23rd February 2009
Australian MP’s gay lover pleads guilty to blackmail 2
5:54 PM — A leading Australian politician was targeted by a man he had sex with who threatened to out him unless he paid him $15,000 (£6,670).
Video: Gay kids – you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value 8
4:32 PM — The winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay spoke directly to gay kids when he accepted his award in Los Angeles last night.
Victory for lesbian mother after Michigan court refused to hear custody case 2
3:59 PM — A family court cannot refuse to hear a child custody case simply because it involves children whose parents are lesbians, the Michigan State Court of Appeals has ruled.
Video: Thank you, you commie, homo-loving sons of guns 1
3:40 PM — Sean Penn directly challenged homophobia in his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards last night.
Belarus gays challenge ban on demonstration against homophobia 2
3:01 PM — An event designed to raise public awareness about homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Belarus has been banned by government officials.
Elton John raises millions for AIDS foundation at Oscars party 1
2:28 PM — Singer Sir Elton John and has partner David Furnish hosted their annual fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles last night.
Training seminar for Ugandans fighting against ‘promotion’ of homosexuality 1
2:16 PM — American fundamentalist Christians who advocate "ex-gay" treatments will speak at a three-day conference in Uganda next month.
Evangelical Christians call for acceptance of gay people 7
1:52 PM — A coalition of evangelical Christian groups have called on church organisations condemning an American anti- gay hate group to face up to their own discriminatory policies and behaviour.
Hawaii civil unions bill faces opposition from ‘family’ groups
1:38 PM — Legislation granting rights to same-sex couples will be considered by a Hawaii state Senate committee tomorrow.
French support for a gay presidential candidate
1:21 PM — A new poll has revealed that 75% of French voters would be happy to support a gay candidate for President. The current Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is considered as a likely candidate.
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer protest at not guilty verdict 6
12:44 PM — A group of more than 100 people protested at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday over the acquittal on Friday of a 19-year-old charged with the murder of a gay teenager.
Gay marriage is inevitable, Sean Penn tells world’s press after Oscar win 6
12:20 PM — Actor Sean Penn spoke up for same-sex marriage both in his Oscars acceptance speech and in remarks to the press after he collected his award.
Best actor Oscar for Sean Penn as gay politician Harvey Milk
12:00 PM — A biopic of one of the most famous American gays of the 20th century has won two Oscars. Sean Penn won Best Actor for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco politician.