6th January 2009
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.
Portland becomes largest US city to have gay mayor 1
10:43 AM — The US city of Portland, Oregon, swore in its openly gay mayor Sam Adams on New Year's Day.
Four arrested after lesbian attacked and raped 6
10:21 AM — Four males have been arrested in Richmond, California, during investigations over the alleged gang rape of a lesbian.
31st December 2008
Three black gay men gunned down in New Orleans 3
2:13 PM — New Orleans police are searching for the killers of three black gay men after they were found dead at their home on December 18th.
Vatican breaks with Italian law after refusing to sign UN sexuality declaration 11
12:07 PM — A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law. This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
30th December 2008
Lawrence King murder suspect denied access to files 4
5:19 PM — 14 year old murder suspect Brandon McInerney's lawyers requested that a judge allow them access to files demonstrating how prosecutors decide to try under-18s as adults in court. McInerney stands accused of shooting classmate Lawrence King in February, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, at a junior high school in Oxnard, California.