5th October 2009
Obama tipped to address gay rights dinner 7
6:23 PM — US president Barack Obama is reportedly planning to speak at a gay rights dinner on Saturday, the day before a gay rights march on Washington. He will attend the Human Rights Campaign fundraising dinner gala, a White House source told Associated Press.
Tory leader David Cameron challenged to commit to gay rights 24
2:48 PM — As the Conservative Party Conference gets underway in Manchester, party leader David Cameron has been called on to prove his commitment to gay rights.
Obama to tackle gay military ban ‘at the right time’ 15
2:02 PM — US president Barack Obama's national security adviser has said he will tackle the issue of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military "at the appropriate time".
2nd October 2009
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson turns down gay play invite 25
11:05 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson has declined an invite to see a play about anti-gay discrimination. The politician, who has called homosexuality "an abomination", is one of the stars of the show, as her voice is being used as part of the storyline.
Tatchell ‘ignored’ over Equality Bill concerns 42
10:31 AM — Peter Tatchell has complained that the Equality Bill is discriminatory and that the government has failed to respond to his concerns about harassment protection for gays.
1st October 2009
White House official criticised for advice he gave to gay student 8
4:08 PM — An Education Department official in the Obama administration has defended remarks he made as a teacher to a student 21 years ago.
Iain Dale condemns Daily Mail for ‘homophobic attack’ 27
11:42 AM — Political blogger Iain Dale has made an official complaint over a Daily Mail article which called him "overtly gay".
30th September 2009
New Jersey Republicans call for vote on gay marriage 8
5:20 PM — Republican politicians in New Jersey are calling for a constitutional amendment in 2010 to allow voters to decide whether gay marriage should be legal.
Gay MEP Michael Cashman criticises UN General Assembly president’s ‘unacceptable’ anti-gay views 13
3:09 PM — Gay MEP Michael Cashman has condemned homophobic comments made by the new United Nations General Assembly president.
Re-elected Portuguese prime minister promised to allow gay marriage 16
12:32 PM — Gay couples in Portugal are waiting to see whether their re-elected prime minister will follow through with his campaign promise for gay marriage.
German minister apologises for homophobic slur against gay party leader 8
10:41 AM — A German minister has been forced to apologise after making an anti-gay slur against the man tipped to be the country's next foreign minister.
29th September 2009
Updated: Gordon Brown mentions civil partnerships in conference speech 25
2:57 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has listed civil partnerships for gay couples as one of a number of Labour achievements in the past decade. He also criticised the Tories for their alliances in Europe, which include an anti-gay party.
Gay political blogger Iain Dale on shortlist for Tory parliamentary candidate 20
12:28 PM — Iain Dale, the openly gay political blogger and broadcaster, has reached the final stage of parliamentary selection for Bracknell.
28th September 2009
New York governor David Paterson confirms plans to run again in 2010 1
5:33 PM — New York governor David Paterson, a strong gay rights ally, has confirmed he plans to run for re-election in 2010.
Bill Clinton: ‘I decided I was wrong about gay marriage’ 16
12:11 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has discussed how he came to change his views over gay marriage and adoption. He said he was personally no longer opposed to the issue.
25th September 2009
Gay man tipped as German foreign minister 12
6:07 PM — An openly gay man has been tipped to become Germany's foreign minister. Guido Westerwelle, the leader of the Free Democrat Party, may form a coalition government with Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats after Sunday's elections, if the polls prove to be correct.
24th September 2009
New United Nations General Assembly President calls homosexuality ‘unnacceptable’ 86
6:47 PM — The newly-installed president of the United Nations General Assembly, Ali Abdussalam Treki, has said that homosexuality is "not really acceptable".
23rd September 2009
US poised to lift HIV immigration ban 1
3:23 PM — A memo has been released by the United States Customs and Immigrations Service which suggests the year-long wait for the HIV travel ban may be nearly over.
Congressman calls for more information about abused US Navy sailor’s case 3
2:43 PM — Democratic Representative Joe Sestak, a retired US Navy Rear Admiral, has called for an investigation into the case of the abused gay sailor John Rocha.
Met seeks gay, lesbian and transgender applicants for Royal family detail 22
1:55 PM — The Metropolitan Police is currently advertising vacancies in the Protection Command's Royalty Protection branch, specifically appealing to "women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic communities/people".