29th May 2009
Radical Iraq cleric orders ‘depraved’ homosexuality to be eradicated 38
11:55 AM — Moqtada Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric in Iraq, has ordered that the "depravity" of homosexuality must be eradicated, yet urged an end to violence against gays and lesbians.
28th May 2009
California parole board appointee rejected over homophobic comments 3
5:01 PM — An appointee selected by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the state's parole board has been rejected over homophobic comments he had made in 1993, despite apologising for his words.
India’s only gay magazine back on newsstands 13
4:34 PM — Bombay Dost, India's first and only gay magazine, has been relaunched and is now back on sale. The English-language magazine was forced out of print in 2002 when it ran out of money.
Civil servant escapes jail over gay male prostitute service 4
3:09 PM — An Irish civil servant who was exposed by journalists for running a gay escort service has avoided jail. Eugene Leech, 48, given a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to controlling or directing the activities of prostitutes for gain on dates between May and July in 2005
Video: Britney Spears films spoof gay perfume ad 6
2:05 PM — Britney Spears has been reinforcing her status as a gay icon by filming a spoof perfume advertisement for gays. The perfume, named 'Mo', has the tagline "One spray and the gays will run your way!”
Majority of Rhode Island residents support gay marriage
1:53 PM — A survey of Rhode Island voters has found that 60 per cent support the introduction of a law allowing gay couples to marry. The New England state is now the only one which does not allow gay marriage.
27th May 2009
Gay couples ‘are better at communicating’ 113
4:11 PM — Recent studies indicate that same-sex couples have greater levels of satisfaction in their relationships than their heterosexual counterparts due to better communication.
New Zealand survey finds gay teenagers at risk 13
1:22 PM — A survey of more than 9,000 students has found that gay teenagers are more likely than their straight peers to be affected by depression, suicide and self-harm.
Stars out in force to oppose Prop 8 ruling 6
12:50 PM — Celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Perez Hilton, Pete Wentz, and Emmy Rossum joined the vocal protesters who marched on Los Angeles yesterday to demonstrate their opposition to the California Supreme Court's decision not to overturn the ban on gay marriage.
Hundreds of protesters voice their opposition to Supreme Court marriage ruling 4
12:11 PM — The California Supreme Court's decision to uphold Proposition 8 and repeal same sex marriage has been met with defiance by protesters in the state.
Gay marriage supporters aim to get Prop 8 back on the ballot next year 19
11:05 AM — Yesterday, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8. The decision was met with disappointment, but not surprise, from gay marriage advocates, who have vowed to fight on.
26th May 2009
DJ Sam Ronson condemns ‘attack’ on lesbian clubber 2
5:18 PM — Openly gay DJ Samantha Ronson has responded with anger over reports that a lesbian clubber at one of her gigs was viciously attacked because of her sexual orientation.
Eminem helped by Elton John in drug addiction battle 9
3:00 PM — Eminem has revealed that Elton John came to his aid during his addiction to painkillers. According to the rapper, Sir Elton offered him advice on how to rid himself of the addiction which developed during his break from the limelight in 2005, when he temporarily quit the rap scene.
Nigel Lythgoe apologises for anti-gay comments on dance show 10
12:40 PM — British producer Nigel Lythgoe has apologised after being accused of homophobia. The former choreographer, who is currently appearing as a judge on US TV show So You Think You Can Dance? was criticised for comments he made over a gay couple's performance.
California Supreme Court to announce Prop 8 decision today 3
10:55 AM — The California Supreme Court is to announce its decision on whether Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in the state, is constitutional.
22nd May 2009
Illinois tipped to allow civil unions next week 4
4:34 PM — The Illinois General Assembly is expected to pass a measure next week allowing civil unions for gay couples. Rick Garcia, political director for Equality Illinois, told the Washington Blade that he “absolutely” expects the House and Senate to pass a civil union measure next Tuesday or Thursday.
Texas mayor resigns for gay partner 8
1:47 PM — The mayor of San Angelo, Texas, has resigned just ten days after a landslide re-election victory to pursue his relationship with his gay partner, an illegal immigrant.
Comment: Is America ready for a gay Idol? 21
10:56 AM — Following gay singer Adam Lambert's loss in the final of American Idol, Omar Hassan questions whether 'Glambert's' sexuality dissuaded voters.
Clinton to give equal benefits to gay US diplomats 6
10:41 AM — Gay partners of US diplomats stationed overseas are to receive equal benefits in plans unveiled by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
21st May 2009
Student banned from making presentation on gay rights leader Harvey Milk 8
6:12 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk may face a lawsuit.