28th April 2009
Interview: Arabic filmmaker Maher Sabry 4
2:39 PM — In ‘All My Life’ (Toul Omri), Maher Sabry has ventured where no Arabic filmmaker has before. The film, which is undoubtedly the most daring and sexually explicit LGBT film ever to come out of the Arab world, tells the tale of 26-year-old Rami, an accountant living in Cairo.
Turkish LGBT activists await ruling on closure of legal group
1:32 PM — Turkey's leading gay rights group Lambda Istanbul will soon hear whether a local court ruling will uphold a Supreme Court decision to safeguard its freedom.
Anti-gay marriage protesters in DC to launch ‘marriage Armageddon’ 8
11:38 AM — An anti-gay marriage rally to be held today in front of Washington DC's Council offices will "launch the Armageddon of the marriage battle in this country", its organiser has claimed.
Authorities ‘must protect’ nine Senegalese men from homophobic attacks
11:19 AM — Amnesty International has warned that the nine Senegalese men released from prison last week after being jailed for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are at risk of homophobic attacks.
Gay monks told to stop wearing makeup 13
10:28 AM — Gay and trans Buddhist monks in Thailand have been given a new set of guidelines aimed to curb "flamboyant" behaviour such as wearing makeup.
Controversy at Yale University’s first LGBT reunion
10:15 AM — Ivy League university Yale held its first LGBT student reunion last weekend, although the event saw controversy when a former student attacked the institution over its treatment of gay history.
27th April 2009
Burundi outlaws homosexuality 6
4:18 PM — The government of Burundi has criminalised homosexuality, punishing offenders with up to two years in prison. Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, secretly signed the legislation into law on April 22th.
Golden Girl Bea Arthur passes away 1
3:09 PM — Bea Arthur, star of the US television sitcom, Golden Girls, has passed away. A spokesperson for the legendary Ms Arthur said that the actress died at home of cancer, aged 86.
Celebrities show their support for lesbian fundraising event
2:47 PM — Celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton and Sharon Obsourne were out in force to support An Evening With Women, a fundraising event for the LA Gay & Lesbian Centre held last Friday.
Bollywood star receives hate mail after supporting gays 7
2:17 PM — Bollywood star Celina Jaitley has been the target of hate mail after expressing support for the gay community. The Indian actress and Miss Universe finalist is a vocal supporter of gay rights.
Iowa begins processing gay marriage applications 4
11:54 AM — Iowa will begin processing same-sex marriage applications today. The state legalised marriage for gay couples on April 3rd after a unanimous decision by judges at the Iowa Supreme Court.
First lesbian prime minister wins Iceland election under left-wing coalition 9
10:50 AM — Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world's first openly gay leader, has won Iceland's general election. The Social Democrat leader formed a left-wing coalition with the Left-Green Movement.
24th April 2009
Linguists fired under military gay ban ‘could have alerted US over 9/11′ 9
5:24 PM — A leading campaigner in the fight to repeal the US military gay ban has said that a lack of skilled linguists, who were fired for being gay, may have undermined the government's potential to prevent the September 11th bombings.
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.