26th May 2010
Former German spy jailed for sharing state secrets with gay lover 4
1:06 PM — In Munich today, a former German spy was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for sharing top-secret information with his boyfriend, a Macedonian interpreter who he met while on a clandestine mission to Kosovo for the German BND Intelligence Service in 2005.
Manchester Pride 2010 lineup announced
12:12 PM — Manchester Pride have revealed their Big Weekend line-up for this summer. Artists set to perform include 1980s stars Belinda Carlisle and Heaven 17, soul singer Beverly Knight, electro outfit May 68 and local indie band The Sticks.
Openly gay MP Alan Duncan visits Nepal 12
11:29 AM — Alan Duncan, the UK's MP for International Development, is to arrive Nepal today for a two-day visit. Mr Duncan will visit the Eastern Development Region of the country to inspect the progress of the UK-funded projects. Nepal's only openly gay MP, Sunil Babu Pant, has welcomed the visit.
Malawi couple separated by authorities 23
11:04 AM — Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawian couple sentenced last week to 14 years in prison with hard labour, have been separated by the authorities.
25th May 2010
New Lady Gaga video is a ‘celebration of gay love’ 24
5:56 PM — Flamboyant popstar Lady Gaga has said that the video for her new single 'Alejandro' is a "celebration and admiration of gay love."
Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20
2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.
Malta has poor record on gay rights 17
10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.
White House supports repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy 5
9:43 AM — The White House has given its full support to legislation that would repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military. President Obama ordered a review of the policy, directing Defence Secretary Robert Gates to gauge the attitudes of military personnel and the effect on morale that repealing the ban might have.
24th May 2010
Zimbabwean gay rights activists accused of ‘undermining’ President Mugabe’s authority 6
6:39 PM — Ellen Chademana (34) and Ignatius Muhambi (38), the two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe organisation (GALZ) who were arrested at their Harare offices last Friday, will not be released today according to their attorney, David Hofisi.
Lesbian pastor officially recognised by Evangelical Lutheran Church 3
6:06 PM — The Reverend Mary Albing, who has been pastor at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer in south Minneapolis since 2003, was finally officially recognised by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) this Sunday.
Protest to be held in London over imprisonment of Malawi couple 14
5:23 PM — A protest is to be held this Saturday 29 May in solidarity with Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Malawi.
Gay rights dismissed from Zimbabwe’s new Constitution 13
4:46 PM — Zimbabwe's Constitution Select Committee (Copac) has stated that gay rights will not be included in the new constitution and that they will not enter into debate or discussion over the issue.
Violence erupts at Slovakian Gay Pride march 3
3:57 PM — Last Saturday's Gay Pride march in Bratislava, Slovakia, had to be called off because of hundreds of neo-Nazis lining the planned route.
Church of Scotland condemns imprisonment of Malawian gay couple 12
2:39 PM — Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, has condemned the jailing of a Malawian gay couple as "unjust".
Zimbabwean gay activists arrested 3
2:07 PM — Two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) organisation were arrested last Friday in Harare, the country's capital.
Stonewall uncover ‘institutional homophobia’ in asylum system 52
12:18 PM — New research by Stonewall has revealed that lesbian and gay asylum seekers are being routinely deported because of institutionalised discrimination within the system.
21st May 2010
First gay magazine launched in Morocco 12
4:57 PM — The first gay magazine has been launched in Morocco, despite the fact homosexuality is illegal in the country. The Arabic publication, titled Mithly, has sold around 200 copies so far, having been distributed informally. It is also available to read online.
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.