26th February 2009
Hawaii Senate’s 3am vote on civil unions ends in tie 1
12:24 PM — New legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been given a 3-3 vote in a state Senate committee.
25th February 2009
Israel’s new gay MP starts work with civil marriage bill 4
3:08 PM — A newly-elected member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, has proposed a bill to legalise civil marriage and divorce. Nitzan Horovitz submitted the legislation at the opening session of the 18th Knesset.
Belgrade conference venue staff should be sacked for refusing gays says minister
2:32 PM — The directors of a conference hall who cancelled a press conference by a gay organisation for "security reasons" should resign.
Hate crime reporting centres open for business in Manchester
11:21 AM — Greater Manchester Police have urged the gay community to make use of facilities to report hate crimes.
24th February 2009
Thief may have met his victims at London gay pub
4:53 PM — Islington police have recovered some high value electrical equipment which may have been stolen from the homes of gay men the suspect befriended at a London gay bar.
Police apologise to father of Barrymore pool death man
4:38 PM — The father of a man who drowned in suspicious circumstances at the home of a well-known gay entertainer has received an apology from police for their bungled investigation.
Civil rights group backs challenge to California gay marriage ban 1
2:57 PM — The national president of America's leading civil rights group has said banning gay marriage interferes with a "fundamental freedom."
23rd February 2009
Australian MP’s gay lover pleads guilty to blackmail 2
5:54 PM — A leading Australian politician was targeted by a man he had sex with who threatened to out him unless he paid him $15,000 (£6,670).
Victory for lesbian mother after Michigan court refused to hear custody case 2
3:59 PM — A family court cannot refuse to hear a child custody case simply because it involves children whose parents are lesbians, the Michigan State Court of Appeals has ruled.
Belarus gays challenge ban on demonstration against homophobia 2
3:01 PM — An event designed to raise public awareness about homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Belarus has been banned by government officials.
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer protest at not guilty verdict 6
12:44 PM — A group of more than 100 people protested at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday over the acquittal on Friday of a 19-year-old charged with the murder of a gay teenager.
21st February 2009
Liverpool gay teen murder trial ends with not guilty verdict 15
4:34 PM — A 19-year-old walked free from court yesterday after being found not guilty of the murder of gay teenager Michael Causer. The jury at Liverpool Crown Court spend more than 12 hours considering its verdict.
20th February 2009
Tory MP attacks Kent police’s “politically correct” advice booklet 5
5:43 PM — A guide to the law for immigrants has been criticised by an MP for making his constituency appear homophobic. The booklet, produced by Kent police, explains how to report discrimination but fails to mention the 999 service.
US state moves to grant workplace protection to LGBT people
5:03 PM — The state Senate of North Dakota has passed legislation that will bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in matters of employment.
Wisconsin will face challenge to domestic partnerships from ‘family’ groups
3:11 PM — The Governor of the US state of Wisconsin has announced plans to introduce domestic partnerships. Jim Doyle said that the issue was not about "gay or straight."
Asian countries urged to follow China and decriminalise gay sex 1
1:30 PM — The fight against HIV in Asia could be greatly assisted if countries moved to legalise homosexuality, according to a leading Chinese AIDS activist.
19th February 2009
Gay airport guard awarded compensation in sexual harassment case
2:22 PM — A gay airport employee who was sexually harassed by a female colleague was today awarded almost double the compensation expected.
Jacqui Smith ordered to bring gay asylum seeker back to UK 11
1:48 PM — The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been ordered by the High Court to have a gay asylum seeker who was removed from the UK brought back to Britain.
Jury retires in Michael Causer case
11:34 AM — Jurors at Liverpool Crown Court have retired to consider their verdict in the trial over the killing of gay teenager Michael Causer.
18th February 2009
Georgia court tells gay dad he cannnot “expose” kids to homosexuals 12
5:16 PM — A gay man in the US state of Georgia is disputing a child custody agreement restriction which prohibits him from "exposing his children to his homosexual partners and friends."