13th January 2009
US gay rights group “encouraged” by Obama’s offer to Gene Robinson 5
12:45 AM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights group has welcomed an invitation from President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee to a gay bishop.
12th January 2009
Gay appointment at Aberdeen church may face opposition 6
4:46 PM — An openly gay minister has been appointed to a Church of Scotland congregation, but sources suggest an appeal to block the move is imminent.
Swiss ordered to reimburse cost of gender reassignment surgery 1
4:27 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 72-year old transsexual will be reimbursed after her country’s health insurance refused to pay the cost of her gender reassignment treatment.
Obama asks gay bishop Gene Robinson to deliver inauguration prayer 11
4:18 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has appointed international gay rights champion Rt Rev Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at the opening of his inaugural ceremony in Washington DC next week.
‘Ex-gay’ church loses funding from Dutch government 2
2:44 PM — An Orthodox Christian Group in the Netherlands has lost government financial backing over claims its members try to "cure" homosexuality.
Stonewall: Prince Harry must apologise for homophobic remarks 52
2:29 PM — Stonewall, the gay equality organisation, has said that a video that shows Prince Harry calling fellow soldiers "queer" is an insult to lesbians and gay men serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ex-Senator Larry Craig ends legal challenges to gay cruising conviction
2:12 PM — Former United States Senator Larry Craig has finally decided to accept his conviction for lewd conduct in an airport toilet.
I’m A Celebrity star Brian Paddick gets married in Norway 4
1:48 PM — Former senior police officer, candidate for Mayor of London and reality TV contestant Brian Paddick has married his boyfriend in a civil ceremony in Oslo.
Maltese gay politician excommunicates himself from Catholic Church 20
1:24 PM — The first openly gay candidate for parliament in Malta has protested against the Pope's hostility to homosexuality by leaving the Roman Catholic Church.
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.