28th April 2010
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.
White House protesters released 6
4:12 PM — Gay US soldier Dan Choi and five other military veterans have been released from jail after chaining themselves to the White House fence.
Archie comics to introduce gay character 7
3:01 PM — The first gay character for Archie comics will be introduced in an upcoming issue of Veronica. In the issue, titled 'Isn't It Bromantic?' new character Kevin Keller moves to Riverdale to enrol at high school.
First gay film festival begins in India 2
2:56 PM — India is celebrating its first gay film festival this week. The 'Kashish' Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010 began yesterday and will run over the weekend with more than 100 films from 25 countries.
Elton John ‘would give up fame and fortune’ for teenager who died of AIDS 4
11:04 AM — Elton John would give up everything to have a conversation with the boy he credits with saving his life, a letter reveals. The gay singer has said that he was able to beat his drug addiction in the 1980s because of Ryan White, who died aged 18 of AIDS in 1990.
22nd April 2010
Allowing gay divorce ‘strengthens’ Texas gay marriage ban 2
5:48 PM — An attorney from one of the gay men attempting to get a divorce in Texas has argued that it would actually strengthen the state's gay marriage ban.
Chinese man arrested for ‘killing six in gay sex games’
5:27 PM — A Chinese man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of six men who joined in sado-masochistic games. Zhou Youping, a singer in bars in the central province of Hunan, is said to have advertised for men to be his "slave" on gay websites.
Bolivian president says eating chicken turns men gay 56
5:04 PM — The president of Bolivia has said that eating chicken turns men gay. Evo Morales told a conference on climate change: "The chicken we eat is loaded with female hormones. So, when men eat it, they tend to deviate from their manhood."
Bisexual men ‘not gay enough’ for softball team 23
11:45 AM — Three bisexual American men are suing after they were ruled to be not gay enough to play in a gay softball league. The trio say they were interrogated about their sex lives.
21st April 2010
David Cameron to dispatch top gay Tory Nick Herbert to challenge homophobic Polish allies 35
11:59 PM — David Cameron has tonight attempted to further diffuse the row over gay rights within the Conservative Party by sending shadow environment secretary, Nick Herbert, the most senior gay Conservative, to Poland to confront the homophobia displayed by the party's Polish allies.