1st February 2010
Hawaii’s House shelves civil unions bill 4
12:50 PM — Hawaii's House has shelved a bill which would have allowed gay couples the right to have civil unions. Although the Senate approved the bill last week, the House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone it.
Repealing military gay ban a priority for Obama in 2010 6
12:06 PM — US president Barack Obama will treat repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a priority this year, it has been reported. According to the New York Times, the White House has been holding meetings on the issue for the past year with defence secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
29th January 2010
Gay MP and blogger in Twitter spat 37
6:47 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant and Tory blogger Iain Dale had a war of Tweets this afternoon over Tory leader David Cameron.
Boris Johnson supports anti-homophobic bullying film 11
6:09 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given his support to a film designed to stamp out homophobic bullying. FIT, the film directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair and produced by gay charity Stonewall, is to be sent to all schools in Britain next month.
New service for homophobic hate crime victims in Wales 13
4:35 PM — A partnership between Victim Support and Stonewall Cymru has launched a new service to help victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.
28th January 2010
Oxford man stabbed in ‘homophobic’ attack 36
6:19 PM — A 26-year-old Oxford man is in hospital after he was stabbed in what police believe was a homophobic attack. Two people have been arrested.
Irish civil partnerships bill progresses through parliament 17
4:59 PM — A bill to allow gay couples the right to civil partnerships is making progress through the Irish parliament. It was presented to parliament in December and completed its second stage in the Dail yesterday. It will now go to a committee for further scrutiny.
Mexico City prosecutors will try to overturn gay marriage law 6
4:09 PM — Federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced yesterday they would seek to overturn the city's new gay marriage law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.
Italy opens first transgender prison 3
2:10 PM — Italy is to open its first prison specially for trans inmates. The building, a former halfway house for women, is in the town of Empoli in Tuscany. It will open in late March.
Students protest after US campus newspaper apologises for anti-gay cartoon 9
12:46 PM — More than 100 students and staff members protested at an Indiana university yesterday to call for policies against discrimination. The protest followed an apology from the student newspaper for an anti-gay cartoon.
John McCain says no on repealing ‘successful’ military gay ban 23
11:59 AM — Republican Senator John McCain issued a statement last night disagreeing with President Barack Obama's pledge to repeal the military gay ban.
Obama promises to end military gay ban 15
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama promised to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military last night. He said he would work with Congree and the military "this year".
27th January 2010
Survey finds 3 in 4 gay and bisexual men would donate blood 19
7:03 PM — A survey of gay and bisexual men has found that 77 per cent of respondents would donate blood if they were allowed to. Currently, men who have ever had sex with another man are barred for life from donating blood due to the risk of HIV.
Trial witness for Prop 8 supporters says gay marriage will benefit children 2
6:32 PM — A witness appearing on behalf of supporters of California's gay marriage ban told a court yesterday that allowing same-sex couples to wed would improve the well-being of their children.
Ted Haggard ‘cured’ of gay urges, wife claims 63
6:00 PM — The wife of disgraced US pastor Ted Haggard says counselling has successfully freed him of his gay urges and made their marriage "better than ever".
Illegal cab driver jailed for sex attacks on gay men 4
4:45 PM — A Deptford man who posed as a taxi driver has been jailed for ten years for raping one man and sexually assaulting another. Mohamad Caid, 38, was convicted last month of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and two charges of false imprisonment. He was told he would serve at least five years.
National Trans Police Association criticised over state funding 9
3:51 PM — A national body for trans and intersex police officers will be officially launched and recognised by the police service in March. The National Trans Police Association has been running for two years but will be able to apply for state funding once it becomes officially recognised by the UK police service.
David Cameron says children should be taught about gay relationships 71
12:04 PM — Tory leader David Cameron told a recent meeting on education that schoolchildren should be taught about gay relationships and equality.
26th January 2010
US police officer to sue after being sacked over gay porn film 8
6:53 PM — A gay police officer who was sacked after failing to disclose he once acted in a porn film has said he will sue for discrimination.
Obama expected to mention military gay ban in State of the Union address 12
6:24 PM — US President Barack Obama will mention the country's ban on gays serving openly in the military in his State of the Union address tomorrow, a senior lawmaker said.