16th January 2009
Rumpole creator and Gay News defender Sir John Mortimer dies 3
11:55 PM — Author, dramatist and free-speech barrister Sir John Mortimor has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. Sir John famously defended the publishers of Gay News in 1976 after they were accused of blasphemy for publishing a poem that appeared to imply that Jesus was gay.
Australian HIV-positive man jailed for attempting to infect partners 6
4:48 PM — An HIV-positive grandfather from Melbourne who preyed on "vulnerable" gay men when he tried to infect them with the virus has been sentenced to nearly two decades years in jail.
Police investigating homophobic MP Iris Robinson seek advice about prosection 6
4:37 PM — The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has confirmed that it has received a request for prosecutorial advice from police investigating whether a local MP's homophobic statements broke the law.
Ad standards body to rule on “no God” campaign next week 22
4:23 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority will decide next week whether to investigate complaints that a series of adverts on public transport which claim there is no God have breached the code of conduct.
Interview: Twitter to victory says Labour candidate 3
3:00 PM — Luke Pollard, the Labour party candidate for South West Devon at the next general election, is introducing me to the online world of Twitter.
Boy George sentenced to 15 months in prison 24
2:32 PM — Singer Boy George has been sent to jail for falsely imprisoning a male prostitute in his east London flat.The judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court said the star, real name George O'Dowd, has used "gratuitous violence."
Obama urged to consider gay rights when appointing federal judges
2:09 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the President-elect of the United States and the Senate to appoint judges who will treat the LGBT community fairly.
Inquest rules on gay teen goaded to suicide by baying Derby mob 15
2:00 PM — A gay student jumped to his death after being jeered at by members of the public, an inquest has heard.
Black gay activist among new Stonewall trustees 5
1:31 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the appointment of four new trustees. Rob Berkeley, Founding Chair of the Black Gay Men’s Advisory Group, will join the board.
Maine politician moves to end discrimination in civil marriage 4
1:04 PM — A Democrat politician in Maine is putting forward a bill to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. It revokes the state's Defence of Marriage Act, which defines a marriage as between a man and a woman only.
Song promoting “ex gay” movement angers Italian activists 10
12:43 PM — A singer who has penned a song about a man that "used" to be gay is going to be one of the acts headlining at the Sanremo music festival in Italy in February.
US Christian fundamentalists attack gay rights measure at Euro Parliament 14
12:23 PM — An American legal group associated with homophobic Christian preachers such as James Dobson has attacked a European Parliament initiative on human rights.
Trans toilets introduced at student union nightclub 12
11:57 AM — A British university has introduced toilets for transgender people at their student union nightclub.