20th February 2009
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.
US state moves to grant workplace protection to LGBT people
5:03 PM — The state Senate of North Dakota has passed legislation that will bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in matters of employment.
US President’s aide was investigated for homosexuality by Hoover’s FBI 1
4:11 PM — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected one of President Lyndon B Johnson's closest aides was gay, it has emerged.
Italian activists to protest against “ex-gay” song at national festival 6
3:34 PM — A coalition of lesbian, gay and bisexual rights groups in Italy plan to protest at a major music event in Italy tomorrow after the inclusion of a song about a gay man "turning" straight.
Wisconsin will face challenge to domestic partnerships from ‘family’ groups
3:11 PM — The Governor of the US state of Wisconsin has announced plans to introduce domestic partnerships. Jim Doyle said that the issue was not about "gay or straight."
British evangelical condemnation of God Hates Fags sect questioned 29
2:10 PM — A leading religious commentator has questioned why British fundamentalist Christian groups that oppose gay rights have spoken out against a hate preacher from America.
Gay Olympic hero to become men’s health ‘ambassador’ 5
1:52 PM — He may still be waiting for big name sponsors to beat a path to his door, but Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has been asked to take up an important role in his home country.
Asian countries urged to follow China and decriminalise gay sex 1
1:30 PM — The fight against HIV in Asia could be greatly assisted if countries moved to legalise homosexuality, according to a leading Chinese AIDS activist.
19th February 2009
Gay airport guard awarded compensation in sexual harassment case
2:22 PM — A gay airport employee who was sexually harassed by a female colleague was today awarded almost double the compensation expected.
Jacqui Smith ordered to bring gay asylum seeker back to UK 11
1:48 PM — The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been ordered by the High Court to have a gay asylum seeker who was removed from the UK brought back to Britain.
Jury retires in Michael Causer case
11:34 AM — Jurors at Liverpool Crown Court have retired to consider their verdict in the trial over the killing of gay teenager Michael Causer.
Utah Senator brands gays the ‘greatest threat to America’ 16
11:14 AM — Senator Chris Buttars has revealed homophobic attitudes in a new documentary. The senator compared gays to Muslim fundamentalists and claimed that they have no morals.
God Hates Fags preacher will be denied entry says UK Border Agency 45
10:03 AM — Two American fundamentalist Christians have been excluded from entering the UK after they threatened to protest in Basingstoke.
18th February 2009
Georgia court tells gay dad he cannnot “expose” kids to homosexuals 12
5:16 PM — A gay man in the US state of Georgia is disputing a child custody agreement restriction which prohibits him from "exposing his children to his homosexual partners and friends."
Lesbian entertainer to perform at prestigious White House event
4:34 PM — A comedian who publicly came out last year has been asked to appear at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
San Diego firefighers win damages in Pride case 6
2:23 PM — Four firefighters from California have been awarded damages of $34,000 (£23,000) after a jury agreed they were sexually harassed at a Pride parade they were compelled to take part in.
Holocaust was God’s punishment for Jews claims Muslim leader 16
1:42 PM — An Islamic preacher who called for gay people to be put to death has caused further outrage with his comments about the Holocaust.
Labour’s gay group asks for ban on God Hates Fags church members 7
1:22 PM — LGBT Labour has written to the Home Office asking that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church be refused entry into the UK.
17th February 2009
Burundi rejects proposal to criminalise homosexual relations 4
6:16 PM — The Senate of Burundi today rejected a proposed amendment to the new draft of the criminal code that would have criminalised homosexual conduct for the first time.
Republican politician tries to ban gay couples from adopting in Kentucky 3
6:05 PM — A state Senator in Kentucky has introduced a bill that will ban "co-habiting" couples from adoption. Human rights group The Fairness Campaign called Senator Gary Tapp’s bill "deceptively-worded."