29th December 2009
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson stands down due to mental illness 117
11:07 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called gays an "abomination" and mentally ill, has announced she is standing down from politics due to depression.
22nd December 2009
INTERVIEW: Why we need a London AIDS Memorial 35
4:29 PM — PinkNews.co.uk speaks to London scene legend Gary Henshaw about why he is pushing for permanent London AIDS memorial in the capital. The London AIDS memorial group was founded on December 1st 2009 by Gary Henshaw and Swarmite Ananda. Its aim is to provide a permanent AIDS memorial where people can gather to remember the ones who 'succumbed, dying bravely, defiantly and with no knowledge of the battle ahead.'
Ugandan President threatens to reject homophobic bill 28
3:00 PM — The President of Uganda has threatened to veto the a controversial new bill that could see homosexuals sentenced to the death penalty or lifetime imprisonment. US newspaper DC Agenda claims that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to US secretary of state for African affairs Jonnie Carson on two separate occasions that he would reject the bill currently making its way through parliament.
Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22
12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.
21st December 2009
Canadian MP gets widespread support after Christmas card controversy 16
2:15 PM — Openly gay Novia Scotia MP Scott Brison has been given the support of Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff after a Christmas card featuring his partner stirred controversy.
Christian leader supports death penalty for gays 87
12:06 PM — A far right Christian group has urged fellow Christians to support Uganda's proposed law that would make homosexuality punishable by death. The law would impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex with a minor or disabled person or someone infected with HIV.
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33
12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
19th December 2009
US Assistant Secretary of State condemns Uganda’s proposed anti-gay laws 4
12:43 AM — The USA's Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs has said that it is urging Ugandan politicians to block a proposed law that would impose life imprisonments of gay people, arguing that it would set back the fight against HIV/ AIDS.
18th December 2009
Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12
7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.
Canadian MP’s Christmas card attacked by homophobes 19
3:21 PM — A gay Canadian MP who sent out a Christmas card featuring himself and his husband has been attacked by homophobes on the internet. Nova Scotia Liberal MP Scott Brison's personalised card shows him and husband Maxime St Pierre on a walk with their dog.
Ugandan parliament to debate anti-gay bill today 15
12:40 PM — Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill will be discussed in the country's parliament today. It is thought that this debate will follow a second reading and a vote will be taken in January after a third reading.
17th December 2009
Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant attacks BBC’s ‘ludicrous mistake’ on gay execution debate 42
7:29 PM — Minister for Europe Chris Bryant has attacked the BBC for holding a debate on whether gays should be executed. Bryant, who is gay, told PinkNews.co.uk he would be writing to the BBC's World Service director Peter Horrocks to demand an explanation.
15th December 2009
Guardian- The election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith 4
10:18 PM — The Guardian's Amanda Marcotte argues that the election of openly gay mayor Annise Parker shows Texas is not a conservative monolith. But asks why the media can't accept that?
Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10
9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
Hundreds attend gay marriage rally ahead of Washington DC council vote 2
1:14 PM — Washington DC's council will today vote on a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. Advocates are quietly confident, as nine of the council's 13 members are listed as co-sponsors and mayor Adrian Fenty has clearly signalled he will sign it.
Elton John: ‘Gordon Brown doesn’t understand AIDS problem’ 16
10:27 AM — Gay singer Elton John has said he cannot guarantee the Labour Party his vote. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph's Mandrake column at his AIDS Foundation Winter Ball, the star said he did not feel Brown had grasped the "extent" of the rise in HIV infections.
14th December 2009
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.
Annise Parker elected first out gay mayor of Houston 1
11:19 AM — Annise Parker, an out lesbian, has been elected mayor of Houston, Texas. The vote makes the city the largest in the US to elect an openly gay mayor. Parker won against city attorney Gene Locke by 53.6 per cent of the vote.
11th December 2009
Unanimous support for California’s first out gay speaker 3
12:47 PM — John Perez, an out gay man, has been unanimously elected as the California Assembly's speaker by a caucus of his Democratic colleagues.