13th April 2010
Australian Red Cross to review blood ban 5
6:06 PM — The Australian Red Cross has announced it will review its ban on gay men donating blood. Currently, gay men cannot donate blood if they have had sex with another man in the last 12 months.
Rufus Wainwright claims 50 Cent is gay 18
5:14 PM — Rufus Wainwright claims he just "knows" that rapper 50 Cent is gay. The Canadian musician told a magazine he loved his "cute little voice".
Soldier’s father will take Westboro Baptist Church to Supreme Court 19
4:26 PM — The father of a dead US soldier whose funeral was picketed by the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has said he will take his case to the US Supreme Court.
12th April 2010
Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76
11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.
Gay men’s bodies desecrated in Senegal 37
4:56 PM — A report says that the bodies of dead gay men in Senegal are being unearthed by homophobic mobs and in some cases being left on their families' doorsteps.
Police investigating gay link to death of white supremacist Eugene Terre’blanche 30
12:08 PM — South African police are investigating whether there is a gay link to the murder of the white supremacist Eugene Terre'blanche. A lawyer representing two of the labourers charged with his murder on a farm has claimed that he had sex with at least one of the men.
10th April 2010
Gay rights advocating former Polish Deputy PM among dead in plane crash 16
1:36 PM — The plane crash that killed the homophobic Polish President Lech Kaczynski has also claimed the life of Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, one of the most outspoken advocates for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in Poland.
Polish President who said homosexuality will destroy human race dies in plane crash 130
9:55 AM — Polish President Lech Kaczynski who once said that the promotion of homosexuality would lead to the eventual destruction of the human race has died in a plane crash near Smolensk in Russia. Kaczynski's right wing Law and Justice party are in an alliance with the British Conservative party in the European Parliament.
9th April 2010
Malaysia could see first gay-themed film 2
5:57 PM — Cinema audiences in Malaysia could soon see the country's first gay-themed film after censorship guidelines were eased.
Philippines recognises gay political party 3
4:48 PM — A gay political party in the Philippines has won the right to be recognised as a legitimate party for the first time. The supreme court said Ang Ladlad could contest the national elections next month.
God Hates Fags church too extreme for KKK 47
3:16 PM — The Ku Klux Klan has distanced itself from Westboro Baptist Church, saying it "absolutely repudiates" the homophobic church's activities.
Gay Indian professor found dead after students filmed him having sex 14
2:28 PM — A gay professor at a Muslim Indian university has been found dead after his students and a television crew broke into his home and filmed him having sex with a man.
8th April 2010
Colin Farrell supports anti-homophobia campaign 9
4:45 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is supporting an Irish campaign against homophobic bullying. The 31-year-old star, who is from Dublin, spoke out for LGBT charity Belong To's STAND UP! campaign.
Gay playwright Terrence McNally marries
4:03 PM — The American playwright Terrence McNally has married his longterm partner in Washington DC. The pair already had a civil partnership but said they did not like "separate but equal".
Vatican says cover-up accusations due to Pope’s opposition to gay rights 47
3:37 PM — Vatican officials have refuted claims that the Pope was involved in a cover-up of the child abuse scandal, saying that the allegations are part of a "hate campaign" against him.
US student told to change ‘gay’ Lady Gaga t-shirt 13
1:49 PM — A Tennessee student has accused his school of discrimination after he was told to go home and change out of a t-shirt bearing the word 'gay'. Cole Goforth's shirt read "I Heart Lady Gay Gay", a play on the name of bisexual singer Lady Gaga.
Irish union says schools are allowed to discriminate against gay teachers 11
12:12 PM — An Irish teaching union has said that equality laws allow religious schools to discriminate against gay teachers. Laws allow faith schools to take action against employees "undermining" their religious ethos.
Troops ask how repeal of gay ban will affect them 12
10:56 AM — A meeting of US military personnel was held this week for them to question the impact of lifting the ban on out gay soldiers. Around 350 soldiers were picked at random and assembled at the Pentagon on Tuesday.
7th April 2010
Gays and lesbians in Zimbabwe facing ‘corrective rape’ 15
5:41 PM — An annual report by the US State Department on human rights in Zimbabwe has said that gays and lesbians in the country face harassment and rape by people trying to 'cure' them.
Lesbian tennis star Martina Navratilova diagnosed with cancer 10
4:11 PM — Martina Navratilova has revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The former tennis world champion, 53, said that finding out the news in February was devastating.