2nd February 2009
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.
MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders 1
12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence against trans people with the Honduras government.
People living with HIV face widespread discrimination 6
12:29 PM — A new national survey of people with HIV has revealed that 36% faced HIV related discrimination in the previous year.
29th January 2009
New Met police commissioner is “hypocritical” on hate crimes claims Tatchell 1
4:43 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has questioned the appointment of Sir Paul Stephenson as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Colombian court confirms equal rights for same-sex couples
12:33 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia are entitled to the same rights as straight couples in common-law marriages, the country's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday.
28th January 2009
Amnesty calls on Nigeria to reject proposed homophobic law 2
3:00 PM — Legislation that would punish Nigerian gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by Amnesty International.
Man pleads guilty to murder of gay teen Michael Causer 2
11:53 AM — A 19-year-old who previously denied the murder of a gay teenager in Liverpool last summer has appeared in court to plead guilty.
US Christian school wins right to expel lesbian pupils 13
11:43 AM — A Christian high school in California can expel or exclude students based on their sexual orientation, an appeals court has ruled.
27th January 2009
THT makes recommendations to police about HIV transmission cases
4:53 PM — A leading sexual health charity has said that the application of the criminal law in HIV transmission cases is poorly understood by some police officers.
Hawaii politicians back civil unions legislation 2
2:01 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has the backing of a majority of state House members.
Lihtuanian MPs consider law against “promotion” of homosexuality to children 15
12:27 PM — An EU member state is considering new laws targeting "agitation for homosexual relations" to children. The proposal will be discussed in the Lithuanian Parliament's committees and voted on in the spring session.
Civil partnerships bill listed in Irish parliament’s spring session 5
12:08 PM — The Irish government has listed a Civil Partnership Bill among legislation for the spring session of Parliament.