12th January 2009
Belarusian activist saved from army conscription 1
11:55 AM — Alexander Paluyan, the 23-year-old gay activist and editor of Belarusian LGBT website Gay.by, will no longer be called up to join the country’s military.
Obama press secretary pledges end to ban on gays in the military
11:27 AM — The current bar on openly gay people serving in the United States Armed Forces will be abolished by the Obama administration.
Human rights group claims Senegal’s sodomy law criminalises HIV work 1
10:51 AM — Laws against homosexual conduct damage HIV- and AIDS-prevention efforts as well as the work of human rights defenders, Human Rights Watch said today.
10th January 2009
Carphone Warehouse apologise for calling customer a “big gay” 9
11:20 AM — Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has apologised after a customer with a broken phone was given paperwork that described him as a "big gay."
9th January 2009
Relate welcomes tribunal ruling on Christian’s claims of discrimination 7
5:51 PM — The national counselling service for couples and family relationships has said its commitment to equality of access to their services has been validated by an employment tribunal.
Sex counsellor who refused gays not discriminated against says tribunal 3
3:55 PM — An employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian marriage counsellor who declined to give sex therapy to gay couples was not subjected to discrimination on the grounds of his religious belief.
Gay hate preacher complains about “no God” adverts 28
3:28 PM — The British Humanist Association has dismissed claims from a fundamentalist Christian preacher that a new ad campaign breaks industry codes of practice.
New England states targeted by gay marriage activists 1
2:23 PM — A campaign has been launched by a gay and lesbian advocate group to allow same-sex marriage in all six states in New England by 2012.
Dutch foreign minister calls in Pope’s representative for a chat about gay rights 12
1:30 PM — The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Papal Nuncio to the Netherlands to the ministry and expressed objections to the approach the Holy See took at the UN over a statement on the human rights of gays.
Gay journalist called up for military service in Belarus 2
12:31 PM — A gay activist and editor of Gay.by, Belarus' biggest LGBT website, has been called up for military duties. Alexander Paluyan, 23, has so far been exempt for medical reasons.
Seattle gay venues threatened with poison attack 2
12:25 PM — Gay bars in Seattle were targeted on Tuesday by letters threatening to poison patrons with deadly protein toxin ricin.
8th January 2009
Gay Tory under fire over skiing trip as reshuffle rumours intensify 1
6:27 PM — Alan Duncan has been named as a possible candidate for demotion in David Cameron's upcoming reshuffle.
Dutch cities compete for gay business as Amsterdam loses its mojo 4
4:16 PM — The city of Amsterdam has failed to win in any category in a large-scale survey of the favourite venues of Dutch gays.
Simon Hughes moved to climate change in Clegg’s Lib Dem reshuffle 2
2:53 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has reshuffled his frontbench team. Nick Clegg has led the party for just over a year.
Lesbian couple invited to take a ride on Obama’s train to Washington 5
1:52 PM — When US President-elect Barack Obama takes a whistle stop train ride from Philadephia to Washington DC on the Saturday before his inauguration, he will be riding in the company of everyday Americans.
Brad Pitt speaks up for same-sex marriage 10
1:03 PM — Actor Brad Pitt has told a US magazine that people who deny gay and lesbian couples the right to get married do not understand freedom. In September the screen star donated $100,000 (£65,500) to the campaign against Proposition 8 in California.
Palm print led police to man on trial for 1997 murder of trans sex worker 1
12:27 PM — A roofer from Leeds was arrested after being identified from a palm print left at a murder scene ten years previously, a jury was told yesterday.
God Hates Fags church granted permission to protest at Obama inauguration 32
12:10 PM — A small religious community that has become world-famous for protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in action will have a presence at the inauguration ceremonies in Washington DC later this month.
21-year-old gay man who appeared on Jeremy Kyle show driven to suicide 19
11:30 AM — A gay man killed himself after appearing on ITV1's The Jeremy Kyle Show to discuss problems in his civil partnership.
Senegalese AIDS activist among nine men jailed for sodomy 2
10:29 AM — A court in Senegal has sentenced a group of men arrested at the home of a leading figure in the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community to prison terms.