12th May 2009
Russian lesbian couple refused marriage licence 1
3:18 PM — A lesbian couple who applied for a marriage licence in Russia have had their application rejected. Gay rights activists Irina Fedotova and Irina Shipitko received a hand-written rejection letter from an official at the central Moscow registry office yesterday.
Obama ‘can end military gay ban with a single order’ 4
1:41 PM — Military law experts have said that President Barack Obama can end the dismissal of openly gay soldiers with just a single order.
Anti-gay Miss California may be stripped of her title later today 50
1:24 PM — Miss Calfornia, Carrie Prejean could be stripped of her title later today. The decision follows the allegedly homophobic comments made by Miss Prejean about gay marriage.
Foreign Office revises guidance for gay travellers in Moscow 42
12:24 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released new guidance for gay travellers in Russia, advising that visitors to Moscow should be aware of possible violence at a planned gay pride march this weekend.
Man convicted of murder of trans woman jailed for another 60 years 6
10:12 AM — A Colorado man who beat a woman to death when he discovered her trans status has had another 60 years added to his sentence.
11th May 2009
Comment: Peter Tatchell on why he’ll still march at Moscow Pride 39
5:07 PM — Despite threats to bash and arrest the marchers, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell explains why he will still be attending this Saturday's Moscow Gay Pride parade. Authorities have said the parade is banned and threatened "tough measures" to those who try to march. In 2007, Mr Tatchell was arrested and assaulted during the parade.
Dutch singer vows to boycott Eurovision if Moscow uses violence against gay activists 11
1:18 PM — Dutch singer Gordon has said he will boycott the Eurovision Song Contest if Moscow police use violence against gay rights activists.
Equality California enlists clergy to help fight gay marriage ban 26
11:16 AM — Equality California (EQCA), the advocacy group fighting to win back gay marriage in California, is seeking to enlist 1,000 clergy members to help change attitudes in the state.
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.