16th February 2009
Chris Bryant slams Tory record on gay rights 20
12:24 PM — A government minister has said that the Conservative party "haven't changed" when it comes to gay rights. In an interview with Total Politics magazine Tory leader David Cameron said he supports civil partnerships.
No gays on Speaker’s conference but DUP preacher is appointed 7
12:06 PM — A special parliamentary committee that is examining ways of making the House of Commons more diverse has no gay members.
Stonewall calls for an end to ban on gay men giving blood 11
11:26 AM — The UK's leading gay rights organisation has called on the National Blood Service to end the ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men.
David Cameron says Tory party “has work to do” on gay rights 30
9:00 AM — The leader of the Conservatives has said his support for civil partnerships is proof the party backs gay rights.
13th February 2009
Outrage as Jamaican MP asks why “violent” gays are allowed gun licences 15
1:39 PM — Gay equality activists in Jamaica have reacted with disgust at the latest homophobic outburst from one of the island's politicians.
“Cross-dressing” man is latest victim of Bahrain’s morality purge 8
1:12 PM — A driving instructor has been jailed for one month in Bahrain for wearing women's clothing in public. A court was told the 39-year-old was wearing a abaya.
12th February 2009
Governor of Utah commits to equal rights for same-sex couples
3:49 PM — The Republican leader of the US state of Utah has said he backs civil unions for gay and lesbians. According to opinion polls, 70% of Utah citizens oppose civil unions.
11th February 2009
Tatchell accuses Home Secretary of “gross hypocrisy” over ban on Dutch MP 22
5:06 PM — The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.
Government defends ban on gay men giving blood 12
3:47 PM — A health minister has said that an expert advisory body is keeping the ban on men who have had sex with men from donating blood under review.
10th February 2009
Macedonian candidate for President claims gays face no discrimination 14
4:15 PM — A leading candidate for President of Macedonia has claimed that discrimnation against gay and lesbian people is a myth.
Wyoming legislators reject changing state constitution to ban gay marriage 1
3:00 PM — The state legislature in the US state of Wyoming has rejected a bill that would have cleared the way for a statewide ballot to ban recognition of any out of state gay marriage.
9th February 2009
Gay Olympic gold medal winner’s new sponsorship deal
2:11 PM — He is young, good-looking and has the powerful build that comes with years of training in the pool. He also has an Olympic gold medal hanging round his neck.
Gay marriage in New York delayed by rebel Democrats 2
12:54 PM — The New York state Senate Majority leader has said he does not have enough support to win a vote on same-sex marriage.
6th February 2009
Obama’s choice of gay rights foe for Cabinet slammed by activist 12
7:03 PM — President of the United States Barack Obama's Cabinet choices are dividing the gay community. Some activists have questioned the nomination of Republican Senator Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary.
Tony Blair talks of his religious experiences at prayer breakfast 5
5:21 PM — When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."
Obama criticised for creating office for “faith-based” partnerships 7
4:39 PM — American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.
5th February 2009
Source claims gay Mayor Sam Adams had illegal sex with teenager
5:43 PM — The Mayor of Portland had sex with a minor, a US TV station has claimed. KATU News says that a friend of the teenager at the centre of the controversy has spoken to them on condition of anonymity.
Honduras trans killings “must be properly investigated” 2
12:41 PM — Amnesty International has put out an urgent appeal on behalf of a Honduran transgender woman who was arrested by the police, beaten up and threatened with death if she reported what happened to her.
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.
2nd February 2009
Iceland makes history as lesbian Prime Minister takes office 4
11:07 AM — An openly gay person has taken office as head of government for the first time. Johanna Sigurdardottir was sworn in as interim Prime Minister.of Iceland yesterday.