20th February 2009
Italian activists to protest against “ex-gay” song at national festival 6
3:34 PM — A coalition of lesbian, gay and bisexual rights groups in Italy plan to protest at a major music event in Italy tomorrow after the inclusion of a song about a gay man "turning" straight.
Wisconsin will face challenge to domestic partnerships from ‘family’ groups
3:11 PM — The Governor of the US state of Wisconsin has announced plans to introduce domestic partnerships. Jim Doyle said that the issue was not about "gay or straight."
British evangelical condemnation of God Hates Fags sect questioned 29
2:10 PM — A leading religious commentator has questioned why British fundamentalist Christian groups that oppose gay rights have spoken out against a hate preacher from America.
Gay Olympic hero to become men’s health ‘ambassador’ 5
1:52 PM — He may still be waiting for big name sponsors to beat a path to his door, but Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has been asked to take up an important role in his home country.
Asian countries urged to follow China and decriminalise gay sex 1
1:30 PM — The fight against HIV in Asia could be greatly assisted if countries moved to legalise homosexuality, according to a leading Chinese AIDS activist.
Fruit TV to provide free original online content for LGBT market 9
1:12 PM — One of the world’s first original online programming platforms is to be launched later this year.
19th February 2009
God Hates Fags preacher will be denied entry says UK Border Agency 45
10:03 AM — Two American fundamentalist Christians have been excluded from entering the UK after they threatened to protest in Basingstoke.
18th February 2009
Georgia court tells gay dad he cannnot “expose” kids to homosexuals 12
5:16 PM — A gay man in the US state of Georgia is disputing a child custody agreement restriction which prohibits him from "exposing his children to his homosexual partners and friends."
Lesbian entertainer to perform at prestigious White House event
4:34 PM — A comedian who publicly came out last year has been asked to appear at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship 15
2:54 PM — Novelist Margaret Atwood has announced she will not attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai after organisers decided to ban the launch of a book with a gay character.
San Diego firefighers win damages in Pride case 6
2:23 PM — Four firefighters from California have been awarded damages of $34,000 (£23,000) after a jury agreed they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade they were compelled to take part in.
Holocaust was God’s punishment for Jews claims Muslim leader 16
1:42 PM — An Islamic preacher who called for gay people to be put to death has caused further outrage with his comments about the Holocaust.
Labour’s gay group asks for ban on God Hates Fags church members 7
1:22 PM — LGBT Labour has written to the Home Office asking that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church be refused entry into the UK.
17th February 2009
Burundi rejects proposal to criminalise homosexual relations 4
6:16 PM — The Senate of Burundi today rejected a proposed amendment to the new draft of the criminal code that would have criminalised homosexual conduct for the first time.
Republican politician tries to ban gay couples from adopting in Kentucky 3
6:05 PM — A state Senator in Kentucky has introduced a bill that will ban "co-habiting" couples from adoption. Human rights group The Fairness Campaign called Senator Gary Tapp’s bill "deceptively-worded."
Utah battle for gay rights turns ugly with homophobic ad campaign 18
5:08 PM — Gay people are the same as "druggies and hookers," according to full page adverts carried by major newspapers in Utah over the weekend.
Home Secretary asked to ban God Hates Fags protesters 18
4:03 PM — A Conservative MP has written to the Home Secretary about a threatened protest in her constituency by an American fundamentalist group.
British Muslims who object to homosexuality could be classed as extremists 21
3:39 PM — New plans to widen the definition of who is an extremist in the eyes of the British government could include Muslims who object to homosexuality.
‘Family’ group accuses gay politicians of personal interest over partner benefits
3:12 PM — Two gay politicians in Colorado have dismissed suggestions they are trying to introduce benefits for the partners of same-sex couples of state employees for their own gain.
Gay sex “fuelling” HIV infections in Asia warns UNAIDS and WHO 2
2:53 PM — The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned today that the HIV/AIDS epidemic may take a major turn for the worse in Asia unless countries urgently expand access to services to men who have sex with men (MSM).