20th May 2009
Maine drafts ballot question for possible gay marriage referendum 1
5:39 PM — Election officials in Maine have drafted the question which will appear on ballot papers if opponents gather enough signatures to call a referendum on the state's recent decision to legalise gay marriage.
Pentagon: ‘No plans to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ 4
5:23 PM — The Pentagon said yesterday there are no plans to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the directive that bans gays from serving openly in the military.
Obama nominates lesbian for US Attorney role
4:53 PM — President Barack Obama has nominated an out lesbian, Jenny Durkan, for the position of US Attorney for the Western District of Washington.
Tennessee schools face lawsuit for blocking gay sites 3
4:37 PM — Two school districts in Tennessee, US, have been hit with a lawsuit for blocking access to websites discussing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues.
Elton John: ‘HIV/AIDS is still winning’
3:06 PM — Sir Elton John has spoken out on the issue of HIV/AIDS, saying governments and the medical industry are not doing enough to prevent the world epidemic.
New Hampshire to vote today on amendments to gay marriage bill
11:13 AM — The New Hampshire House and Senate are to vote today on whether to pass an amended gay marriage bill in the state.
Obama has four weeks to decide on Defence of Marriage Act 4
10:49 AM — President Barack Obama, who promised in his election campaign to repeal the controversial DOMA law, must respond to a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of eight gay married couples and three surviving spouses in the next four weeks.
Comment: Peter Tatchell on how Moscow’s ban on the gay parade led to massive media coverage of LGBT issues 64
9:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell on how Russia's repression of last Saturday's gay parade inadvertently promoted LGBT rights
19th May 2009
Pennsylvania senator introduces gay marriage ban 6
4:32 PM — Republican Senator John Eichelberger has announced he intends to introduce a bill to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ban gay marriage.
Eight-year-old trans girl barred from Catholic school 28
3:17 PM — A trans girl has been barred from attending her Catholic school in Omaha, Nebraska, after officials objected to her wearing girls' clothes.
Nine-year-old boy organises gay marriage rally 36
2:09 PM — After overhearing that a same-sex couple in his neighbourhood couldn't get married, nine-year-old Ethan McNamee decided to organise a gay rights rally.
18th May 2009
Fergie follows Megan Fox as the latest star to come out as bisexual 11
4:37 PM — Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is the latest celebrity to come out as bisexual. The star, who married Josh Duchamel in January, told the Sun: “Put it this way, I’ve experimented definitely, but I have never had a steady girlfriend.”
California appeals court upholds sentences for men who killed trans teenager 2
3:17 PM — California’s First District Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the second-degree murder convictions of two men who killed a 17-year-old trans woman.
Uruguay lifts military gay ban 4
2:09 PM — Uruguay has opted to lift a ban on gays serving in its military. The ban was imposed under the 1973-85 military dictatorship. Under it, people with "open sexual deviations", which includes homosexuality, were banned from entering the military academies.
Lindsay Lohan is the most-Googled gay
1:41 PM — Lindsay Lohan has topped a list of the most-Googled LGBT celebrities. The bisexual star, who has rarely been out of the headlines recently following her failed romance with DJ Samantha Ronson, was the LGBT celebrity most searched for in a list revealed by Advocate.com.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon announces engagement 7
11:15 AM — Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda in Sex and the City, announced her engagement to long-term girlfriend Christine Marinoni yesterday.
Sydney marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 6
10:57 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was marked in more than 50 countries yesterday, May 17th 2009.
16th May 2009
Moscow: Tatchell released from custody 45
4:57 PM — Peter Tatchell has been released from police custody following his arrest this morning at Slavic Pride in Moscow.
Peter Tatchell among protesters arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by ‘violent’ anti-riot police 57
11:45 AM — Around 40 activists including gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell have been arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by anti-riot police, reports indicate. Violence was allegedly used to break up the peaceful march, which had been banned by Moscow authorities.
15th May 2009
Finland allows gay couples to adopt partner’s children 5
5:53 PM — The Finnish parliament today voted to allow gay couples in registered partnerships to adopt the biological children of their partners.