8th January 2009
Italy manager: gay players welcome but may cause locker room complications 7
11:12 AM — The manager of Italy's national football team has said he does not think there are any gay professional footballers, but a gay man would not be excluded from playing under him.
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
Teenager among three charged with gang rape of lesbian in California
3:34 PM — Two men and a teenage boy have been charged with the alleged gang rape of a 28-year-old lesbian woman in the San Francisco area.
Ofcom to examine whether BBC show’s Lindsay Lohan slurs broke broadcasting code 7
2:49 PM — The UK's independent regulator for the communications industries may take action over a BBC TV programme that denigrated lesbians.
Free screening of documentary about religion and homosexuality 3
1:06 PM — A highly-acclaimed documentary about religion and homosexuality will be shown at a public meeting in London on Friday.
Woman ‘strangled girlfriend with dressing gown cord’ 1
12:59 PM — A 47-year-old woman strangled her lesbian lover with a dressing gown cord after a drunken argument, a Sheffield court was told.
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.
Formula 1 boss accused of unfair dismissal at employment tribunal
11:05 AM — A leading Formula 1 boss is facing claims of dismissing an employee on the grounds of sexual orientation.
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).
Comment: Trans discrimination must no longer be tolerated 1
6:02 PM — During missions to member states of the Council of Europe, I have been reminded of the on-going discrimination many face on account of their gender identity.
Jersey may become first Crown dependency to introduce civil partnerships 1
5:26 PM — The government of Jersey is to consider the implications of granting same-sex couples the right to enter into civil partnerships.
BBC under renewed pressure following homophobic slurs against Lindsay Lohan 15
4:44 PM — A BBC TV programme that contained slurs against lesbians has received just 13 complaints, the corporation said today. Gay rights group Stonewall and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell have both criticised the BBC for not taking complaints about homophobia seriously.
Stonewall calls on BBC Trust to take homophobia seriously after lesbian slurs 10
2:27 PM — A leading gay rights group has called on the BBC to pay attention to the millions of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who pay for the corporation through the licence fee.
British tourists arrested in Bermuda after in-flight homophobic abuse 2
1:25 PM — A flight from Manchester to the Dominican Republic had to make an emergency landing in Bermuda when three passengers traded homophobic abuse with cabin crew.
Interview: Waiting for Godot with Captain Picard 4
12:55 PM — Last month gay star and acting legend Sir Ian McKellen spent an evening raising funds for vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans teenagers.
California gay marriage ban “invalid” because it targets a minority 2
11:44 AM — Proposition 8, a ballot measure approved by California voters that seeks to deny marriage to same-sex couples, is invalid, a coalition of legal and human rights groups has said.
Greek Orthodox bishop sues AIDS charity for one million euros 15
11:13 AM — Gay rights advocates in Greece have appealed for help in fighting a lawsuit against activist Leo Kalovyrnas and non-governmental organisation Synthesis HIV/AIDS Awareness.
111th United States Congress convenes with new gay member 4
10:47 AM — The first openly gay man to be elected to the United States House of Representatives as a non-incumbent will be sworn in today in Washington DC.
5th January 2009
Two executed in Saudi Arabia for male rape 13
3:45 PM — Two Saudi men were publicly beheaded on December 26th after being found guilty of rape. The official SPA news agency said Nasser al-Harby and Majid al-Sibeiy had gone into the bedroom where the unnamed victim slept.