1st May 2009
Gay lawyer sues Miami firm for discrimination 1
12:16 PM — A gay man is suing a law firm for discrimination, claiming he had been passed over for promotion and denied holiday requests.
Gay marriage becomes legal in Sweden today 8
11:53 AM — A gender-neutral marriage law in Sweden has come into force today, meaning gay couples can now marry in the country in religious or civil ceremonies. However, they cannot yet get married in church ceremonies.
30th April 2009
US House votes to extend protection to victims of homophobic hate crimes 1
4:44 PM — The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.
California Supreme Court rules school can expel students for being gay 10
4:23 PM — A lower-court ruling that said a private religious high school could expel gay students was confirmed by the California's Supreme Court yesterday.
Americans ‘want military gay ban to end’ 3
3:30 PM — A survey has suggested that the majority of Americans want to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law which bans gays from serving openly in the military, repealed.
New Hampshire Senate passes gay marriage bill 4
11:14 AM — New Hampshire's Senate passed a bill yesterday to allow gay marriage. The bill looked set for defeat until an amendment was added to allow clergy to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Transgender former Army Special Forces commander wins almost $500,000 in discrimination lawsuit 2
10:40 AM — A former Army Special Forces commander who was rejected from a job because she was undergoing gender reassigment has won her case for sexual discrimination.
Top Gun star Kelly McGillis comes out 6
10:06 AM — Actress Kelly McGillis, famous for playing Tom's Cruise's love interest in the film Top Gun, has come out as a lesbian. She revealed her sexual orientation in an interview with Shewired.com.
29th April 2009
French National Assembly approves recognising foreign civil partnerships 8
6:29 PM — France's National Assembly finally approved of the measure to have foreign legal same-sex marriages recognised in France as PACS in the early hours of this morning.
New York’s lesbian finance commissioner forced to resign after allegations of nepotism 2
4:56 PM — Martha Stark, New York's finance commissioner, was forced to resign on Tuesday amidst charges of nepotism and allegations that she was having a romantic relationship with a female subordinate.
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
Dutch park unveils signs to ‘warn visitors’ about gay cruising spots 19
11:34 AM — A park in the southwest of Amsterdam has put up signs indicating areas where gay men are allegedly known to have sex so no one will be caught unaware.
California to consider gay and trans prisoners’ housing needs 1
10:42 AM — A bill which would allow sexual orientation and trans status to be taken into account when housing prisoners is to be considered by California's state assembly tomorrow.
28th April 2009
First gay couples tie the knot in Iowa 1
5:51 PM — Yesterday saw the first batch of gay weddings in Iowa, just over three weeks after the state's Supreme Court made them legal.
Zimbabwean gays demand to be recognised in new Constitution 1
5:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Zimbabwe have demanded to be recognised in the country's new Constitution which is currently being drafted, saying they need protection as a vulnerable minority.
Teacher ‘suffered ten years of homophobic harassment’
5:25 PM — The case of an Irish teacher who was allegedly bullied by colleagues for ten years over his sexual orientation is being challenged in the High Court.
Australian government rejects civil unions 13
5:06 PM — Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has rejected a proposal that civil unions should be offered to gay couples. A government spokesperson stated that the decision “reflects the widely held view in the community that marriage is between a man and a woman”.
Interview: Dan Choi on the extra burdens Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell places on soldiers 1
4:44 PM — In the second part of a series of interviews, Dan Choi tells Adrian Tippetts of the mental and emotional burden the gay ban places on service members.
US Presbyterian church votes against openly gay clergy 4
2:52 PM — The Presbyterian church has once again rejected allowing openly gay clergy to serve. Amendment B would have changed language in the church’s constitution which requires pastors to live in “"fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and woman or chastity in singleness."
Interview: Arabic filmmaker Maher Sabry 4
2:39 PM — In ‘All My Life’ (Toul Omri), Maher Sabry has ventured where no Arabic filmmaker has before. The film, which is undoubtedly the most daring and sexually explicit LGBT film ever to come out of the Arab world, tells the tale of 26-year-old Rami, an accountant living in Cairo.