11th February 2010
Q&A: Homophobia and sexual harassment at work 4
11:37 AM — Got a problem with homophobia or sexual harassment at work? Law firm Russell Jones & Walker answers three common questions about how the law protects you and what you can do.
10th February 2010
Gay US soldier Dan Choi asked to return to duty 9
6:31 PM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was forced to leave his unit last year after revealing he was gay, has been called back for drill duty.
US science professor ‘told students homosexuality is a mental illness’ 28
3:45 PM — A health science professor at an American college allegedly used the Bible to teach his students 'facts' about homosexuality. The American Civil Liberties Union says that at least two students at Fresno City College in California have complained over Professor Bradley Lopez' methods.
Malawi minister says gays must ‘come out in the open’ 14
3:16 PM — A government minister in Malawi has said that gays must be more open - despite the fact they can be imprisoned for 14 years.
9th February 2010
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.
Judge overseeing Prop 8 trial ‘outed’ by US media 9
12:19 PM — Vaughn Walker, the Chief US District Judge overseeing the Proposition 8 trial, has been outed by a leading American newspaper.
8th February 2010
Human rights group urges government to stop gay deportation 7
2:13 PM — Human rights groups have called on the British government to intervene in an asylum case which could see openly gay Alvin Gahimbaze deported to Burundi.
5th February 2010
No gay marriage for Albania 11
4:52 PM — A gay rights law passed in Albania yesterday will outlaw homophobic discrimination but will not allow same-sex marriage, despite support for it from the prime minister.
Brazilian general says gay soldiers can’t command troops 10
3:56 PM — A Brazilian general told a hearing this week that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops because they would be disobeyed by other officers.
Harriet Harman confirms climbdown over gay church employees 28
1:01 PM — Equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday confirmed that the government will not attempt to force through clarifications on who churches must employ.
Ugandan minister says anti-gay bill is likely to be changed 19
11:59 AM — Uganda's deputy foreign minister Henry Okello Oryem has said his country's anti-homosexuality bill is likely to be changed before it passes into law.
4th February 2010
Retrial for man accused of killing gay pensioner
4:31 PM — The judge in the case of a Polish labourer accused of the murder of Edward Highwood has ordered a retrial after the jury could not come to a verdict.
Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17
1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.
Colin Powell says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed 14
12:59 PM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said he thinks the military gay ban should be repealed. Powell was previously in favour of the 1993 ban and helped pass the legislation.
3rd February 2010
Filmmakers will recreate California’s gay marriage trial 1
4:51 PM — A pair of Los Angeles filmmakers are recreating all 60-plus hours of California's trial on the gay marriage ban. The trial, which is the first federal trial to examine whether the state's ban is constitutional, is currently on a break until next month.
Malawi man arrested for putting up gay rights posters 5
4:00 PM — A Malawi man has been arrested for putting up gay rights posters. Peter Sawali, 21, was arrested last weekend when he was found putting the posters up on a main road in Blantyre.
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.