3rd June 2009
Harvard university creates professorship of LGBT studies 5
7:15 PM — The prestigious American Harvard University is to appoint a professor of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)studies.
Chicago may appoint ‘anti-gay’ city councillor 5
1:05 PM — The mayor of Chicago may be about to appoint an openly homophobic alderman to its city council, according to reports.
2nd June 2009
Hillary Clinton promises to fight for gay rights abroad 10
7:25 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said yesterday she will fight for gay rights abroad. Speaking prior to this month's 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Clinton called the persecution of gays and lesbians "an affront to human decency".
LGBT legal group praises Obama’s nomination of Sotomayor for US Supreme Court 2
6:16 PM — US President Barack Obama's nominee for the vacant seat on the country's Supreme Court is on Capitol Hill this morning meeting with key Senators ahead of her confirmation hearings.
Dick Cheney speaks out in favour of gay marriage 17
3:17 PM — Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has said gay Americans should have the right to get married. Addressing the National Press Club Mr Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian, said that freedom "means freedom for everyone".
Comment: Barack Obama’s proclamation for LGBT Pride Month 7
1:59 PM — Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
Beth Ditto: Katy Perry is ‘offensive to gay culture’ 32
1:52 PM — Beth Ditto, frontwoman of band The Gossip, has openly criticised Katy Perry and her notorious single 'I Kissed a Girl' for being “offensive to gay culture”.
US President Barack Obama proclaims June to be LGBT Pride Month 17
1:03 PM — The President of the United States yesterday issued a proclamation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Pride month.
1st June 2009
Spanish Supreme Court rules judges cannot refuse to marry gay couples 3
6:17 PM — The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that judges in lower courts or in local town halls must marry gay and lesbian couples if required.
Nevada overrides governor’s veto to provide domestic partnerships 2
5:32 PM — The Nevada Assembly has voted 28-14 to override Governor Jim Gibbons' veto of a law allowing domestic partnerships for gay and straight unmarried couples.
Sweden appoints lesbian bishop 4
2:11 PM — The Church of Sweden has appointed a lesbian as the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm. Eva Brunne, who is in a registered partnership, is believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop. She won the post by 413 votes against 365 votes and will succeed Bishop Caroline Krook, who is to retire in November.
New Hampshire reaches compromise on gay marriage 1
1:15 PM — The New Hampshire House and Senate have agreed to change one word and add a sentence to a bill which will allow gay marriage in the state.
29th May 2009
Coalition attempts to block DC gay marriage bill 2
4:23 PM — A group of church leaders and gay marriage opponents formally requested a citywide referendum yesterday to prevent Washington DC passing a law which will recognise gay marriages performed in other states.
Gay male prom queen triumphs in LA 8
2:29 PM — A gay male student who won the sought-after title of prom queen at his Los Angeles school has spoken of his happiness.
Video: Fraiser star David Hyde Pierce reveals he’s married 17
12:59 PM — Frasier actor David Hyde Pierce has revealed that he married TV producer Brian Hargrove, his partner of 25 years, last autumn.
Radical Iraq cleric orders ‘depraved’ homosexuality to be eradicated 38
11:55 AM — Moqtada Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric in Iraq, has ordered that the "depravity" of homosexuality must be eradicated, yet urged an end to violence against gays and lesbians.
28th May 2009
California parole board appointee rejected over homophobic comments 3
5:01 PM — An appointee selected by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the state's parole board has been rejected over homophobic comments he had made in 1993, despite apologising for his words.
India’s only gay magazine back on newsstands 13
4:34 PM — Bombay Dost, India's first and only gay magazine, has been relaunched and is now back on sale. The English-language magazine was forced out of print in 2002 when it ran out of money.
Civil servant escapes jail over gay male prostitute service 4
3:09 PM — An Irish civil servant who was exposed by journalists for running a gay escort service has avoided jail. Eugene Leech, 48, given a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to controlling or directing the activities of prostitutes for gain on dates between May and July in 2005
Video: Britney Spears films spoof gay perfume ad 6
2:05 PM — Britney Spears has been reinforcing her status as a gay icon by filming a spoof perfume advertisement for gays. The perfume, named 'Mo', has the tagline "One spray and the gays will run your way!”