3rd February 2010
Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117
11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.
2nd February 2010
Top US military commander says gay ban must be lifted 3
7:08 PM — The highest-ranking uniformed officer in the US military has said he believes the ban on gays serving openly must be lifted. Admiral Mike Mullen, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing earlier today that repealing the 1993 law was "the right thing to do".
Pentagon to begin year-long review to repeal military gay ban 10
6:00 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates is expected to confirm today (Tuesday) Pentagon plans to begin rolling back the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
Gay and straight couples needed to challenge UK gay marriage ban 14
3:17 PM — A heterosexual couple are seeking allies to help them mount a legal challenge against the UK's ban on gay marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle need two more straight couples and three gay couples to join their case.
1st February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76
6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.
Trans woman told it was ‘illegal’ for her to use women’s toilets 22
3:45 PM — A trans woman has spoken of her humiliation at being wrongly told it was illegal for her to use the female toilet in her local pub. Katrina Harte, 46, began her transition several years ago and is awaiting her final surgery.
Hawaii’s House shelves civil unions bill 4
12:50 PM — Hawaii's House has shelved a bill which would have allowed gay couples the right to have civil unions. Although the Senate approved the bill last week, the House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone it.
Repealing military gay ban a priority for Obama in 2010 6
12:06 PM — US president Barack Obama will treat repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a priority this year, it has been reported. According to the New York Times, the White House has been holding meetings on the issue for the past year with defence secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
29th January 2010
New service for homophobic hate crime victims in Wales 13
4:35 PM — A partnership between Victim Support and Stonewall Cymru has launched a new service to help victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.
28th January 2010
Oxford man stabbed in ‘homophobic’ attack 36
6:19 PM — A 26-year-old Oxford man is in hospital after he was stabbed in what police believe was a homophobic attack. Two people have been arrested.
Mexico City prosecutors will try to overturn gay marriage law 6
4:09 PM — Federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced yesterday they would seek to overturn the city's new gay marriage law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
Italy opens first transgender prison 3
2:10 PM — Italy is to open its first prison specially for trans inmates. The building, a former halfway house for women, is in the town of Empoli in Tuscany. It will open in late March.
John McCain says no on repealing ‘successful’ military gay ban 23
11:59 AM — Republican Senator John McCain issued a statement last night disagreeing with President Barack Obama's pledge to repeal the military gay ban.
Obama promises to end military gay ban 15
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama promised to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military last night. He said he would work with Congree and the military "this year".
27th January 2010
Survey finds 3 in 4 gay and bisexual men would donate blood 19
7:03 PM — A survey of gay and bisexual men has found that 77 per cent of respondents would donate blood if they were allowed to. Currently, men who have ever had sex with another man are barred for life from donating blood due to the risk of HIV.
Trial witness for Prop 8 supporters says gay marriage will benefit children 2
6:32 PM — A witness appearing on behalf of supporters of California's gay marriage ban told a court yesterday that allowing same-sex couples to wed would improve the well-being of their children.
Illegal cab driver jailed for sex attacks on gay men 4
4:45 PM — A Deptford man who posed as a taxi driver has been jailed for ten years for raping one man and sexually assaulting another. Mohamad Caid, 38, was convicted last month of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and two charges of false imprisonment. He was told he would serve at least five years.
26th January 2010
US police officer to sue after being sacked over gay porn film 8
6:53 PM — A gay police officer who was sacked after failing to disclose he once acted in a porn film has said he will sue for discrimination.
Obama expected to mention military gay ban in State of the Union address 12
6:24 PM — US President Barack Obama will mention the country's ban on gays serving openly in the military in his State of the Union address tomorrow, a senior lawmaker said.
Gays have political power, US Prop 8 trial hears
3:14 PM — The US trial on Proposition 8 entered its tenth day yesterday, with lawyers for gay marriage opponents opening their case.