9th April 2009
Confusion grows over reports of gay executions in Iraq 8
2:24 PM — Human rights organisations are working to establish whether a number of men have been executed in Iraq for being gay. Homosexuality is not illegal in Iraq but is seen as a taboo. Last week, six gay men were shot and killed in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City
Samoa bans film on Harvey Milk’s life 9
1:21 PM — The Samoa Censor Board has banned Milk, a film depicting the life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk. The decision was made by principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui, who rejected an application for the film to be rented and sold in Samoan outlets.
New Hampshire House reverses trans discrimination decision 2
12:00 PM — The New Hampshire House has opted to pass a bill extending discrimination protections to trans individuals. The bill will allow the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" to be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.
8th April 2009
New York woos gay tourists 5
4:05 PM — New York city is stepping up its efforts to attract gay and lesbian tourists. A marketing campaign titled The Rainbow Pilgrimage was unveiled yesterday in the city, which is aiming to retain its position as the top destination for pink tourism.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriages from other states 1
12:29 PM — The Washington DC council has voted unanimously to recognise gay marriages performed in other states. Previously, gay couples who were married in other states were recognised as domestic partners when they moved to DC.
New Zealand comedian let off over joke about prime minister being a communist lesbian 8
12:23 PM — A comedian who made comments about former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark being a lesbian and a "bloody communist" has escaped censure after a broadcasting watchdog ruled he had not breached regulations.
Gay families invited for White House for Easter event
11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.
7th April 2009
Breaking: Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 16
4:40 PM — Gay marriage is legal in Vermont after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas. Earlier today, the Senate voted 23-5.
Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8
4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.
Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1
3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.
Christian university offers separate accommodation for gay students 11
2:50 PM — Texas Christian University is to provide LGBT students and their straight "allies" with special accommodation as part of a new scheme designed to allow like-minded students to live together. Shelly Newkirk, a TCU sophomore who is gay, helped create the community inclusion scheme in the Fort Worth campus.
Senegal: Nine men contest gay prison sentences
2:02 PM — Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are appealing against the decision. The men, most of whom belong to a group set up to combat HIV/AIDS, appeared at the Dakar Court of Appeal yesterday with their attorneys.
Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10
11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.
6th April 2009
North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12
5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".
Texas homeless shelters adapt for trans people 3
5:38 PM — High numbers of trans people living on the street have prompted homeless shelters to provide dedicated trans facilities. Activists have underscored the deaths of homeless trans women in Atlanta and Austin, Texas as indicative of the adaptations which are necessary for shelters to accommodate all people in need.
HIV stigma “fuels homophobia and discrimination”
1:15 PM — A new report released by Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) last week shows that some perceptions of HIV/AIDS have not changed in the past 20 years. In 2006, 50 per cent of Americans surveyed believed that HIV/AIDS contributes homophobia and discrimination, according to the report authored by Ethel Klein.
Gay groups call for medical help for ‘homophobic’ university professor 15
11:48 AM — A Spanish university professor who said gays and bisexuals are "ill" and "unworthy" needs mental help, gay groups have said. Gloria María Tomás y Garrido said that anything which is not heterosexual, including masturbation, is "perverted".
4th April 2009
Six gay men murdered in Iraqi slum 6
7:56 PM — Two gay men have been found dead in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City following condemnations of homosexuality by a leading local cleric. It has also emerged today that a further four were murdered in March.
3rd April 2009
Chicago police officer accused of gay harassment 2
5:49 PM — A Chicago police officer has been accused of making false drink-driving arrests, using excessive force and gay harassment. The Chicago Tribune reports that four lawsuits were filed against Town Hall District Police Officer Richard Fiorito on Thursday.
Uganda accuses UN of spreading homosexuality 8
5:39 PM — Ugandan ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo has accused United Nations member countries of being involved in a covert mission to 'impose' homosexuality' on other nations. Speaking at a press conference today, he also said that Uganda will not bow to international pressure to adopt gay rights.