25th February 2009
Hate crime reporting centres open for business in Manchester
11:21 AM — Greater Manchester Police have urged the gay community to make use of facilities to report hate crimes.
Prime Minister celebrates LGBT History Month at Downing St 8
11:08 AM — The Prime Minister is to host a reception at 10 Downing St next week to mark LGBT History Month. Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah will meet organisers and gay equality activists.
24th February 2009
Thief may have met his victims at London gay pub
4:53 PM — Islington police have recovered some high value electrical equipment which may have been stolen from the homes of gay men the suspect befriended at a London gay bar.
Police apologise to father of Barrymore pool death man
4:38 PM — The father of a man who drowned in suspicious circumstances at the home of a well-known gay entertainer has received an apology from police for their bungled investigation.
Republican party chair rejects civil unions as going “loosey-goosey on marriage” 3
3:43 PM — Hopes that the Republicans may become more accepting of the rights of gay and lesbian Americans suffered a setback yesterday when a party leader attacked civil unions.
Civil rights group backs challenge to California gay marriage ban 1
2:57 PM — The national president of America's leading civil rights group has said banning gay marriage interferes with a "fundamental freedom."
Obama urged to appoint gay man as Commerce Secretary 2
1:56 PM — A grassroots LGBT organisation has called on the US President to appoint the country's first openly gay Cabinet minister.
Colorado politician compares homosexuality to murder 19
12:59 PM — A Republican state Senator in Colorado has compared gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers. Scott Renfroe was speaking during a debate on new legislation.
23rd February 2009
Australian MP’s gay lover pleads guilty to blackmail 2
5:54 PM — A leading Australian politician was targeted by a man he had sex with who threatened to out him unless he paid him $15,000 (£6,670).
Victory for lesbian mother after Michigan court refused to hear custody case 2
3:59 PM — A family court cannot refuse to hear a child custody case simply because it involves children whose parents are lesbians, the Michigan State Court of Appeals has ruled.
Belarus gays challenge ban on demonstration against homophobia 2
3:01 PM — An event designed to raise public awareness about homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people in Belarus has been banned by government officials.
Training seminar for Ugandans fighting against ‘promotion’ of homosexuality 1
2:16 PM — American fundamentalist Christians who advocate "ex-gay" treatments will speak at a three-day conference in Uganda next month.
Evangelical Christians call for acceptance of gay people 7
1:52 PM — A coalition of evangelical Christian groups have called on church organisations condemning an American anti- gay hate group to face up to their own discriminatory policies and behaviour.
Hawaii civil unions bill faces opposition from ‘family’ groups
1:38 PM — Legislation granting rights to same-sex couples will be considered by a Hawaii state Senate committee tomorrow.
French support for a gay presidential candidate
1:21 PM — A new poll has revealed that 75% of French voters would be happy to support a gay candidate for President. The current Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, is considered as a likely candidate.
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer protest at not guilty verdict 6
12:44 PM — A group of more than 100 people protested at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday over the acquittal on Friday of a 19-year-old charged with the murder of a gay teenager.
Gay marriage is inevitable, Sean Penn tells world’s press after Oscar win 6
12:20 PM — Actor Sean Penn spoke up for same-sex marriage both in his Oscars acceptance speech and in remarks to the press after he collected his award.
21st February 2009
Liverpool gay teen murder trial ends with not guilty verdict 15
4:34 PM — A 19-year-old walked free from court yesterday after being found not guilty of the murder of gay teenager Michael Causer. The jury at Liverpool Crown Court spend more than 12 hours considering its verdict.
20th February 2009
Utah politician sacked from committee after homophobic comments 6
6:09 PM — A senior Utah Republican state Senator has been removed from the Judiciary Committee after he claimed "radical gays" are the greatest threat to America.
Tory MP attacks Kent police’s “politically correct” advice booklet 5
5:43 PM — A guide to the law for immigrants has been criticised by an MP for making his constituency appear homophobic. The booklet, produced by Kent police, explains how to report discrimination but fails to mention the 999 service.