3rd April 2009
Vermont gay marriage bill passes through House 4
11:09 AM — A bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in Vermont has passed through the House of Representatives. However, it failed to gain enough votes to avoid a veto from Vermont governor Jim Douglas. 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.
2nd April 2009
Gay marriage advocacy group shuts down 4
5:21 PM — Love Makes a Family, a group dedicated to campaigning for gay marriage, is to close at the end of this year. The group, which has been running for almost a decade, now considers its work complete.
Iowa likely to release gay marriage ruling tomorrow
5:12 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court is likely to release its decision on gay marriage tomorrow (Friday), according to reports. The lawsuit, Varnum vs. Brien, involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien in 2005 after they were denied marriage licences by his office.
European Parliament opts to extend anti-discrimination legislation 2
4:02 PM — The European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services. Previously, provisions only applied to discrimination on sexual orientation, age, disability or religion in the workplace.
Ugandan activists refute allegations of ‘gay recruitment’ 3
12:02 PM — Gays and lesbians in Uganda have denied embarking on "recruitment drives" to attract people to homosexuality. According to LGBTI Ugandans, Christian and government leaders are running a campaign to project gays 'recruiting' children into homosexuality by giving them money.
Clementine Ford comes out 4
11:12 AM — Cybil Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford, has come out. The L Word guest star was pressed by Advocate.com to clear up the "confusion" that had been sparked when Diva magazine implied that Ford had officially come out and had an affair with co-star Katherine Moennig.
1st April 2009
Sweden approves same-sex marriage 17
4:49 PM — Six of the seven parties in Swedish parliament have backed a proposal to introduce a gender-neutral marriage law. The proposal passed today with a 261 to 22 vote and 16 abstentions.
Conservatives attempt to derail plans to lift US military gay ban 11
12:13 PM — A conservative group has said that allowing gays to serve openly in the US military could threaten national security. A letter urging President Barack Obama to preserve the gay ban was leaked to the Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California.
God Hates Fags church raises money for LGBT support group 13
11:13 AM — Members of Westboro Baptist Church, who chant slogans such as "fags burn in hell", have unintentionally raised money for a gay rights group.
31st March 2009
Lesbian mother to be deported 7
6:00 PM — A lesbian is likely to be deported from her California home on Friday, despite living with her life partner, two twin sons and mother-in-law. Shirley Tan will soon learn if she is to be sent back to the Philippines after applying asylum in the US due to facing violence from a family member in her native country.
Oprah’s girls’ academy suspends seven pupils over ‘lesbian’ behaviour 2
5:42 PM — The girls' school set up by Oprah Winfrey in South Africa has suspended seven pupils after they “contravened the school's code of conduct” by allegedly touching each other sexually.
Ugandan gay rights event ‘sparsely attended’ 1
4:49 PM — Fewer than 20 openly LGBT Ugandans attended a public protest in Kampala calling for equal rights. Speaking at the protest in the capital of the east African country, lesbian activist Jacqueline Masha said "We are law-abiding citizens. We deserve equal rights and protection under the law and constitution."
US gay bishop: ‘Church should bless marriage, not legalise it’ 6
4:11 PM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US, has called for a separation between state and religion in the signing of marriage licences. He argued that despite religious officials frequently signing marriage licences, the state should handle the legal aspect of the ceremony, leaving churches to provide blessings.
Ellen and Portia honoured at Humane Society event 1
2:57 PM — TV host Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi have been honoured at a Humane Society event for their dedication to animal rights. Ellen came out as a vegan last October and the couple had a animal product-free wedding in August.
LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13
10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
30th March 2009
Iraqi gays face execution claims pressure group 11
8:56 PM — A UK group the promotes LGBT rights in Iraq claims that the government is preparing to execute scores of people for being gay.
Zurich elects lesbian mayor
1:55 PM — Zurich has elected its first female and first openly lesbian mayor, Corine Mauch. A member of the centre-left Social Democrats, Mauch has been elected with a lead of 11,000 votes over her opposition following the surprise resignation of previous incumbent Elmar Ledergerber late last year.
Tyra scores at the 20th GLAAD Media Awards 2
11:22 AM — The New York leg of the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards saw Tyra Banks pick up one of the top honours of the night. Presented the Excellence in Media Award by gay singer-songwriter Clay Aiken, Tyra received official recognition of her efforts to advance the gay community.
Obama administration delays changes to military gay ban 19
11:06 AM — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay and lesbian service members is unlikely to be changed any time soon.
Comment: False hope – LGBT rights in the Middle East 7
10:29 AM — Omar Hassan explores the issue of LGBT rights in a Middle East ruled by conservatism.