3rd February 2009
Obama moves to fill last Cabinet posts as gays appointed to lower ranks 1
6:10 PM — The appointments of more openly gay people to posts in the Obama administration have been announced. LGBT rights activists were disappointed that no out people were appointed to the new President's Cabinet.
Gay Republicans welcome election of first black party chairman 8
5:36 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has said that the election of Michael Steele as chairman of the party's national committee will mark a change of direction after two successive election defeats.
Prime Minister to attend New Zealand gay family picnic 3
2:48 PM — The Prime Minister of New Zealand is among the country's political leaders who have confirmed they will attend the Big Gay Out family picnic day in Auckland this weekend.
Obama seeks military assessment before repealing ban on gays 6
2:17 PM — The President of the United States could wait several months before he moves to end a ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving in the country's armed forces.
Bipartisan call for Hillary Clinton to grant full benefits to gay staff 1
11:39 AM — Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress have called on the newly-appointed Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to take action to ensure that gay and lesbian employees get full partner benefits.
2nd February 2009
Tories question decision to fly rainbow flag at police HQ 17
5:06 PM — A Conservative MP has accused North Wales police of 'tokenism' for marking LGBT History Month by flying the rainblow flag at their headquarters building.
Deputy Mayor to take part in LGBT History Month event at City Hall
3:33 PM — Broadcasters, celebrities and political figures will be doing their bit for LGBT History Month on Saturday at a special event at London's City Hall.
Iceland makes history as lesbian Prime Minister takes office 4
11:07 AM — An openly gay person has taken office as head of government for the first time. Johanna Sigurdardottir was sworn in as interim Prime Minister.of Iceland yesterday.
30th January 2009
Russian thug boasts of beating up gay German MP at Moscow Pride 4
6:06 PM — Police in Moscow have been forced into action after a news magazine published an interview with a man who boasted about beating up a gay German MP in the city in May 2006.
Washington state may approve full equality for same-sex couples 1
4:26 PM — Legislators in the US state of Washingon have unveiled proposals to extend all the rights of married couples to same-sex partners.
Court rules Spanish children cannot opt out of gay rights class 5
3:26 PM — Parents in Spain who do not want their children to attend civics classes that include lessons on gay rights do not have the right to conscientiously object, a court has ruled.
Profile: World’s first lesbian Prime Minister’s slow rise to power 9
2:19 PM — When it was announced earlier this week that Johanna Sigurdardottir was likely to be appointed prime minister, little did Icelanders realise that their small island would be making history.
MEPs call for EU to pressure Honduras on trans murders 1
12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament are demanding that the EU raise the issue of violence against trans people with the Honduras government.
29th January 2009
Former Tory MP told to give back money paid to gay son 7
7:55 PM — An MP has been ordered to pay back £3,757 of taxpayers' money used to employ his gay son as a researcher.
28th January 2009
UN marks Holocaust Memorial Day with plea for gay acceptance 3
3:17 PM — The President of the United Nations General Assembly has said that all people share a capacity for cruelty to each other. A ceremony was held at UN headquarters in New York yesterday marking Holocaust Memorial Day.
Amnesty calls on Nigeria to reject proposed homophobic law 2
3:00 PM — Legislation that would punish Nigerian gay and lesbian couples for living together has been condemned by Amnesty International.
27th January 2009
Elton John accused of snubbing Argentina’s President 5
5:23 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has left Argentina without meeting the President after she postponed a scheduled encounter after his concert in Buenos Aires.
Icelandic politician may become world’s first lesbian Prime Minister 26
3:08 PM — The President of Iceland has asked Social Democratic party leader Ingibjorg Gisladottir to try to form an interim administration.
Hawaii politicians back civil unions legislation 2
2:01 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has the backing of a majority of state House members.
US State Department gays ask for equal treatment for same-sex partners 1
1:05 PM — More than 2,000 employees of the US federal government who work overseas have written to the new Secretary of State asking for equal treatment for same-sex partners.