7th April 2009
Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8
4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.
Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1
3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.
Christian university offers separate accommodation for gay students 11
2:50 PM — Texas Christian University is to provide LGBT students and their straight "allies" with special accommodation as part of a new scheme designed to allow like-minded students to live together. Shelly Newkirk, a TCU sophomore who is gay, helped create the community inclusion scheme in the Fort Worth campus.
Senegal: Nine men contest gay prison sentences
2:02 PM — Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are appealing against the decision. The men, most of whom belong to a group set up to combat HIV/AIDS, appeared at the Dakar Court of Appeal yesterday with their attorneys.
Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10
11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.
6th April 2009
North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12
5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".
Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3
5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.
HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”
1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.
Gay groups call for medical help for ‘homophobic’ university professor 15
11:48 AM — A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted".
4th April 2009
Six gay men murdered in Iraqi slum 6
7:56 PM — Two gay men have been found dead in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City following condemnations of homosexuality by a leading local cleric. It has also emerged today that a further four were murdered in March.
3rd April 2009
Chicago police officer accused of gay harassment 2
5:49 PM — A Chicago police officer has been accused of making false drink-driving arrests, using excessive force and gay harassment. The Chicago Tribune reports that four lawsuits were filed against Town Hall District Police Officer Richard Fiorito on Thursday.
Uganda accuses UN of spreading homosexuality 8
5:39 PM — Ugandan ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo has accused United Nations member countries of being involved in a covert mission to 'impose' homosexuality' on other nations. Speaking at a press conference today, he also said that Uganda will not bow to international pressure to adopt gay rights.
Iowa Supreme Court allows gay marriage 7
3:06 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court has voted to allow gay marriage in the state. In a summary of the unanimous decision, the judges said: “The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution."
PinkNews.co.uk is now on Twitter 5
2:34 PM — We admit to being rather late to jump on the bandwagon, but are pleased to announce that PinkNews.co.uk is now on Twitter at Twitter.com/PinkNews
Vermont gay marriage bill passes through House 4
11:09 AM — A bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in Vermont has passed through the House of Representatives. However, it failed to gain enough votes to avoid a veto from Vermont governor Jim Douglas. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.
2nd April 2009
Gay marriage advocacy group shuts down 4
5:21 PM — Love Makes a Family, a group dedicated to campaigning for gay marriage, is to close at the end of this year. The group, which has been running for almost a decade, now considers its work complete.
Iowa likely to release gay marriage ruling tomorrow
5:12 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court is likely to release its decision on gay marriage tomorrow (Friday), according to reports. The lawsuit, Varnum vs. Brien, involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien in 2005 after they were denied marriage licences by his office.
European Parliament opts to extend anti-discrimination legislation 2
4:02 PM — The European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services. Previously, provisions only applied to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
Ugandan activists refute allegations of ‘gay recruitment’ 3
12:02 PM — Gays and lesbians in Uganda have denied embarking on "recruitment drives" to attract people to homosexuality. According to LGBTI Ugandans, Christian and government leaders are running a campaign to project gays 'recruiting' children into homosexuality by giving them money.
Clementine Ford comes out 4
11:12 AM — Cybil Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford, has come out. The L Word guest star was pressed by Advocate.com to clear up the "confusion" that had been sparked when Diva magazine implied that Ford had officially come out and had an affair with co-star Katherine Moennig.