5th February 2009
US “family” group tries to block health benefits for same-sex partners 4
5:11 PM — A state Senate committee in Colorado is facing opposition to a new plan to give health insurance benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of state employees.
Witness tells murder trial that gay teenager was kicked in head 2
4:38 PM — A gay teenager who was allegedly beaten to death in Merseyside was called a "queer faggot" during the attack, a witness has testified. Michael Causer died from serious head injuries on August 2nd.
Honduras trans killings “must be properly investigated” 2
12:41 PM — Amnesty International has put out an urgent appeal on behalf of a Honduran transgender woman who was arrested by the police, beaten up and threatened with death if she reported what happened to her.
4th February 2009
Mormon accused of polygamy to use gay marriage as defence 11
3:45 PM — A man in Canada charged with polygamy is to argue that the legalisation of gay marriage should lead the way for multiple wives.
London borough police chief claims he sought advice on gay flag 7
3:05 PM — A senior Metropolitan police officer has said he was advised that it was up to him whether or not to fly a rainbow flag outside a station in east London.
Peer convicted of gay sex offences could be expelled from Lords under new rules 4
2:42 PM — An hereditary peer who was prosecuted for gay sex offences in a trial that scandalised 1950s Britain could lose his seat in the House of Lords under new proposals.
Wyoming legislators protecting “traditional” marriage with gay ban 7
12:23 PM — Politicians in America's least populous state have said that a proposed ban on same-sex marriage recognition is not homophobic.
California Supreme Court will hear Prop 8 challenges in March
11:48 AM — Legal challenges to a ballot measure that denied gays the right to marry in California will begin oral arguments on March 5th, the state Supreme Court has announced.
3rd February 2009
Finnish media group discriminated against lesbian editor 2
4:51 PM — The Labour Protection Office in Finland has ruled that the country's second-largest media group was guilty of unjust discrimination in the case of a gay woman.
Gay flag removed from London police station 19
3:47 PM — The new head of London's police service has ordered officers in Limehouse to remove a rainbow flag which was flying from the station's flagpole.
2nd February 2009
Tories question decision to fly rainbow flag at police HQ 17
5:06 PM — A Conservative MP has accused North Wales police of 'tokenism' for marking LGBT History Month by flying the rainblow flag at their headquarters building.
Gay judge who made history retires from Australian bench 1
4:32 PM — The first openly gay person to become a High Court judge in Australia has retied after 13 years on the bench. The Honourable Justice Michael Kirby was praised at a farewell ceremony in Canberra earlier today.
Nassau man freed after using gay panic defence at murder trial 17
3:06 PM — A 25-year-old man in the Bahamas has walked free from court after claiming a man he murdered made a sexual advance towards him.
Catholic church backs legal challenge in gay adoption case 21
1:40 PM — The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland is backing a legal challenge on behalf of two grandparents whose grandchildren are to be adopted by a gay couple.
Ethiopian faith leaders call for constitutional ban on homosexuality 9
11:59 AM — The leaders of the Roman Catholic, Ethiopian Orthodox and Protestant churches have called on the government of Ethiopia for a constitutional ban on homosexuality.
30th January 2009
Russian thug boasts of beating up gay German MP at Moscow Pride 4
6:06 PM — Police in Moscow have been forced into action after a news magazine published an interview with a man who boasted about beating up a gay German MP in the city in May 2006.
Washington state may approve full equality for same-sex couples 1
4:26 PM — Legislators in the US state of Washingon have unveiled proposals to extend all the rights of married couples to same-sex partners.
Donors to California campaign against gay marrige denied anonymity 4
3:43 PM — Californians who donated money to the campaign to pass Proposition 8 will not have their identities kept secret, a US federal court has ruled.
Court rules Spanish children cannot opt out of gay rights class 5
3:26 PM — Parents in Spain who do not want their children to attend civics classes that include lessons on gay rights do not have the right to conscientiously object, a court has ruled.
Wall St firm sued by straight vegetarian over gay jibes
3:06 PM — A heterosexual man who was mocked by his boss as "gay" because he does not eat meat is suing his Wall St employer. Ryan Pacifico, 28, claims he was harassed by his boss, Robert Catalanello, at French company Calyon.