3rd February 2009
Obama moves to fill last Cabinet posts as gays appointed to lower ranks 1
6:10 PM — The appointments of more openly gay people to posts in the Obama administration have been announced. LGBT rights activists were disappointed that no out people were appointed to the new President's Cabinet.
Gay Republicans welcome election of first black party chairman 8
5:36 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has said that the election of Michael Steele as chairman of the party's national committee will mark a change of direction after two successive election defeats.
Finnish media group discriminated against lesbian editor 2
4:51 PM — The Labour Protection Office in Finland has ruled that the country's second-largest media group was guilty of unjust discrimination in the case of a gay woman.
Gay-themed musical sweeps London theatre award nominations 1
4:15 PM — Camp musical La Cage Aux Folles has been nominated for seven Laurence Olivier Awards. The lead actors, Denis Lawson and Douglas Hodge, were nominated.
Gay flag removed from London police station 19
3:47 PM — The new head of London's police service has ordered officers in Limehouse to remove a rainbow flag which was flying from the station's flagpole.
Prime Minister to attend New Zealand gay family picnic 3
2:48 PM — The Prime Minister of New Zealand is among the country's political leaders who have confirmed they will attend the Big Gay Out family picnic day in Auckland this weekend.
Obama seeks military assessment before repealing ban on gays 6
2:17 PM — The President of the United States could wait several months before he moves to end a ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the country's armed forces.
Stephen Fry tops British twitter list but trails Obama
11:53 AM — TV personality Stephen Fry is the UK's most followed twitter user. The QI presenter and polymath regularly updates his twitter feed, and he already has more than 100,000 followers.
Bipartisan call for Hillary Clinton to grant full benefits to gay staff 1
11:39 AM — Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress have called on the newly-appointed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to take action to ensure that gay and lesbian employees get full partner benefits.