10th February 2009
Ireland’s human rights body backs civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples 6
1:48 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the proposed introduction of civil partnerships.
Gays who face persecution should be given asylum says EU 7
1:04 PM — The European Commission has affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
9th February 2009
Iraq veteran dismissed from National Guard for being a lesbian 6
6:16 PM — A woman who served for nine years in the Kansas Army National Guard has been discharged after a co-worker told authorities she is a lesbian.
Catholic leader who attacked gay families wants union with Church of England 15
5:31 PM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal who has repeatedly attacked gay adoption and civil partnerships has addressed the legislative body of the Church of England.
Christian charity’s funding restored after after row about gays 8
3:01 PM — A charity that runs an old people's home in Brighton will have its funding restored by the local council after it promised to ask future residents about their sexual orientation.
Lawyers from across Africa gather to discuss LGBT rights 2
1:51 PM — Gay rights activists and lawyers who have worked on LGBT human rights cases met in South Africa last week.
Deputy Commons leader to speak at gay networking event
1:10 PM — The newest gay member of the goverment will be answering questions at the next Village Politics event. Chris Bryant was promoted by Gordon Brown last year.
Gay marriage in New York delayed by rebel Democrats 2
12:54 PM — The New York state Senate Majority leader has said he does not have enough support to win a vote on same-sex marriage.
6th February 2009
Obama’s choice of gay rights foe for Cabinet slammed by activist 12
7:03 PM — President of the United States Barack Obama's Cabinet choices are dividing the gay community. Some activists have questioned the nomination of Republican Senator Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary.
Tony Blair talks of his religious experiences at prayer breakfast 5
5:21 PM — When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."
Comment: Tony Blair’s call to restore religious faith “to its rightful place” 15
5:08 PM — It is an honour to be here. A particular honour to be with you Mr. President. The world participated in the celebration of your election.
Obama criticised for creating office for “faith-based” partnerships 7
4:39 PM — American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.
Gay humanists celebrate 200th anniversary of birth of Charles Darwin 1
4:04 PM — A joint celebration will be held in London next week. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) will be marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
Russian activists call for end to restrictions on HIV+ visitors
3:33 PM — A 1995 law that bans people living with HIV or AIDS from staying in Russia for more than three months should be overturned, gay rights activists in the country have said.
‘So Macho’ preacher hits back with bus adverts claiming God exists 35
3:17 PM — A fundamentalist preacher who unsuccessfully stood for public office has paid for adverts to be placed on London buses proclaiming the existence of God.
London teenager pleads guilty to manslaughter of gay man 8
2:42 PM — A 19-year-old man has admitted to the manslaughter of a 61-year-old man in a homophobic attack. David Smith from Bexley in Kent pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey.
Children say Welsh schools are not safe for out gay people 4
2:28 PM — A new LGBT rights charity will be launched today at the Welsh Senedd. The LGBT Excellence Centre Wales is a social enterprise and a charity building on an existing community group.
Gay marriage battle in California was most expensive in US history
2:14 PM — The campaigns opposing and supporting gay marriage in California raised more than $82m (£56.3m) between them, making it the most costly social issue campaign in American history.
Gay bishop gives evidence in favour of same-sex marriage
1:51 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion has spoken in favour of same-sex marriage. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, was giving evidence before the state's legislature.
5th February 2009
UK set to deport gay man back to Iraq 13
7:57 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Iraq is to be returned to his homeland this week. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) said the man cannot be trusted as he has already been prosecuted.