16th January 2009
Maine politician moves to end discrimination in civil marriage 4
1:04 PM — A Democrat politician in Maine is putting forward a bill to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. It revokes the state's Defence of Marriage Act, which defines a marriage as between a man and a woman only.
US Christian fundamentalists attack gay rights measure at Euro Parliament 14
12:23 PM — An American legal group associated with homophobic Christian preachers such as James Dobson has attacked a European Parliament initiative on human rights.
15th January 2009
Gay State Department staff hope Clinton will grant more partner benefits
3:11 PM — An organisation representing US State Department gay and lesbian personnel and their families has welcomed comments from Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton about same-sex partners.
Government to remove incitement to homophobic hatred “opt out” 8
2:44 PM — New legislation that reforms the coroner service and criminal justice system contains a measure to protect people from incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Liverpool gay village plan goes ahead after seven years of lobbying 5
1:31 PM — A Liberal party councillor has said that after seven years of lobbying, proposals for new traffic arrangements in the gay "village" will go ahead.
President-elect Obama picks gays for key government positions 1
12:23 PM — The President-elect of the United States has nominated a gay man to the high-profile position of director of the Office of Personnel Management.
14th January 2009
Obama publicly supported gay marriage during state Senate run 3
4:54 PM — President-elect Barack Obama said he was in favour of same-sex marriage while he was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate more than a decade ago.
European Parliament recommends mutual recognition of same-sex partnerships 3
4:27 PM — MEPs have adopted the Report on the Situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU. The report contains recommendations on a broad range of issues such as discrimination and gender equality.
Chris Bryant speaks publicly about “horrible” Gaydar photo controversy 11
2:31 PM — A junior minister has given a deeply personal interview to a gay publication in which he discusses coming out, his mother's struggle with alcoholism and his humiliation at the hands of a tabloid newspaper.
Video: TV ad campaign uses scare tactics to oppose trans toilet access 6
2:27 PM — A law protecting the rights of transgender people in Gainesville, Florida has divided the people that live there. Last year, it was decided that transgender people should be given the option to use whichever toilet they want.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell supporters ignore “real news” about gays in the military 2
12:45 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has said the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the Armed Forces will come to an end.
“Liberated and enlightened” Prince Harry is not homophobic claims Tatchell 25
11:43 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has defended the third in line to the throne over accusations of homophobia.
13th January 2009
MEPs to vote on recognition of existing same-sex partnerships 5
5:33 PM — The European Parliament will vote on tomorrow on a resolution which calls for same-sex marriages to be recognised across all EU states.
Murders highlight increasing violence against trans people in Honduras 3
3:01 PM — A leading human rights group has claimed that the murder of a trans activist in Honduras is part of a series of violent attacks on the community.
Islington council announces new gay equality charter 3
2:37 PM — A London council that was taken to an employment tribunal by a Christian registrar who refused to officiate at civil partnerships has announced a charter for lesbian, gay and bisexual residents.
New York Senate leader supports marriage equality
2:12 PM — An advocate for gay marriage equality has been chosen to lead the Democrats in New York's State Senate. The election in November gave the Democrats a 32-30 majority.
US gay rights group “encouraged” by Obama’s offer to Gene Robinson 5
12:45 AM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights group has welcomed an invitation from President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee to a gay bishop.
12th January 2009
Obama asks gay bishop Gene Robinson to deliver inauguration prayer 11
4:18 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has appointed international gay rights champion Rt Rev Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at the opening of his inaugural ceremony in Washington DC next week.
‘Ex-gay’ church loses funding from Dutch government 2
2:44 PM — An Orthodox Christian Group in the Netherlands has lost government financial backing over claims its members try to "cure" homosexuality.
Stonewall: Prince Harry must apologise for homophobic remarks 52
2:29 PM — Stonewall, the gay equality organisation, has said that a video that shows Prince Harry calling fellow soldiers "queer" is an insult to lesbians and gay men serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.