13th February 2009
Civil unions legislation passes first stage in Hawaii
2:32 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been approved by the state House of Representatives.
Irish gay marriage activists plan Valentines Day carnival
2:18 PM — A group advocating full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Ireland will hold a 'love carnival for equality' in Dublin tomorrow.
Outrage as Jamaican MP asks why “violent” gays are allowed gun licences 15
1:39 PM — Gay equality activists in Jamaica have reacted with disgust at the latest homophobic outburst from one of the island's politicians.
“Cross-dressing” man is latest victim of Bahrain’s morality purge 8
1:12 PM — A driving instructor has been jailed for one month in Bahrain for wearing women's clothing in public. A court was told the 39-year-old was wearing a abaya.
David Beckham subjected to homophobic abuse during England match 6
12:52 PM — An international match between Spain and England on Wednesday was marred by homophobic chanting, according to the Gay Football Supporters Network.
God Hates Fags church threatens to picket Basingstoke 93
12:33 PM — A small religious community from Kansas notorious for picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq have said they are to protest in England.
12th February 2009
Legal battle in US federal court after HIV+ woman denied surgery 11
3:58 PM — A 35-year-old American woman living with HIV who was denied surgery to remove her gallbladder because of her status has filed a federal lawsuit.
Governor of Utah commits to equal rights for same-sex couples
3:49 PM — The Republican leader of the US state of Utah has said he backs civil unions for gay and lesbians. According to opinion polls, 70% of Utah citizens oppose civil unions.
Gay humanists back Dutch MP’s right to criticise Islam 25
2:52 PM — A gay humanist group has said the Home Secretary was wrong to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam. Geert Wilders has been denied permission to enter Britain.
Iranian lesbian granted asylum in the UK 5
2:38 PM — A gay woman has been granted refugee status after three years battling the UK's asylum system. Yesterday it was confirmed that Pegah Emambakhsh will be allowed to remain in the UK.
Hungarian government proposes registered same-sex partnerships 1
12:12 PM — The Hungarian Government has approved a new bill on registered partnerships. It replaces a previous law on registered partnership that was struck down by the Constitutional Court.
11th February 2009
Tatchell accuses Home Secretary of “gross hypocrisy” over ban on Dutch MP 22
5:06 PM — The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.
Government defends ban on gay men giving blood 12
3:47 PM — A health minister has said that an expert advisory body is keeping the ban on men who have had sex with men from donating blood under review.
Prosecutors argue teen deserves adult trial for murder of gay classmate 14
3:32 PM — A 15-year-old boy who shot a gay classmate twice in a computer room and then walked away deserves to be tried as an adult, prosecutors in California have said.
Florida school board faces legal challenge over ban on gay-straight alliance group 1
2:50 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a lawsuit yesterday after a school board denied against student requests to form a Gay-Straight Alliance at Yulee High School last year.
Isle of Man politician compared to Nazis over trans comments 16
2:22 PM — A member of the Isle of Man's parliament has been accused of using language more akin to the Nazis during a debate about the rights of transexuals.
London event to discuss if bareback pornography is hindering HIV prevention 16
1:43 PM — A special event at London's Southbank centre this week will explore the impact of unsafe sex practices in gay pornography.
Ireland to refuse adoption rights for gay couples 9
1:23 PM — A leading gay rights group in Ireland is angry that new adoption legislation is discriminatory. The Irish government published the Adoption Bill 2009 last month.
Tennessee man pleads guilty to shootings at gay-friendly church 2
1:00 PM — An 58-year-old jobless man in Tennessee has admitted to the killing of two people and the wounding of six others at a church last year.
10th February 2009
Teenager tells murder trial he lied about attack on gay friend
5:41 PM — An 18-year-old has admitted that he lied to police about how his gay friend suffered serious head injuries. Michael Binsteed, of Prescot in Merseyside, has already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.