5th March 2009
Scottish Parliament committee backs hate crimes bill
11:03 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has published its Stage 1 Report on proposed legislation that allows courts to impose tougher sentences for offences aggravated by the victim's disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
4th March 2009
US adoption websites accused of gay discrimination cease trading in New York 1
6:51 PM — New York's Attorney General has announced that an American adoption service provider has ceased trading in the state.
Murder investigation launched after gay couple attacked
4:09 PM — Police in London have begun a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man in Bromley yesterday.
Jamaican PM will not “yield to pressure” on gay rights 14
4:02 PM — The Prime Minister of Jamaica has said that the country will not decriminalise homosexual acts and that he has a duty to "protect" the country.
Pelosi cites hate crimes and employment protection as priorities 2
12:16 PM — The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has said that three gay equality issues will be tackled. The Democrats control both Houses of Congress as well as the White House.
California Attorney General: ‘Prop 8 comparable to 1960s racism’ 4
10:41 AM — The Attorney General of California, Jerry Brown, has called for Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the US state, to be deemed unconstitutional and stricken down.
3rd March 2009
Man raped in Plymouth
3:36 PM — A 60-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a male rape in Plymouth
Employees claim they were victimised by gay charity 21
3:10 PM — Two former employees of Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation have claimed they were victimised and discriminated against by the charity.
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.