22nd January 2009
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.
14-year-old charged with gay murder should be in juvenile court claims lawyer 3
12:29 PM — A defence lawyer has spoken out about the treatment of a 14-year-old accused of the murder of a gay classmate.
19th January 2009
Man convicted of 1997 murder of trans sex worker Robyn Browne 3
6:05 PM — A 42-year-old man was today found guilty of the murder of Robyn Browne in 1997 by a unanimous decistion of a jury at the Old Bailey in London. James Hopkins will be sentenced on Thursday.
Corporations and trade unions condemn California’s ban on gay marriage
3:48 PM — Major corporations and groups representing Mexican-Americans, Christians, and African-Americans have filed friend of the court briefs in support of gay marriage.
Nigerian MPs vote to ban “immoral” gay marriages 8
12:50 PM — The House of Representatives in Nigeria has voted unanimously in favour of a new legislation banning same-sex marriage.
Analysis: Obama’s comprehensive support for gay equality 10
12:21 PM — What can lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans expect from the new President of the United States?
South African gay couple plan legal action after wedding refusal 1
12:01 PM — A gay couple in South Africa were allegedly told they could not get married because their relationship was "not normal," it has been reported.
16th January 2009
Rumpole creator and Gay News defender Sir John Mortimer dies 3
11:55 PM — Author, dramatist and free-speech barrister Sir John Mortimor has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. Sir John famously defended the publishers of Gay News in 1976 after they were accused of blasphemy for publishing a poem that appeared to imply that Jesus was gay.
Australian HIV-positive man jailed for attempting to infect partners 6
4:48 PM — An HIV-positive grandfather from Melbourne who preyed on "vulnerable" gay men when he tried to infect them with the virus has been sentenced to nearly two decades years in jail.