10th February 2009
US Congress returns to equal immigration rights for same-sex couples
5:10 PM — A 2007 bill that would offer binational same-sex relationships the same recognition and treatment afforded to binational married couples is to be introduced in the US House of Representatives.
Macedonian candidate for President claims gays face no discrimination 14
4:15 PM — A leading candidate for President of Macedonia has claimed that discrimnation against gay and lesbian people is a myth.
Wyoming legislators reject changing state constitution to ban gay marriage 1
3:00 PM — The state legislature in the US state of Wyoming has rejected a bill that would have cleared the way for a statewide ballot to ban recognition of any out of state gay marriage.
Trans group concerned about government’s proposed ID cards 12
2:36 PM — The government's plans for voluntary identity cards could pose problems for trans people, an activist group has said. Gender Spectrum UK has launched an online petition.
Ireland’s human rights body backs civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples 6
1:48 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the proposed introduction of civil partnerships.
Gays who face persecution should be given asylum says EU 7
1:04 PM — The European Commission has affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
9th February 2009
Christian charity’s funding restored after after row about gays 8
3:01 PM — A charity that runs an old people's home in Brighton will have its funding restored by the local council after it promised to ask future residents about their sexual orientation.
Lawyers from across Africa gather to discuss LGBT rights 2
1:51 PM — Gay rights activists and lawyers who have worked on LGBT human rights cases met in South Africa last week.
Gay marriage in New York delayed by rebel Democrats 2
12:54 PM — The New York state Senate Majority leader has said he does not have enough support to win a vote on same-sex marriage.
6th February 2009
Obama’s choice of gay rights foe for Cabinet slammed by activist 12
7:03 PM — President of the United States Barack Obama's Cabinet choices are dividing the gay community. Some activists have questioned the nomination of Republican Senator Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary.
Obama criticised for creating office for “faith-based” partnerships 7
4:39 PM — American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.
Russian activists call for end to restrictions on HIV+ visitors
3:33 PM — A 1995 law that bans people living with HIV or AIDS from staying in Russia for more than three months should be overturned, gay rights activists in the country have said.
London teenager pleads guilty to manslaughter of gay man 8
2:42 PM — A 19-year-old man has admitted to the manslaughter of a 61-year-old man in a homophobic attack. David Smith from Bexley in Kent pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey.
5th February 2009
UK set to deport gay man back to Iraq 13
7:57 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Iraq is to be returned to his homeland this week. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) said the man cannot be trusted as he has already been prosecuted.
Source claims gay Mayor Sam Adams had illegal sex with teenager
5:43 PM — The Mayor of Portland had sex with a minor, a US TV station has claimed. KATU News says that a friend of the teenager at the centre of the controversy has spoken to them on condition of anonymity.
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.