A gay couple convicted of having homosexual sex in Malawi have received the maximum 14-year jail sentence. Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were told by a judge they would also serve hard labour as a warning to other gay people in the country.
19th May 2010
Lawyers for gay Malawi couple ask for non-custodial sentences 5
5:13 PM — Lawyers for the gay Malawian couple found guilty of homosexual sex have asked for the pair to receive non-custodial sentences. Stephen Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency yesterday.
18th May 2010
Video: Daniel Radcliffe’s ad on gay youth suicide rates 14
5:45 PM — Actor Daniel Radcliffe has filmed a public service announcement on behalf of a gay charity. The Harry Potter star is a supporter of the Trevor Project, a charity which supports LGBT young people who are at risk of suicide.
Entire congregation quits over appointment of gay Scottish minister 12
5:30 PM — A Church of Scotland congregation in the Bahamas has quit the church in protest over the ordination of gay ministers. The 200-year-old parish of St Andrew’s in Nassau, the capital of the islands, decided to follow Reverend John MacLeod when he announced he would resign.
Malawi gay couple found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency 47
11:00 AM — The gay Malawian couple arrested in December have been found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency. Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa issued the verdict today, Associated Press reports.
Portugal’s president reluctantly approves gay marriage law 40
10:23 AM — Portugal is the sixth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after its president approved legislation. The Catholic country's parliament passed a bill allowing gay couples to wed in January and it was ratified by President Anibal Cavaco Silva yesterday.
17th May 2010
UN report finds gay men in Asia ‘denied HIV care’ 2
5:54 PM — Up to 90 per cent of gay men in Asia cannot access HIV care and advice, a United Nations-backed report has found. It said rates of the disease had reached alarming levels among gay men on the continent and repressive laws in many countries are making the situation worse.
New Foreign Office minister marks IDAHO 5
5:28 PM — New Foreign Office minister for Europe David Lidington has released a message to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The Conservative MP said the Foreign Office was "committed to promoting British values" abroad, including LGBT rights.
Belarus police break up Slavic Pride 2
5:03 PM — A group of 20 marchers who defied a ban on Slavic Pride was forcefully broken up by Belarus police on Saturday morning. The event was cancelled by Minsk city officials but a small group decided to march anyway.
Austrian straight couple fighting for civil union 5
3:33 PM — A straight couple in Austria who reject traditional marriage are fighting to be allowed to have a civil union. Helga Ratzenboeck and Martin Seydl believe the law should be blind to gender and sexual orientation.
US lesbian bishop Mary Glasspool is ordained 9
11:14 AM — The second out gay bishop in the US has been ordained. Mary Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop at a ceremony in California on Saturday.