30th April 2010
Hilary Clinton commends China for lifting HIV ban 2
2:55 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has commended China for lifting its ban on HIV-positive visitors. China announced this week it had lifted the entry ban on HIV-positive people, several months after US president Barack Obama lifted the US's ban.
Hawaii lawmakers approve civil unions bill 7
11:42 AM — The Hawaii House of Representatives approved a civil union bill yesterday, which will now go to the governor for approval.
29th April 2010
Gay and disabled activist Harry Wieder killed by taxi in New York 8
5:34 PM — An activist who campaigned for gay and disabled rights has died after he was hit by a New York taxi. Harry Wieder, 57, died on Monday evening when he was hit by the vehicle as he left a meeting on the Lower East Side.
Video: Lesbian Illinois politician engaged, but can’t marry 1
3:42 PM — A politician in the US state of Illinois announced yesterday she was engaged to her girlfriend but must marry in another state. Deborah Mell, a Chicago Democrat, rose to tell the House she had some "bittersweet" news to share.
Canadian teacher ‘fired for being a lesbian’ 11
2:01 PM — A music teacher in Vancouver, Canada, claims she was essentially fired after school officials discovered she was a lesbian whose partner had just given birth.
MEP Michael Cashman defends Labour’s record on gay rights abroad 25
11:08 AM — Gay MEP Michael Cashman has defended Labour's record on gay rights abroad, saying that the party remains "concerned" about the situation for LGBT people in Iraq.
28th April 2010
Bolivian president backtracks after saying chicken makes men gay 31
5:31 PM — The president of Bolivia has said that his remarks about eating chicken turning men gay were "misconstrued". Evo Morales reached out to a gay group to say he respected their sexual freedom.
Washington Blade returns after staff buy rights 1
4:19 PM — Washington's oldest gay newspaper has returned after staff clubbed together to buy the rights to its name. The Washington Blade will go on sale this Friday.
Jailed gay Malawi couple thank supporters 1
3:12 PM — The gay Malawian couple who were arrested in December for holding a marriage ceremony have thanked their supporters from jail. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been in custody in a Blantyre prison for four months, having been denied bail.
China lifts ban on HIV-positive visitors
2:13 PM — The Chinese government has announced it has overturned the ban on HIV-positive visitors entering the country. The ban was introduced in 1989, although China has temporarily lifted it for major events in the past, such as the1990 Beijing Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
27th April 2010
Organisation set up for gay Irish doctors 1
5:56 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans doctors in Ireland now have their own social and support group. Gay Doctors Ireland will hold its first annual general meeting in Dublin next month after being set up in December.
Comment: Labour is shunning gay Iraqis, asylum seekers 13
4:20 PM — As he launched Labour's international LGBT manifesto last Wednesday, foreign secretary David Miliband made one howler, echoed by another in the manifesto's text. He said: "Under Labour the UK will continue to be a beacon of hope for LGBT people."
California Assembly approves amending ‘gay cure’ law 7
12:59 PM — The California Assembly has unanimously approved modifying a law which requires the state to seek cures for homosexuality.
UK ‘breaching UN rules’ on returning gay asylum seekers 32
11:43 AM — An Amnesty International report claims that the UK and several other European countries are breaching United Nations rules on returning vulnerable Iraqi asylum seekers.
26th April 2010
Illinois House approves bill against homophobic and transphobic bullying 1
6:07 PM — The House in the US state of Illinois has unanimously approved a bill to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying.
God Hates Fags church will picket lesbian student’s graduation 23
5:45 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has announced it will picket the graduate of lesbian student Constance McMillen, who challenged her school's anti-gay policy.
‘Gay’ dog barred from restaurant 18
3:04 PM — A blind man and his guide dog were barred from an Australian restaurant after a waiter thought the dog was gay. A tribunal last week heard that Ian Jolly, 57, was told to leave the Adelaide restaurant Thai Spice in May last year after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a "gay dog".
US students ‘tried to push lesbian off cliff’
2:25 PM — Two teenagers in the US state of Kentucky were arrested last week after allegedly trying to kill a lesbian classmate.
Second Puerto Rican LGBT killing in six months 1
11:22 AM — Puerto Rican police are investigating after a trans woman was found murdered in her home last week. Ashley Santiago Ocasio, a 31-year-old beauty salon owner, was shot in the head in the central mountain town of Corozal last week
23rd April 2010
Survey finds more straight women barebacking than gay men 23
4:47 PM — A survey has found that heterosexual women are less likely to use condoms for anal sex than gay men. The research, carried out by the New York City Department of Health, found that only 23 per cent of women required their male partners to use condoms during anal sex, compared with 61 per cent of gay or bisexual men.