7th January 2009
Ian Paisley to meet with standards agency about homophobic advert 8
12:30 PM — The former first Minister of Northern Ireland is to meet with the Advertising Standards Authority to discuss their ruling against an advert placed in a local paper by a Belfast church.
Formula 1 boss accused of unfair dismissal at employment tribunal
11:05 AM — A leading Formula 1 boss is facing claims of dismissing an employee on the grounds of sexual orientation.
6th January 2009
Dutchman fined for gay “indecency” in Gambia 3
6:33 PM — A 79-year-old man from the Netherlands has been found guilty of indecency with several Gambian men. A court in Banjul sentenced Frank Boers to pay 100,000 Gambian dalasis (£2,500).
Comment: Trans discrimination must no longer be tolerated 1
6:02 PM — During missions to member states of the Council of Europe, I have been reminded of the on-going discrimination many face on account of their gender identity.
Jersey may become first Crown dependency to introduce civil partnerships 1
5:26 PM — The government of Jersey is to consider the implications of granting same-sex couples the right to enter into civil partnerships.
Stonewall calls on BBC Trust to take homophobia seriously after lesbian slurs 10
2:27 PM — A leading gay rights group has called on the BBC to pay attention to the millions of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who pay for the corporation through the licence fee.
British tourists arrested in Bermuda after in-flight homophobic abuse 2
1:25 PM — A flight from Manchester to the Dominican Republic had to make an emergency landing in Bermuda when three passengers traded homophobic abuse with cabin crew.
Judge warns Australian teen of danger from “ugly, hairy men” in prison 6
12:07 PM — A magistrate in Australia has tried to warn a teenager off a life of crime by giving him a stark assessment of life in prison.
California gay marriage ban “invalid” because it targets a minority 2
11:44 AM — Proposition 8, a ballot measure approved by California voters that seeks to deny marriage to same-sex couples, is invalid, a coalition of legal and human rights groups has said.
Greek Orthodox bishop sues AIDS charity for one million euros 15
11:13 AM — Gay rights advocates in Greece have appealed for help in fighting a lawsuit against activist Leo Kalovyrnas and non-governmental organisation Synthesis HIV/AIDS Awareness.
111th United States Congress convenes with new gay member 4
10:47 AM — The first openly gay man to be elected to the United States House of Representatives as a non-incumbent will be sworn in today in Washington DC.
5th January 2009
Two executed in Saudi Arabia for male rape 13
3:45 PM — Two Saudi men were publicly beheaded on December 26th after being found guilty of rape. The official SPA news agency said Nasser al-Harby and Majid al-Sibeiy had gone into the bedroom where the unnamed victim slept.
HIV+ judge appointed to South Africa’s highest court
3:28 PM — An openly gay man living with HIV has been appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by the country's President.
Conservatives and Labour ignore gay victims of domestic abuse claims charity 3
12:38 PM — A new Tory party plan to spend an extra £2.6m on help for women experiencing domestic violence has been attacked by a gay charity.
Laws against gay sex are “like apartheid” says UN human rights chief 3
12:09 PM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the continued criminalisation of homosexual sex across the world.
Richardson withdrawal raises hopes of gay nominee for Obama’s top team 2
11:37 AM — An American organisation that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in government has suggested that President-elect Obama nominate a gay man as Commerce Secretary.
Blow for Obama as Commerce Secretary nominee withdraws
10:57 AM — The Governor of New Mexico has told the US President-elect Barack Obama that he wishes to withdraw his name from nomination for the position of Commerce Secretary.
Conservative MP Nick Herbert and boyfriend joined in civil partnership 17
10:31 AM — A leading Conservative MP has entered into a civil partnership. Nick Herbert, the Shadow Justice Secretary, and his partner Jason Eades tied the knot in a small, private ceremony in Lambeth last week.
2nd January 2009
Man becomes Australia’s first recognised gay war widow after 10 year struggle 3
2:27 PM — Sydney pensioner Edward Young has won a decade-long legal battle to receive his deceased partner's pension.
Catholic agencies turn on gay adoption rights as exemption period runs out 13
12:08 PM — 50% of the Catholic adoption agencies that threatened to close if forced to work with gay couples have adopted the new equality law.