24th April 2009
New Hampshire committee rejects trans protection bill 4
2:43 PM — The Senate Judiciary Committee of the New Hampshire state Senate has voted 5-0 to reject new protections for trans people.
Dutch survey reveals lesbian women suffer depression and stigmatisation
2:41 PM — Research from the Netherlands has reported that bisexual and lesbian women suffer anxiety, depression and insomnia and are the targets of gossip and abuse.
Lesbian woman saved from deportation 1
2:37 PM — Shirley Tan, a Filipino woman living in Pacifica, USA, who recently faced deportation, has had the case blocked.
Interview: Dan Choi on the US military gay ban 6
1:00 PM — In the first part of series of interviews with Dan Choi, the infantry platoon leader leading the fight against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', Adrian Tippetts highlights the serious national security issues surrounding expelling vital service members for being gay.
Maine hears arguments on gay marriage 2
11:36 AM — Maine is the latest New England state to take up the issue of same-sex marriage. Approximately 4,000 people packed into the Augusta Civic Centre after the public were invited to a hearing to discuss the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
23rd April 2009
Same-sex couples urged to hold hands in public 18
4:57 PM — A new campaign aims to encourage same-sex couples to publicly and unashamedly hold hands. A Day in Hand is asking people to upload photos.
Rightwing Polish politician angry at elephant’s gay tendencies 30
3:54 PM — A member of Poland's Law and Justice party has criticised a zoo for acquiring an elephant that might be gay.
Gays urged to vote in European Parliament elections 2
2:25 PM — The European Parliament elections are taking place between 4th and 7th June and gay rights group ILGA-Europe has recently launched a campaign encouraging people to take part.
LGBT groups say police are harassing gays in Ukraine
1:18 PM — More than 80 people who were arrested at a gay club in Kiev earlier this month by police had their human rights violated, it has been claimed.
Colorado man guilty of murdering trans teenager 2
11:58 AM — A 32-year-old man has been found guilty of first degree murder of a trans woman in the US state of Colorado.
Singapore’s LGBT community plans ‘pink dot’ event
11:07 AM — An unusual day in the park planned for next month will show support for Singapore's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population.
There is nothing shameful about being gay says Wolverine 10
10:45 AM — Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has said he isn't gay. The 40-year-old's latest movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens in UK cinemas next week.
Christian pop star Twitters her support for gays 21
10:29 AM — Miley Cyrus, the teen star of the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, has said that Jesus loves gay couples.
Claims of anal torture of gay Iraqis “consistent” with human rights violations 20
10:13 AM — A leading LGBT human rights organisation has said that reports of horrific torture of gay Iraqis by militias "are consistent with patterns of human rights violations being reported from within the country."
22nd April 2009
Transexual tennis star beaten at Buenos Aires tournament 2
6:46 PM — It has been over three decades since Renee Richards became the first transsexual in professional tennis. However, a Chilean transsexual called Andrea Paredes von Roth made her debut in Buenos Aires in a Futures tournament at the age of 37 yesterday.
New York State passes trangendered protection law 3
3:33 PM — The New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act yesterday. This bill prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression in employment, housing, public accommodations, access to credit, and other key areas. It also adds gender identity and expression as protected categories in the state's human rights law.
Conservatives still fuming as Iowa heads towards its first gay marriages 2
2:21 PM — Iowa became the first Midwestern state to allow gay marriage on April 3 but conservatives are still expressing disdain over the decision. Iowa will see a formalisation of this issue on 27 April and from then on, same-sex couples can begin to seek marriage licenses.
Gay Nepalese MP looks towards greater acceptance of gays and lesbians
1:35 PM — Nepal's first openly gay MP, Sunil Pant has single handedly put gay rights on the political map in Nepal since founding the Blue Diamond Society (BDS). This is Nepal's first and only sexual minorities rights organisation and is working hard with other human rights groups.. Lesbian rights however are lagging far behind those of men and even the men's are still dire. This is mainly due to cultural factors and the fact that women's rights in general are already very slim.
Britney comes out for gay marriage following Miss California row 22
12:19 PM — After Miss California, Carrie Prejean expressed her disapproval of same-sex unions, a worldwide debate has ensued. A-list celebrities, Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus have jumped on the bandwagon, throwing their support behind same-sex marriage.
21st April 2009
Stephen Fry: ‘It doesn’t matter what you call marriage’ 26
3:08 PM — Stephen Fry has spoken out on gay marriage, saying it doesn't matter what wording is used. Speaking from California, he suggested that 'yoking' could be an appropriate word.