20th January 2009
Gay mayor of Portland admits to relationship with teenager 14
12:54 PM — The Mayor of the American city of Portland has apologised for lying about a relationship he had in 2005 with an 18-year-old.
14-year-old charged with gay murder should be in juvenile court claims lawyer 3
12:29 PM — A defence lawyer has spoken out about the treatment of a 14-year-old accused of the murder of a gay classmate.
19th January 2009
Man convicted of 1997 murder of trans sex worker Robyn Browne 3
6:05 PM — A 42-year-old man was today found guilty of the murder of Robyn Browne in 1997 by a unanimous decistion of a jury at the Old Bailey in London. James Hopkins will be sentenced on Thursday.
Corporations and trade unions condemn California’s ban on gay marriage
3:48 PM — Major corporations and groups representing Mexican-Americans, Christians, and African-Americans have filed friend of the court briefs in support of gay marriage.
Nigerian MPs vote to ban “immoral” gay marriages 8
12:50 PM — The House of Representatives in Nigeria has voted unanimously in favour of a new legislation banning same-sex marriage.
Analysis: Obama’s comprehensive support for gay equality 10
12:21 PM — What can lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans expect from the new President of the United States?
South African gay couple plan legal action after wedding refusal 1
12:01 PM — A gay couple in South Africa were allegedly told they could not get married because their relationship was "not normal," it has been reported.
16th January 2009
Rumpole creator and Gay News defender Sir John Mortimer dies 3
11:55 PM — Author, dramatist and free-speech barrister Sir John Mortimor has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. Sir John famously defended the publishers of Gay News in 1976 after they were accused of blasphemy for publishing a poem that appeared to imply that Jesus was gay.
Australian HIV-positive man jailed for attempting to infect partners 6
4:48 PM — An HIV-positive grandfather from Melbourne who preyed on "vulnerable" gay men when he tried to infect them with the virus has been sentenced to nearly two decades years in jail.
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.