8th January 2010
More allegations emerge over Iris Robinson’s teen lover 100
11:26 AM — Homophobic MP Iris Robinson allegedly solicited £50,000 from two property developers to help her 19-year-old lover set up a business. The Northern Ireland MP broke parliamentary rules by not declaring her interest in the business, despite sitting on the council which awarded the money to Kirk McCambley, it was claimed.
Iris Robinson may face questions over financial dealings with 19-year-old lover 33
12:01 AM — Homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's lover was 19 when they had an affair, it has been reported. He was named tonight as Kirk McCambley, who is now 21.
7th January 2010
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson’s lover believed to have been under 21 36
7:48 PM — Homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's affair was thought to have been with a young man aged under 21. News channel UTV, which broke the story of her affair and suicide attempt yesterday, reported the claim this evening.
BBC investigation ‘prompted Iris Robinson to admit affair’ 22
6:09 PM — A BBC investigation into the finances of Northern Ireland politicians Iris Robinson and her husband reportedly prompted her to reveal details of her affair and attempted suicide.
New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7
4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.
Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a ‘hypocrite’ 16
3:33 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.
Social worker struck off for abusing trans child 6
2:18 PM — A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as ‘cynical’ 25
1:39 PM — The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".
California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5
11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.
6th January 2010
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson attempted suicide after affair 107
7:44 PM — Iris Robinson, the homophobic Northern Ireland MP, has admitted she tried to commit suicide after having an affair. The MP announced last month she was leaving politics due to mental health issues last month.
Portugal expected to approve gay marriage this week 14
6:30 PM — Portugal is expected to approve gay marriage this Friday when a bill comes up for debate in parliament. It is thought the law is almost certain to pass, as left-wing parties who are supportive of gay marriage occupy a majority of seats.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5
5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.
Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4
5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".
BNP may face prosecution over ‘misleading’ financial accounts 2
4:00 PM — The British National Party could face prosecution for breaking the law over its accounting. The anti-gay political party has until Friday to submit further details of its spending after auditors said they were not adequate.
New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3
12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.
5th January 2010
Trans woman nominated by Obama ‘not a token’ 8
6:30 PM — Amanda Simpson, the trans woman appointed by President Barack Obama, has said she does not want to be seen as a "token". She was appointed to the role of senior technical advisor to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security.
Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6
4:28 PM — The trial of two gay men arrested for holding a wedding party in Malawi is expected to begin on January 15th. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison and were denied bail by a judge yesterday.
Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8
1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.
Anti-gay hate preacher’s march may be banned 85
12:11 PM — An attempt by an anti-gay Muslim preacher to hold a march in a British town may be blocked by home secretary Alan Johnson. Islam4UK, headed by Anjem Choudary, plans to march through Wootton Bassett, a town famous for honouring soldiers killed abroad.