31st December 2009
Hong Kong strengthens same-sex domestic violence laws 1
5:19 PM — An ordinance passed by the Hong Kong Legislative Council will allow cohabiting gay couples to seek injunctions in cases of domestic violence, but does not give them legal recognition.
Stages set for midnight weddings as fifth US state legalises gay marriage 5
4:20 PM — Legislation in New Hampshire which will eliminate differences between civil unions and straight marriages comes into force on New Year's Day.
Televised trial of Proposition 8 ‘possible’ 1
2:37 PM — Challenge to legislation banning gay marriage could be broadcast as part of a new initiative in the US.
Theatre director Nicholas Hytner knighted 5
1:30 PM — Openly gay director of the National Theatre receives knighthood in New Year's Honours.
BBC News presenter Jane Hill comes out 33
12:43 PM — Newsreader Jane Hill discusses cohabiting with her partner in the corporation's in-house magazine.
23rd September 2009
Celebrate Bisexuality Day 10 years old 25
5:43 PM — People around the world have marked the tenth anniversary of the Celebrate Bisexuality Day, an annual event intended to demarginalise the bisexual community.
4 Poofs and a Piano lend support to A Day in Hand campaign 18
5:23 PM — Jonathan Ross's house band, 4 Poofs and a Piano, have joined a campaign for a day of same-sex hand-holding on Saturday 26th September.
Frida Kahlo books under investigation after forgery claims 5
4:45 PM — More than 1,000 works from a private collection featured in two books on the bisexual Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are being investigated amid claims they were forged.
Anti-gay leader Michael Heath resigns from Maine Family Policy Council 1
4:06 PM — Michael Heath, an outspoken group leader instrumental in Maine's revocation of gay rights, has resigned after a recent period of silence in the Maine gay marriage debate.
US poised to lift HIV immigration ban 1
3:23 PM — A memo has been released by the United States Customs and Immigrations Service which suggests the year-long wait for the HIV travel ban may be nearly over.
Congressman calls for more information about abused US Navy sailor’s case 3
2:43 PM — Democratic Representative Joe Sestak, a retired US Navy Rear Admiral, has called for an investigation into the case of the abused gay sailor John Rocha.
Met seeks gay, lesbian and transgender applicants for Royal family detail 22
1:55 PM — The Metropolitan Police is currently advertising vacancies in the Protection Command's Royalty Protection branch, specifically appealing to "women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic communities/people".
Serbian justice minister calls for ban on extremist threats 4
12:33 PM — Slobodan Homen, a justice minister in Belgrade, has told the B92 television station in the wake of the city's cancelled gay pride march the government hopes to silence organisations "that voice threats".
Gay lodger argued with landlady before murder 3
11:58 AM — Antonietta Guarino, a 61-year-old Trowbridge landlady, and her gay lodger had argued over his boyfriend before he murdered her, a jury in Bristol has been told.
Mika: ‘Bisexual, if you need a term for me’ 62
11:26 AM — The BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter Mika, whose sexuality has been the subject of rumour since he entered the public eye in early 2007, said this month, "Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me."
29th July 2009
Scottish councillor quits Church of Scotland after gay ordination 17
7:53 PM — A councillor has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland as a result of its appointment of an openly gay minister.
Gay authors Sarah Waters and Colm Toibin selected for 2009 Booker Prize longlist 2
7:47 PM — Works by openly gay writers Colm Toibin and Sarah Waters both feature in the 2009 Man Booker Prize longlist, described by the judging panel’s chairman as “one of the strongest lists in recent memory”.
HIV groups hit in Schwarzenegger’s budget cuts 2
7:44 PM — HIV and AIDS groups have suffered this week under a revised California state budget which will see funding slashed by up to $85m for care and prevention programmes.
Trial resumes on rape and murder of lesbian sportswoman
7:40 PM — Protestors gathered outside the Delmas circuit court in South Africa on Wednesday as the trial of three men accused of murdering lesbian soccer player Eudy Simelane resumed.