23rd February 2009
Gay marriage is inevitable, Sean Penn tells world’s press after Oscar win 6
12:20 PM — Actor Sean Penn spoke up for same-sex marriage both in his Oscars acceptance speech and in remarks to the press after he collected his award.
Best actor Oscar for Sean Penn as gay politician Harvey Milk
12:00 PM — A biopic of one of the most famous American gays of the 20th century has won two Oscars. Sean Penn won Best Actor for his portrayal of Harvey Milk, a San Francisco politician.
20th February 2009
Gay celebs to lead fundraising walk in Brighton 2
4:32 PM — I'm A Celebrity contestant Brian Paddick, entertainer Amy Lamé and other famous gays and lesbians will be taking a walk through the streets of Brighton in May to raise money to fight homophobia.
Italian activists to protest against “ex-gay” song at national festival 6
3:34 PM — A coalition of lesbian, gay and bisexual rights groups in Italy plan to protest at a major music event in Italy tomorrow after the inclusion of a song about a gay man "turning" straight.
British evangelical condemnation of God Hates Fags sect questioned 29
2:10 PM — A leading religious commentator has questioned why British fundamentalist Christian groups that oppose gay rights have spoken out against a hate preacher from America.
Fruit TV to provide free original online content for LGBT market 9
1:12 PM — One of the world’s first original online programming platforms is to be launched later this year.
19th February 2009
Gay Portland Mayor’s former lover poses for naked photo shoot 3
2:58 PM — The former lover of gay Portland Mayor Sam Adams has posed naked for front cover photos for Unzipped magazine.
Hip-hop star Kanye West claims to have reinvented the word ‘gay’ 11
10:49 AM — Rapper Kanye West has claimed that the word 'gay' should not be an insult. Instead, the 808s and Heartbreak star said that the term will be used in future as synonymous with fashionable and stylish.
God Hates Fags preacher will be denied entry says UK Border Agency 45
10:03 AM — Two American fundamentalist Christians have been excluded from entering the UK after they threatened to protest in Basingstoke.
18th February 2009
Lesbian entertainer to perform at prestigious White House event
4:34 PM — A comedian who publicly came out last year has been asked to appear at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship 15
2:54 PM — Novelist Margaret Atwood has announced she will not attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai after organisers decided to ban the launch of a book with a gay character.
Teen pop star reveals he was victim of male rape 10
2:10 PM — The lead singer of 1970s supergroup the Bay City Rollers has spoken for the first time about his years of torment after being raped by another man.
Labour’s gay group asks for ban on God Hates Fags church members 7
1:22 PM — LGBT Labour has written to the Home Office asking that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church be refused entry into the UK.
17th February 2009
Home Secretary asked to ban God Hates Fags protesters 18
4:03 PM — A Conservative MP has written to the Home Secretary about a threatened protest in her constituency by an American fundamentalist group.
God Hates Fags church claim they will hold first UK protest 13
11:45 AM — A leading member of a homophobic church group in the US has claimed that they intend to picket in this country. Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas said it would be their first protest in the UK.
16th February 2009
Fitlads owner unrepentant about Jade Goody comments 49
4:38 PM — The co-owner of one of the UK's largest gay websites has rejected criticism of his comments about Jade Goody.
Video: Fitlads owner’s rant at “fat pig” Jade Goody angers subscribers 55
4:24 PM — Customers of the UK's second-largest gay dating site have complained after the site's co-owner launched a four-letter rant about TV celebrity Jade Goody on YouTube.
Bournemouth Pride will feature Big Top fun
2:30 PM — A weekend of Pride celebrations in the seaside town of Bournemouth this summer will have a circus theme. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community will be invited to roll up, roll up, for the Bourne Free Big Top.
Priest who thinks God uses hurricanes to punish gays will not become bishop 8
12:59 PM — A priest who claimed Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has said he will decline an appointment as a bishop.
Ban on ‘gay’ book exposes Dubai’s liberal pretensions 10
12:47 PM — A Gulf nation that has tried to cultivate an image as a welcoming destination for Westerners has banned a book because it has a gay character.