18th January 2009
Alan Duncan loses business portfolio in Cameron’s reshuffle
11:06 PM — The long-anticipated reshuffle of Conservative leader David Cameron's frontbench team has led to the removal of a leading gay politician from a key role.
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.
Interview: Twitter to victory says Labour candidate 3
3:00 PM — Luke Pollard, the Labour party candidate for South West Devon at the next general election, is introducing me to the online world of Twitter.
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.
Gay State Department staff hope Clinton will grant more partner benefits
3:11 PM — An organisation representing US State Department gay and lesbian personnel and their families has welcomed comments from Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton about same-sex partners.
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.
Liverpool gay village plan goes ahead after seven years of lobbying 5
1:31 PM — A Liberal party councillor has said that after seven years of lobbying, proposals for new traffic arrangements in the gay "village" will go ahead.
President-elect Obama picks gays for key government positions 1
12:23 PM — The President-elect of the United States has nominated a gay man to the high-profile position of director of the Office of Personnel Management.
14th January 2009
Obama publicly supported gay marriage during state Senate run 3
4:54 PM — President-elect Barack Obama said he was in favour of same-sex marriage while he was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate more than a decade ago.
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.
Chris Bryant speaks publicly about “horrible” Gaydar photo controversy 11
2:31 PM — A junior minister has given a deeply personal interview to a gay publication in which he discusses coming out, his mother's struggle with alcoholism and his humiliation at the hands of a tabloid newspaper.
Video: TV ad campaign uses scare tactics to oppose trans toilet access 6
2:27 PM — A law protecting the rights of transgender people in Gainesville, Florida has divided the people that live there. Last year, it was decided that transgender people should be given the option to use whichever toilet they want.
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.