14th January 2009
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell supporters ignore “real news” about gays in the military 2
12:45 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has said the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the Armed Forces will come to an end.
“Liberated and enlightened” Prince Harry is not homophobic claims Tatchell 25
11:43 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has defended the third in line to the throne over accusations of homophobia.
13th January 2009
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
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.
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.
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.
Sex counsellor who refused gays not discriminated against says tribunal 3
3:55 PM — An employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian marriage counsellor who declined to give sex therapy to gay couples was not subjected to discrimination on the grounds of his religious belief.
Gay hate preacher complains about “no God” adverts 28
3:28 PM — The British Humanist Association has dismissed claims from a fundamentalist Christian preacher that a new ad campaign breaks industry codes of practice.
8th January 2009
Gay Tory under fire over skiing trip as reshuffle rumours intensify 1
6:27 PM — Alan Duncan has been named as a possible candidate for demotion in David Cameron's upcoming reshuffle.
Dutch cities compete for gay business as Amsterdam loses its mojo 4
4:16 PM — The city of Amsterdam has failed to win in any category in a large-scale survey of the favourite venues of Dutch gays.
Simon Hughes moved to climate change in Clegg’s Lib Dem reshuffle 2
2:53 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has reshuffled his frontbench team. Nick Clegg has led the party for just over a year.
Lesbian couple invited to take a ride on Obama’s train to Washington 5
1:52 PM — When US President-elect Barack Obama takes a whistle stop train ride from Philadephia to Washington DC on the Saturday before his inauguration, he will be riding in the company of everyday Americans.
Brad Pitt speaks up for same-sex marriage 10
1:03 PM — Actor Brad Pitt has told a US magazine that people who deny gay and lesbian couples the right to get married do not understand freedom. In September the screen star donated $100,000 (£65,500) to the campaign against Proposition 8 in California.
God Hates Fags church granted permission to protest at Obama inauguration 32
12:10 PM — A small religious community that has become world-famous for protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in action will have a presence at the inauguration ceremonies in Washington DC later this month.
Senegalese AIDS activist among nine men jailed for sodomy 2
10:29 AM — A court in Senegal has sentenced a group of men arrested at the home of a leading figure in the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to prison terms.
7th January 2009
Good news at last for Lloyds TSB as it tops Stonewall employers list 12
12:48 PM — The news may be bleak for high street bank Lloyds TSB, but there is a ray of sunshine amid the gloom of the credit crunch as Stonewall ranks the bank as the top employer for diversity.
Ian Paisley to meet with standards agency about homophobic advert 8
12:30 PM — The former first Minister of Northern Ireland is to meet with the Advertising Standards Authority to discuss their ruling against an advert placed in a local paper by a Belfast church.
6th January 2009
Dutchman fined for gay “indecency” in Gambia 3
6:33 PM — A 79-year-old man from the Netherlands has been found guilty of indecency with several Gambian men. A court in Banjul sentenced Frank Boers to pay 100,000 Gambian dalasis (£2,500).