11th May 2009
Obama holding ‘preliminary talks’ on repealing military gay ban 12
10:46 AM — The Obama administration is holding "preliminary discussions" on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell but change may take months, if at all, an advisor to the President has said.
8th May 2009
Tatchell condemns Irish civil partnerships as ‘sexual apartheid’ 21
5:20 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has attacked plans by the Irish government to introduce civil partnerships, saying the country should offer gay couples full marriage rights.
Sex and the City star uses bisexual surrogate mother 2
5:06 PM — Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick have reportedly chosen a bisexual woman to act as a surrogate mother.
US student forced to leave college for appearing in gay porn film 33
4:12 PM — A student suspended for appearing in a gay porn video is appealing his college's decision. John Gechter was suspended for a year from Grove City College, a Christian college in Pennsylvania, after a fellow student came across a video of him appearing in the adult film online.
Movie outs gay politicians who vote against gay rights 12
4:07 PM — Kirby Dick is famous for his controversial films. His Oscar-nominated Twist of Faith dealt with sex abuse cover ups within the Catholic Church and This Film is Not Yet Rated yielded just as much attention.
Opponents file challenge to gay marriage in Maine 14
11:03 AM — Gay couples in Maine hoping to take advantage of this week's legalisation of gay marriage may be forced to wait months or even a year to hold their ceremonies after opponents filed a 'people's veto' challenge to the new law.
Fired gay soldier to fight dismissal ‘tooth and nail’ 7
10:25 AM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was fired after revealing he was gay, has said he will fight his dismissal "tooth and nail". Choi, a West Point graduate and Arabic linguist, came out live on the Rachel Maddow show in March, knowing it could cost him his job.
7th May 2009
Moscow authorities promise to stop gay pride marches 8
3:59 PM — Moscow is preparing to break up any gay pride marches on May 16th. Mayor Yury Luzhkov's press secretary said today the city has once again turned down an application to hold a march next week.
British minister condemns Burundi over law criminalising gay sex 3
3:43 PM — International Development minister Ivan Lewis has attacked the recent decision by the government of Burundi to criminalise gay sex.
‘Joe the Plumber’ refuses to let gays near his children 26
3:05 PM — Samuel Wurzelbacher, the American plumber who became a celebrity when described by presidential hopeful John McCain as the 'average man' has said he will not let gays near his children.
Openly gay soldier Dan Choi dismissed from National Guard under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 18
2:02 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi, the National Guard soldier who publicly came out live on national television, has been dismissed from duty. He was dismissed for "homosexual conduct".
California Senate committee gives green light for Harvey Milk Day 4
11:39 AM — The California Senate Education Committee voted 7-2 yesterday to designate a day to honour murdered gay rights activist Harvey Milk. If passed by the Senate, it would designate May 22nd, Milk's birthday, as a special commemorative day.
Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims 225
11:20 AM — A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
Former M*A*S*H star comes out 15
10:52 AM — David Ogden Stiers, who played Major Charles Winchester in “M*A*S*H,” has revealed he is gay. In an interview with the blog Gossip-Boy.com, he said: "I am [gay]. Very proud to be so."
6th May 2009
Breaking: Maine’s governor passes gay marriage bill 7
5:56 PM — Gay marriage is now legal in Maine after Governor John Baldacci signed it into law. The Governor had previously opposed gay marriage but said in a statement he believed a civil union was not equal to marriage.
Gay group lobbies Obama for lesbian Supreme Court nominee
5:32 PM — A new grassroots group called Equal Rep is lobbying US president Barack Obama to appoint a lesbian to the Supreme Court.
Lesbian couple attempt to marry in Russia 3
3:29 PM — A lesbian couple are planning to apply for a marriage licence in Moscow later this month, it has been reported.
Survey on gay marriage shows split between old and young 3
2:49 PM — A poll of Americans suggest that 54 per cent believe gay marriage should not be legal, compared to 44 per cent who support it.
Controversial pastor Rick Warren ‘one of the world’s most influential people’ 17
1:56 PM — Rick Warren, the US evangelist pastor who spoke out against gay marriage, has been included in Time magazine's latest list of the world's most influential people.
Lesbian couple to appeal in the UK over Gibraltar’s housing policy
1:25 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar are to appeal in the UK. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant them a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.