19th January 2009
Gay bishop kicks off inauguration celebrations in Washington DC
3:14 PM — Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson delivered the opening prayer at an Obama inauguration concert last night.
South African gay couple plan legal action after wedding refusal 1
12:01 PM — A gay couple in South Africa were allegedly told they could not get married because their relationship was "not normal," it has been reported.
16th January 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
14th January 2009
Video: TV ad campaign uses scare tactics to oppose trans toilet access 6
2:27 PM — A law protecting the rights of transgender people in Gainesville, Florida has divided the people that live there. Last year, it was decided that transgender people should be given the option to use whichever toilet they want.
Victorian morals still criminalising gay people via colonial sodomy law 2
1:37 PM — A law that criminalises homosexuality in several countries was originally implemented by British colonists in India, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.
Murder accused claims another man murdered trans sex worker
11:56 AM — A roofer from Leeds who is currently on trial for the murder of a transsexual prostitute claims he was attempting to save her from another attacker, the Old Bailey heard.
13th January 2009
MEPs to vote on recognition of existing same-sex partnerships 5
5:33 PM — The European Parliament will vote on tomorrow on a resolution which calls for same-sex marriages to be recognised across all EU states.
New York Senate leader supports marriage equality
2:12 PM — An advocate for gay marriage equality has been chosen to lead the Democrats in New York's State Senate. The election in November gave the Democrats a 32-30 majority.
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.
12th January 2009
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.
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.
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.
9th January 2009
New England states targeted by gay marriage activists 1
2:23 PM — A campaign has been launched by a gay and lesbian advocate group to allow same-sex marriage in all six states in New England by 2012.
Interview: Comedian rejects lesbian stereotypes with I Am Nesia 7
1:01 PM — As a singer, Rosie Wilby has opened shows for the likes of Jamie Cullum and Bob Geldof. As a comedian, she has been a finalist at Funny Women at the Comedy Store.
Gay journalist called up for military service in Belarus 2
12:31 PM — A gay activist and editor of Gay.by, Belarus' biggest LGBT website, has been called up for military duties. Alexander Paluyan, 23, has so far been exempt for medical reasons.