16th February 2009
Stonewall calls for an end to ban on gay men giving blood 11
11:26 AM — The UK's leading gay rights organisation has called on the National Blood Service to end the ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men.
David Cameron says Tory party “has work to do” on gay rights 30
9:00 AM — The leader of the Conservatives has said his support for civil partnerships is proof the party backs gay rights.
13th February 2009
American TV station pulls homophobic infomercial after gay complaints 7
4:26 PM — A local television station in the United States has pulled a one hour programme paid for by a notoriously homophobic "family" group.
Transsexual wins battle to serve in Spain’s armed forces 4
4:00 PM — Trans people will be allowed to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces, the country's defence ministry has announced.
Roman Catholic Church ready to fight gay equality in Portugal 8
3:45 PM — The leaders of the Catholic Church in Portugal have been accused of interfering in the political process after the country's bishops said they would fight proposals to introduce gay marriage.
Bill Clinton asked to cancel speaking event in row over Prop 8 donor
3:23 PM — A coalition of gay groups and trade unions have appealed to former US President Bill Clinton to reconsider a speaking engagement at a San Diego hotel this Sunday.
Cambodia to ban foreign gays from adopting children 4
3:06 PM — New rules on foreign adoption in Cambodia will ban a range of foreigners from the process. Gay people, single people, those on a "low income" and those who already have two children will not be able to adopt.
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.