23rd April 2009
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.
Majority of New Yorkers back same-sex marriage 3
2:10 PM — A telephone poll of 682 New York State voters has suggested that a majority back Governor David Paterson's proposal enabling same-sex marriage.
Morality campaigner blames gun crime on gays 51
12:18 PM — There is a direct link between the gay rights movement and gun crime, a morality campaigner has claimed. Robert Peters, the president of Morality in Media, which was founded to "combat pornography", made the comments in a press release issued earlier this month.
Miss California defends gay marriage comments 39
11:44 AM — Miss California Carrie Prejan believes that it was her candid opinions on same-sex marriage that lost her the title of Miss USA as she was named runner-up with Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton winning the title.
20th April 2009
Inteview: Peterson Toscano speaks about his experiences with ex-gay therapy 14
5:38 PM — Omar Hassan speaks to Peterson Toscano about his experiences with ex-gay therapy and his work in highlighting its harmful effects.
Miss California blasted by Perez Hilton over views on gay marriage 18
3:06 PM — The runner-up of the Miss USA beauty pageant received a mixture of boos and cheers at the competition's crowning ceremony when she answered a question about gay marriage by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
Brits with HIV ‘still being refused entry to US’ 4
2:36 PM — People living with HIV are still being refused entry to the US despite government plans to change legislation, it has been claimed.
Senegal overturns ‘gay’ jail terms 1
1:19 PM — Nine men in Senegal who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" have had their convictions overturned. Dakar's court of appeal has ruled they must be released immediately.
17th April 2009
US schools mark National Day of Silence
5:11 PM — Schools in the US marked the National Day of Silence today to bring attention to LGBT bullying. This year's date is considered especially significant as Carl Walker-Hoover, of Massachusetts, would have been 12 today. Carl killed himself last week after suffering months of homophobic bullying at school.
US defence secretary: Repeal of military gay ban could take years 9
4:08 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates has suggested that repealing the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military could take years - and implied it might not happen at all.
Bruno fails to seduce US Congressman 7
2:50 PM — Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film about his alter-ego Bruno, an outlandish Austrian gay fashion reporter, has already caused controversy despite not being released until July.
Dutch homophobia ghetto could host gay pride event 10
1:06 PM — The chairman of Amsterdam borough Slotervaart, which has made headlines in recent years for its residents' homophobia, is to introduce a raft of controversial new measures to ease tensions between the Islamic and gay communities.
‘Second mothers’ to get mandatory ‘paternity’ leave 7
12:46 PM — MEPs are to vote next month on pioneering legislation that will secure mandatory paternity leave for heterosexual fathers and the partners of gay mothers for the first time.