16th February 2009
Stonewall calls for an end to ban on gay men giving blood 11
11:26 AM — The UK's leading gay rights organisation has called on the National Blood Service to end the ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men.
David Cameron says Tory party “has work to do” on gay rights 30
9:00 AM — The leader of the Conservatives has said his support for civil partnerships is proof the party backs gay rights.
13th February 2009
Roman Catholic Church ready to fight gay equality in Portugal 8
3:45 PM — The leaders of the Catholic Church in Portugal have been accused of interfering in the political process after the country's bishops said they would fight proposals to introduce gay marriage.
Bill Clinton asked to cancel speaking event in row over Prop 8 donor
3:23 PM — A coalition of gay groups and trade unions have appealed to former US President Bill Clinton to reconsider a speaking engagement at a San Diego hotel this Sunday.
Cambodia to ban foreign gays from adopting children 4
3:06 PM — New rules on foreign adoption in Cambodia will ban a range of foreigners from the process. Gay people, single people, those on a "low income" and those who already have two children will not be able to adopt.
Civil unions legislation passes first stage in Hawaii
2:32 PM — A new law that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been approved by the state House of Representatives.
Irish gay marriage activists plan Valentines Day carnival
2:18 PM — A group advocating full marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Ireland will hold a 'love carnival for equality' in Dublin tomorrow.
Outrage as Jamaican MP asks why “violent” gays are allowed gun licences 15
1:39 PM — Gay equality activists in Jamaica have reacted with disgust at the latest homophobic outburst from one of the island's politicians.
12th February 2009
Governor of Utah commits to equal rights for same-sex couples
3:49 PM — The Republican leader of the US state of Utah has said he backs civil unions for gay and lesbians. According to opinion polls, 70% of Utah citizens oppose civil unions.
Gay humanists back Dutch MP’s right to criticise Islam 25
2:52 PM — A gay humanist group has said the Home Secretary was wrong to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam. Geert Wilders has been denied permission to enter Britain.
Hungarian government proposes registered same-sex partnerships 1
12:12 PM — The Hungarian Government has approved a new bill on registered partnerships. It replaces a previous law on registered partnership that was struck down by the Constitutional Court.
11th February 2009
Tatchell accuses Home Secretary of “gross hypocrisy” over ban on Dutch MP 22
5:06 PM — The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.
Government defends ban on gay men giving blood 12
3:47 PM — A health minister has said that an expert advisory body is keeping the ban on men who have had sex with men from donating blood under review.
Isle of Man politician compared to Nazis over trans comments 16
2:22 PM — A member of the Isle of Man's parliament has been accused of using language more akin to the Nazis during a debate about the rights of transexuals.
Ireland to refuse adoption rights for gay couples 9
1:23 PM — A leading gay rights group in Ireland is angry that new adoption legislation is discriminatory. The Irish government published the Adoption Bill 2009 last month.
10th February 2009
US Congress returns to equal immigration rights for same-sex couples
5:10 PM — A 2007 bill that would offer binational same-sex relationships the same recognition and treatment afforded to binational married couples is to be introduced in the US House of Representatives.
Macedonian candidate for President claims gays face no discrimination 14
4:15 PM — A leading candidate for President of Macedonia has claimed that discrimnation against gay and lesbian people is a myth.
Wyoming legislators reject changing state constitution to ban gay marriage 1
3:00 PM — The state legislature in the US state of Wyoming has rejected a bill that would have cleared the way for a statewide ballot to ban recognition of any out of state gay marriage.
Trans group concerned about government’s proposed ID cards 12
2:36 PM — The government's plans for voluntary identity cards could pose problems for trans people, an activist group has said. Gender Spectrum UK has launched an online petition.
Gay activists target Russia’s President in European lawsuit 2
2:08 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event are taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights after the repeated bans on the event. Their latest action includes the President of Russia.