30th January 2009
Russian thug boasts of beating up gay German MP at Moscow Pride 4
6:06 PM — Police in Moscow have been forced into action after a news magazine published an interview with a man who boasted about beating up a gay German MP in the city in May 2006.
29th January 2009
Former Tory MP told to give back money paid to gay son 7
7:55 PM — An MP has been ordered to pay back £3,757 of taxpayers' money used to employ his gay son as a researcher.
New Met police commissioner is “hypocritical” on hate crimes claims Tatchell 1
4:43 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has questioned the appointment of Sir Paul Stephenson as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Stonewall “deeply concerned” by homophobic reporting of adoption story 17
3:04 PM — Britain's leading gay equality organisation has said that the coverage of a gay adoption story "goes into new areas of nastiness."
Colombian court confirms equal rights for same-sex couples
12:33 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia are entitled to the same rights as straight couples in common-law marriages, the country's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday.
28th January 2009
People who reject Church teaching on homosexuality should leave says bishop 31
3:40 PM — A Roman Catholic leader in Malta has said that church members who do not accept "Christ's teachings" should leave altogether.
Scottish Catholics claim gay relationships cause premature death 57
12:08 PM — The Roman Catholic church in Scotland has launched another attack on gay and lesbian people, claiming their relationships reduce life expectancy and are inherently unstable.
27th January 2009
Icelandic politician may become world’s first lesbian Prime Minister 26
3:08 PM — The President of Iceland has asked Social Democratic party leader Ingibjorg Gisladottir to try to form an interim administration.
26th January 2009
Tories defend religious opt-out from homophobic incitement law 29
6:11 PM — The Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve has expressed support for an amendment that could weaken laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Award for Lebanese gay group overshadowed by gay bashing incident 1
2:05 PM — A Beirut-based gay rights group that recently won an award for its work has complained of brutality after two men were beaten up and arrested by soldiers.
23rd January 2009
Hillary Clinton’s Senate replacement backs federal protections for LGBT people
5:19 PM — The Governor of New York has announced that he has chosen Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate vacancy left by Hillary Clinton, who was confirmed as US Secretary of State earlier this week.
Hollywood cop turned reality TV star suspended amid porn accusations 12
3:14 PM — A police officer in Hollywood has been taken off duty after it was alleged he starred in a porn film five years before he joined the force.
160 MEPs signed up for recognition of civil partnerships 6
2:41 PM — All Labour and Lib Dem MEPs have backed a written declaration on civil partnerships at the European Parliament. However, it did not attract enough support to move to the next stage.
Interview: NUS president explains why pragmatism is the best politics 6
12:42 PM — On Tuesday, as Barack Obama was preparing to take control of the world's only superpower, change had come to Wolverhampton.
22nd January 2009
Gay mayor faces multiple calls to resign after lying about sex with teen 13
3:00 PM — The first gay person elected as Mayor of Portland should resign, a local LGBT publication has said. Just Out has taken a similar stance to local Oregon newspapers.
Biopic of gay politician Harvey Milk nominated for eight Oscars 5
2:26 PM — A dramatisation of the life of assassinated gay politician Harvey Milk has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards.
Obama retakes oath of office after inaugural hiccup 2
10:36 AM — The Chief Justice of the United States visited the White House last night to administer the oath of office to the President.
21st January 2009
Advertising watchdog rejects investigation into whether God “probably” doesn’t exist 13
5:54 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has said that an athiest poster campaign does not break the advertising code.
Gay mayor faces investigation into relationship with teenager 5
5:24 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Portland's relationship with a teenage male will be investigated by the Oregon Attorney General.
Interview: BBC’s man in Washington accentuates the positive
3:40 PM — Justin Webb has not gone completely native in his seven years in the United States as a BBC correspondent. "There are several areas where I'm completely un-American," he asserts down a crackly phone line from Washington DC.