18th May 2009
Sydney marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 6
10:57 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) was marked in more than 50 countries yesterday, May 17th 2009.
16th May 2009
Moscow: Tatchell released from custody 45
4:57 PM — Peter Tatchell has been released from police custody following his arrest this morning at Slavic Pride in Moscow.
Peter Tatchell among protesters arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by ‘violent’ anti-riot police 57
11:45 AM — Around 40 activists including gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell have been arrested at Slavic Pride in Moscow by anti-riot police, reports indicate. Violence was allegedly used to break up the peaceful march, which had been banned by Moscow authorities.
15th May 2009
Finland allows gay couples to adopt partner’s children 5
5:53 PM — The Finnish parliament today voted to allow gay couples in registered partnerships to adopt the biological children of their partners.
Special report: Gay campaigners prepare for Slavic Pride 5
2:56 PM — Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network reports from Moscow in the run-up to Slavic Pride.
Baltic Pride to go ahead after court lifts council ban 2
1:26 PM — Baltic Pride has been saved after Riga's Administrative Court lifted a ban imposed by the city council on tomorrow's Pride march.
New Hampshire governor to sign gay marriage bill 8
11:24 AM — New Hampshire governor John Lynch has signalled he will sign a bill legalising gay marriage in the state, despite his personal objections.
14th May 2009
Moscow activists seek meeting with mayor over Slavic Pride 10
4:08 PM — Gay rights campaigners have asked Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov to meet them to discuss Saturday's planned Slavic Pride event.
Ireland’s health service to recognise gay and lesbian relationships 1
3:11 PM — The Irish Health Service Executive is to draw up new guidelines for hospitals on gay and lesbian relationships. The plan is one of a number of recommendations made by a new report on LGBT health, which was launched yesterday.
Comedian Wanda Sykes’ partner gives birth to twins 1
2:05 PM — US comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife are now the parents of twins. Sykes' partner, known only as Alex, gave birth to a boy and a girl on April 27th. They have been named Olivia Lou and Lucas Claude.
Riga bans Baltic Pride 13
12:21 PM — The planned Baltic Pride march due to take place on Saturday in Riga, Latvia, has been banned by city officials.
Peru bans gays from joining the police 2
11:51 AM — Peru is planning to ban gays from joining the police, in an attempt to improve the reputation of the institution. Interior Minister Mercedes Cabanillas has proposed a raft of new measures to raise public confidence in the police.
13th May 2009
Tennessee trans woman has marriage declared invalid 7
7:28 PM — A trans woman in Tennessee has had her marriage declared invalid after the state refused to recognise her female status.
Gay visitors to Moscow told to expect violence 13
5:23 PM — Gay activists and Eurovision fans have been warned they may be met with violence this weekend in Moscow. The city is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest final but gay rights activists have said they will be holding a Slavic Pride march, despite city officials banning such events.
Megan Fox talks about being bisexual 25
12:01 PM — Transformers actress Megan Fox is the latest Hollywood star to discuss her bisexuality However, the actress said she would only date lesbians, rather than bisexual women.
New York moves closer to gay marriage 34
9:29 AM — The New York Assembly passed a bill last night to legalise gay marriage. After four hours of debate, the bill passed 89-52 and will now go to the Senate for a vote.
12th May 2009
Miss California allowed to keep crown 22
4:57 PM — Miss California Carrie Prejean, who criticised gay marriage, has been allowed to keep her title despite appearing in a string of topless photographs.
Neighbours follows Home and Away with another lesbian kiss 5
3:32 PM — Australian soap Neighbours is to screen its second lesbian kiss following a similar story in rival programme Home and Away.
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.