30th January 2009
MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders 1
12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence against trans people with the Honduras government.
People living with HIV face widespread discrimination 6
12:29 PM — A new national survey of people with HIV has revealed that 36% faced HIV related discrimination in the previous year.
29th January 2009
Former Tory MP told to give back money paid to gay son 7
7:55 PM — An MP has been ordered to pay back £3,757 of taxpayers' money used to employ his gay son as a researcher.
New Met police commissioner is “hypocritical” on hate crimes claims Tatchell 1
4:43 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has questioned the appointment of Sir Paul Stephenson as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Colombian court confirms equal rights for same-sex couples
12:33 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia are entitled to the same rights as straight couples in common-law marriages, the country's Constitutional Court ruled yesterday.
Haggard’s wife reveals she knew he was attracted to men 10
11:47 AM — The wife of a disgraced evangelical preacher has said she thought his homosexual feelings would ruin him. Gayle Haggard appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday.
28th January 2009
People who reject Church teaching on homosexuality should leave says bishop 31
3:40 PM — A Roman Catholic leader in Malta has said that church members who do not accept "Christ's teachings" should leave altogether.
UN marks Holocaust Memorial Day with plea for gay acceptance 3
3:17 PM — The President of the United Nations General Assembly has said that all people share a capacity for cruelty to each other. A ceremony was held at UN headquarters in New York yesterday marking Holocaust Memorial Day.
Amnesty calls on Nigeria to reject proposed homophobic law 2
3:00 PM — Legislation that would punish Nigerian gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by Amnesty International.
Scottish Catholics claim gay relationships cause premature death 57
12:08 PM — The Roman Catholic church in Scotland has launched another attack on gay and lesbian people, claiming their relationships reduce life expectancy and are inherently unstable.
Man pleads guilty to murder of gay teen Michael Causer 2
11:53 AM — A 19-year-old who previously denied the murder of a gay teenager in Liverpool last summer has appeared in court to plead guilty.
US Christian school wins right to expel lesbian pupils 13
11:43 AM — A Christian high school in California can expel or exclude students based on their sexual orientation, an appeals court has ruled.
27th January 2009
Elton John accused of snubbing Argentina’s President 5
5:23 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has left Argentina without meeting the President after she postponed a scheduled encounter after his concert in Buenos Aires.
THT makes recommendations to police about HIV transmission cases
4:53 PM — A leading sexual health charity has said that the application of the criminal law in HIV transmission cases is poorly understood by some police officers.
Icelandic politician may become world’s first lesbian Prime Minister 26
3:08 PM — The President of Iceland has asked Social Democratic party leader Ingibjorg Gisladottir to try to form an interim administration.
Hawaii politicians back civil unions legislation 2
2:01 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has the backing of a majority of state House members.
US State Department gays ask for equal treatment for same-sex partners 1
1:05 PM — More than 2,000 employees of the US federal government who work overseas have written to the new Secretary of State asking for equal treatment for same-sex partners.
Lihtuanian MPs consider law against “promotion” of homosexuality to children 15
12:27 PM — An EU member state is considering new laws targeting "agitation for homosexual relations" to children. The proposal will be discussed in the Lithuanian Parliament's committees and voted on in the spring session.
Civil partnerships bill listed in Irish parliament’s spring session 5
12:08 PM — The Irish government has listed a Civil Partnership Bill among legislation for the spring session of Parliament.
26th January 2009
Tories defend religious opt-out from homophobic incitement law 29
6:11 PM — The Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve has expressed support for an amendment that could weaken laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people.