19th May 2009
Pennsylvania senator introduces gay marriage ban 6
4:32 PM — Republican Senator John Eichelberger has announced he intends to introduce a bill to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to ban gay marriage.
Eight-year-old trans girl barred from Catholic school 28
3:17 PM — A trans girl has been barred from attending her Catholic school in Omaha, Nebraska, after officials objected to her wearing girls' clothes.
Nine-year-old boy organises gay marriage rally 36
2:09 PM — After overhearing that a same-sex couple in his neighbourhood couldn't get married, nine-year-old Ethan McNamee decided to organise a gay rights rally.
18th May 2009
Fergie follows Megan Fox as the latest star to come out as bisexual 11
4:37 PM — Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is the latest celebrity to come out as bisexual. The star, who married Josh Duchamel in January, told the Sun: “Put it this way, I’ve experimented definitely, but I have never had a steady girlfriend.”
California appeals court upholds sentences for men who killed trans teenager 2
3:17 PM — California’s First District Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the second-degree murder convictions of two men who killed a 17-year-old trans woman.
Uruguay lifts military gay ban 4
2:09 PM — Uruguay has opted to lift a ban on gays serving in its military. The ban was imposed under the 1973-85 military dictatorship. Under it, people with "open sexual deviations", which includes homosexuality, were banned from entering the military academies.
Lindsay Lohan is the most-Googled gay
1:41 PM — Lindsay Lohan has topped a list of the most-Googled LGBT celebrities. The bisexual star, who has rarely been out of the headlines recently following her failed romance with DJ Samantha Ronson, was the LGBT celebrity most searched for in a list revealed by Advocate.com.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon announces engagement 7
11:15 AM — Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda in Sex and the City, announced her engagement to long-term girlfriend Christine Marinoni yesterday.
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.