24th February 2009
Obama urged to appoint gay man as Commerce Secretary 2
1:56 PM — A grassroots LGBT organisation has called on the US President to appoint the country's first openly gay Cabinet minister.
Colorado politician compares homosexuality to murder 19
12:59 PM — A Republican state Senator in Colorado has compared gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers. Scott Renfroe was speaking during a debate on new legislation.
23rd February 2009
Australian MP’s gay lover pleads guilty to blackmail 2
5:54 PM — A leading Australian politician was targeted by a man he had sex with who threatened to out him unless he paid him $15,000 (£6,670).
Video: Gay kids – you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value 8
4:32 PM — The winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay spoke directly to gay kids when he accepted his award in Los Angeles last night.
Victory for lesbian mother after Michigan court refused to hear custody case 2
3:59 PM — A family court cannot refuse to hear a child custody case simply because it involves children whose parents are lesbians, the Michigan State Court of Appeals has ruled.
Video: Thank you, you commie, homo-loving sons of guns 1
3:40 PM — Sean Penn directly challenged homophobia in his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards last night.
Belarus gays challenge ban on demonstration against homophobia 2
3:01 PM — An event designed to raise public awareness about homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Belarus has been banned by government officials.
Elton John raises millions for AIDS foundation at Oscars party 1
2:28 PM — Singer Sir Elton John and has partner David Furnish hosted their annual fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles last night.
Training seminar for Ugandans fighting against ‘promotion’ of homosexuality 1
2:16 PM — American fundamentalist Christians who advocate "ex-gay" treatments will speak at a three-day conference in Uganda next month.
Evangelical Christians call for acceptance of gay people 7
1:52 PM — A coalition of evangelical Christian groups have called on church organisations condemning an American anti- gay hate group to face up to their own discriminatory policies and behaviour.
Hawaii civil unions bill faces opposition from ‘family’ groups
1:38 PM — Legislation granting rights to same-sex couples will be considered by a Hawaii state Senate committee tomorrow.
French support for a gay presidential candidate
1:21 PM — A new poll has revealed that 75% of French voters would be happy to support a gay candidate for President. The current Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is considered as a likely candidate.
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer protest at not guilty verdict 6
12:44 PM — A group of more than 100 people protested at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday over the acquittal on Friday of a 19-year-old charged with the murder of a gay teenager.
Gay marriage is inevitable, Sean Penn tells world’s press after Oscar win 6
12:20 PM — Actor Sean Penn spoke up for same-sex marriage both in his Oscars acceptance speech and in remarks to the press after he collected his award.
Best actor Oscar for Sean Penn as gay politician Harvey Milk
12:00 PM — A biopic of one of the most famous American gays of the 20th century has won two Oscars. Sean Penn won Best Actor for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco politician.
21st February 2009
Liverpool gay teen murder trial ends with not guilty verdict 15
4:34 PM — A 19-year-old walked free from court yesterday after being found not guilty of the murder of gay teenager Michael Causer. The jury at Liverpool Crown Court spend more than 12 hours considering its verdict.
20th February 2009
Utah politician sacked from committee after homophobic comments 6
6:09 PM — A senior Utah Republican state Senator has been removed from the Judiciary Committee after he claimed "radical gays" are the greatest threat to America.
Tory MP attacks Kent police’s “politically correct” advice booklet 5
5:43 PM — A guide to the law for immigrants has been criticised by an MP for making his constituency appear homophobic. The booklet, produced by Kent police, explains how to report discrimination but fails to mention the 999 service.
US state moves to grant workplace protection to LGBT people
5:03 PM — The state Senate of North Dakota has passed legislation that will bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in matters of employment.
Gay celebs to lead fundraising walk in Brighton 2
4:32 PM — I'm A Celebrity contestant Brian Paddick, entertainer Amy Lamé and other famous gays and lesbians will be taking a walk through the streets of Brighton in May to raise money to fight homophobia.