23rd January 2009
160 MEPs signed up for recognition of civil partnerships 6
2:41 PM — All Labour and Lib Dem MEPs have backed a written declaration on civil partnerships at the European Parliament. However, it did not attract enough support to move to the next stage.
Texas attorney general vows to fight gay divorce case 2
1:47 PM — A gay couple who legally married in Massachusetts may be denied the right to divorce in the current home state. The men, who have not been identitified, got married in Cambridge in 2006.
22nd January 2009
Gay mayor faces multiple calls to resign after lying about sex with teen 13
3:00 PM — The first gay person elected as Mayor of Portland should resign, a local LGBT publication has said. Just Out has taken a similar stance to local Oregon newspapers.
Majority of Florida voters favour an end to ban on gay adoption 6
2:08 PM — A new poll has found that 55% of people in Florida would support the repeal of a law banning gay people from adopting.
Roofer sentenced to life for 1997 murder of trans woman 1
1:13 PM — A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to life for the murder of a trans sex worker in London in 1997. James Hopkins, of Bawn Drive, Farnley, Leeds will serve at least 17 years.
EU and UN condemn arrest of AIDS workers in Senegal 1
1:01 PM — The United Nations AIDS organisation and representatives of the European Union have called on Senegal to decriminalise homosexuality after the arrest of nine gay men.
Court rules New Orleans can grant benefits to same-sex partners 1
12:18 PM — A homophobic Christian group has failed in its attempt to stop the city of New Orleans granting health benefits to the domestic partners of employees.
Gay judge reveals homophobic interrogation on his way to the bench 3
11:40 AM — The first High Court judge to be open about his homosexuality has revealed that he had to face questions about his sex life by a "special tribunal" of inquisitors when he applied to be a part-time recorder.
Amnesty highlights ongoing violence against trans people in Honduras
11:15 AM — A leading human rights group has said that transgender women who work as sex workers in Honduras are frequently attacked by clients or police officers.
New study claims 16% of Iranian men have had gay relationships 13
10:54 AM — A sociologist at an Iranian university has presented a new study that shows high levels of homosexual experiences among the country's population.
21st January 2009
Gay mayor faces investigation into relationship with teenager 5
5:24 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Portland's relationship with a teenage male will be investigated by the Oregon Attorney General.
Istanbul gay rights group wins appeal against closure under morality laws 1
2:37 PM — Turkey's leading gay rights group will be allowed to continue to operate after a Supreme Court ruling. A department of the Istanbul Governor's office had alleged that Lambda Istanbul violates Turkish laws on morality.
Christian firefighter wins damages over refusal to work at Pride 39
1:31 PM — A Roman Catholic firefighter has received damages and an apology from his employers after he was disciplined for refusing to work at a gay Pride event.
Guatemalan trans rights advocate faces arrest warrant
1:06 PM — A human rights group has questioned the decision of a public prosecutor in Guatemala to charge the director of transgender rights group with attempted murder.
MEPs demand end to foreign aid to Nigeria over gay marriage ban
12:50 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on gay rights has responded to moves to criminalise same-sex marriage in Nigeria by calling for a suspension of EU aid.
Portland gay man revealed Mayor’s relationship with teen 2
12:40 PM — A gay property developer raised concerns about the Mayor of Portland's relationship with a teenager 18 months ago.
Tom Hanks attacks Prop 8 Mormons as un-American 6
11:27 AM — A Hollywood star who won an Oscar for his portayal of a gay man has hit out at opponents of same-sex marriage.
Four banned from football grounds for homophobic chants at Tottenham game 1
7:00 AM — Eleven people have appeared at Portsmouth Magistrate's Court on charges of indecent chanting. The three accused under the age of 16 pleaded not guilty, along with four others.
20th January 2009
MSPs hear objections to new homophobic hate crimes proposal 2
3:11 PM — The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has heard evidence on proposed legislation that allows Scotland's courts to impose tougher sentences for homophobic hate crimes.
Gay mayor of Portland admits to relationship with teenager 14
12:54 PM — The Mayor of the American city of Portland has apologised for lying about a relationship he had in 2005 with an 18-year-old.