26th January 2009
Maryland gay rights group was monitored as terrorist threat 6
4:42 PM — Democratic party politicians in Maryland have announced plans to legislate against surveillance of non-violent groups after a gay rights activists were targeted by state police.
Video: Gay Mayor ignores resignation calls and goes back to work 5
3:15 PM — The Mayor of Portland, Oregon has said he "still has a very positive contribution to make" despite admitting he lied about his relationship with a teenager.
Prime Minister honours gay victims in Holocaust Memorial Day statement 9
2:48 PM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has released a statement ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day tomorrow, the international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides.
Activists consider new ballot measures at Prop 8 strategy meeting 1
12:49 PM — More than 400 activists gathered in California on Saturday to consider the best way to overturn a ban on gay marriage in the state.
Tom Hanks backtracks on un-American comments about gay marriage opponents 7
12:30 PM — Actor Tom Hanks has said he should not have described Mormons as un-American for their support of a ban on gay marriage.
Teenager says he did not have illegal sexual contact with gay Mayor
12:11 PM — A young gay man has given an interview to an Oregon paper about his relationship with the Mayor of Portland.
Bahrain’s government blocks access to gay sites in internet crackdown 3
11:44 AM — Gay sites such as gaydar.com can no longer be accessed from Bahrain as part of a government clampdown on internet pornography.
Nigeria urged to drop proposed new law against gay relationships 4
11:17 AM — New legislation in Nigeria that would punish gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by human rights groups in the country and internationally.
23rd January 2009
Hillary Clinton’s Senate replacement backs federal protections for LGBT people
5:19 PM — The Governor of New York has announced that he has chosen Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate vacancy left by Hillary Clinton, who was confirmed as US Secretary of State earlier this week.
French government minister confirms he is gay 1
4:00 PM — The French Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations has revealed he is gay in an interview ahead of the publication of his autobiography.
160 MEPs signed up for recognition of civil partnerships 6
2:41 PM — All Labour and Lib Dem MEPs have backed a written declaration on civil partnerships at the European Parliament. However, it did not attract enough support to move to the next stage.
Interview: NUS president explains why pragmatism is the best politics 6
12:42 PM — On Tuesday, as Barack Obama was preparing to take control of the world's only superpower, change had come to Wolverhampton.
Religious zealots find White House website’s entry on gay rights 100
12:11 PM — Homophobic Christian groups in America have discovered the new President's support for gay rights. The White House website contains information about the administration's plans for the LGBT community.
22nd January 2009
Gay mayor faces multiple calls to resign after lying about sex with teen 13
3:00 PM — The first gay person elected as Mayor of Portland should resign, a local LGBT publication has said. Just Out has taken a similar stance to local Oregon newspapers.
Majority of Florida voters favour an end to ban on gay adoption 6
2:08 PM — A new poll has found that 55% of people in Florida would support the repeal of a law banning gay people from adopting.
Polish MP disciplined after asking if former Prime Minister is gay 3
1:46 PM — A member of the ruling party in Poland is to be removed as the chair of a parliamentary committee after he publicly questioned if one of his political opponents is gay.
EU and UN condemn arrest of AIDS workers in Senegal 1
1:01 PM — The United Nations AIDS organisation and representatives of the European Union have called on Senegal to decriminalise homosexuality after the arrest of nine gay men.
Obama retakes oath of office after inaugural hiccup 2
10:36 AM — The Chief Justice of the United States visited the White House last night to administer the oath of office to the President.
21st January 2009
Gay mayor faces investigation into relationship with teenager 5
5:24 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Portland's relationship with a teenage male will be investigated by the Oregon Attorney General.
Comment: Gay bishop’s eyewitness account of Obama’s inauguration 9
4:42 PM — Gene Robinson, the Anglican Bishop of New Hampshire, has returned to blogging after a break of several months to share his experiences of the inauguration celebrations in Washington DC.