20th January 2009
Obama urged to fight for gay rights across the world
1:17 PM — The new President of the United States should "defend the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex people, in the US and worldwide," according to a leading gay activist.
Gay mayor of Portland admits to relationship with teenager 14
12:54 PM — The Mayor of the American city of Portland has apologised for lying about a relationship he had in 2005 with an 18-year-old.
14-year-old charged with gay murder should be in juvenile court claims lawyer 3
12:29 PM — A defence lawyer has spoken out about the treatment of a 14-year-old accused of the murder of a gay classmate.
Obama team “regrets” that gay bishop’s prayer was not broadcast 5
11:07 AM — A spokesman for the US Presidential Inauguration Committee has confirmed that a prayer by Bishop Gene Robinson was supposed to be televised as part of a celebration concert on Sunday.
19th January 2009
Anger as gay bishop’s inauguration prayer is left out of broadcast 6
6:26 PM — A US broadcaster has been criticised for starting their live coverage of a concert in Washington DC celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama after the opening prayer led by an openly gay bishop.
Man convicted of 1997 murder of trans sex worker Robyn Browne 3
6:05 PM — A 42-year-old man was today found guilty of the murder of Robyn Browne in 1997 by a unanimous decistion of a jury at the Old Bailey in London. James Hopkins will be sentenced on Thursday.
Lesbian Congresswoman to serve as honorary inauguration co-chair 1
4:27 PM — President-elect Barack Obama has named the only out lesbian in Congress as one of 16 honorary co-chairs for his inauguration tomorrow.
Corporations and trade unions condemn California’s ban on gay marriage
3:48 PM — Major corporations and groups representing Mexican-Americans, Christians, and African-Americans have filed friend of the court briefs in support of gay marriage.
Gay bishop kicks off inauguration celebrations in Washington DC
3:14 PM — Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson delivered the opening prayer at an Obama inauguration concert last night.
David Cameron’s new Shadow Cabinet in full 3
2:02 PM — Here is the new Shadow Cabinet in full. Today David Cameron sacked Peter Ainsworth and brought back Ken Clarke.
Cameron hails the return of Ken Clarke after eleven years on the backbenches 2
1:56 PM — It has been billed as the final reshuffle of the Tory frontbench before the general election. Gordon Brown could go to the country anytime before June 2010.
Nick Herbert moved to environment in Tory frontbench reshuffle
1:30 PM — A leading gay Tory has been moved from his Shadow Justice brief to take on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Gene Robinson: God, we give you thanks for your child Barack 3
1:14 PM — Yesterday Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, led prayers at the start of a free outdoor celebration concert in Washington DC.
Nigerian MPs vote to ban “immoral” gay marriages 8
12:50 PM — The House of Representatives in Nigeria has voted unanimously in favour of a new legislation banning same-sex marriage.
Analysis: Obama’s comprehensive support for gay equality 10
12:21 PM — What can lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans expect from the new President of the United States?
South African gay couple plan legal action after wedding refusal 1
12:01 PM — A gay couple in South Africa were allegedly told they could not get married because their relationship was "not normal," it has been reported.
18th January 2009
Alan Duncan loses business portfolio in Cameron’s reshuffle
11:06 PM — The long-anticipated reshuffle of Conservative leader David Cameron's frontbench team has led to the removal of a leading gay politician from a key role.
16th January 2009
Rumpole creator and Gay News defender Sir John Mortimer dies 3
11:55 PM — Author, dramatist and free-speech barrister Sir John Mortimor has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. Sir John famously defended the publishers of Gay News in 1976 after they were accused of blasphemy for publishing a poem that appeared to imply that Jesus was gay.
Australian HIV-positive man jailed for attempting to infect partners 6
4:48 PM — An HIV-positive grandfather from Melbourne who preyed on "vulnerable" gay men when he tried to infect them with the virus has been sentenced to nearly two decades years in jail.
Police investigating homophobic MP Iris Robinson seek advice about prosection 6
4:37 PM — The Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has confirmed that it has received a request for prosecutorial advice from police investigating whether a local MP's homophobic statements broke the law.