13th January 2009
Same-sex marriage supporters to petition Scottish Parliament 9
1:54 PM — A group of gay rights advocates has launched a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for a change in the law to allow two people of the same sex to get married.
Chilean teacher sacked for being a lesbian begins legal action 2
11:51 AM — A lawsuit has been filed against the Chilean State and Justice System by a religion teacher who lost her job because she is a lesbian.
US gay rights group “encouraged” by Obama’s offer to Gene Robinson 5
12:45 AM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights group has welcomed an invitation from President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee to a gay bishop.
12th January 2009
Gay appointment at Aberdeen church may face opposition 6
4:46 PM — An openly gay minister has been appointed to a Church of Scotland congregation, but sources suggest an appeal to block the move is imminent.
Swiss ordered to reimburse cost of gender reassignment surgery 1
4:27 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 72-year old transsexual will be reimbursed after her country’s health insurance refused to pay the cost of her gender reassignment treatment.
Obama asks gay bishop Gene Robinson to deliver inauguration prayer 11
4:18 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has appointed international gay rights champion Rt Rev Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at the opening of his inaugural ceremony in Washington DC next week.
Tintin ‘outing’ enrages fans who insist he is so macho 20
4:05 PM — Eighty years after Tintin first appeared on 10th January 1929, there appears to be little sign of his popularity subsiding, with millions of books still sold every year.
‘Ex-gay’ church loses funding from Dutch government 2
2:44 PM — An Orthodox Christian Group in the Netherlands has lost government financial backing over claims its members try to "cure" homosexuality.
Stonewall: Prince Harry must apologise for homophobic remarks 52
2:29 PM — Stonewall, the gay equality organisation, has said that a video that shows Prince Harry calling fellow soldiers "queer" is an insult to lesbians and gay men serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ex-Senator Larry Craig ends legal challenges to gay cruising conviction
2:12 PM — Former United States Senator Larry Craig has finally decided to accept his conviction for lewd conduct in an airport toilet.
I’m A Celebrity star Brian Paddick gets married in Norway 4
1:48 PM — Former senior police officer, candidate for Mayor of London and reality TV contestant Brian Paddick has married his boyfriend in a civil ceremony in Oslo.
Maltese gay politician excommunicates himself from Catholic Church 20
1:24 PM — The first openly gay candidate for parliament in Malta has protested against the Pope's hostility to homosexuality by leaving the Roman Catholic Church.
Day of football fun in Brighton for Justin Fashanu campaign 1
1:14 PM — Brighton’s Jubilee Square will be transformed into a five-a-side football pitch on 14th March as part of the Justin Campaign’s Football Festival.
Belarusian activist saved from army conscription 1
11:55 AM — Alexander Paluyan, the 23-year-old gay activist and editor of Belarusian LGBT website Gay.by, will no longer be called up to join the country’s military.
Tales from antiquity to mark LGBT history month 3
11:46 AM — A museum in London will be hosting free seminars and a free exhibition as part of LGBT history month in February.
Obama press secretary pledges end to ban on gays in the military
11:27 AM — The current bar on openly gay people serving in the United States Armed Forces will be abolished by the Obama administration.
Human rights group claims Senegal’s sodomy law criminalises HIV work 1
10:51 AM — Laws against homosexual conduct damage HIV- and AIDS-prevention efforts as well as the work of human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said today.
10th January 2009
Carphone Warehouse apologise for calling customer a “big gay” 9
11:20 AM — Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has apologised after a customer with a broken phone was given paperwork that described him as a "big gay."
9th January 2009
Relate welcomes tribunal ruling on Christian’s claims of discrimination 7
5:51 PM — The national counselling service for couples and family relationships has said its commitment to equality of access to their services has been validated by an employment tribunal.
Sweden funds project promoting LGBT rights in Vietnam
5:20 PM — The Swedish embassy in Vietnam has pledged financial support for a new campaign aimed at reducing violence against lesbian women and promoting human rights for sexual minorities.