18th May 2010
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.
14th May 2010
Kiss-ins planned around the world for IDAHO 1
4:40 PM — Fifty cities around the world will see kiss-in events this weekend to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
Campaigners’ anger at Pope’s latest ‘homophobic’ comments 64
12:12 PM — Gay equality campaigners have condemned Pope Benedict's latest attack on same-sex marriage. The Pope made the comments yesterday while visiting Fatima, Portugal's most holy site.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan ‘outed by softball photo’ 7
10:35 AM — An American newspaper has been accused of outing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan by publishing a photograph of her playing softball as a student.
13th May 2010
Gay marriage a ‘dangerous threat’, Pope warns 56
6:30 PM — Pope Benedict has called gay marriage and abortion "dangerous threats to the common good" during a visit to Portugal. The pontiff is on a four-day visit to the country and gave a Mass today to 500,000 people at Fatima, which is considered the Portuguese Lourdes.
Video: Laura Bush reveals she supports gay marriage and abortion rights 15
11:48 AM — Laura Bush, the wife of former US president George Bush, has announced she supports same-sex marriage and believes abortion should remain legal.
Man jailed for 99 years for murder of Puerto Rican gay student 4
10:58 AM — A Puerto Rican man has been jailed for 99 years after pleading guilty to the first-degree murder of a gay student. Juan Martinez Matos, 26, admitted killing 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November.
Anti-gay activist George Rekers resigns over holiday with male prostitute 22
10:35 AM — George Rekers, the American anti-gay campaigner photographed returning from holiday with a male prostitute, has resigned from the board of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), the country's more prominent gay cure organisation.
12th May 2010
Glee creator calls for boycott of ‘bigoted’ magazine column 6
7:01 PM — The creator of gay-friendly comedy Glee has urged a boycott of Newsweek magazine over a "bigoted" column. Ryan Murphy said that an article questioning whether gay actors could play straight characters was "needlessly cruel and mind-blowingly bigoted".
11th May 2010
US military student may have to pay back $80,000 scholarship money for coming out 7
4:31 PM — A student given $80,000 worth of military scholarship money may have to pay it all back because she came out as a lesbian.
Maryland voters support gay marriage 1
4:02 PM — Voters in the US state of Maryland now narrowly support allowing gay couples to marry, a survey suggests. The Washington Post poll of 1,030 adults, taken last week, found that 46 per cent support allowing same-sex marriage, compared to 44 per cent against and ten per cent who said they had no opinion.
Cynthia Nixon on coming out, her partner and bisexuality
2:48 PM — Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon has described her decision to come out. The star, who has been with fiancee Christine Marinoni for six years, initially kept their relationship secret on the advice of an unnamed publicist.
Elton John to perform in Morocco despite calls to ban him 4
11:23 AM — Elton John will still perform at a music festival in Morocco despite calls to ban him because he is gay. An Islamist group said he could encourage homosexuality.
10th May 2010
US school district bans gay anthology 11
6:19 PM — A South Jersey school district has banned a gay-themed book from its library after parents complained it was vulgar and obscene.
8th May 2010
Baltic Gay Pride ban overturned by Lithuanian Supreme Court 6
12:09 PM — A Lithuanian court of appeal last night overturn a ban on the country's first pride event, so that it can take place in the next few hours. Despite assurances from police that hundreds of marchers through the capital Vilnius would be protected, the Lithuanian Attorney General's Office argued that they could be injured by anti-gay groups. A court sided with the Attorney General and banned the the Baltic Pride march on the 6th May.