16th January 2009
Police investigating homophobic MP Iris Robinson seek advice about prosection 6
4:37 PM — The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has confirmed that it has received a request for prosecutorial advice from police investigating whether a local MP's homophobic statements broke the law.
Boy George sentenced to 15 months in prison 24
2:32 PM — Singer Boy George has been sent to jail for falsely imprisoning a male prostitute in his east London flat.The judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court said the star, real name George O'Dowd, has used "gratuitous violence."
Obama urged to consider gay rights when appointing federal judges
2:09 PM — A legal organisation that fights for the civil rights of lesbians and gay men has urged the President-elect of the United States and the Senate to appoint judges who will treat the LGBT community fairly.
Inquest rules on gay teen goaded to suicide by baying Derby mob 15
2:00 PM — A gay student jumped to his death after being jeered at by members of the public, an inquest has heard.
Maine politician moves to end discrimination in civil marriage 4
1:04 PM — A Democrat politician in Maine is putting forward a bill to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. It revokes the state's Defence of Marriage Act, which defines a marriage as between a man and a woman only.
US Christian fundamentalists attack gay rights measure at Euro Parliament 14
12:23 PM — An American legal group associated with homophobic Christian preachers such as James Dobson has attacked a European Parliament initiative on human rights.
15th January 2009
F1 boss falsely accused of homophobia had hired gay steward 1
4:09 PM — The steward on board the private jet of Formula 1 team owner Ron Dennis is gay, it has been revealed.
Government to remove incitement to homophobic hatred “opt out” 8
2:44 PM — New legislation that reforms the coroner service and criminal justice system contains a measure to protect people from incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
14th January 2009
European Parliament recommends mutual recognition of same-sex partnerships 3
4:27 PM — MEPs have adopted the Report on the Situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU. The report contains recommendations on a broad range of issues such as discrimination and gender equality.
Victorian morals still criminalising gay people via colonial sodomy law 2
1:37 PM — A law that criminalises homosexuality in several countries was originally implemented by British colonists in India, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell supporters ignore “real news” about gays in the military 2
12:45 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has said the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the Armed Forces will come to an end.
Murder accused claims another man murdered trans sex worker
11:56 AM — A roofer from Leeds who is currently on trial for the murder of a transsexual prostitute claims he was attempting to save her from another attacker, the Old Bailey heard.
13th January 2009
MEPs to vote on recognition of existing same-sex partnerships 5
5:33 PM — The European Parliament will vote on tomorrow on a resolution which calls for same-sex marriages to be recognised across all EU states.
Formula 1 boss receives apology over homophobia allegations at tribunal 4
3:58 PM — An employment tribunal in Southampton has come to an end with an apology from the man who brought the case.
Murders highlight increasing violence against trans people in Honduras 3
3:01 PM — A leading human rights group has claimed that the murder of a trans activist in Honduras is part of a series of violent attacks on the community.
Islington council announces new gay equality charter 3
2:37 PM — A London council that was taken to an employment tribunal by a Christian registrar who refused to officiate at civil partnerships has announced a charter for lesbian, gay and bisexual residents.
Same-sex marriage supporters to petition Scottish Parliament 9
1:54 PM — A group of gay rights advocates has launched a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for a change in the law to allow two people of the same sex to get married.
Chilean teacher sacked for being a lesbian begins legal action 2
11:51 AM — A lawsuit has been filed against the Chilean State and Justice System by a religion teacher who lost her job because she is a lesbian.
12th January 2009
Swiss ordered to reimburse cost of gender reassignment surgery 1
4:27 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 72-year old transsexual will be reimbursed after her country’s health insurance refused to pay the cost of her gender reassignment treatment.
Ex-Senator Larry Craig ends legal challenges to gay cruising conviction
2:12 PM — Former United States Senator Larry Craig has finally decided to accept his conviction for lewd conduct in an airport toilet.