26th January 2009
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.
Interview: BBC’s man in Washington accentuates the positive
3:40 PM — Justin Webb has not gone completely native in his seven years in the United States as a BBC correspondent. "There are several areas where I'm completely un-American," he asserts down a crackly phone line from Washington DC.
Istanbul gay rights group wins appeal against closure under morality laws 1
2:37 PM — Turkey's leading gay rights group will be allowed to continue to operate after a Supreme Court ruling. A department of the Istanbul Governor's office had alleged that Lambda Istanbul violates Turkish laws on morality.
Gay rights group hails Obama’s “paradigm shift” towards equality 3
2:00 PM — America's largest gay rights group has hailed the new Obama administration and expressed hope for a "new day of welcome and great promise."
MEPs demand end to foreign aid to Nigeria over gay marriage ban
12:50 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on gay rights has responded to moves to criminalise same-sex marriage in Nigeria by calling for a suspension of EU aid.
Portland gay man revealed Mayor’s relationship with teen 2
12:40 PM — A gay property developer raised concerns about the Mayor of Portland's relationship with a teenager 18 months ago.
Swedish MPs move to legalise gay marriage 2
11:55 AM — A motion tabled in the Swedish parliament and backed by three of the four parties in the coalition government would legalise gay marriage.