6th January 2009
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.
HIV+ judge appointed to South Africa’s highest court
3:28 PM — An openly gay man living with HIV has been appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by the country's President.
FA committed to anti-homophobia DVD but no word on Beckham 2
2:36 PM — The Football Association has confirmed it is collaborating on a new DVD aimed at tackling homophobia in the game.
Hopes of first gay Doctor Who dashed as Matt Smith lands prime role 12
1:03 PM — A 26-year-old relative unknown has been chosen as the next Doctor Who, smashing the hopes of some fans that the 11th incarnation of the TV Time Lord would be an out gay man.
Conservatives and Labour ignore gay victims of domestic abuse claims charity 3
12:38 PM — A new Tory party plan to spend an extra £2.6m on help for women experiencing domestic violence has been attacked by a gay charity.
Laws against gay sex are “like apartheid” says UN human rights chief 3
12:09 PM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the continued criminalisation of homosexual sex across the world.
Richardson withdrawal raises hopes of gay nominee for Obama’s top team 2
11:37 AM — An American organisation that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in government has suggested that President-elect Obama nominate a gay man as Commerce Secretary.
Conservative MP Nick Herbert and boyfriend joined in civil partnership 17
10:31 AM — A leading Conservative MP has entered into a civil partnership. Nick Herbert, the Shadow Justice Secretary, and his partner Jason Eades tied the knot in a small, private ceremony in Lambeth last week.
2nd January 2009
EXCLUSIVE: BBC accused of homophobia over Lindsay Lohan slurs 30
4:01 PM — BBC3 programme The Most Annoying People of 2008, which listed bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan has been branded as homophobic by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell following complaints to the broadcaster by a PinkNews.co.uk reader.
Gay club clashes with local council over ‘kinky’ sign 19
3:42 PM — Kinky Boots cabaret club in Darleston has resisted an order by local authorities to remove a sign outside its premises showing a man in knee-length PVC boots.
Man becomes Australia’s first recognised gay war widow after 10 year struggle 3
2:27 PM — Sydney pensioner Edward Young has won a decade-long legal battle to receive his deceased partner's pension.
Gay housing association association hits quarter of a century
1:22 PM — Stonewall Housing, the UK's only specialist LGBT housing, advice and support provider, celebrated its 25th anniversary at the end of 2008.
Catholic agencies turn on gay adoption rights as exemption period runs out 13
12:08 PM — 50% of the Catholic adoption agencies that threatened to close if forced to work with gay couples have adopted the new equality law.
Four arrested after lesbian attacked and raped 6
10:21 AM — Four males have been arrested in Richmond, California, during investigations over the alleged gang rape of a lesbian.
31st December 2008
Gay youth radio station hit by credit crunch 1
3:20 PM — Several businesses have been hit by the global recession; the demise of Woolworths and other high street stores has been well-publicised. Now a gay youth podcast service has been hit following issues with the company that hosts their podcasts.
HIV charity boss recieves knighthood 7
11:03 AM — Chief executive of leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Nick Partridge has been knighted. THT was set up in 1982, the first charity to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic of the 1980s.
Gay charity boss Ben Summerskill to receive OBE in New Years Honours List 36
12:01 AM — Gay equality group Stonewall's chief executive has been included in 2009's New Years Honours List. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, will receive an OBE for services to Equality and Diversity.
30th December 2008
Top players to speak out against homophobia in FA video 7
11:49 AM — The Football Association has agreed to organise and fund a video / DVD featuring premier league players speaking out against homophobia. The idea was put to the FA several months ago by Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage!, as way of challenging the anti-gay abuse hurled by fans at players like Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell.
29th December 2008
Campbell Soup’s gay ads attacked by American Family Association 19
2:39 PM — An ad for Campbell's Soup Company appearing in gay magazine The Advocate has been condemned by the American Family Association (AFA). The double-page ad features two female restaurateurs and a young boy. The text accompanying the picture identifies the women as a couple and the boy as their son.