3rd March 2009
Increased rights for Colombian same-sex partners “not automatic”
1:17 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia still face challenges after a ruling granting them increased rights.
Gay couples launch suit for US federal benefits 2
10:47 AM — Gay married couples in the US state of Massachusetts are suing the federal government for benefits received by straight married couples.
2nd March 2009
Australian human rights consultation to focus on homophobia 2
6:14 PM — A National Human Rights Consultation meeting in Sydney next month will offer a "once in a generation" chance to tackle discrimination against LGBT people in Australia.
Analysis: What the new IVF parenthood laws mean for lesbians 5
12:28 PM — From April 6th, lesbian couples will automatically have both their names added to the birth certificate of children conceived following fertility treatment.
Sean Penn wants to take Milk to the White House 4
11:28 AM — Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has said that his film Milk is "one of the steps forward" in the battle for gay marriage. Mr Penn won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk.
MPs and celebs back petition on gay asylum seekers 3
11:08 AM — More than 4,000 people have signed a petition on the Downing St website calling for an end to gay deportations. It asks the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned.
27th February 2009
Catholic bishops ‘helped defeat’ domestic partnerships bill in New Mexico 5
5:26 PM — Lesiglation to provide gay and straight unmarried couples with the right to enter into domestic partnerships under state law has been rejected by the New Mexico state Senate.
Lesbian couple’s victory over NHS fertility treatment 5
3:12 PM — A local health authority has backed down after they were taken to court for refusing fertility treatment to a lesbian couple.
PinkNews.co.uk considers legal action over Google ban 25
12:48 PM — The fallout from Google's decision to list PinkNews.co.uk as a site containing "malware" (viruses) on the StopBadware.org service continues.
26th February 2009
Euro Parliament accepts petition on Poland’s discrimination against gays 1
5:02 PM — The European Parliament Committee on Petitions has accepted a petition submitted by a Polish LGBT rights group on the discriminatory practices of registry offices.
Councillor asks if homophobic attacks are “acceptable” in Merseyside 15
1:20 PM — A local councillor has questioned the attitudes of the people of Merseyside after a jury acquitted a man who admitted assaulting a gay teenager.
Irish gay marriage advocates claim massive public support 15
12:56 PM — A group campaigning for full marriage rights for gay and lesbian people in Ireland has revealed the results of a new survey suggesting widespread support.
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).